What are your personal strategies for coping with a prolonged power outage? In winter? In summer?
We have many strategies.
Depends how you define prolonged.
We often have outages of up to 24 hours – that is short term in my mind.
For me long term would be over a month, perhaps extending to years.
We have two generators, a 1KV petrol powered Honda that gives high quality sine wave power, and a 5KVA diesel.
All of our heating and hot water can come from a wood fire, that can do all of our cooking if required. We have a year’s supply in storage at present.
We have food for about 4 months in the house most of the time.
We have enough water in tanks for a year if used just for drinking and food (ie we do our bathing in the ocean – cool and doable). Community wide, water would be the big issue very quickly, within 2 days the community would be running short.
Sewerage pumping would be another big issue – not for us personally, we live on top of the hill, and our stuff would flow downhill, the ones at the bottom of the hill would have to deal with it if the pumps stopped working.
We have strong relationships with all of the people on our street, and most of those on the nearby streets, and most in the district.
Like Brian, we could go camping. In three hours walk from our house we could be in country where we would be unlikely to encounter another individual. I can carry a pack weighing over 90lb comfortably, so we could have enough gear and food to stay comfortable for a couple of weeks in isolation if required.
I have all the gear I need for long term outback survival – clothing, weapons, tools, knowledge.