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We recently had our power go out for two days. We have an all-electric house. It was freezing. I went out several times a day to get warm food for my parents. We are looking into getting a generator. Parents are bedbound so going to a hotel was not an option. How have you handled being without electricity for several days?

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A few years ago we had 'black-outs' all the time. Harder to deal with once the light had gone.

Soooooo this is what we did.
Car battery (always charged) - tv for who ever but only for short whiles
Hurricane lamps (with batteries and some replacement leds)
Fondeau base with a saucepan for hot water etc.
You can fry an egg in the base of the saucepan, Fried bread or toast as well. :)

Lots of thin layers of clothes - I find them warmer than too many thick ones.
2 or three good blankets and a duvet. A warm hat, gloves and extra pair of socks.
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Generators for the house are 5 to 6 k and you need a gas source or big tanks. Zoning laws need to be followed. You need to weigh the cost benfits here and life expectancy. I worked in a hospital and many people on oxygen came back to the hospital for several days. I do not know if insurance covered them. Your local community services should have helped you with relocaton services. Once a large disaster happens and FEMA is involved, within 2 days services and supplies are ramped up.
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To be prepared in the future I bought my parents some survival kit at this site, astoreformom.com

Here's what I got them: astoreformom.com/products/1-person-survival-kit-72-hours
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Our generator is like Veronica’s. Its propane fueled and comes on automatically. We have a rather large house and didn’t put the entire house on the generator. It can be powered by zones so your kitchen, furnace and parents living spaces could be powered, if desired. Every house on our street has one due to snow and wind here. It’s really worth the security.
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We have a heater buddy...propane heater safe for indoors. Our heat pump broke and we used it for a couple of months. Or winters are mild so I used it in mom's room during the night and the living room during the daytime.

We also have a small generator and a propane grill with burner. We manage okay.

If our electric went out in the summer, it would be more of a problem. ;-) Arizona summers when the power is out is tough.
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We have had a propane powered generator for several years now. It is quite big and sits ouside the basement plus two large propane tanks. it runs the essentials like fridge/freezers, well pump,furnace & water heater plus bathroom lights and some kitchen outlets. It was not a cheap addition but is fully linked to the home service and within 10 seconds automatically kicks in. Once a week it comes on automatically and checks itself. We have enough propane for 9 days in the tanks. We can't use the electric cook stove or the oven of the propane stove in the basement but can use the propane cook top. It is also very quiet to run
I would advise moving any disabled, elderly, sick people to a facility as soon as /or before a predicted emergency because those beds fill very fast. Mostly in our area snow is usually the biggest emergency and the county can be closed for a couple of days. Flooding is also a problem in some parts.
Portable gas or propane heaters are not a good idea because of the danger both of fire and carbon monoxide. If you have a regularly used wood stove that is not more unsafe than when the power is on. I do have a whole army of camping cookware that run on the tiny propane tanks and they work well. You can also heat things like soup in a fondue pot with candles or or fuel cans. If you use candles I have found the safest thing to do is to set them in heavy vases. I also have a  battery operated hand cranked radio that can also charge things like cell phones. Don't forget the ever ready BBQ sitting on the back deck.
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Forgot to address your original question. I've lost power frequently, usually in the summer. I keep thermometers in the frig and freezer, and move the frig food to the freezer when necessary, and freezer food downstairs to the basement freezer.

I eat a lot of foods that don't require that much refrigeration; don't do any cooking and just rely on staples.

Being w/o power forces me to think creatively, using up foods that are on store just for basics.

Sometimes I like to think of it as a tech break; I can't use the computer or tv so I don't have to worry about politics for a while.

I get a supply of books and magazines and indulge myself. If it's too hot, I can drive somewhere and get the benefit of the AC in the car.

Winter is harder; it's harder to keep warm than it is to keep cool. But I bundle up in fleece throws and heavy sweats with double knit socks, and out of necessary do some exercising to keep warm. As always, the car can offer a heated respite.

One thing I need to do is get some backpacking gear, such as a sleeping bag rated for frigid weather. And I need to make some heavier clothes....someday.
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This happened to us last year. A windstorm knocked out power to my father's community and adjoining areas. Power was out for 5 days.

Complication was that he was on oxygen. He had a 4 hour supply in his portable concentrator before he ran out and had to use E tanks, which wouldn't have been easy for him because he'd have to lift them and insert them in the carrier, with one hand holding onto a walker and the other lifting an 8 lb (+/-) tank.

I have a list of all the places I called to find one that had an oxygen concentrator, or that could help: EMS, local hospital, Salvation Army (facilities, but no oxygen), senior centers for suggestions, and more which I've forgotten.

As the 4 hour window closed, my father's senior center came through for us with an arrangement at a local AL facility which would take him, but didn't have oxygen. The portable concentrator and back-up batteries were loaded up, but batteries would have to be changed every 2 hours as it was decided not to take all the E tanks. Dad didn't get much sleep at all that night.

It was discovered the following morning that the facility had a concentrator. My heart stopped racing and we could both relax.

Afterward, I thought of all possible contingencies and what we could do if it happened again, and I decided the easiest way for both of us would be to go to the local Holiday Inn Express, assuming it had a generator. If it didn't (and I have yet to do this), I would call facilities outside of the windblown area and see if they had rooms available.

I haven't figured out how to get the stationary concentrator out of the house (it's too heavy for me to haul out to a car), but I could fill the car with E tanks (of which I then ordered extra). Only difficulty would be that I'd have to stay there at the motel as well to change the tanks.

Buying a generator would be expensive, very expensive, and probably never used again. I relied on Windy's advice as an electrician and decided not to get one.
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Those are cheap and reliable, CW, not hard to do. I agree it's essential to monitor.
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I wouldn't want anyone to use any gas or propane - or even wood - appliance indoors unless they have a working CO detector, it just isn't worth the risk.
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Where we lived, in a comparatively rural area, our electricity supplier kept a list of "vulnerable" customers - people who for one reason or another were especially dependent on their connection. In our case it was because of my mother's age but also her variable pressure air mattress. I never found out what would have happened if there'd been an outage for long, but I think the gist was that in a real crisis the company would have contacted the emergency services and arranged evacuation if necessary. It might be worth having a look at your electricity company's website and seeing what they have to say on the subject.

I don't know if they'd be compliant with your local fire safety regulations, but what about getting a portable gas fire and keeping it in the garage for emergencies? Should be fine as long as you maintain it conscientiously even if it's not used. Along with some camping gear for cooking and hot drinks - they can just sit there indefinitely, in case.
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It may be a good time to re-evaluate your parents living situation.
If bedbound, what if a fire or other need to move immediately situation?

I do not say this lightly, we went through Katrina. You need to have a worst case scenario plan and it cannot all just be you. If it’s just you, then take them, bedding & medications to whatever is the special needs shelter as soon as they open.

Facilities must have a plan for disasters based on residents capabilities. If they are bedbound, they likely need SNF level of care. SNF/NH will have a sister facility for transferring them to or have priority entry at shelters. It’s not a perfect system but by & large those found dead postKatrina & postHarvey were in their home.

Regarding generators, for Katrina we had ours on back porch & yes it was loud and we swapped off running refrig, TV and charging phones & feeding it gasoline every day. By day 3 we could not run it after dark as it made you a target for home invasion as gennies & gasoline were better than gold or drugs. We left day 4. Really if it goes bad, & chaos sets in, you want them in a facility as resources will prioritize for them & it will be safer. 
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I would never consider trying to run the whole house on a generator (the cost for a big one is exorbitant), you just need something large enough to power a space heater and or electric blankets in the bedrooms and a hotplate to prepare hot meals, as well as running the fridge periodically. The main problem I have with portable generators and the reason I don't have one is that they take up space and they are heavy so keeping one in a garage or outbuilding means it isn't always easy to bring them out for use, also they need to be run and maintained regularly so they actually work when you need them.

If you have natural gas available in your area I would opt for a direct vent gas fireplace as a secondary heating source rather than wood and converting your water heater and stove at the same time.

If all else failed my fallback plan was to send my mother to the hospital... sometimes emergency spaces are opened up in nursing homes as well. You might want to check you region's emergency plans in that regard.
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This is what I have for tropical storm outages --- not ideal, but they get us through short outages. Large hurricane lanterns with LED lights and lots of batteries. Fondue pots to warm soups, water, etc., with enough alcohol to keep them going. Plenty of warm blankets.
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If your heat is electric baseboard that would take a large generator. You would need an electrician to install it and incorporate it into your existing electrical service with a transfer switch.

If your heat is gas fired a smaller portable generator would work. You would still need an electrician to do some wiring to accommodate the furnace.  A furnace cannot just be plugged into an extension cord.

Back up generators are great to have but in most areas they get very little use. I’ve had a generator for 10 years and used it maybe 20 hours.
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I live in a hurricane zone. The local and state government set up shelters, even skilled nursing shelters.

You could get a wood burning cast iron stove, you can use it for heating the house, cooking, etc

A generator roars like a locomotive and you need to store gasoline, and are out looking for gasoline and it has to be outdoors because of deadly fumes.

Just think ahead, what climate you live in, what machines your parents need, food, water, pet food, etc....
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