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January 13, 2007

Home Survival Tips Wanted

Kind of an open thread format.

Another band of difficult weather is predicted for next week. When electrical losses and freezing temps coincide, we hear a lot of bad stories.

About people not venting their generators to the outdoors, for example. Or people bringing their Smoky Joe charcoal grill in the house for a little heat n' smoke poisoning.

There are some good techniques for making a Winter storm more tolerable, though. Good things to have on hand ahead of time. Ways to keep perishable food safe longer.

We generally keep a battery-powered radio and scanner at hand, lots of candles, a good powerful camp lantern, beer, three kinds of psychotropic drugs, and of course, Komodo Dragon venom and extra syringes.

I know to avoid opening the fridge or the cellar freezer to help keep the perishables cold, but really because the leftovers frighten me with their terrible gibberish-whispering.

In our suburban area, we haven't had any days- long outages in years and years. We don't have a generator. We're ill-prepared for a serious extended emergency. Particularly if we couldn't leave the house.

Please share your tips and suggestions.


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