Surviving a power outage in Subzero weather
You’re going about your everyday life and a nasty winter storm hits. Your power goes out, and you’re completely snowed in without a chance of getting out. You quickly realize your house will soon start to get cold, real cold!
What can you do to stay warm?
Well hopefully you prepared for this kind of problem in advanced, but let’s look at some options that you might have.
- Wood Stove – If you don’t have one, get one! Even a cheap, used wood stove will provide more than enough heat to warm you during an emergency.
- Create a Warm Room – Find the smallest room in your house, and wall it off with thick heavy blankets. It’s easier to heat, or keep heat in a small area than it is to heat a large house.
- Backpackers Stove – A Small backpackers stove can be used to heat water. The hot water can then be put in water bottles and shoved into a sleeping bag to keep you warm.
- Put on your Winter Gear – Hats, gloves, and coats. It may be uncomfortable to wear when you’re trying to sleep, but you’re trying to stay warm, not comfortable.
- Tent - In your small room, you can also set up a small tent to sleep in. It will capture your body heat, and help you to stay warm at night.
- Dress in Layers and make sure you stay dry. If you start to sweat remove a layer at a time.
- Candles - A couple of good candles in a small bathroom sized room can actually provide enough heat to keep you warm.
- Eat Something - Eating can actually help keep you warm; it can be especially important right before bed. If you eat right before going to bed, the energy your body uses to digest your food can keep you warm at night.
- Make a Fort – Remember making forts when you were a kid? Well, those fort making skills are going to come in handy. Making a blanket fort can help capture heat, and can help you get through until the power comes back on.
Prepare Before it Happens: Stocking up on some of these items can help you prepare for winter power outages.