Stuff You’ll Need To Survive A Winter Power Outage

Stuff You’ll Need To Survive A Winter Power Outage by: Steve Nubie for Off the Grid News

It’s a simple fact. Power outages happen. Any outage always presents challenges, but a winter power outage presents a whole new set of challenges.

Some outages affect a city block, others a whole neighborhood or region. The cause is typically an ice storm, and the outages can be far-reaching. In Quebec, Canada, an ice storm left millions without power for up to six months in the cold of the Canadian winter. The result was a desperate lack of resources and support to any who needed any kind of assistance.

Preparing for a Winter Power Outage

A gas-powered generator with an ample supply of gas can make a lot of things easier. If you’re really ambitious, you could have a gas-powered, whole house generator installed. If you’re lacking both, you’ll have to get resourceful

Heat

Fireplace. This is probably the most common heating alternative that people have in their homes. It’s not as efficient as a wood-burning stove, but during a winter power outage, it’s a welcome resource. The ability of a fireplace to provide heat to one room is significant, but you may find that other rooms don’t receive as much heat depending on the size of your house.

However, it will keep the rest of the house relatively above freezing, but I would hunker down with family next to the fireplace on couches and sleeping bags. You’ll also want to open cabinets under sinks and make sure bathroom doors are open to prevent pipes from freezing.

Wood burning stove. Perhaps the best alternative heat source and capable of spreading heat beyond one room.

Black blankets in the sun. A curious suggesting from the Emergency Management Agency suggests putting black blankets on the floor where sunlight comes through the windows. The black color absorbs heat and will provide a bit of extra heat to the house.

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