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  • Power Outages in Tulsa May Last Several Days

     Fallen Power Line

    Last night and this morning, the Tulsa, Oklahoma area got hit with some pretty strong winds and lightning. This morning more than 100,000 customers had no electricity— and it could be several days before power is restored. Read more here.

    What have you done to prepare your home and family for a power outage? Here are some items we suggest you have on hand for those “so-rainy-and-blustery-it-knocks-out-the-power” kinds of days.

    Emergency lights and Flashlights
    Light sticks
    Solar Power
    Battery or solar-operated fans to cool down
    An indoor-safe heater that doesn't require electricity
    Hand and body warmers
    Wool blankets
    Emergency bivvy or sleeping bag
    Games or other entertainment to help pass the time and keep young children calm (make sure activities are easy to do by lantern or candlelight)


    When was the last power outage in your area? How long did it last? Were you prepared ahead of time?


    Emergency Essentials 100 hour candle

  • Lessons Learned: Kirsten Survived a Four-Day Blackout


    In the summer of 2005 Kirsten and her family experienced a four-day power outage caused by lightning striking the area transformer.

    Here’s what she had to say about it.

    My husband and I thought we were prepared for a "common disaster". We were completely wrong.  When power went out for days, we could not run my husband's CPAP machine to help him breathe overnight. We also lost everything in our fully stocked freezer, causing us to lose hundreds of dollars of frozen food.  We also neglected to realize just how hot the house would get in a heat wave with the power out, or that people run the fire hydrants to try to cool off. This made it so that we had very low water pressure, which meant that we didn’t have water to rely on!

    We [were counting] on frozen and cold food storage for our food, and on being able to cook with our electric pilot light gas stove!  While having a small propane cook stove helped, it rapidly became so hot in the house that we couldn’t cook anyway, and all of our cold food stores were ruined.

    I wish we had known to store water; it never occurred to us we wouldn’t have water!  I wish we had more shelf-stable food, more water, and enough battery or generator power to handle my husband's medical needs!

    Kirsten’s advice to preppers?

    Get a generator or several batteries to handle medical needs, have stored water on hand to last at least a week (the amount of time my neighbors were without power during Sandy), and have a LOT more dehydrated foods and shelf-stable foods.

    All too many people assume that they can cook when the power is out, but some modern stoves will not light without an electric ignition pilot! In addition, so many city folks rely on frozen food and their refrigerators (like we did) and that’s simply not helpful if you lose power for very long.

    Thanks for the great advice Kirsten! Make sure you have a way to ignite your oven’s pilot light. In some cases the solution may be as simple as keeping matches on hand. It also pays to be prepared with alternative cooking gear (like a Volcano stove or a Sport Solar Oven).  And of coursewe love the point Kirsten makes about storing potable water. Clean water for drinking is a top priority.

    If you’d like to read more from Kirsten, check out her Be A Prepper blog.

  • Staying Warm without Electricity

    Just over one week after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, snow from a nor’easter—a hurricane-like storm known to cause coastal flooding, coastal erosion, hurricane-force winds, and/or blizzard conditions—is delaying recovery efforts. In some areas of the region, the nor’easter has knocked out power where Sandy didn’t, leaving more residents without electricity to heat their homes.

    Ice storms and heavy snow can be powerful enough to knock out power in many parts of the country. These blackouts can last hours or days. Luckily, there are space heaters available that can keep us warm at home, work, school, or other types of shelter without electricity.
     Propane heaters made by Mr.Heater® can run safely indoors when operated according to manufacturer directions. These innovative space heaters use either disposable 1 lb. propane cylinders (like those used for camp stoves or lanterns) or 20 lb. cylinders (like those used for barbecue grills). They also have safety features that include tip-over and low oxygen shut-off switches. Here are some models we recommend for winter emergencies:

    - Heats up to 400 square feet
    - Perfect for large areas like great rooms, living rooms, studio apartments, offices, or shelters.  
    - Depending on temperature setting, operates for approx.:
                -1.5 to 6 hrs. on one 1lb cylinder
                -3 to 12 hrs. on two 1lb. cylinders
                -25 to 110 hrs. on one 20lb. cylinder
                -50 to 220 hrs. on two 20 lb. cylinders
    - Low, medium, and high settings
    - Free standing or wall mount
    - Easy to carry
    - Battery or AC adapter operated blower fan
    - Tip-over and low-oxygen shut-off safety switches

    - Heats up to 200 square feet
    - Great for medium-sized areas like living rooms or offices 
    - Depending on temperature setting, operates for approx.:
                -3 to 6 hrs. on one 1lb cylinder
                -48 to 110 hrs. on one 20lb. cylinder
    - Low and high settings
    - Fold-down handle for compact storage
    - Tip-over and low-oxygen shut-off safety switches

    - Heats up to 100 square feet
    - Powerful enough to heat smaller rooms or offices 
    - Operates for approx. 5.5 hrs. on one 1lb cylinder
    - Compact and portable
    - Tip-over and low-oxygen shut-off safety switches

    Whether you live in a large house or a small apartment, these heaters can keep you warm when the power goes out. See more Mr. Heater products at BePrepared.com.

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