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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Prepping is cool when it's hot...

High-voltage lines for the long distance trans...Image via Wikipedia
If you've stuck your head out the door lately, you've undoubtedly noticed that it is hot outside. This extreme heat and humidity is expected to last a few more days before a somewhat cooler air mass moves into Ontario.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that as the temperature climbs so does our consumption of electrical power. Our aging power grid normally hobbles along just fine meeting the consumer demand of electricity, but not always. On days like today, yesterday and tomorrow, we can expect to be sucking as much power as those transmission lines can carry. Along with the outside temperature being hot, electricity produces additional heat that pushes the limits of the power transformers, insulators and the transmission lines themselves. Equipment bursting into flames is a very real possibility.

As a forward thinking prepper, it is only prudent to consider the possibility of a power failure:
  • Do you have extra batteries on hand for flashlights and radios?
  • Do you have food that does not necessarily require electricity to prepare?
  • Do you have large containers of frozen water in your freezer to help keep things cool?
  • Do you remember that the bathtub is a great place to soak and cool down?
  • Do you have entertainment options if the TV isn't working?
  • Do you have an alarm clock that doesn't require power?
  • Do you have a backup device to power some lights & small appliances?
  • Do you have a land line telephone that will work without power?
  • Are your rechargeable batteries actually charged?
[What have you done today to prepare?]