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Storm’s coming… (Contest)
Friday, November 4th, 2022

UPDATE: The winner is…Sara DoMoe!

I’m late posting. The day’s overcast, and we have some rough storms heading our way, but our power went off for several hours this morning, which does not bode well. With nothing else to do, I took a shower in candlelight, using up the rest of the hot water in the heater. Then I worked on straightening my art room since it gets some sunlight (my office does not—it’s a basement room). The power came back on a half hour ago, so everyone’s charging their devices because we very often have outages during the kind of weather we’re projected to get (thunderstorms with the possibility of tornados).

So beyond charging our devices, we’re planning on getting takeout early so dinner prep isn’t interrupted. We’re going to feed and walk dogs early so we’re not doing it in the rain. Any chores that need doing, we’re getting out of the way early. We checked the gas cans in the shed to make sure we can power the generator if we need to… I think that’s it. Oh, I have candles and a lighter in a place I can find in the dark.

So, do you have to plan and prepare for storms? If so, what’s on your preparedness list? 

Reading devices charged up with a book or two to keep you happy in the dark? Dry snacks on the counters so you don’t have to hunt them down?

Answer for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card!

16 comments to “Storm’s coming… (Contest)”

  1. Laura
    · November 4th, 2022 at 1:43 pm · Link

    I have several oil lamps plus battery operated lamps. To
    cook I can use my fireplace. I read paperbacks so as long as I have light I’m good.

  2. Mary McCoy
    · November 4th, 2022 at 1:44 pm · Link

    Make sure all the portable phones, Kindles and flashlights are fully charged and there are comfy seats and blankets in the basement.

  3. Charlene Whitehouse
    · November 4th, 2022 at 2:03 pm · Link

    No preparation for storms. Just make sure lawn chairs are up.

  4. Diane Sallans
    · November 4th, 2022 at 2:17 pm · Link

    Make sure my cell phone is charged, make sure my rechargable lantern is charged, pull out my electric company bill to have the phone# to call about the outage.

  5. Sara DoMoe
    · November 4th, 2022 at 2:37 pm · Link

    I have battery powered lanterns for each room that are small and have handles to make easy to carry. They are kept on the dresser of each room and in the corner of the dining room, kitchen, and front room so I know where they are. I also use my car to charge my phone as needed which has the light feature as well. I have food in fridge that I can eat without heating as well as dry snack food and canned food if needed. All else fails, I go to families house about an hour away and they have generators.

  6. Beverly
    · November 4th, 2022 at 4:32 pm · Link

    If there’s a storm looming g…I get everything charged…phone, tablet, e-reader, the battery operated lantern…Get out the extra batteries in case I need to change any of those in the flashlights. If the power goes out I can still cook on my gas stove, so we can at least have grilled cheese. And, I always have a paperback in reach to read by the flashlight.

  7. Mary Preston
    · November 4th, 2022 at 6:36 pm · Link

    We have a fresh water supply, torches, candles etc. Have a well stocked pantry. We recharge all electronics. Any outdoor furniture is stowed.

  8. bn100
    · November 4th, 2022 at 7:00 pm · Link


  9. Jennifer Beyer
    · November 4th, 2022 at 8:12 pm · Link

    With winter coming I am working on lighting and heat for the cold months in case we have a power outage.

  10. flchen1
    · November 4th, 2022 at 11:22 pm · Link

    Definitely charging devices and portable chargers. Making sure anything outdoors is tucked away. Locating batteries and the lighter and candles! And figuring out possible easy snacks and meals in case we lose power.

  11. Debra Guyette
    · November 5th, 2022 at 6:20 am · Link

    I make sure I have edible food, lots of water and flashlights with fresh batteries. Maybe some candles. I also fill the bathtub with water to flush the toilets

  12. ButtonsMom2003
    · November 5th, 2022 at 2:07 pm · Link

    Living in Florida it’s always wise to be prepared for hurricanes. My friends and family learned this the hard way in September when Ian hit. I have a box that contains our important papers so I can grab it quickly if we have to evacuate. Fortunately/unfortunately (?) we weren’t in the state when Ian hit. Luckily, our house was still intact when we returned home.

    Hope your storm wasn’t too bad.

  13. K. Campos
    · November 7th, 2022 at 2:35 am · Link

    I charge all my devices and always have at least 2 or 3 portable battery chargers when I know theres a possible flood or big storm coming. I make sure we have enough water, food and other necessities. I also have flashlights and extra batteries, and if I have enough time I sometime prepare food that doesnt need to be heated.

  14. Sue Payton
    · November 12th, 2022 at 8:45 am · Link

    We have a coleman stove, we can at least have instant coffee or breakfast, battery operated lanterns, batteries, backup charger that I can hook up computer etc if power goes out. We have a generator. Lets hope we don’t have a bad winter like we did a few years ago.

  15. Pamela Reveal
    · November 12th, 2022 at 1:53 pm · Link

    Extra propane tanks to cook on the grill
    We have a generator
    Charging banjs
    Plenty of gas in cars
    Extra gas
    Water gallon and bottles

  16. Delilah
    · November 15th, 2022 at 4:01 am · Link

    All great ideas. Thanks for participating! I need to invest in a few more battery-operated lanterns…

    The winner of the GC is…Sara DoMoe!

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