posted on Nov, 8 2012 @ 07:20 AM
We just got power back totally yesterday. What a bad week. I was going to start a new thread about the things that I've learned this past week, but I
decided to just post here.
First thing, solar flashlight are worth their weight in gold. We were able to avoid the battery panic all together. Also, a gas stove is a much better
investment than the new electric ones. We were able to boil pots of water to stay warm through out the days. Night time was different. We have two
kids (2 and 4), and we couldn't leave the water boiling. My husband bought a zero degree sleeping bag a couple months back. We used that with a
second blanket on the kids, and they stayed pretty warm for the most part.
We bought a power converter for the car before the storm came. While we didn't have phone service, we were able to keep things charged for the kids.
Unfortunately, I came to realize that both of my kids are WAY too electronic dependent. That fault falls on me. That is something that will change
We also had a little portable tv. It was a great thing to have, because we were able to get our local channels and stay informed on what was going on
around us. Another great thing to have was the hand crank radio.
The freezer stayed cold until the last two days. Filling up gallon ziplock bags w water 24 hours before the outage saved our butts! We did keep some
stuff outside, but having the freezer staying cold was a plus. The neighborhood cats show no mercy when you leave food outside.. Can't blame them
Antibiotics!! This was a biggie.. Almost our downfall. My son was attacked by a family dog during the storm. Not the dogs fault at all might I add.
Animals get scared and nervous too. Anyway, he had to get stitches, and he required antibiotics the next day.. Problem was, everything was closed form
the storm. We were finally able to get them from the hospital pharmacy. Just an FYI. The hospitals will fill them. We got our free of charge too. I
have more, but I have to get my son to school. I just wanted to post this because I hope some people will benefit from it.