So, my family and I were in New Castle County, DE when Hurricane Sandy touched down. We lost power at noon Monday and got it back Tuesday around 5:30. Here's some quick thoughts.
- Prepping for a storm is like prepping for the zombie apocalypse without the aching moral questions.
- Losing power is not the end of the world; it is simply an invitation to do things from which electronics distract us.
- Just because wires are down in your backyard does not mean they are live and will kill you, but operating under that assumption is still wise.
- Books on paper are still wonderful.
- Walkmen and normal AM/FM radio still have their place in modern society. Who knew?
- You can survive for some time with sterno heaters and a few cans of soup. And, of course, water. Stock up now.
- Writing by candlelight is just as romantic as the movies make it appear.
- Evening passes more slowly when the power is gone, and the constant movement of flashlights will make you feel like you live in a post-Se7en horror film (or CSI). This is not conducive to feeling safe.
- The Delmarva power company is efficient--those in their care are in good hards.
- Those who have lived without power for any extended period of time are tough--much tougher than the average 21st century suburbanite.