I am not a prepper or a survivalist, but that being said, I do have first hand personal experience on this topic. You see, last winter our area lost power for 10 days over Christmas. And it was COLD, below zero kind of weather. The kind of cold that can kill. The weather was so bad, we couldn’t go anywhere (like a hotel that had a backup generator or a family member’s home hours away.) So what do you do?? How do you survive when the power goes out? Being prepared just in case, takes a lot of stress out of the situation!
Staying warm is going to be your number one priority. It doesn’t matter what other supplies you have on hand if you freeze to death first. If you have a fireplace or wood stove, you’re set. We really want to get a wood stove put in just in case it happens again, but haven’t been able to yet. Not only does a wood stove give you heat, but you can cook on that bad boy. We were lucky enough, that within a couple days we managed to get our hands on a generator. Having a generator is a must if you are in the country or an area prone to severe weather and power outages. Our generator was only able to power our fridge, a lamp, and two heaters, but that is because we allowed our neighbors to tie into it, so they could run heaters too. In a crisis, it is good to know your neighbors and be kind to them, you never know when they can come in handy. If you are heating with a space heater, limit the area you are trying to heat to one room. You can always hang plastic or blankets in doorways to keep heat in the area you want.
But what do you do if you have no fireplace or generator? Well there are other things you can do to keep warm……..
- Clothing – Layer up! You want to keep warm, but not sweat. Sweating is counter productive to staying warm. Have wool socks on hand, a knit cap, and of course gloves. Your extremities will get cold first so watch your fingers and toes.
- Blankets – Make sure you have blankets on hand to cuddle under. Cuddling under blankets with a family member is a bonus, share your body heat with each other!
- Check for drafts/leaks – Cover windows with blankets to help keep the cold out. You can also roll up towels and put them along doors to help keep cold air out.
- Make a heat source – You do not want to build a fire in your living room, but you can always build one outside and warm rocks or bricks, which you can wrap in towels and bring inside to place under blankets with you.
- Board games
- Deck of cards
- Paper, pencils, crayons
- If you have a big cardboard box, turn it into a “tv” and let your kids act out shows
- Indoor balloon volleyball
- Look at old family photos and reminisce
- Paper airplanes
- Simon says
- Make a masking tape hopscotch on the floor
- Tic, tac, toe and hangman