Be prepared for the worst

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This is my little blue Christmas tree.  Notice that it has no lights and, therefore, no need for electricity.

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In 2006, Hawaii experienced a huge earthquake, which knocked out the electricity, particularly on Oahu, where I live. We learned how much we depended on electricity.  Without electricity, we could not access the ATMs or the banks, and we could not use our credit cards.  And if we had no cash, how could we pay for groceries at the few stores that remained open during this crisis?

Oh, it was so bad for people who had no cash whatsoever. Credit cards and ATM cards were absolutely useless during the power outage.

However, even with no electricity, David and I were still able to cook food on our little butane stove, which David had won as a door prize at a party.

The power was restored within nine hours for us, but several days for others.

Moral of this story: Be prepared for the worst.

Have some cash, have a battery powered radio and flashlights, have a 3 month supply of medication, have lots of toilet paper, have a barbecue grill or gas stove, have lots of canned goods and bottled water, and above all, have a manual can opener, because electrical can openers won’t work during a power outage.

7 Responses to “Be prepared for the worst”

  1. DJan Says:

    Good information, Gigi. I have a camp stove from my earlier hiking days, and my husband has kept his, too. We have dried beans and quinoa which could be prepared on it. And we always keep a little cash on hand. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  2. Olga Says:

    My husband always had contingencies for just such an incident along with a supply of food and water always rotated in our storage cupboard. He always had cash squirreled away as well. I have been very lax about that especially since I moved from the larger house we shared. I kind of feel like he is speaking through you to tell me to be prepared. Thanks, Gigi.

  3. Tom Sightings Says:

    We went 9 days without electricity after Hurricane Sandy. Don’t wish that on anybody. We toughed it out for four days in the dark and cold; then got in the car and drove 50 miles to find a hotel room. P.S. A lot of people put in generators after Sandy; but if course, we haven’t lost electricity since then, not even once.

  4. Christine Says:

    such good tips, it is scary to think of no electricity. I have a battery powered radio somewhere that I have never used. It might even be a wind-up one.

  5. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    Wonder if people will take checks? I still have those and use them.

  6. Beatrice Says:

    These are all good suggestions, Gigi. My husband is a former firefighter and he always keeps emergency supplies in our home and in the vehicles as well. You never know when a disaster will strike.

  7. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    Such a cute little tree – and I love your rug!
    I remember that power outage. The kids didn’t know what to do – especially at night without lights, computers, etc. This was before the days of the iPhone with Wifi so everyone just went to bed early. It was a nice break and I learned to love candles.

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