Here on the west coast, our summer weather had been extended a bit longer. Over the past week or so, there has been an occasional rain. But starting tonight and going into the weekend, we are expected to be bombarded with heavy rain and gusty winds.
Being prepared for such weather isn’t a big deal for most people. Large suburbs and cities often get their power back quickly. We live on the outskirts in a more rural area where the population is more widespread. Getting our power back on isn’t as big of a priority to the utilities company.
This sucks for many reasons. First, we are on well water and our pump is electric. No showers or general cleaning for us. Also no flushing the toilet more than once, that’s a single tank full. So we follow the old adage-
If we need an extra flush while the power is still out, we grab a bucket and scoop water from a rain barrel. As well, we have a few of those 18.9L cooler water jugs for fresh drinking water on hand. Today, I filled a couple more just in case.
No electricity sucks. It means our home is dark and cold. Really cold. We have a brick house, and at one point a couple years ago part of our home dropped to about 15°c (59°F) inside. We were also without power for four days. We are lucky to have a wood burning fireplace in the center of our home. Once it heats up, it can be pretty toasty.
2014 brought many trees and large branches down in our yard.
Our home and neighborhood is surrounded by old growth trees. With the high winds expected, there will also be many trees blown down. Our roads have been blocked for many hours at a time before road crews cleared them up. As well, our yard gets bombarded by large branches. The sounds of the tree limbs cracking and falling can be terrifying. They are that much more amplified while the power is out.
Today we prepared for the storm. I cleared the downspouts and drains, bought more fresh water, brought out flashlights, lanterns, and batteries. We gathered up our outdoor furniture and brought everything under cover. The last thing we need to do is bring some firewood inside and gather up candles. Every year I talk about buying a generator. (Usually during a storm or while the power is out). And every year I don’t.
Even though the power goes out for a few hours to a few days, we survive. We even play some board games under candlelight as a family. As much as it is an inconvenience to not have power, it’s not a big deal in short bursts.
Stay safe this autumn.