By hungry - 13/10/2013 05:23 - United States
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In most blizzards the power doesn't go out. We often get blizzards with blowing snow and white-out conditions on the roads (if you can find them) and 40-50cm of snow. But the power going out is much rarer than that. It's just that it takes a day or so after the stop of the snowfall to dig your way out.
I've done this. SUCKS!! You'll never do it again. Peanut butter for liiiiife ;)
I understand that a blizzard can keep you in for a few days, but long enough to require 600 worth of groceries? Unless you live with an usual amount of people, there is no reason to stock up that much food. Especially foods that will ruin in the event of a power outage. Emergency foods are usually non-perishables; canned food, dried food, you know stuff that doesn't go bad..
My parents spend damn near $100 on food a week, #82. Now that there is 4 people living in the house, it's almost $130. Prices are also ridiculous - much more expensive if you're eating healthy! The $100 worth of food usually gets us through for two weeks, but other times it doesn't. I can't really say why they bought $600 worth of food, but sometimes it can be necessary in a blizzard.
Also still a YDI, OP could very well be living in a place that does not see blizzards very often, and thus does not have experience with them. A few years ago a blizzard blew through Texas and made it to the gulf coast. The Caribbean isn't a typical place for that, and OP could be in a similar position.
Not only that, but even for a large family $600 is an insane amount of food, especially for what should be being in this situation (staples and non-perishables as opposed to luxury cuts of steak or cases of expensive beverages). if OP lives in an area where storms can trap you for weeks at a time they should know better.
Llama_Face89, a small generator of roughly 1500 watts (enough to power a refrigerator's starting power requirement and possibly a small appliance) is about $200-$300 USD, depending on the model and brand. A 3500-watt generator (powers most of an average house) is anywhere from $350 to $550 USD, also depending on the model and brand. I don't know if those prices vary from the United States to Canada.
You do realize that while the Northern Hemisphere has summer, the Southern hemisphere has winter right? It is currently autumn in the N.H. and spring in the S.H. Often times in the winter it is too cold to snow, when the weather starts to warm up to 0*C (32*F) it will snow or rain (when above the freezing/melting temp).
It just occurred to me that OP probably can't eat it all...at least not the stuff in the freezer. The food will be frozen and he won't have power to use the microwave or oven unless he happens to have a gas stove. Otherwise, he'll just have to wait until the food gets to room temperature and is all gross and soggy. Hopefully the power didn't stay out for too long for that to happen.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you supposed to buy food that can be stored and doesn't perish at room temperature when a storm heads your way?
if it's cold enough to snow, put all the stuff outside