Are You Prepared for a Major Power Outage?!

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Real Estate Agent with Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 UT DRE# 6541633-SA00

Are You Prepared for a Major Power Outage?!Yesterday, we celebrated Martin Luther King Day and I thought it would be a perfect day to spend with my 2 teens at home. Maybe we'd  watch a movie or two and enjoy each other's company...That was at 8:00 a.m. before the power went out!

I lit several candles, called the power company, who responded by telling me they'd have it taken care of in a few hours. No problem, we'd just hang out and wait it out. Well, needless to say, a couple of hours turned into a marathon 12 hours.

  1. It made me realize how ill-prepared we were for this type of emergency!
  2. Most of our candles were burnt at least halfway down or better
  3. Where DID we put those flashlights?
  4. AND batteries?
  5. No generator = NO POWER!
  6. NO Emergency Kit for times like this
  7. Where DID we pack away those extra blankets?

Personally, I like to face challenges as they present themselves but never thought we'd be facing a power failure on that level. Silly me.

Are you prepared?! It's something to seriously think about.

We are now shopping for a generator and putting together an Emergency Outage Kit so next time we will most certainly be prepared!

 

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Debi Boucher
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REALLY good advice, Wanda! It would make sense for me to pay heed, and get at least somewhat prepared should it happen here. My in laws in Florida are always prepared, due to the frequent outages during the hurricane season.

Debi

Jan 19, 2010 05:47 PM #9
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Out here we have to always be prepared for that devastating earthquake. So we have earthquake kits with all that stuff in them, but we also have batteries and flashlights in each room. We lost cable for an hour yesterday, and I thought that was rough.

Jan 19, 2010 06:03 PM #10
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.

Debi, I have planned by the end of the week to get what we need, put it in a convenient location so we can act accordingly next time because undoubtedly, there will be a next time!

Russel, You guys are well prepared! I would not have made a good pioneer, I like reading by a nightlamp...couldn't do it by candlelight!

Jan 19, 2010 06:25 PM #11
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO

Wanda

It's never fun being without power.

We have been without electric in Florida with the hurricanes the longest was 10 days and I can tell you it was no fun.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 19, 2010 06:47 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.

Lou, 10 days is a long time and no, not a lot of fun but at least we can do some things to alleviate the discomfort. The best to you!

Jan 19, 2010 07:02 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. - Brampton, ON

Sorry to hear of your trouble yesterday Wanda! Life, eh, it happens while we make plans they say. Good plans like a day with your teens!  No am not prepared and after the major Big BlackOut we had a few years ago that took most of the province out, you would think we would be! Oh well, got any spare batteries?

Jan 19, 2010 07:24 PM #14
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Our power just went out for a few seconds a couple of minutes ago, and I think it's the thought of not knowing how long it will last that is most distressing. With all of the rain we're expecting this week, I'm well stocked on food and know where the flashlight is, but it's still a lost feeling when we're involuntarily disconnected from cable TV and the web.

Jan 19, 2010 07:30 PM #15
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.

Al & Peggy, You know it was time well spent with my sons. We ended up playing Hangman for quite some time until my husband showed up with a borrowed generator! And yes, we now have batteries to spare!

John, I can do without TV for awhile but had an elaborate plan for getting my lap top on-line. It involved exrension cords, a power adapter and my car's battery! These rainy seasons are definitely unpredictable! The best to you!

Jan 19, 2010 07:43 PM #16
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Shoshana Shay
St. Pete Realty - Treasure Island, FL

Wanda, I forgot how ill-prepared I was before moving to Florida and hurricane country. Now I use my "hurricane supplies" all year long: lots of flashlights and lamps, solar/crank radios, battery-powered clocks, battery-powered speakers for the ipod, emergency power pack always plugged in, longlife candles with cooking adapter...and, of course, "hurricane food." The only thing I missed the other day was cable when the power went off two hours before the football playoff game (I was ready to watch online if I had to, and the power came on five minutes prior to kickoff).  It's worth investing in some extra gadgets, and then just use them every day.

Jan 19, 2010 07:51 PM #17
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.

You do live in a high wind area! Thank you for more ideas on much-needed emergency supplies Shoshana! Including FOOD!

Jan 19, 2010 08:07 PM #18
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Shoshana Shay
St. Pete Realty - Treasure Island, FL

Wanda, if you have a Trader Joe's they have some wonderful long-lasting food or things in smaller packets that you can open without the remainder spoiling. From experience, I have two rules for hurricane food: 1) I have to like the food (there is nothing worse than trying to eat your leftover hurricane supplies at the end of the season and not wanting to... or having to eat them during days of no power when you could have made other choices!) and 2) include a lot of different kinds of flavours and textures (sweet, salty, crunchy, smooth, sour, bland).  In an emergency, you will feel better if you have some choice in taste, since you have no choice in terms of power, lighting, heat/cool, etc. And don't forget a mechanical (not electric) can opener!

This may have to become a blog... I didn't realise how much I have to say about hurricane supplies :)

Jan 19, 2010 08:24 PM #19
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
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Shoshana, We  have a Preparedness Mart here and my husband and I will go and check it out. And yes, you should do a blog, you know quite a bit regarding emergency preparation and what you know will be great advice for many locations! Thanks again!

Jan 19, 2010 08:33 PM #20
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Dee Mayers
Covina, CA
San Gabriel Valley, CA

Wanda,
I had no idea you wrote this until now, 7:32p.m. PST. I guess we were thinking the same thoughts, how about that, I hope the Disaster Prepared List I wrote about gives you an idea of what to put together.

Jan 19, 2010 09:36 PM #21
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Diane Rice
Diane Rice, Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - South Holland, IL
SFR, SRES, CNC

Hi Wanda!  We don't care for power outages and mostly take things for granted.  I try to take advantage of the outage and count my blessings and enjoy the peace of no noise!!  Much to think about isn't it?  A back-up generator is something Husbo has talked about, but we have not taken the leap to purchase it yet.  You have some topic here... got us thinking for sure!

Jan 19, 2010 09:56 PM #22
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John Cannata
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Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

We always say we will prepare, but it has not really happened yet. We have water, but really no 'plan'. Im sure our flashlights need batteries.

Jan 20, 2010 02:16 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.

Dee, Yes, many thanks for your disaster preparation list. It's interesting we had a power outage here and you were writing how to prepare for such an emergency.

A power outage happens a couple of times a year here but usually for just a short while but this time it was very uncomfortable after 10 hours and we'll plan accordingly this time!

John, We will be better prepared when it happens again! I've got batteries NOW if you need them!

Jan 20, 2010 07:52 AM #24
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Wanda, once after a major huge storm, we lost power in the whole DC area for over a week!  It was summer, so we didn't exactly need blankets around here.  And generator?  Well, there was one at my office, so that's where I took my electric rollers.  Nobody here was prepared for it, and things got pretty interesting.  What a girl will do for a big bag of ice!

Jan 20, 2010 08:43 AM #25
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Gabe Sanders
the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

One of my best investments I ever made was a backup generator.  Powers about half my home automatically in case of a power outage.  Has been a wonderful addition numerous times in the past 12 years.

Jan 20, 2010 10:07 AM #26
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Karin Elliott
IBA Realty Group - Big Canoe, GA

I bought a house with a generator and have never regretted it since. It worked for me the week we moved in. It was July and hot as heck! When the power went out and I had a truck to unload there was no better sound than the generator and then the a/c kicking on! Whew!

Jan 20, 2010 11:41 AM #27
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Steve Merson
Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX
CNE, e-PRO

Hi Wanda,

Yes, now that I think about it, maybe I am not really prepared enough!  Where did I put those candles???????

Steve

Jan 21, 2010 09:47 AM #28
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