Today on Repairs101 we’re going to look at a list I’ve been compiling of some of the most important things to have on hand when the power goes out – winter or summer.

I’m going to start off with water because it’s the most fundamental key to staying alive.

Water cooler jug - 1 gal./person/day  Pickle jars storing emergency food

Next is food that doesn’t require refrigeration or cooking – and, hey! Don’t forget about your friends.

A good rule of thumb is to have three different ways to start a fire available to you.

If you’re lucky or smart enough to have a fireplace make sure you have a jag of wood and / or lumber to burn. A hearth doesn’t do much if all you have to burn in it are candles. If you’re going to try the Flower Pot Heater, be sure and see my video from last week. They work OK except you’ll need about ten of them to heat a small room. Same goes for lanterns. Make sure you have a good supply of fuel.

Costco Red Cross First Aid Kit

Invest in a decent First Aid Kit. You only need to use it once for it to pay for itself.

You can never have too many flashlights… unless you forget to stock up on batteries.

Propane BBQ with warning against indoor use

I want to mention that you can use barbeques and camp stoves outside to make coffee and cook supper on – no matter what time of year it is… as long as you have fuel to burn.

These “Space Blankets” used with your own bedding and secured using some duct tape or masking tape can make a huge difference in the quality of your sleep.

As can sleeping with a hat or better yet a balaclava on. Fresh and clean socks, underwear and whatever else you plan on wearing. I’m not here to judge.

iPhone and back-up power

A radio with a crank generator and a backup power supply for your cell-phone and laptop will make the blackout go by a lot quicker.   

As will having some sort of “off grid entertainment” like a deck of cards to pass the time.

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