[aside (already?): I always thought the lyrics were "Lights out. Uh huh. Dance, dance, dance."]
Where was I? Oh, yes. The snow storm that hit our area was infinite shades milder than the blizzards of two and four years ago. Nonetheless, I prepped myself and the house for the high likelihood of losing power. In DC, we had underground power lines that left us snug as a bug in an electric blanket year after year. In MD, I find that a stiff breeze is just as likely to knock out our power as a hurricane is. Run down of my list for those in need.
- Fill up the water bottles, ice trays, and Britta® jugs. Last summer, the waste water filtration system in the area lost power and clean water was being carefully used and monitored. On a trip to Florida one year, we had no water and had to purchase it from Home Depot® just to drink, do dishes, wash ourselves, and flush the toilet. It didn’t happen this time but better prepared than sitting around stinky-breathed. Fill Ziploc® bags (tightly zipped) with water and fill the freezer with them. The fuller the freezer, the longer it will stay colder and you can melt the ice for water later.
- Place all flashlights, candles, matches, and batteries in a central location. This house is big and you don’t want to be stumbling up and down the many sets of stairs to flick a Bic®.
- Shower, do laundry, wash dishes as early as you can.
- Stock up on bread, cheese, cracker, and shelf-safe milk. Horizon® is a fave.
- Charge all iProducts®, portable DVD players, and phones. Speaking of phones, keep Pepco’s phone number in your address book so you can call to report the outage.
- Make a Thermos®-full of coffee and keep in the fridge for the next morning. A shot of caffeine makes the difference between tolerable adventure and blinding headache madness.
- Cook as much of the expensive frozen stuff in the freezer; eat all the ice cream. Not as urgent when the storm is in the winter but when it’s 100+ degrees outside, do it!
- Apparently, it’s best to keep non-cotton close to your body if you are in the snow. Silk or polyester undies and leggings are recommended and for kids, bathing suits under their clothes.
- Remember that with no power comes no responsibility.