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How long could your household do OK without electricity and water from a central system in cold weather?

Votes (206)
62
A week or so
48
A few days
40
Indefinitely
36
A day or two
19
Less than 24 hours
1
Undecided
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Cammie Rodgers
February 19, 2021 at 4:17 pm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2021/02/19/power-outage-what-to-do/?arc404=true

Good article and the comments are also helpful in most cases.
Jerome Fields
February 19, 2021 at 3:50 pm
Our biggest issue would be no electricity for the Sump Pump, even though we have a back-up battery it won't last forever, if there were a lot of melt off once the cold temps had passed. It would be bailing time.

Glad we have a well (with manual hand pump if needed) and 2 fireplaces. Had our whole house Tyvexed and put on insulated siding last year. Lots of coolers for food storage if need be. An outdoor grill with a burner run on propane for cooking. Lots of blankets. Have a solar/crank radio to charge cell phones. Candles, oil lamps, and flashlights for light. Always keep at least 8 gallons of drinking water handy and fill the bathtubs for flushing if we know there might be a power outage.

Best of all, great neighbors that come together when times get rough and pool resources.
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