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There is a wide-ranged blackout in your region due to what authorities say is caused by a well-orchestrated and simultaneous sabotage by terrorists/anarchists. There's no electric power, and you get the news through your battery-operated radio.
Aside from lootings happening downtown, cops are also battling with either anarchists and rioters. Thankfully you are prepped since you've obediently followed the advice of Red Cross. You've got your 2 weeks supply of pork and beans and canned beef stew, and water enough for your family.

What's the first thing you'll eat? Take us through your plan how you'll go about with your food supply.
 

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I would start with the food in the freezer. Use up the food that will spoil. Cooking won't be an issue since my stove and grill are gas. Much of my preps in that area are stocking food we would normally use anyhow and just cycle through it. It will be a while before I have to hit the rice and beans stash.
 

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I have a generator, . . . and enough gas to keep the fridge & freezer going until most of it is either gone, . . . or has been converted into jerky. The rest will be either eaten or turned into some sort of soup / stew that is now in the jars. My house will be hot, . . . as the wood stove will be doing all that work, . . .

The big problem will be losing the electronic "security" I now enjoy. Those detectors will just be silent.

May God bless,
Dwight
 

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I have a generator, . . . and enough gas to keep the fridge & freezer going until most of it is either gone, . . . or has been converted into jerky. The rest will be either eaten or turned into some sort of soup / stew that is now in the jars. My house will be hot, . . . as the wood stove will be doing all that work, . . .

The big problem will be losing the electronic "security" I now enjoy. Those detectors will just be silent.

May God bless,
Dwight
Ditto on all accounts except the house being hot :(. Reminds me I need to get another couple of gallons of kerosene before it starts getting cold.

The hardest part would be trying to determine the extent/length of the blackout, I live in suburbia and might consider a short (or long) vacation to the farm. Although it would be a pain packing so much stuff into the cars for the trip (wouldn't want to leave anything too valuable behind).
 

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Probably the fridge stuff first, then freezer. However, assuming natural gas is flowing, the genset would take care of the house. If it wasn't, I have enough propane and petrol to run it for quite awhile. We've been through hurricanes with 5-10 day power outages so we're pretty well versed in this area. Since we are in the south, cold isn't really much if an issue although we do have a kerosene heater and supplies.

As for "food" we have enough for a family if it last a long time. We wouldn't be eating gourmet but we wouldn't starve either..

My only concern would be safety however we have a plan for that too.
 
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I got a 30 amp Genset and enough gas and 80 lbs of Propane to run the fridge in my RV for quiet a while. I got rabbits out back and a lake full of fish if it last more than a couple of weeks. Cooking aint a issue, got a galvanized trash can with about 120 lbs of charcoal briquits. I got a small grill to fire up and throw the Wok on. I am a lot more worried about the security issues than I am the food issues!
 

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Have 2 500 gallon LP tanks to cook and for heat. No power, fire up the wood stove for cooking and heat. Start with the food in the frig. Freezer with last a week or more with all the frozen milk jugs of water we have inside, in case the power goes out.
Generator WILL NOT be fired up just to save a little food. Don't want to draw unwanted attention to myself. Nothing says come over and rob/kill me like a generator roaring.
 

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I'll start with the perishables in the fridge, opening the door minimally so the cold will keep longer. Then the freezer contents. Got to have something to cook with though (I've got an electric stove).

The longer I can keep from using up the canned stuff the better....I don't know for how long the event would last. Water will be rationed, and will be used for drinking only. We'll use baby wipes for hygiene.
 

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Have 2 500 gallon LP tanks to cook and for heat. No power, fire up the wood stove for cooking and heat. Start with the food in the frig. Freezer with last a week or more with all the frozen milk jugs of water we have inside, in case the power goes out.
Generator WILL NOT be fired up just to save a little food. Don't want to draw unwanted attention to myself. Nothing says come over and rob/kill me like a generator roaring.
Jugs of water in the freezer is a good idea. What kind of jugs do you use that's safe in the freezer? Those bottled water we buy?
 

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Not to sound mean, but watching National Guard troops carry screaming "urban" women out of Wally World because they were shop-lifting cartons of cigs is pretty entertaining when you don't have television to watch! :smile:
Reality non-TV. I like it. A lawn chair, a 6-pack and a nearby WalMart during trying times. Heck, a feller's got to find entertainment, right? :)
 

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In South Louisiana we live through that scenario usually a couple of times a year - called hurricanes and tropical storms. Longest one was Hurricane Gustav, no power for 34 days (I think) before the lights came back on - and no, I don't have a generator, I'm too old and stubborn for that. Grew up just being used to this mess and since my wife won't let us leave this godforsaken state, I was born here and I'm stuck here - and I hate it!

Generally, we stock up on gas before the storms hit, we have food and water but always get a bit more beforehand, we have plenty of batteries but always get a few more to use, and basically you just sit tight, eat stuff you can cook on the grill or fire pit in cast iron cookware (like being out camping) and we tend to eat a lot of peanut butter crackers, rice krispy treats, and snacks like that to keep the sugar level up because you sweat a whole lot down here.

Also, after the first 24 hours after the storm's gone and you've got all your stuff in order, people generally fan out and start helping others who were harder hit or are still working on clean up, so the storms are generally very good at pulling a community together - out in the suburbs and rural areas anyway. In the cities down here, you DO NOT want to be in the middle of all the "urbans" when the power goes down - cable television missed a gold mine by not having cameras everywhere down here after Katrina, Rita, and Gustav - mass chaos for weeks and unbelievable stupidity and government waste on a staggering scale.

Not to sound mean, but watching National Guard troops carry screaming "urban" women out of Wally World because they were shop-lifting cartons of cigs is pretty entertaining when you don't have television to watch! :smile:
You still got your sense of humor! :p
 

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Like Nachtjager, we get to experience the power outage part a couple times a year. I have a Prius. So my first step is to run my long orange extension cords. I can draw 2,000 watts from the car. It will run when it needs to recharge the batteries. I can make it a little over two days on a 10 gallon tank of gasoline when using it like this. I have a farm type gas tank on property that I can use to refill the vehicle. During the daytime, we'd use electricity from the car for computers, television, lights in the evening, etc. At night we'd use the electricity to keep the freezers and refrigerators running. If not opened very much they will keep everything frozen all day. Home heating would be the fireplace during such an event.

The longest I've had to go without power at this location was five days. For the riot part, I'm an hour from Atlanta on purpose.
 

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I like this! It's interesting to see the different ways others have prepared for cooking etc.

First up, security. I was just reading Patriots and like the idea of blackout blankets. Trouble here is that we burn wood, so lets hope it happens in the spring/summer when there's no smoke trail. I think I would get the pickup in the shop so people would assume no one is home. I would also take the time to fill the pickup up with bug out gear and make sure it's ready to run. We're a few miles out of town so shouldn't be immediately affected, but better start out with security in mind and hopefully stay safe.

If I hadn't gotten to it already, I would divvy up my stores and get them cached in multiple hiding spots around the property. Looters are now and would be my main concern and I want to be sure if/when they hit us, they don't wipe us out of food. Surviving them is another matter but we can only do so much.

For food, I agree with using up/preserving the fridge contents first and then the freezer. If it did happen in winter, we're frozen for several months so perishables could be kept in outside storage.

As it progressed, I suppose it would be a good idea to have a hidden indoor area for the critters so they're not so obvious. I'm going to make a note to have that set up as a prep - a secure area inside the shop that could house the animals for a lengthy stay. Sure wouldn't be ideal for their comfort, but it beats being eaten!
 

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Jugs of water in the freezer is a good idea. What kind of jugs do you use that's safe in the freezer? Those bottled water we buy?
We used to drink fruit juice in 64 ounce bottles. They're tall and narrow and made of thick plastic. I use those in the freezer and in the summer pull them out to put in the rabbit pens to help them stay cool. I'd never thought to keep them in for power outages, but that's a great idea - just fill up all the extra space with water in bottles we already store anyway.
 

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Start filling the water bobs in the bathtubs, fill the 150 gallon bladder with water, fill garbage cans with water and plastic bags in boxes, in drawers, etc. anything else that will hold water. Get the firearms out of the safe, load all the mags while the water is filling. Listen to the radio while doing all of that. Maintain perimeter security
 

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We used to drink fruit juice in 64 ounce bottles. They're tall and narrow and made of thick plastic. I use those in the freezer and in the summer pull them out to put in the rabbit pens to help them stay cool. I'd never thought to keep them in for power outages, but that's a great idea - just fill up all the extra space with water in bottles we already store anyway.
I wonder if coca cola plastic bottles will work too? I don't buy milk in jugs...and I also don't buy fruit juice.

I've got a big deep chest freezer (frozen water on top can really keep the food frozen for a long time), and an upright freezer, which I imagine will thaw faster than the chest freezer.

We've got winter here (and with no power, no heater).....I'll have to invest in good sleeping bags, and thick blankets, and we'll sleep in the smallest room we've got. Make sure all the pets are in the room for more heat.
 

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Start filling the water bobs in the bathtubs, fill the 150 gallon bladder with water, fill garbage cans with water and plastic bags in boxes, in drawers, etc. anything else that will hold water. Get the firearms out of the safe, load all the mags while the water is filling. Listen to the radio while doing all of that. Maintain perimeter security
The water in the toilet tank....that is clean water, right? So make sure we don't flush the toilet so we can use that water.
 
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