We are in the midst of our third extended power and/or heat outage in 2011. I discussed how we survived one of these outages here.
In another incident, our furnace broke during the winter’s worst snowstorm, in February. Replacing the furnace took five days. We survived that storm by keeping warm with a fire in the fireplace and with space heaters. Space heaters were possible because we still had electricity. Still, on the coldest night of the storm, I stayed awake held my children against me to make sure that they kept warm as they slept.
The current outage we are surviving is a general blackout with more homes affected than Hurricane Irene. We don’t have electricity to run space heaters and our little fireplace isn’t sufficient to heat the house without space heaters to supplement. I have only one suggestion for surviving a storm like this:
1. Buy a generator.