Earlier this month, our home was one of the millions that lost power in the Southwest blackout. I was out of town on a business trip but Mr. Boomer and I learned a lot about our emergency preparedness… or lack of it!
Mr. Boomer thought it was a localized power outage until he called his father and found out there wasn’t any electricity in his area either which is about 10 miles away. Until I called and reported the size of the outage and estimated repair times, he had no idea it would last well into the night.
One problem is that without electricity, our home was cut off from the internet, television and radio stations. We don’t even have a radio that runs on batteries! Once he knew the outage was longer term, out came candles and flashlights. I continued to be the source of information from 2500 miles away.
Water from our nearby water pumping station became contaminated due to backflow during the outage. Residents in my neighborhood were advised to boil water before ingesting it. Anyone that had an earthquake kit was ahead of the game because it should include water for three days.
Unfortunately, we’re not one of the households that has an earthquake kit so my husband boiled water for three days for himself and our pets.
With the power being out only about 12 hours in San Diego, having enough food wasn’t a problem. But we were unprepared if the outage had lasted longer and the food in our refrigerator became unsafe.
Crackers, peanut butter and trail mix would have only lasted a short time. To be honest, we don’t always have crackers or trail mix in the pantry so couldn’t even count on those items.
An Emergency Kit
None of these items were required when we were evacuated four years ago because of fire. But they could easily be needed in the event of an earthquake (very real possibility) and an extended power outage. We’re going to work on our emergency kit this fall and have it ready by the end of the year. Are you prepared for an emergency?