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  •  Having gone through two weeks without power (25+ / 0-)

    after Hurricane Charley, there are a few extra things that you might want to consider:
    1) medications - make sure that you have at least two weeks of any medications. You don't know how long it will be before you can get to the pharmacy to get a refill.
    2) hurricane lamps and oil - yes, you have the flashlights, but that is directed light, it's kind of nice to have lamps that provide general lighting after it gets dark, and if you have a generator, you want that for the refrigerator and other absolute essentials.
    3) If you don't have a gas stove, consider a hot plate (or two) that runs on fuel. This is especially crucial if you or someone in your family needs coffee to get going in the morning. Once again, it's not a big deal for a morning or two, but if the power is out for an extended period of time, it can seem quite important.
    4) If you own a freezer, and the electricity is out for more than a day or two, you might want to consider having neighbors in for a party before the food goes bad. That's when the charcoal grill can be especially handy.

    The lists that are provided by the government I've found are more for getting by for a few hours or even a day, but if the power is out for longer, it can be quite difficult to be with your family without the computer, tv, phones, lights, coffee, etc.

    One thing that we discovered is that the electricity will be restored to malls and big commercial areas first, so if you can travel, that can be a place to go to just to be somewhere with power. Also, even when a grocery store gets its power restored, it takes them time to go through the store throwing out food that can no longer be sold and restocking.

    "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." Henry Adams.

    by glendaw271 on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 05:57:55 AM PDT

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