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How to Survive a Storm Without Electricity

This winter Salt Spring was hit with two major storms that left folks without power or water, an incredible amount of fallen trees in their paths, and stuck behind steep driveways packed with snow. Living in an off-grid cabin in the woods, I felt impervious to the perils of power lines down and wells unreachable. But, I still didn't feel totally prepared. I had planned to pick up my regular household supplies: kerosine for an oil lamp, propane for a stove, jerry-can and gasoline for a new generator (to supplement my solar panel currently without sun), emergency candles, batteries, and non-perishable food–the day of the wind storm. To my dismay all of the island had turned 'off-grid' overnigh

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