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We were ready and we survived the cold!

Surviving the severe cold was not hard.

1st we put 30 gals of water in 5 gal. pails for non-drinking water.

We had 5 gal of drinking water plus some individual bottles.

Plenty of easy to make food.

Extra propane tanks (2)

I heat with wood or gas.  Enough wood to last the winter

and enough gas for 3 weeks.


Kept in a warm shop and tested every month.

The outside boiler is set to be plugged in so that the pumps circulate

hot water to the house.

I have 2 200 ft extension cords and 2 100 ft ones.

I can plug in the freezers and refrigerators if needed.


Making sure everything is ready to use is key.

It does not happen over night, but start with the simple things

Comment balloon 5 commentsWilliam Feela • February 01 2019 12:12AM


When I was a kid . . . oh, no . . . not that, LOL . . . but we did not get schools closed because of subzero temperatures. That was just the norm. Like walking 5 miles to school uphill and barefoot in the snow. Back then the only reason to cancel school was too much snow. Not like the wimps today. Well, actually, perhaps a few parents sued the school when their kids got frost bite.

Looks like you're ready to hunker down, William.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 1 year ago

It sounds like you were really prepared.  I always keep bottled water on hand, and I have fire wood to burn in my fireplace, if need be.  There's always plenty of food at my house.  The one thing I don'thave is a generator.  We've had a couple power outages that lasted awhile, and a generator would have been handy.  My range is electric, but I have reasoned I can fire up my barbeque (propane) and cook on my covered patio, If need be.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 1 year ago

Hi William- you are absolutely right about this kind of readiness takes some time and planning. Stay warm. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 1 year ago

You are not going to have any trouble going off the grid are you William Feela ?

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) over 1 year ago

I can see you are ready.  You practice what you preach.

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 over 1 year ago