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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Prepping... yep sometimes it is late when you realize it.

Recently we had a couple earthquakes as well as a nice windstorm, which is still blowing in some areas.


Some people had some damage. Others had power outages. Others took it in stride.

Jamie at Woodside Gardens, learned her lesson and is grateful it was just a power outage… even if it may have been a little late. They at least got what they needed for prepping:

This weekend was a big eye opener for my family and I. Friday night we lost power, due to the unusually high winds sending an unusually high number of trees into the power lines. No big deal, right? We've weathered lots of power outages before! They never last more than a few hours, and we have lots of candles and blankets.


Saturday morning came, and we were still without power. Hmm. We don't own a generator. The 6 year old keeps forgetting to NOT flush the toilet, and now we have no water. Should we try to find a generator? Nah, the power will surely be back on in a few hours!

Saturday night, still no power. DON"T OPEN THE FREEZER!!! I have hundreds of dollars worth of food in the freezer, and if it thaws out, we're in trouble. And its getting really cold in here. Its 36 degrees outside.

Sunday morning, still no power. The house is very cold, and everything in the refrigerator is spoiled, including all the green beans I just harvested from the garden and hadn't had a chance to process yet. Husband decided that we have to get a generator NOW. Off to town we go, and had to look at 6 stores to find one. Imagine that, we weren't the only ones who decided we should get one! $800.00 later, we're on our way home, sure that the power will be on now that we spent all that money. Thank God we aren't burdened by credit cards any longer and had money in savings to pay cash.

What the Hell?! Now its SNOWING!!!

Back at home, the power still isn't on, so we get the generator running, and get the fridge, freezer and furnace plugged in by running extension cords through the kitchen window.. No well pump, as we aren't wired to switch it easily to generator power. If it was colder out, the well lines would all be frozen by now. We all took baby-wipe baths and snuggled in to watch a movie on the little TV that we plugged into the generator. If we hadn't gotten the generator, the freezers would be thawing by now.

We ran the generator all night last night. At 5:15 the alarm went off. Time for Rob to get ready for work. UGH. But then, a flash and a buzz, and on came the power! Yahoo!!! It was off for a total of 60 hours. If we hadn't left early Sunday to get the generator, they would have been all sold out and we would have been out of luck.

Top 5 things I learned from this ordeal...

1. Canning my produce, and even as much meat as I can, is a very good idea. The freezer is not a dependable food storage solution.

2. This is ALASKA. You need backup power. Dependable back up power. And you need the house wired for that backup power.

3. Kids get scared when the power goes off, even if they say they are fine.

4. Have emergency funds. Since we don't have credit cards (thank God) we would have been in a much worse situation if we had no way to buy the generator and emergency food and fuel.

5. I want a woodstove. You can heat with it AND cook with it.


I have a generator, but we didn't need it.  We would have let Jamie and family borrow it if needed.  I was more worried about the trees falling over:

When everyone was freaking out about SNOW, I was driving through Wasilla at that time going.. look at the SNOW on the Mountains. I didn’t see the soft fluffy cold stuff coming down, it was more sleet like but nothing to get worried about.


Now, there was a nasty windstorm a few das ago and the wind left big trees laying everywhere.. including on people’s houses. The lights were on when we got to our cabin, but the Toyo stove wasn’t working. Air bubble in the line it seems and MAN was it chilly last night. Hubby is driving back up tomorrow to fix it and then we are going to sit down and figure out what to do for sure. Rent out the Cabin for honeymooner types, and get together’s and mountaineers and so on? Or should we go long-term rental? Or should we just sell. Someone told us about their rental and what they did. I don’t know.. but the honeymoon rental would work. IN Alaska in a Cabin WITH running water and sewer… hmm. Something to think about for sure. And if you didn’t know, Talkeetna has a huge population explosion when you can climb Denali and they rent well and are usually cleaner then most people.

So always remember, crap happens anytime, anywhere.  If you aren't prepared you are going to wish you had been.





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3 comments:

Rev. Paul said...

That is VERY good advice from those who have learned the hard way. Thanks.

upinak said...

Paul you are in my prayers.

Gen-IL Homesteader said...

Wow! What an ordeal in 36 degree heat! We can definitely all learn from them! I have been canning so much more meat this year than freezing for exactly the reasons as they mentioned. Thanks for a good post!

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