Well, most of us have the power back on after an incredible summer storm that kicked it’s way through the south coast last weekend. At it’s height on Saturday there were over half a million customers without power and some are still waiting for their electricity to be turned on. Thank you to all the crew at BC Hydro. You all worked very hard and did your very best. I was one of the lucky ones in Cloverdale. My power was only out for three hours. Some people have been without power for over 36 hours!
I’ve always considered myself someone prepared for emergencies. But after this weekends storm I have some work to do. I’m pretty good with first aid kits. I have a good one in the house and a good sized one in my Nissan Rogue. But it got me thinking. What if this had been a little more serious? My cell phone would definitely be toast by now. What things could I change now to make life a little easier without the juice.
First, the purchase of a vehicle cell phone charger. Next, a battery and or hand crank radio for inside my home. Bottles of water to be kept in my Nissan and changed every couple of months… and instead of throwing out those big 4 liter milk jugs, I’m going to use them for an emergency water supply and refill them every couple of weeks. Heck, it you have kids, make it one of their household jobs. That way they’ll know where to find it if they need it. Remember, they say each person in your household needs 4 liters of water per day, so you do the math. One more thing I recommend is purchasing an additional propane tank. Cooking all those meals on a BBQ can empty a tank pretty quickly.
I could go on for days here about what you should have planned, packed and stored. The big items that come to mind are water, food, including pet food, candles/flashlights and medications… and don’t forget about a manual can opener…. that could get very interesting.
The video is about ten minutes. You might not need all the items he shows you, but it’s a good list!