Our power grids are the most vulnerable part of our infrastructure. Almost anything can cause a power outage. From cyber hackers to natural disasters, our electric grid can easily go down. When our electricity gets knocked out, we also lose our furnace, our main source of heat. The challenge of no heater for days in the middle of winter or storms is a real problem. How will you heat your home and take care of your family?
INSULATE AND CONDENSE
First, try to move your family into one or two rooms in your home. Normally heating an entire house is fine, but in an emergency situation you need to simplify and condense. One or two rooms is a lot easier to heat than an entire house. Those designated rooms will be where you do everything in; sleeping, eating and playing. Bring in blankets, extra clothing, sleeping bags, food and anything else you may need.
Next, start insulating your rooms. Use space blankets or emergency blankets to keep the heat in. Do this by covering your walls with them. You can even cover a door with an emergency blanket. They are super warm despite their appearance and feel. NASA created them for space, so I’d say they’re pretty reliable. By insulating your rooms, you help your heat stay in that area. Use clothing to layer up and stay close together to increase body heat. Refrain from tight clothing so air can circulate and be able to heat your body. Layer socks using thin ones first and working toward your thicker pairs.
CHOOSE A BACK UP HEAT SOURCE
sure you have a back up heat source. What source of heat will you use
when an emergency arises? Think about what you can afford, what’s
practical for you and what you can store. Here's some ideas to get started.
a plan for heat in your emergency preparedness plan. As winter
temperatures decrease, your worries will not have to increase. Get
prepared today and share with us what other heat sources could be used.