Do you live in an ice storm area? If you don’t know, do your research. Ask an old time resident if you are new to the area. “Have you ever seen an ice storm here? How often do they occur? How bad are they? When was the last bad one?” Go online and Google ice storm and add your location. Look at the history.
Start preparing for ice storms now. I’m not talking about building up a garrison or fortress. Let’s be practical. Let’s just do some common sence things that will pay off big if your lights go out. But first, let’s take a look at what you loose if a major ice storm hits your vicinity.
What You Loose
- You loose electricity. The lines will go down. If it is a single dwelling house line, you will have to wait days. The main lines that feed the community must be repaired first.
- You loose transportation. This will depend on how quick the streets thaw out or serviced by county crews. If you live in the south, it could be days. Remember last year when Atlanta made national news? Got a 4-wheel drive? Forget it. You will slide off the road on the first downhill section. Got tire chains? We don’t know what they are in the south.
- You loose the furnace pump. This is the small fan that pushes the heat through the heating ducts. You’ll still have gas, it doesn’t freeze. But it won’t do you any good without a fan to push it into the rooms. It’s like heating your house with the stovetop.
- You’ll loose perishable food if the roads don’t clear up in a couple of days and the stores aren’t restocked from panic rush buying. Frozen food will go next a few days later.
- You loose light.
- You’ll loose computer use. No recharging, no desktop computer.
The Approaching Storm
First, all the news and weather stations will be shouting out the warnings. You will be lucky if you get an accurate 2-day time warning.
You won’t need a college degree to figure out bad things are about to happen. Your trees will start with a fine coating of ice. It’s really very pretty. The trees look like they are wearing a coat of shimmering crystal. The wind will blow and you’ll hear an unusual crinkling noise. How interesting. Then you’ll hear rifle shots! These are the branches starting to break. Pine branches go first, because of the larger leaf surfaces for ice to collect. The little branches sound like crackling rifle fire. Then it gets louder. The bigger branches start breaking and trunks start exploding. They sound like cannons going off.
The light show fires into action. If it is dark, you’ll have as ringside seat to the excitement with all kinds of colorful displays. There will be bursts of purple, red, yellow, and green. A strange deep-throated boom will punctuate each display. They get louder as they get closer. These are the electrical transformers exploding. Suddenly a loud low-pitched explosion sounds nearby. You jump! Your lights flicker. Darkness.
The Lights Go Out
Everything is pitch black in the house. You fumble around looking for flashlights. If you are prepared, you grab the flashlight next to the bed. If you are unprepared, you try to remember where the flashlight is. You pray the batteries are fresh. Things are not so bad if it is daylight.
Time for a house meeting. Everyone is brought together. How many flashlights are there? Do we have enough food? Don’t open the refrigerator unless you have to! Where is the warmest room? Are your cell phones charged up? How about the laptop computer? You did charge up your tablet, yes?
In a matter of moments your usual life has changed. Life is not always predictable. Fresh food will only last a few days, if you don’t open the refrigerator door too often. Grab the frozen food quickly and shut the door! You have 5 days of food there if you are careful.
All of your communication devices die in a couple of days, if you are a frugal user. Electronic entertainment will suddenly disappear. No soothing music. Your gaming world is gone.
It’s a new world. You are now moving way from modern times. Hello primitive. You are now in a time warp.
Has anyone been caught unprepared? Tell us about it.