But first, a personal note.
Our central air conditioning unit conked out one summer, likely due to a lightning induced power surge. Naturally, it had to happen when the proverbial dog days of summer came weeks early. We still had electricity, and some friends were kind enough to lend us a portable air conditioner, which cooled things down a little.
I tell you about this because it brings to mind the importance of preparedness and survival without power.
Coping with heat is as difficult as coping with winter’s cold. Each requires a rearrangement of priorities and plans. If you’re like me, you’re not as well equipped as earlier generations, such as my grandparents, who knew nothing of air conditioning until their latter years.
Kitchen tasks, for example, were done early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day.
A 256 page paperback book that offers solutions for us today is Apocalypse Chow! How to Eat Well When the Power Goes Out, by Jon Robertson
Part of the description says:
Jon Robertson delivers a very practical guide to eating with elegance even when the refrigerator, stove, and microwave are rendered powerless. With simple tips on how to shop, store, and prepare gourmet food, this bookwill help anyone who is forced to dine in the dark.
Be ready when storms or other problems knock out your electric power. There’s no reason you can’t eat well when the power goes out.