Sunday, March 14, 2010

Without electricity?


Because of a Nor'easter, we were without power for a number of hours last night. Luckily we have a generator because due to huge snow melt AND torrential rain there has been massive flooding which means our finished basement would have been under water.
why?
Because we have Sump pumps that are electric. We did not splurge ( what we thought it was at the time) and pay extra for a battery back up.

So compared to many people in our area we were very lucky.

However, we were stuck at home for hours since there were extreme wind conditions outside and it wasn't safe to drive anywhere due to fallen trees.
We gathered all our candles and flashlights, but the surprise hit of the evening were the headlamps my husband and son bought for a boy scout trip last summer.

As kooky as the man in the pic above looks, we looked worse...
but they are awesome!

Invest in some to keep around in case of emergency, you won't be sorry.

13 comments:

Suburban Princess said...

Agreed! I keep wind up lanterns and radios around the house just in case!

Matty said...

We got a torrid of rain and very high winds last night too. Our lights flickered a few times, but otherwise it was all okay.

trifitmom said...

we didn't lose power but hubby has his headlamp and it cracks me up when he puts it on to do the garbage. it does come in handy when the power has gone out in the past.

Ronda said...

Hi, our electricity was out until around midnight. What a pain!
Those lights are great, my husband has one for fishing. It didn't do me any good, cause it is down in Maryland! I will for sure invest in some for here!
XOXO

Susan said...

Several years back we had the biggest blizzard that Colorado had seen and it left heavy snow accumulation on our trees. Well, one of the heavy, snow laden limbs broke off and took the main power line to our home right down with it. It sounded like a bomb went off. We were without power for 7 days. Can you imagine? Paige was only three months old. Paige, Emily and I huddled together and slept in Emily's twin bed to stay warm. We took all the food from our deep freeze and sank it in coolers in the snow. We tapped into a neighbors outside outlet and ran the heather during the day.
From that day I vowed I would never be put in a situation like that again. Come what may, we will be okay.

Andrea said...

Sounds like a plan...I always hate trying to hold a flash light and navigate around in the dark.
Blessings, andrea

megan said...

Hi! We are still without power! We are at in laws and are hoping to have power maybe by tuesday!! We have huge tree blocking our street and power lines down hanging in our yard! So crazy! Food all going bad by tomorrow! AHH!! Mary

Frau said...

Scary I'm glad you didn't lose any trees! I can imagine you all wearing head lamps too funny!

Susan said...

Married to a fly fisherman, we have those too... and they work great! We were spared this time...very lucky... what a mess and so dangerous! I also have a cheap transister radio and it's come in very handy when NO power - and so does Panera to get some lap top time!!!

La Dolfina said...

Gosh... what a mess!!
It sounds scary and cozy at the same time. I'm so glad you were so well prepared. It's a lesson for us here in earthquake country!!!
Wishing you a calm and dry week ahead!
Thank you for you well wishes on our good news :)
~xo

Somer Love said...

I can totally picture you all huddled in the kitchen wearing the lamps... Glad the power is back!

Joyce said...

I have been thinking of you and everyone out east. I'm glad your electric wasn't off too long. We got the backup pump after the first small flood in our basement. smile...

Sis Beth said...

We use the head lamps when we hike at night or snow shoe at night and when we walk the dogs at the cabin. Great idea to have them at the house too not just our cabin.