One of the most common occurrences in any disaster scenario is for the power to go out.
Let’s face it: Our country’s electrical grid is in sad shape. Even the American Society of Civil Engineers gave it a D+ in the 2013 Infrastructure Report Card. Power outages are actually increasing in frequency, with repair times growing longer.
Of course, with the power out, everything in our homes that relies on electricity is out of order as well. That means not having light, refrigeration, computers, television, communications or heat. While several of those can be serious, from a pure survival point of view during colder months, the most serious is to be without heat.
For many, the quick answer to being without heat is to heat with wood. That sounds good — if you’ve got a fireplace or a wood burning stove. But what do you do if you don’t have either of those? The biggest stack of firewood in the world isn’t going to do you the least bit of good if you don’t have someplace safe in your home to burn it.