We woke up this morning to find that it is 18 degrees with a high of 21. That’s not normal for central Texas, but not a big deal unless we lose power.
About 5 minutes after we woke up, the power went out. Uh oh. I got out the portable radio and the radio station that we listen to isn’t broadcasting. Double Uh oh. That means the outage is widespread and might last awhile.
Fortunately, power was restored within 30 minutes and we were on our way. Apparently Texas is doing rolling blackouts today to help prop up the power grid.
I got to thinking about our preparedness situation this morning. We’ve got plenty of food stored, so no worries there, but…
Without power, there’s no heat. OK, we can build a fire, but we don’t have any wood.¬† Well, we can go buy some wood, even at inflated prices, but with no power what are we going to pay with? (We don’t keep much cash on hand).
Some of my friends are experiencing frozen pipes and have no water. No problem, we’ve got about 100 gallons of water in barrels on our back porch. Oops! I guess we can’t use that either, anyone need some ice?
So, We’ve learned a few things today that we’ll need to adjust:
1. Get some fire wood. The fireplace is nice, but without wood, we’re not going to get any heating out of it.
2. Get some cash in small bills to keep on-hand for such a situation in case our credit cards don’t work (no power)
3. Seriously consider moving the water storage to the garage where it won’t freeze so quickly (It doesn’t get cold for long here, we’ll be in the 40s and 50s again by end of week)
I’m not happy about #3 as the garage is already filling up, but it seems like a reasonable step to take.
Fortunately, we’ve got power (most of the time) and are warm and safe, but today was enough of a dry-run to identify some gaps in our preparedness that we’ll need to take care of.