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94 Days After Sandy 1900 Homes are Still Without Heat, Power and Water

Daisy Luther
The Organic Prepper
January 30th, 2013
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There are still more than 1900 homes in New York and New Jersey that are without utilities of any kind in the prolonged wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Some families are getting assistance from FEMA and going to hotels, which they must leave every two weeks, go and apply for more vouchers and then check back in to the hotel.

Others are sleeping in tents.

Still others have remained in storm damaged homes without electricity, water or heat.

Sandy hit the area on October 29. It has been 3 full months and President Obama just got around to signing the aid bill today.

Could it be any more clear that you are on your own after a disaster? If you are not prepared, you, too, will be at the mercy of FEMA, waiting months for the President to get around to authorizing aid, huddled in a tent through the frigid months of  winter.

Think about being without utilities for three entire months.

  • You don’t have heat unless you have a fireplace or wood stove.
  • You can’t flush the toilet
  • You can’t take a shower.
  • You can’t turn on your tap to wash dishes.
  • You can’t put a kettle on the stove for tea.
  • You don’t have internet or television.
  • You don’t have refrigeration.
  • You can’t cook a warm dinner for your children.

How would you cope with this? Think seriously about 94 days in this situation. Would you be prepared?

If you are a prepper, this is the type of thing you prepare for. If you aren’t a prepper, does this situation inspire you to get started?

Think about what you’d need to survive 3 months without utilities. In this particular situation, people are able to go out and purchase things, so as bad as it is, it could be worse.

In a completely down-grid situation you need:

An alternative heat source that does not depend on natural gas or electricity 

  • Little Buddy propane heater
  • Wood stove or fireplace place
  • Kerosene or oil ¬†heater

Fuel for your heat source

  • Propane
  • Wood
  • Coal
  • Heating oil

Non-fuel warmth items

  • Sleeping bags
  • Tents (a great way to share body heat is to set up a tent in the warmest room in the house for the family to sleep in)
  • Coats, hats, scarves and gloves
  • Heating pads that can be warmed up near your heat source (like rice bags)

Water (these figures will vary based on the season)

  • Drinking water – figure on 1 gallon per person per day
  • Water for pets – depending on the size of the pet, 2 liters -1 gallon per day
  • Water for cleaning – washing dishes, brushing your teeth, washing your hands, personal hygiene, keeping counters clean, etc.
  • Gravity-fed water filtration system with extra filters

A way to cook, or at least heat, food

  • Wood stove
  • Camp stove
  • Outdoor Barbecue
  • Kelly Kettle
  • Rocket stove
  • Fondue pot

Fuel for your cooking method

  • wood
  • propane
  • gel fuel

Food, particularly items that require little or no cooking 

  • Crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned soups, stews and chili
  • Canned pasta
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • MREs (not healthy for daily use)
  • Dry milk
  • Cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Trail mix
  • Fruit that stores well, like apples and oranges
  • Pretzels
  • Nuts

Coolers (can be packed with snow in the winter – in some situations you might be able to purchase ice)

Cleaning supplies that don’t require water¬†

  • Lysol wipes
  • Disinfecting spray
  • White vinegar

Ways to keep clean

  • Dry shampoo
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Strong mouthwash like Listerine
  • Kitty litter, buckets and heavy-duty garbage bag for personal sanitation use

Convenience items (these items will reduce your need for water)

  • Paper plates
  • Paper napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Disposable flatware
  • Disposable cups and bowls
  • Garbage bags in all sizes

Lighting

  • Candles
  • Battery operated LED lights
  • Lanterns
  • Kerosene or oil lamps
  • Solar garden lights (charge them outside during the day, then use vases to hold them indoors at night)

Entertainment – most people depend on the grid for the majority of their entertainment – here are some ideas to entertain yourself and the kids without power

  • Books (the real ones made from paper – my favorite!)
  • Drawing pads and pencils
  • Art and craft supplies
  • Yarn and needles
  • Puzzles
  • Books with crosswords, wordsearch, sudoku, etc.
  • Playing cards
  • Board games

This list isn’t meant to cover everything ¬†a person would need for 94 days without power. If you aren’t yet prepared, this offers some suggestions for you. Everyone’s situation is different. You may have resources in your environment that will help you make it through an emergency that will rule out some of the preparations here. The biggest step is to realize what your needs will be and figure out how you would meet them if a disaster like this struck your home tomorrow.

The important thing is to realize that this can happen – right here in North America. It’s happening right now. As you sit there on your computer reading this, nearly 2000 families on this continent are trying to stay warm, clean, fed and healthy without electricity or running water.

It’s not just something that occurs in places like Haiti or Thailand. Our grid is so susceptible that it can be taken out by an ice storm, a summer thunderstorm or a confluence of events like Superstorm Sandy. Spend some time thinking about how you and your family would fare and then think about ways you can improve your odds.

Have you lived through an extended power outage? What challenges did you face and how did you meet them? Share in the comments!

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Contributed by Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States. ¬†She is the author of¬†The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months.¬†On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom. ¬†Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media.¬†You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,¬† and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

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  • Milo Mindbender

    But I thought prepping was only for selfish, bitter clingers?, why should we be worried, the big O will save us, and its almost Super Bowl weekend.
    I still am burnt up about all the humorous looks thrown towards our segment, for some reason the very people that were the backbone of the middle class are now vilified and demonized. White, combat veteran, church attending, employed males used to be a good thing, now they are the description of a budding domestic terrorist according to Dept. Of Fatherland security documents, and current US focus documents. Why are the very people that would be not needing uncle sugar in a disaster on day one being ridiculed?, and how will they pick they first five to crucify?
    RANT OFF, NOW RETURNING TO YOUR REGULAR PROGRAM.

  • http://T Evie

    Propane, never have enough. Burns slow and clean.
    The grill can be used outside to cook. Have propane heaters.
    Helps to know multiple people to relocate to multiple places. Stay as far away from rivers, creeks and oceans as possible. Constant nuscience of flooding, power outages and pesky pipe lines that want to locate nearby. Lots of these foreign owned pippelines want to bully their way into the USA to ship energy to China. Since it will not help our costs go down, I do not want them near me.

    • Red Scare

      Gotta disagree with you on living near a creek. A small creek can be quite an asset. Rivers and oceans are indeed a different story though.

  • BILL

    i dont see why people expect the goverment to take care of them as if they was some little kid that cant take care of themself,ive never ask the goverment for crap and according to this article of what people need i dont need them for a tragidy either.
    get a job people,men act like men not little boys,and women if you have a man that dont work or cant take care of you no matter what,dump the bum.

  • Mike

    I was without power for 3 months after hurricane andrew in miami.
    No big deal because i was a prepper even then. I had a generator, candles, food, batteries, crank radios, alcohol, water, wood to cook in the back yard, hammocks for sleeping outside on hot nights, guns, ammo, dogs, dog food.
    We missed the electricity sure, but it didn’t stop us from living.
    For a treat we would sit in the car with radio and AC on.

    • Mike

      I was not a burden on the government either. I didn’t need fema or anyone elses help.
      I didn’t stand in bread lines or water lines like many people.
      Preppers should be encouraged by the government, not branded as terrorists.

  • Mike

    OOOps…. here’s irony for you. The power just went out.

  • Anonymous

    Hurricane Sandy-Gate = generated by HAARP and so are many so-called “super” natural disasters = pre-planned insurance policies days before these disasters = pre-planned redevelopment and re-building of damaged places = more debt $$ being pumped into the system = fake recovery. Stay Awake.

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