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Monday, October 31, 2011

What if we had a big power outage?

The big snowstorm that broke all the trees and power lines in the Northeast is causing a lot of suffering.  How would you like to be without power from Saturday to Wednesday?

"New Jersey's largest electric and gas utility, PSE&G, warned customers to prepare for "potentially lengthy outages" and advised power might not be fully restored until Wednesday. More than 612,000 lost electricity in the state, including Gov. Chris Christie."

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In cold weather, you need an alternate form of heat.  We have a Big Buddy propane heater, which runs off of little 1 lb.  propane cans, and I also purchased a long hose so I can attach it to a big 20 lb. propane tank.  

You should also have enough warm clothing and warm blankets or sleeping bags to allow you to sleep without heat.  Remember to get all the pieces for each person:  hat, gloves, heavy leggings, coat, boots.  I have been finding all that stuff at Goodwill.

Goodwill sells its heavy coats or ski pants for between $8 and $28, I have purchased some really good ones.  Their boots are $4.50 a pair.  The gloves, mittens, and hats are about $1.37 each.

It is a wonderful feeling to know that we have enough warm clothing for our family, and we could survive in the cold.

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