Friday, January 12, 2007

I'm so thankful for electricity and so hopeful we will have continued service throughout the next week. We are a full-electric household, so no electricity means no hot water, too. There is no wood left to buy and the wood we already have for our wood-burning stove will last about 8 hours.

The ice is pelting down right now. I don't expect this storm will be as bad as the last since it started as ice. Last time it rained all day and then turned to ice and the soaked branches iced all the way through. It was just too heavy.

My emergency preparedness has consisted of filling the pantry and refrigerator, sanding down all the walkways, putting a heat lamp on the porch for the outdoor cats, washing the dishes, washing the clothes, washing the children, putting wood in the stove and charging the cell phone. I have a barbecue pork roast in the crock pot for dinner tonight and the number for reporting an electric outage posted by the old-fashioned phone (the new phones don't work without electricity, you know).

Although many report we Oklahomans are acting a little crazy buying up groceries and wood and sand, I must say the last ice storm taught me many lessons about being prepared. For instance, if you don't clear your garbage disposal before the electricity goes off, your house will STINK in a few days. Anyway, having extra groceries and wood and sand around really isn't a bad thing. Hopefully we won't need it all, but at least we'll have it if we do.

"This is a one-in-maybe-15- to 25-year event," CNN severe weather expert Chad Myers said Friday of the forecast freezing rain, sleet and snow. The big story will be how many roads are shut down, airports are shut down and how many power lines are down because of the ice this weekend," Myers added.

3 Comments:

Blogger CGHill said...

I'd just like to know how come we have these "15- to 25-year" events three or four times a decade.

8:21 PM, January 12, 2007  
Blogger Burg said...

I hope we don't lose power too.. I'm just north of Tulsa..

Stay warm!

11:38 PM, January 12, 2007  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Glad you're doing well and the power is still on.

Our power is on over here as well. Last time we were without for almost four days, and that was plenty!

This global warming is a pain in my ~ ahem...

later...

10:21 PM, January 13, 2007  

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