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TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 14

Day 14. Last Day. I’m cleaning up the equipment today and putting it away. It hasn’t been bad but it’s time to get back to modern life.

I can’t say enough about doing whatever it takes to figure out what would make you feel “Normal” during an emergency. Then go buy it or trade for […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 13

Day 13. Today was wash day. We have enough clothes to make it until Day 14 but I wanted the full emergency preparedness experience. What I learned was that doing laundry in an extended emergency is going to be a real chore unless you have a few essential items.

First, I would keep 14 days […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 12

Day 12. The question for today is, “What do you need to feel “Normal” in an emergency and how much does “Normal” cost”?

We all have different capacities of how much shortage and or suffering we can deal with. I’m going to give you my basic list of what my wife and I need to […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 11

Day 11. A few posts ago, I told you I was going to try and setup a 200 watt solar panel system in my office windows. Well I did, but it hasn’t worked so well. The sun is currently a summer sun and very high in the sky. So high, that the eves of my […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 10

Day 10. At this point we are just grinding out the remaining 4 days of our preparedness test. For the most part, we have water, food, power, cooking, and other major tasks down to what I call the “efficient essentials”.

In the last 4 blogs, while the test is still going on, I wanted to […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 9

Day 9. I wanted to cover Rain Water collection and usage, since that has been the main preparedness event over the past 24 – 48 hours

I first have to admit I was wrong. In my post on Day 7, I said I might get 10 gallons of water from my little 9’ x 7’ […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 8

Day 8. Just a real short blog today. Very cloudy skies and lots of showers. More on that tomorrow. Even with the cloudy skies, the solar panels are providing 50 watts of power, enough for a quick post.

I wanted to tell you about a wonderful piece of equipment that I tried a couple of […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 7

Day 7. We are only a good night’s sleep and a wake-up from being on the off-grid emergency preparedness test for 1 week. Honestly the first week has gone by pretty fast. Food, water and even power have not been a problem. Power has been something we have to watch. We are running everything off […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 6

Day 5. Short post today because of low battery banks. We have plenty of electricity for lights and essentials but with a 2 or 3 day storm coming in tomorrow and mostly cloudy skies today, I’d like to preserve as much power as I can.

We ran the furnace again this morning to take the […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 5

Day 5. Thought I would catch you up on how much water we’ve used so far and how the propane and other fuels are doing. Also how the food supply is doing.

First a report on our first extended test of running our furnace off of a generator. In most emergencies natural gas will still […]