Matthew 25: 1-13
1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them,4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept.6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
There is a vast difference between a winter storm in New Hampshire and a winter storm in Florida, so the focus on energy for the two locations will have a noticeably distinguishable need level. It would be considered prudent for a home in New Hampshire to have some form of heating outside of the public gas or electricity (bear in mind the need for appropriate installation and ventilation when factoring the cost). Some options may include:
- Wood or coal burning stove
- Propane or kerosene heater
You should be sure to have an appropriate stock of whatever fuel type you select. A kerosene heater without kerosene is like a canteen without water.
When considering the methods in which you will power your “Needs”, it is important to recognize your priorities. Using a wood burning stove to cook your food while there is no public service to power your oven may not be the most appealing method if you live in Florida, especially in the summer. That being said, if you are able to use the same fuel source for multiple assets, it makes storing your source of energy more efficient.
For those of you who have a little bit of DIY ingenuity, building your own solar oven may be a bit of a treat, but you can also purchase them. They can maintain heats up to and exceeding 250 degrees and can cook most anything that your crock-pot could.
Using the natural evaporation of moisture surrounding a closed container, you can create a refrigerator. It’s true.
Powering Your Needs
Batteries are something that sells off of the shelves first when under the shadow of a natural disaster. In the same way that you can make the storage of your fuel source more efficient, if you limit the number of battery sizes that your devices require your storage becomes more specialized. Storing batteries in their original packaging helps protect them from environmental elements, and storing those packages in an airtight plastic bag does so doubly so.
Having rechargeable batteries is a value multiplier, as long as you have a method of recharging them other than plugging it into the wall. A portable solar panel that produces enough energy for your battery recharger is an option. With the portable solar panel, you could also charge most small USB devices. You can also find solar powered battery chargers, but you are then limited to only being able to use that solar power for charging batteries.
Matches and lighters should also be stored in containers or bags to help prevent elemental damage such as moisture. You can also find waterproof matches and lighters that you may want to have at least a small stash of, for those I never saw that coming moments.
Flint and steel is a very reliable method of starting a fire, but you are going to want to make sure you have some very dry kindling.
There are a few methods of starting a fire that many people don’t think about, such as a magnifying glass, a 9v battery applied to steel wool and heating wood via friction.
This may appear as a strange area at first to find ammunition, but when you consider what a cartridge consists of, it makes sense. For those of you considering reloading as a possibility, I would highly recommend reading through as many forums regarding the caliber and load you are intending to reload for. Make sure you are using the ideal powder, primers, casings and bullets for what it is you are firing from. Read up on how well your firearm feeds reloaded ammo, and if it handles one type more favorably than another. See if it is more profitable to simply purchase that ammo in bulk compared to the cost of your time and resources to reload it. And, always make sure that you are storing all of these things in a safe and controlled environment!