Many people in NJ are still suffering from the Super storm Sandy and the nor’easter that followed a few days later gave a one-two punch. With Sandy, we were without power for 8 days, and just as we got power back in our house, within 24 hours, we again lost power after the Nor’easter!
Fortunately, we got back power within 24 hours after outage #2 an we were warm and toasty at hour home. Now that we are resuming our normal life, it’s time to reflect on some of the things I learned from this experience:
- Get a Generator, if you live in an area where you lose power, invest in a generator, so you can reduce the “disruption” to your life. This is going to be my next investment, so when the next super storm hits NJ, and I lose power, my generator will keep my house warm and save me from throwing away hundreds and hundreds of dollars in food!
- Have friends and/or relatives that are willing to be your escape strategy if you don’t have backup power (generator anyone?)
- If you are determined to stick it out, make sure you have flashlights and firewood to keep your sanity when you are without electricity.
- Have lot’s of warm clothes and layer your clothes, so even though you are freezing, you look cool in your multiple layers of clothes.
- Make sure you have enough batteries, candles and lots of patience with your kids as they go crazy without their electronic toys that no longer can be charged!
- Get an inverter for your car. You will be surprised how useful the inverter is when you have laptops and electronics that you HAVE to charge in your car!
- Make sure you have enough gas in ALL your cars! If your area doesn’t have electricity, there is a high probability that you won’t be able to get gas for a while
- Stock up on food that are not perishable. Evaporated milk will go a long way when you will be out power!
- Plan, Plan and Plan for being without power for extended periods of time.
- Make sure you have enough batteries and flashlights to last for a few days.
- If your neighbors have generators, be nice to them and beg/plead so you can get a line from their generator to your house..
Even as I write this posting, there are hundreds of thousands of people in NY/NJ that are still without power. I truly pray that these people get their lives back and can get some normalcy in their lives.
The past few weeks have been humbling. What we took for granted, is indeed a commodity (Electricity). Don’t take this commodity lightly (no pun intended).
If you read this post and were impacted by the storms, I’d like to hear how you survived the past few weeks.