Sunday, April 21, 2013

Things Learned During the Ice Storm

There are a few things I learned during our recent ice storm.  We were fortunate that it didn't last long and the ice started to melt after two days. It could have been a lot worse.   But we did loose power for  few hours and it was cold outside and we're lucky it wasn't out longer.   Fortunately the power came back on in the afternoon. 

 We learned weren't as prepared as we thought we were. 

  1. As it happened, our wood supply for our wood burning fireplace insert had almost been depleted and there was only enough wood left for few hours of heat and not enough to heat/cook a meal. 
  2. Our propane supply had also been depleted - so our BBQ didn't work either.  
  3. I couldn't find our flashlights - they hadn't been used in years.  
  4. Our battery run transistor radio had disappeared too.  
  5. Lamp oil was also depleted.  
It's when we need these things we realize how important they are.   The recent storm was a good reminder of what we need to do to be prepared with just the basics.  Just because it was spring didn't mean we were out of the woods as far as the cold was concerned. April can bring some strange weather in our area; freezing rain, snow, warm temperatures and just a few days ago within a couple of hours drive from us tornadoes. 

Here are a few more pictures of 2 days worth of freezing rain.  The buds on the trees survived.  
Last year this time we had a flash frost and it killed most of the blossoms on the fruit trees and there were few if any local apples last fall.


  1. Wow Janet....this is something that all of us should keep in mind. I pray that you are doing well now and that the ice is finally melting. m.

  2. Janet I learned my lesson in the ice storm of '98. Since we are on a well I have about 300L of water in the basement. I replenish it every two months ( in the wash machine so it doesn't get wasted. Flash lights are on top of the fridge and two beside our bed.Get the wind up kind. Crank radio too! Lots of food in the house and ice packs in the freezer. And like you said wood on hand. It is good you look at this as a lesson learned. It will be easier next time....hopefully it never comes.


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