The other night I was at home with a friend watching some tv. All of a sudden the power all went off. While it wasn’t off long I had a chance to use some preps and kick myself for not having others already. Let me share my experience with you today.
Me and my friend were sitting there watching something on food network when the power cut off. I didn’t even hesitate I got up and grabbed the closest flashlight. I used that light to go light my oil lamp and then passed out a flashlight. I put on shoes and went into the hallway to see all my neighbors coming out. That let me know it was at least apartment building wide. It turned out someone down the street had hit a telephone pole.
The power was not off very long but I still had time to learn what worked and what I need to improve on. When the lights went off I carefully walked through the apartment in the dark for a flashlight. Sadly I realized there was one on my end table I could have just grabbed. So I plan on getting more flashlight, cheap ones, and putting them everywhere. I might get some stick on tap lights for the walls. I have one store bought oil lamp and will probably add one more at least.
The bigger issue was my procrastination. I have the money set aside to build a battery backup system. I have been putting it off for at least two weeks. The mini power outage would have been a good test of it. I was kicking myself the whole time. I’ve decided my next day off I will be building my system and documenting the process. This will be the last power outage I go through without backup power.
Have you been through a power outage recently? Were you ready? Let me know in the comments!