The leaves have begun to turn. The frost has yet to arrive on the pumpkin, but you know that it is coming soon.
Being “prepper-minded” I have been thinking about the things I need to do to get ready for winter. Unfortunately, I will be losing my fireplace to a remodeling job for which we traded a fireplace for more space. Now, when the electricity goes off, there is no back-up plan. I have to think about that.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) published some ideas, so let’s take a look.
“Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety
The Extreme Cold Prevention Guide combines all of the key content of the CDC Winter Weather website into one downloadable, printable file. Printing this PDF file ensures that you will have important winter weather health and safety information available even when you’re without power or Internet service.”
“Information available even when you are without power or Internet,” got my attention.
The old adage, cold doesn’t cause colds may not be exactly true.
“Whenever temperatures drop decidedly below normal and as wind speed increases, heat can leave your body more rapidly. These weather related conditions may lead to serious health problems.
Extreme cold is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in susceptible people, such as those without shelter or who are stranded, or who live in a home that is poorly insulated or without heat.”
Native Americans had to survive harsh conditions and lived practically outdoors all of the time. It is survivable with some common sense.
“Emergency Supplies List:
• an alternate way to heat your home during a power failure:
– dry firewood for a fireplace or wood stove, or
– kerosene for a kerosene heater
• furnace fuel (coal, propane, or oil)
• electric space heater with automatic
shut-off switch and non-glowing elements
• multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher
• first aid kit and instruction manual
• flashlight or battery-powered lantern
• battery-powered radio
• battery-powered clock or watch
• extra batteries
• non-electric can opener
• snow shovel
• rock salt
• special needs items (diapers,
hearing aid batteries,
It doesn’t appear to me that the CDC has urban dwellings adequately covered so I will keep searching for better ways and possibly new technology for staying warm when the power goes out and there is no fireplace. Download the complete pdf at CDC