As promised, a list of what we did wrong.
When we left this blog yesterday, the Bennett family was in the cold and dark, had two extra household members with them and had limited access to hot water and cooking utilities.
1. We didn't have enough batteries. Although the batteries never ran out on us, if we'd been in the dark any longer, we would have, and we had no replacements. Further, the crank radio was not made for comfort cranking and took an awful lot of cranks to keep it running. In retrospect, it would have been better to have a smaller, battery run radio with a back up set of one or two to keep it running and depend on the crank radio for when things really got dire, which they didn't.
2. The camp stove was a great idea, but on our fifth day, the first canister of propane ran out. We should have had at least two canisters available to us. Not that we needed to overload and buy great quantities of propane canisters, but we were cutting it a little too close.
3. We should have had more wood ready to use in the wood stove. Though we hadn't used it in three years, the amount of wood we were able to scavenge from our yard, that was aged enough to use was getting a bit thin. And the wood stove really took the chill off the house and made the difference between miserable and somewhat comfy.
4. We bought the wrong types of food. We had soups and vegetables and beans. What we should have had was stews, chili, hash, things that could be cooked in one pot because the washing of pots was limited and primitive.
5. We weren't prepared to have visitors, so my sons did not have their own flash lights etc. Not something that tells them that they are welcomed guests , if you know what I mean.
6. For everything, we should have just had more. The government website says to be prepared for two weeks, and that should be the bare minimum that we were prepared for.
7. The dice game was a bust. It was too easy to lose the dice in a dim house. The Uno cards on the other hand were brightly colored, easy to see and provided a break to boredom. I would like to add a few more simple board games to our collection. I will look for the printing on the board to be big and have a minimum of set up and small pieces.
8. We lost every last bit of food in our freezer. Short of buying our own generator, which is out of the question for us, I don't know what I could have done to prevent it. Maybe put in more ice packs to keep the food cold? I don't know, but I'm done crying over spoiled meat. It is something I will continue to think about how to prevent though.