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When you’re preparing for the blackout and thinking of what items you have to power, really think about it. I politely disagree that the fridge/freezers are a no-brainer — or even that electronic items are a priority. Start off by first knowing how cold your freezer gets (use a thermometer) and test how long it stays below freezing when unplugged. Deep freezers stay cold for a long time without power (ours stays about 5 degrees and takes about 84ish hours before it starts to thaw). If it’s your main fridge/freezer I like @M.E.’s suggestion that you get some type of battery powered cooler (or even a standard cooler, dump the ice in the freezer into it!). A lot of things don’t t really need to be refrigerated: cheese, butter, juices, beer, many sauces or condiments. Milk is cheap, drink it or dump it (give it to the animals?). Prioritize your meat — if it’ll all fit in your cooler you don’t need to power the fridge. Do a cost analysis, is keeping your broccoli frozen worth the cost of a generator and storing fuel? As far as powering a laptop or tablet — if the power goes out do you have internet? Do you have wireless? In our (rural) area, if we lose power we almost always lose internet. There’s not reason to prioritize digital items if they can’t be used for their main purposes. A solid external battery for your phone may be all you need. Think about it and have a plan (it’s what we do). Maybe it’s summer and some areas get really hot, and your backup power is for your A/C. Or you have a well and can’t get water without backup power. But all in all people lived without power for a long time. Hopefully you have food that doesn’t have to be cooked, some water on hand, and some non-digital/electronic entertainment (bored people do stupid things).


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When you’re preparing for the blackout and thinking of what items you have to power, really think about it. I politely disagree that the fridge/freezers are a no-brainer — or even that electronic items are a priority. Start off by first knowing how cold your freezer gets (use a thermometer) and test how long it stays below freezing when unplugged. Deep freezers stay cold for a long time without power (ours stays about 5 degrees and takes about 84ish hours before it starts to thaw). If it’s your main fridge/freezer I like @M.E.’s suggestion that you get some type of battery powered cooler (or even a standard cooler, dump the ice in the freezer into it!). A lot of things don’t t really need to be refrigerated: cheese, butter, juices, beer, many sauces or condiments. Milk is cheap, drink it or dump it (give it to the animals?). Prioritize your meat — if it’ll all fit in your cooler you don’t need to power the fridge. Do a cost analysis, is keeping your broccoli frozen worth the cost of a generator and storing fuel? As far as powering a laptop or tablet — if the power goes out do you have internet? Do you have wireless? In our (rural) area, if we lose power we almost always lose internet. There’s not reason to prioritize digital items if they can’t be used for their main purposes. A solid external battery for your phone may be all you need. Think about it and have a plan (it’s what we do). Maybe it’s summer and some areas get really hot, and your backup power is for your A/C. Or you have a well and can’t get water without backup power. But all in all people lived without power for a long time. Hopefully you have food that doesn’t have to be cooked, some water on hand, and some non-digital/electronic entertainment (bored people do stupid things).


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