3 Kids, A House and A Blog during an Extended Power Outage


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3 kids a house and a blog during a power outage


There are a lot of things you learn when you are going through them.  This was one of those times.    We had an ice storm.  Unlike snow, you can’t go out and have fun in the ice.  It’s actually pretty dangerous with the black ice and with the falling ice.    When it’s 19 out, the house will be livable for about 12 hours without any additional heat source.  After that, it gets very cold and very dark.  So, here are my tips for surviving an extended power outage and not lose your kids, your house and keep up with your blog.

The house


  1. Wash all the dishes and clean the counter tops (especially true if it’s hot outside and you are leaving for an extended amount of time).
  2. Look into buying a generator (prior to the outage).  I think it’s good for preparedness in general.  If you have it filled with gas, it’s ready to go when you need it.  You can choose what you would like to hook up – your refrigerator, or your heat, or your TV, or whatever.
  3. Go to your canned food and stored water for food and water, flush toilets, etc.

The Kids

  • Call friends so you have somewhere to stay if it’s really cold/ hot.  It’s a good time for playdates.  Buy some food at the store and provide lunch for everyone.  It’s a win-win for everyone.
  • Stay at a hotel for the night.  When your power goes off, it’s a good time to start looking and booking.  The longer you wait, the harder it will be to find a hotel for a reasonable price.  The cheap rooms book up very fast, and by 5 or 6 PM only the very expensive rooms within a 1-1.5 hour radius will be available.
  • If you stay in a hotel, you must make it very clear it’s not a vacation.  The kids will be very excited – as would be expected.  You are staying in a hotel, eating out, having fun.  It is fun, but not a vacation.  If you are not going out and seeing the sights and spending money on souvenirs, then you need to make that clear from the beginning.   When you are packing – only take what you need, and spend just a little bit of time packing (don’t make it a long extended affair).  It helps if Mom just packs for everyone).

We took – 3 pairs of underwear for everyone, 3 pairs of socks, 2 pair of pants and t-shirts, toiletries, and one electronic/toy per person.   It’s amazing what fun a toddler can have with just one toy.  Between my 5 of us, we had 3 small bags (1 mostly loaded with diapers).

  •  Bring food so you don’t have to eat out.  If you have a refrigerator and microwave, definitely bring as much food as you can eat.  Milk, cereal, sandwich fixings, chips, water/drinks.
  • Maintain a schedule.  We are a homeschooling family.  Of course, I ‘m not going to bring a ton of books, art materials and such.  But one book with some questions, a hand writing book, some math work, or something.  Even if it’s just a 15-30 minute activity – it’s better than nothing.
  • Let go of the cloth diapers.  It’s just one extra thing that you have to do, worry about, and prepare for.  There are these new diapers made with wood pulp from sustainable forests.  You might want to get a pack or two of Bambo Nature diapers and put them up somewhere for preparedness.

The Blog

  • Keep the cellphone, and computer plugged in at all times (important for the communication and blogging).  In general, your cell phone should always be charged – for emergency purposes.  If your phones are dead, it might be the only line of communication with the outside world.
  • Note all the deli’s, coffee shops and restaurants with free internet by your house and by the hotel.  Dunkin’ Donuts is a friend of mine.
  • If you are at home or a friend house where you do not have access to the internet, write your post the day before using Word.  Download all the pictures and make sure they are prepared.  That way, when you go to the coffee shop, all you have to do is copy into your WordPress/blogger, add the pictures, do the SEO and publish.  If you have your kids with you hot chocolate and/or donuts gives you about 30 to work.
  • Learn to be okay with letting go and prioritizing.  For me, it’s the reading and the social media that take up most of my time.  Maybe you want to keep up with your posting schedule, but then forgo much of the social media and blog reading.
  • If you don’t have one already, purchase a cellphone charger for your car.

I think it’s always good to be prepared.  The church really puts a lot of effort into preparedness, and people think I’m crazy when I talk of it.  But in reality, in emergency situations, your preparations help  you if you cannot get out of your house right away.  Of course, in a real emergency, you wouldn’t be blogging, but everything else – like a generator, stored food and water, keeping your cell charged (maybe the towers will be working, maybe not.  It’s better to have it than not), having car chargers, keeping your car full of gas (in the case you can get out) are good tips for a real emergency.

Honestly, I think we are given these little exercises so that we see the importance of being prepared when bigger, more impactful situations arise.



How do you prepare your for your family in the event of an emergency?

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  1. Ha! We JUST got home after having our power out for two days. I don’t have a smart phone, so with no power and no internet connection, I was completely off the grid. In some ways it was nice but being out of our routine has taken a toll on all of us. We lost all of our food in the fridge and since we rent an apartment, we don’t have much space for extra supplies. Thankfully, my parents have a generator so we crashed there and watched a handful of movies. Getting back online to find I have almost 400 emails waiting for me is a tad ridiculous. Time to unsubscribe to things again. LOL. Craziness.
    As stressful as it was, it does put the important things into perspective. Great post. Stay warm!
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    • WOW, 400 emails. That is crazy!

      Great that you were able to get over to your parents house and be comfortable. So sorry about the food. We were getting to that point. We have two deep freezers, where we put everything, but they were starting to thaw out. It was about to be a HUGE loss…seriously. I think my hubby would have had an stroke – seriously. I am so glad that didn’t happen. He would have popped a gasket.

      We don’t have smart phones either, but Dunkin Donuts kept us on for at least a while. We don’t have cable, but we lost our phone and everything. It was annoying, but you are right. It puts everything in perspective!
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  2. We lost power for four days about two years ago right around Halloween due to a freak ice storm. It was unusually cold so our house was freezing. We bought a generator and many of my neighbors either bought a back up generator too or installed solar panels. That was no fun at all!
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  3. I’m not sure how I would cope without power! We had no heating for one night over Christmas and that was awful for the children.

  4. these are amazing tips babe and I can see they all come from unfortunate experience. We once stayed at my SIL house, I think I am more prepared this time around…if ti were to happen again.
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  5. Such a good list! I grew up in the Northeast yet I often find myself in panic mode when weather strikes. The full gas tank is a great idea, as you never know how far you might have to travel to find heat!

    • Hey Olivia,

      I guess you are dealing with the snow now. Yea, it’s crazy. I find that when I’m prepared, nothing happens. The minute I’m just a bit unprepared, disaster strikes!

      We are undergoing snowmageddon right now – I”m fully prepared – and we still have power! Funny how things work.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I have to get over to your site. I haven’t checked in – in forever!
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  6. Thank you so much for this!! I am big on preparing and people say I am crazy and worry to much because I do like to be prepared. I tell them I prepare so that I do not have to worry when an emergency happens! 🙂
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