We all know “That Guy” the prepper that has enough guns and ammo to wage a second Battle of the Alamo, and win. The type of people who equate firepower with survivability. I’m not in any way downplaying the role, or need for an appropriate amount of firepower in a disaster event. However, it does seems prudent to be prepared to sustain heat in the event that public utilities have failed.

When chaos and disaster comes, and it will eventually, surviving will be more about beans than it will be about bullets. Hurricane season upon us here in North America. Many of us live in areas of the country that can be subject to prolonged periods of sub freezing temperatures, ice storms, tropical storms, hurricanes and other events that often interrupt basic utilities.

Generator Needs 

Are you prepared for when that event happens? Our own Robert McCartney did a great article on emergency generators. If you missed it you should take a moment to click the link and read it, much of what I have to add will work in tandem with his article. Emergency generators are an important piece of any emergency preparedness scenario, but not the only piece.

Hurricane Preparedness: Heating and Electricity
Champion Power Dual Fuel Generator: Runs on LP and Gas

Generators are obviously for electric power, but what will you do about heating your home during an emergency event? Many people rely on natural gas to heat their homes, but how does that gas get to your house? Electricity. Most natural gas distribution companies also have emergency generators as back up for such instances, but like anything mechanical, problems can arise that can affect distribution networks.

Sometimes in the event of a disaster like flooding or earthquakes, a natural gas company will shut down portions of a distribution grid as a precautionary measure. If this happens in a harsh winter environment, the clock starts ticking on how long can we handle the cold before people’s emotional state starts to decay (being cold and without lights sucks).

In most situations (such as winter storms) power interruption will only last a week or so at the most. Any major natural gas distribution company should have generators up and running during that time to keep distribution systems pressurized. The problem with this is that modern furnaces and boilers need electricity to operate, so we are back to square. Not so fast.

Wood Stoves and Fireplaces