A power failure might occur suddenly because of an overload on the power grid, or a power failure can occur with warning such as when Hurricane Sandy struck.
Not every prepper can afford to buy expensive equipment such as a generator. Even if a prepper can afford to buy a chainsaw, and a barbeque grill, all three of the above mentioned pieces of equipment require fuel, which, over a period of weeks, might become hard to obtain. This article will discuss low cost alternatives to the equipment mentioned above.
In the event of a power outage, lighting will be an immediate need. Flashlights, battery powered lanterns, and headlamps can fill that need. Candles have the disadvantages of making hot nights even hotter and of increasing the chances of fires.
In the summer, a lack of air conditioning can make life miserable and can even increase the chances of dangerous heat related illnesses. If there is no way to get to a cooling center where there is air conditioning, a hand held or battery operated fan, and water from mist spray bottles can help to keep body temperatures down. At night, wrapping the overheated person loosely in a wet sheet can substitute for the spray bottle. Using air conditioning systems of cars is another possibility.
During hot weather, many people open their windows to catch cool breezes. Without window screens, however, mosquitos can make sleep difficult or even dangerous.
In winter the opposite problem can be to not have enough heat. Extra blankets and layers of clothing, hot water bottles, and dome tents are possibilities. Propane portable heating units are another possibility in well ventilated areas, but carbon monoxide alarms are needed, and nobody should sleep while propane heating units are operational. The heating systems of cars are another backup possibility.
An axe and a hatchet could substitute for a chainsaw.
Since washers and dryers will not work without electricity, preppers should do their laundry before blackouts, if possible. In the event of extended blackouts, washboards can substitute for washers, and clothesline and clothespins can substitute for dryers.
Since dish washing may difficult or impossible, it should be done before blackouts. Also, supplies of paper plates and cups and plastic utensils will come in handy.
Instead of cooking food, canned food will keep a prepper’s family alive for a while.
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