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Always be ill-prepared

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017

It seemed like most of the county found itself without power at some point Tuesday night. In Pinedale, the wife and I were about an hour into a captivating show on PBS when the power began to come and go.

Twenty minutes later, we were in the dark for good, fumbling around for the nearest flashlight. I quickly wiped the dust off one of my old oil lamps and sparked it. The living room was soon awash in light.

My wife made fun of me when I bought my antique oil lamps at a rummage sale years ago. I, however, knew that what’s good for Abe Lincoln is good for the Crane clan … especially when the power goes out.

The kids were fast asleep by the time the power went off and stayed off, so my wife and I sat in the flickering light and came up with a game plan for the night, in the event the power didn’t come on for awhile.

Unfortunately, both of our heat sources in the house require electricity, so I was a bit worried that the house would get chilly by the early morning hours. We decided that if and when the girls woke up during the night, each of us would take one and cuddle up under heavy blankets.

If the power didn’t return by morning, we’d go with a Plan B for Thursday night – have a slumber party at a friend’s house who has a wood-burning stove.

I grew up in a house that was solely heated with a wood-burning stove. I enjoy stoking a fire and keeping the house warm. It’s been an uncomfortable transition in this house, as I’ve relinquished control over to natural gas and an electric blower.

But luckily, by about 11:30 p.m., the power was restored and all was well. We were saved!

The ordeal, however, served as a good reminder that emergency preparedness is a vital component of life, particularly in this part of the world. I know I’m likely “preaching to the choir,” given the rugged, independent nature of the population, but folks should always be mindful that things can go south at any given moment. And steps should be taken to prepare. A game plan should be developed and supplies should be stored before the emergency strikes.

As for the Crane household, we’re good. Our pantry’s food supply only grows, as more food is added weekly, pushing the stuff nobody wants to eat farther and farther back on the shelves. One of these days, we may all become fans of sardines, whether we like it or not.

Oh, and of course, I can’t forget the two oil lamps – thanks for the tip, Abe! n

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