MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Emergency Kits and Coping with No Power

November 7, 2011 at 11:32 am 2 comments


On this week’s MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM, Rob Hakala, Lisa Azizian and I talk about the aftermath of Hurricane Halloween, a quirky, yet severely damaging snow storm that pummeled the Northeast on Saturday, Oct. 29 and left millions without power and heat for days.  In fact, more than 100,000 families in Connecticut still don’t have power 8 days after the storm.

Get Ready for the Next Storm

During the segment, we talk about the importance of an emergency kit in the event of a black out.  Here’s a short list of items to include in a plastic bin that’s stored someplace you can easily get to in the dark or with a flashlight you might have lying around in the main quarters of your house.  If don’t opt for a hotel or friend’s house, you’ll need supplies to get through the long, dark and very cold nights while waiting for power.

These tips are helpful for moms in any area, especially the south during topical hurricane season or earthquake prone west coast.

1. Battery Operated Tea Lights.  These are great to line the hallways or bathroom counters at night.   The small, but bright lights can also serve as a night light for kids who are afraid of the dark or spooked by the mere fact that the power is out and unavailable with the flick of a switch.  Buy tea lights with a long battery life, since you don’t know how long the power will be out (see above Connecticut story).  Amazon has a pack of 20 tea lights for $20 with long lasting lithium batteries built-in.

2.  Ground Coffee and Powdered Milk.  If you have a propane or gas stove top, you are in luck!  Make sure you have GROUND coffee in your kit because you can’t grind whole beans without electricity.  These little things mean a lot when your frustrated and chilled, so think ahead to ensure a few comforts that will get you through the day.  Hot chocolate mix and juice boxes are essential for the kids.  Also pack rice milk or other non-dairy drinkable items, as needed.

3.  Percolator or Bodum Coffee Press.  Again, coffee is key in the morning for most folks, so if you have a propane or gas stove you can at least make coffee if you have a stovetop percolator (again, not electric) or a Bodum coffee press, which come in all sorts or gorgeous colors, shapes and styles.

4.  Canned Goods and Dried Fruit.  At some point, you’ll venture out, but if your entire neighborhood goes black take out pizza might not be an option.  Have canned fruit like peaches or dried fruit that you can store and eat at room temperature in the event you don’t have any cooking capabilities.  Think about what kids can snack on until help arrives.

5.  A Good Bottle of Wine.  You need a sense of humor and perhaps a spirit or two to cope in the candlelight.

Don’t forget that basics – flashlights, batteries, candles and matches, plus a battery-operated transistor radio to serve as link to the outside world for current news and weather information.

Others tips: Make sure your home owners insurance is up-to-date after any house renovations.  Turn off electronics, lights and other items that were “on” when power went down.  Tap into your mom network for moral support.

Tune into the instant replay (click arrow above) and let us know what’s in your emergency kit.  The next live MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM is Nov. 17, 2011.  Listen live on the radio dial or from your computer.

Thanks for listening to MommaJam.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sfaiola  |  November 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks for the tip on the garbage disposal.

  • 2. Sfaiola  |  November 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks for the tip on garbage disposal.


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