Getting Ready

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to get by without many of the things we consider essential in our early 21st century lives. The most obvious of these things is electricity. I found this article by Anita Evangelista in Backwoods Home Magazine, http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/evangelista73.html, on how to live without electricity. She isn’t talking about moving beyond the grid, although she has lived that way before, but rather what to do when the power goes out because of a natural disaster or other sudden, unanticipated event.

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Evangelista covers the basic information for how to prepare for a power outage, and that is an important point. You have to get ready before it happens, because if you wait until the electric goes out, you are pretty much stuck. The author makes another interesting point when she says that you should try to keep your family’s routine as normal as possible during these times. It is easy for people to give in to fear and paranoia when their surroundings are altered suddenly and beyond their control. However, if you have prepared for that occurrence, it can be less disruptive. We have a habit at our house: when the power goes out, we light candles, break out the dice, and play Yahtzee.