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On Wednesday March 13, Colorado (including where I live)  experienced an epic blizzard.  In the space of 10 minutes, the weather deteriorated from a moderate cool rain to a raging blizzard.  At my house, we got about 1.5 feet of snow with 3 - 5 foot drifts.  Wind was a sustained 50 - 60 mph with gusts up to probably 80 mph for 12 hours.  We lost power for 25 hours; which was kind of a big deal since we are on a pump rather than a municipal water system. No power, no water.   People just across the street from us are still out of power.  The temperature in our house fell to 50 degrees.  Thank goodness our home is very well insulated.  Nonetheless, the only warm place in the house was right in front of the fireplace.

It was a real adventure; but it was only 24 hours.  We talked about what it would have been like if it had been a week or two; and the temperature stayed below zero the whole time.  It would cease being an adventure and become an ordeal - especially in bitter cold.  We learned some valuable lessons:

1. Keep several cases of bottled water around.

2. Have a stash of candles (including holders for them); or several battery operated LED camping lanterns handy.

3. Have LOTS of batteries for the lanterns.

4. Have extra batteries, a car charger, and/or a solar charger for your cell phone.

5. Have a several day supply of food that needs no preparation or can be eaten cold.  Our choice for this storm was PB&J and sardines on crackers (and donuts).

6. Keep vehicles in good running condition and full of gas in case you need to scramble or if gas stations can't pump.

7. Stay in touch with family and neighbors in case anyone needs help.

8. Have a first aid kit and fire extinguisher.

9. Have a stash of cash to pay for stuff if power or internet is out and credit cards/checks won't work.

10. Have faith, pray, and sing worship songs.

11. Have baby wipes to wash with.  Really handy if you can't use water.

There is a day coming when we may need survival skills and tools (including persevering faith) until Jesus comes.  It doesn't say anywhere in the Bible that "God helps those who help themselves"; but it's not a bad idea to be ready.

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Thanks for sharing that. Glad you are all OK I find myself wondering how a similar scenario would look over here where it was minus 4o C about a week ago.

It is common sense to be prepared for emergencies. Recently, we had no water for about 8 hours a day, two days in a row while the town was fixing something underground near by. I had to run to a service station and use their janitor sink to fill up big jugs with water to flush toilets.

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On 3/15/2019 at 4:09 PM, phkrause said:

And if you can afford it, get a generator!!

That's the best solution.  Need an electrician to properly set it up so your little generator doesn't try to feed the entire outaged grid!

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