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For most people, when the power goes out, it's only for a short time. The  way you know the power went out  is the clock on the stove or microwave is blinking. We had the power go out last night for a short while. The fan by the bed stopped and the silence was astonishing. 

For us, if the power goes out, we don't have anything. No water, sewer, nothing. There are only three homes on the power line, so if there is a major weather event with power outages, we will probably be last on the list to have the power line repaired. Most people can get by for a day or two without power. I remember when I was a kid, we had an ice storm in October. The leaves were still on the trees. Ice on trees with leaves is not a good mix. We were without power for a several days. Heat was from the fireplace, food was cooked on a Coleman stove and we rarely left the living room. My parents are from the depression era. They always had "stuff" just in case something bad were to happen. 

As I lay there in the silence I started thinking. What if this is a major power outage? Do I have enough "stuff" to get by for a few days? You can really work yourself up into panic mode, but it did make me think about what I need to do. 

The mid section of the U.S. is under a weather siege with Tornadoes, flooding, dangerous cold and snow. Unfortunately, most people in the U.S are probably unprepared to take care of themselves and their loved ones even for a minor event.





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