So, I’m a bit late posting this since we appear to be out of the woods, so to speak. Yesterday, we went through some preparation for the ice storm forecast. That included saving back some water and storing the pictured wood in the garage for easy access.
Last year, we converted our gas fireplace back to burn wood again in anticipation of another ice storm that didn’t really materialize. The thought behind this was that we could live through a day or two without power if we could keep a fire burning.
During the ice storm of 2007, we were sheltered in an older house with a gas-powered water heater and an old-style floor heater that didn’t use a blower. You could hardly tell we didn’t have power! We cooked on the camp stove in the garage and could have held out for the 2-3 weeks it took for everyone in the area to get their power back on.
I hope there isn’t a “next time”, but if there is, we’ll be ready!