Minor emergencies build experience
We have been plagued this year with intentional power outages, which, while inconvenient, are much better than the raging wildfires that result when the power is left on We usually have advance notifications. Still, going a day or so with no electricity is a good way to use and adjust your emergency gear.
We already had a decent stock of lanterns and a few power banks. One thing I acquired as a result of the power outages was an adapter that allowed me to use cordless tool batteries as power banks. Basically they provide a USB outlet. We were able to keep our phones fully charged and functional
This provided light, but no ability to cook. Here we put our camping gear to use providing the vital cups of coffee to start the day. And so on. Basically we had to adapt an change – for real good experience for more serious event – like thee dreaded Big One which will shake our region one of these days.
I am going to explore ways to use our Prius to generate enough electricity to at least power our fridge. Any feedback on that subject is welcome.
Learn all you can from life’s minor bumps. The knowledge and experience will come in handy .