Preparedness; Part 3

26 Jan

Continuing on with our discussion about preparedness, let’s talk about staying warm. Most of you who live in rural areas, especially in northern climes, have multiple sources of heat. You realize it is best to not be solely dependent on one means of staying warm. You may have electricity or natural gas as your primary means of heat, but you probably have a backup plan. This plan may be a fireplace or wood-burning stove. You may also have a propane burning heater with one of those big tanks sitting outside of your house. You may have a smaller bottle of propane with a heater you attach to the tank such as the Mr. Heater buddies. This is the tough buddy.

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This is the small buddy.

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This is the tank mounted buddy.

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If we had a weather emergency here in Tennessee, you could survive without any heat if you stayed inside, dressed warmly, and piled blankets on top of yourself. I’m not saying you couldn’t get really uncomfortable without heat, but it probably wouldn’t kill you. But in some places it could get cold enough to be life threatening, and I know most of you in those places are already prepared, so this advice is for newcomers to the idea of prepping.

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You can also get a kerosene heater like this one and it would keep most homes warm enough to stay comfortable during a winter storm.

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If you read my post from a few days ago you will remember we had tornado watches for the area. I had advanced warning and I had time to double check on my storm preps. One item I have neglected to mention until now is a radio. A radio will keep you up to date with the storm warnings and provide a little entertainment if the electricity goes off. I have one like this which is battery powered, but it also has a hand-crank feature. You can wind it up and play for 30 minutes without battery power. So in review, we have discussed having water, food, medicines, pet food, a can opener, a means of heating up the food, a source of light, a source of heat, and an emergency radio. We will continue this discussion later, until then, be safe!

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2 Responses to “Preparedness; Part 3”

  1. John January 27, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Good comments. Here in NW Kansas we have to have a means of heat if power goes off. Our main heat is a pellet stove. We have a propane wall heater that doesn’t need electricity. We haven’t ever used it in the two winters we have been here. I also have a MR. Heater that I use in my work shop. We have a wood stove that we are putting in our little cabin. I am thinking about solar back-up for the pellet stove. It uses about the same as 4- 100W light bulbs going full bore.

    • doublebhomestead January 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      John, sounds like you are all set! I hope you never need to use the back-ups, but it sure makes you rest easier knowing you have them on hand, doesn’t it?

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