Post SandraElectricity is back! And internet. And hot water. Life can start to return to normal.
Life without electricity helps with the "appreciation" factor. I like the think of myself as a grateful person (I lead a charmed life and I know it) but this experience helps drive it home. This experience has helped me with appreciating the simple things.
I am one of the lucky ones. Long Island still has 450,000 households without power (out of about 1,200,000).
My daughter was worried that I had no power but I explained to her I never lost power - just electricity.
I am thinking of putting in a small solar system (and she thought I did not have power - it takes a lot of power to even consider buying enough planets for a solar system).
I am likely to invest in a small generator to at least run the freezer.
I am sure my list is not as good as many others but the following is my suggestion for those preparing for a hurricane:
1 - Take out a bit of cash. ATMs do not work and some suppliers will not be able to accept visa.
2 - Have bottled water. We were never without water but some people were.
3 - Have matches and a lighter is handy. Matches became tough to light since they got a bit moist just from the moisture in the air since there was no heat.
4 - Have candles (and of course make sure they are used safely)
5 - Batteries. They last longer than I thought they would. 6 days without electricity and did not even need to change flashlight batteries. But still - it is good to have some extra.
6 - Food. Dried lentils, rice, beans, quinoa etc are inexpensive and easy. This is the way I like to eat usually so this part is not a problem.
7 - Have some way to cook. A propane BBQ works well. We are lucky enough to have a gas stove. We also have camp stoves but did not think to lay in any extra naptha.
8 - Fill the car with gas. Right now, there are no stations with gas and any station with gas has a 3 hour line up.