I have not had a lack of disasters to post about lately. As we wrap up the interesting month of June I have posted about the economic disaster of Greece/EU, the Bugout because of the Colorado fires and just to finish we have a massive wind storm smash the east along with 100+ temps and drought. Riverrider is up to his ears in the latest bit of eastern weather fun and posted he’s okay and ready to handle what’s thrown at him. But we already have several dead and injured because of the wind storms and power will be out for quites some time. Start thinking about days if not weeks without power. There is another bank of storms coming so if you have not been hit yet, get prepared just in case.
Water/Sanitation: If you have water fill everything that can hold water with cool water: Buckets, sinks, tubs, Big pots or pans. Get those kiddy pools filled up, clean garbage cans (not for Drinking) can help to keep you cool. Some of the water treatment and sewage plants are already down so you are going to need water for Sanitation needs. So time to get out the porta-potty/bucket, solar shower, dish tubs and laundry buckets ready to go if needed. If you still have power get the house clean and start the laundry and dishwasher!
Food Preparations: Cook outside to keep the house cool. Keep your fridge and freezer closed and if your stores are open, fill up on Ice and Dry ice. Get those camp coolers out and read the instructions if handling dry ice. Getting regular ice gives you extra water as it melts so no dumping the coolers of water! Use paper plates and utensils to save water from doing dishes. Use dishpans for doing dishes and reuse the water for flushing or the rinse water for the lawn or garden and washing hands.
Power outage: Round up your flashlights and check the batteries. If you have LED lanterns use those instead of candles and open flame lamps to reduce adding heat and for safety. Make sure your phone, laptop and stuff is fully charged. Test your generator and run it only 4-6 hours per day to conserve gas. That should be enough to keep the fridge and or freezer cold. Don’t overload the generator’s power specifications. You can use your car as a generator as long as the battery is kept charged and you have gas. So if you have a power adapter charge your phone and or laptop via the car battery.
Stay Home: Leave only if there is an emergency. If the power is down forget about getting gas, money from the ATM or the stores. Don’t get caught out with a bunch of hot, cranky folks who are not able to buy stuff they want/need. Wait at least a couple of days for the panic to calm down. If you must leave for a shelter (NO WATER or FOOD) listen to the news on where they are located. It’s going to get very dark in cities without power so don’t freak out and don’t stand out. Only run your generator when you hear others are running. Keep your head and your feet cool, drink plenty of water, stay in the shade watch for heat injuries. People survived for thousands of years without AC you can too!
What I’m doing for my test: I hooked a Box Fan to my little power pack got about 30 minutes, the power pak was partially discharged. I can get a 12volt DC fan to fan to run about 2 days on a full charge, so running the 120 volt big fans won’t work with the little power pak.
Tested my modified swamp cooler made with Burlap bag, a bucket of water and a fan and It’s okay if not great and could provide a little relief/comfort. The burlap does wick enough to soak up some water for evaporation cooling. I don’t have to worry to much about staying cool as my basement stays about 65-70 degrees.
Stay safe folks!