The storm is long gone. The power has been back on and the house is finally cooled off. But what if another storm comes tomorrow and we lose power again?
Something that is often overlooked is restocking and reorganizing supplies after an event. The 50 gallons of gas that my generator drank up need to be refilled and retreated. That's about $160, so for me it is not something I can do right away, but I got about half done this weekend and will get the rest done next payday.
I'm redoing our blackout kit. I've got a basket on a shelf outside of our pantry that holds our blackout supplies. I've got two headlamps, a couple of flashlights, a LED lantern, some extra batteries, a poncho (in case it is raining when I need to fire up the generators), and the phone number to the power company. We also have flashlights and a lantern beside our bed. For redundancy, I have the number to the power company on the bulletin board over our kitchen wall phone (hard wired and usable as long as the Verizon relay box down the road has power from its UPS batteries) and loaded in the directories on our cell phones.
With the current technology in LED lanterns and small-scale solar, I truly believe that kerosene lanterns are of no further use to us, or are at least on the way out. The wick lanterns are not that bright, anyway. The Aladdin mantel lanterns are very bright, about a 60 watt light bulb, but they are expensive, fragile, and a fire hazard. The chimneys crack, the mantels disintegrate if not treated very gingerly, and they can shoot flame up an out the chimney for no apparent reason - it happened to me one time. You have to store kerosene, along with extra mantels and chimneys. I think LED lanterns, either solar or battery, are really the way to go. I still have two Aladdins, one antique, and one bought for Y2K. I have a half dozen or so mantels and a couple of extra chimneys. I don't store kerosene and really don't plan to. I should probably put them on Craig's list or something and use the money for LED lighting.