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-40C and you're without Electricity, What would you Prep?

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-40C and you're without Electricity, What would you Prep?

Postby N8tureboy » Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:50 am

Hey guys, we're faced with a different scenario here in Labrador, and other northern areas. Weather's been -40C now for a few days, and I'm wondering what everyone else has done to prepare for a extended power outage at these cold temps?
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Re: -40C and you're without Electricity, What would you Prep

Postby helicopilot » Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:26 am

We just had a wicked cold snap in the Prairies too... So, a big honking generator, tons of fuel, a few electrical portable heaters, a kerosene heater and kerosene lamps with a few gallons ok kerosene. Bring it on!
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Re: -40C and you're without Electricity, What would you Prep

Postby Captain_Ambiguous » Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:49 am

Just blankets pretty much. Provided civilization hasn't ended, I can't think of much reason to need anything else. Maybe a radio with a pack of batteries.
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Re: -40C and you're without Electricity, What would you Prep

Postby N8tureboy » Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:44 pm

I've been getting things ready, Bought a Dish Heater, low wattage for a large space, the Generator (6500W) can't run the baseboard heaters in the house. (Maybe a bigger one in the future) I'm also in the process of installing a fireplace, for Cooking and Heat. Propane stove, and loads of propane. Loads of blankets, it an easy answer, but not always practical. Someone commented about the Higher calorie intake during cold periods. That's something i hadn't considered. Adding that to the plan. 4 Dogs, that need to be fed and kept warm as well.
Alot to think about.
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Re: -40C and you're without Electricity, What would you Prep

Postby livingpower » Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:28 pm

Captain_Ambiguous wrote:Just blankets pretty much. Provided civilization hasn't ended, I can't think of much reason to need anything else. Maybe a radio with a pack of batteries.


During the ice storm that hit southern ON through the east coast last December, thousands of people lost power. This was during an extended cold snap and some people were without electricity for close to two weeks. Even if civilization hasn't fallen, thought should be given to preparing more than just blankets.
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Re: -40C and you're without Electricity, What would you Prep

Postby Captain_Ambiguous » Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:40 pm

livingpower wrote:
Captain_Ambiguous wrote:Just blankets pretty much. Provided civilization hasn't ended, I can't think of much reason to need anything else. Maybe a radio with a pack of batteries.


During the ice storm that hit southern ON through the east coast last December, thousands of people lost power. This was during an extended cold snap and some people were without electricity for close to two weeks. Even if civilization hasn't fallen, thought should be given to preparing more than just blankets.


I endured something similar in the 90s, back in Newfoundland. Don't recall anyone dying. We weren't even that uncomfortable. In most cases a blackout is just a blackout. So yeah...blankets.

Now if we're talking electromagnetic pulse that takes out power EVERYWHERE, including the food packaging plants and distribution network, well yeah that's a disaster. If such an event came during a cold snap then you'd want plenty of warm jackets, boots, gloves, hats, etc. I'm in the process of gathering more of those. Everything else is just general prepping, IE cooking stove, hunting rifle, and so on.
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Re: -40C and you're without Electricity, What would you Prep

Postby MrsPrepwPets » Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:53 pm

N8tureboy wrote:Someone commented about the Higher calorie intake during cold periods. That's something i hadn't considered. Adding that to the plan. 4 Dogs, that need to be fed and kept warm as well.
Alot to think about.

Doggie calorie and fat needs go up in cold wx, too. You mentioned that you're looking into long term solutions, and mine for the pets revolves heavily around eggs - whole egg powder for the condensed serving portion and longest storage time and scrambled egg mix for slightly higher calories and protein but also a heaping ton more sodium and cholesterol. You can just mix it up in anything damp or wet; you don't have to add all the required water or cook it for them because it's all been pasteurized.

The dogs eat raw and cooked fresh eggs on a regular basis at the moment and I mix in less expensive boxed versions here and there to keep them tuned for a need to eat it later. The cat has some dried and canned fish and some freeze-dried fish and chicken to make her eggs and oats and yams a little more appealing if she needs it, but I keep in a couple cases of canned cat food. Kibble is good for a few months, but it's just not space efficient for me to store and they all get human food supplementing their diets anyway. I make homemade dog food, so even close to expiration, it'll get used.

It's nice of you to share your home with four money pits and I always love hearing that they're part of an emergency plan. The good news is, if they get along at all, you have built in space heaters for a tent or that sectioned off mattress for as long as you can feed them. :)
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Re: -40C and you're without Electricity, What would you Prep

Postby lgsbrooks » Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:09 am

I would get out all the hot water bottles for bedtime, I would make sure a tent was in the living room to sleep in & be in when too cold in other( blocked of) rooms, I would make sure the portable toilets were ready for if needed, kerosene heater/kerosene, solar oven & other cooking methods at the ready, long underwear & warm clothing etc
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Re: -40C and you're without Electricity, What would you Prep

Postby PrepHer » Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:54 am

I have a wood cookstove to keep us warm and cook our food = lots of firewood. I try to have 2 years worth.
It took me 20 years to get to that point (after the 1998 Ice Storm). But I always had a wood stove here.
Cold is a killer.
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Re: -40C and you're without Electricity, What would you Prep

Postby Bradleyman » Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:06 am

This happened to us a few years ago when my wife and I were taking our EMS course in another town about 40 km away so we bought a 7500 watt generator and wired it into our house so we could manually change over our essential electrical needs by unplugging them from our panel then into the labelled cords from the generator....viola power for our furnace fan and septic pump,fridge,an outlet in the kitchen for coffee maker/toaster oven,and some power to our living-room. We later had a 3 day outage the next year and we did quite well in -48 degree with wind chills at -75. Our home is super insulated so that helps a great deal.
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