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Infinity
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Extreme Winter Weather backup Food & Water

We did our annual Extreme Winter Weather backup Food & Water shop today.

 

Various tinned foods, meals, and dry goods, just in case.

 

Longlife wraps (April 2018 ) as backup for Bread.

 

(We could of course bake our own bread, but not if there is no power !)

 

Tinned meals that could be cooked on one of our portable camping gas cookers

 

Most of the tins are ring pull to open, but we also have manual tin openers.

 

And of course, all the usual staples, Baked Beans, Soups tinned & dry, etc

 

Long life milk, 3 months expiry date.

 

We aim to be self sufficient for a month, if needs be.

 

Any unused food we donate to the local food banks

 

But having been snowed in in Norfolk for a month a few years back, we would rather be prepared.

 

Plus fuel for our generators, and chopped wood for our open fires & log burners.

 

I suppose we could bake bread by an open fire !

 

Reckon we have about half of the food to cover us for a month, so another big shop coming up soon.

 

Are you prepared for an extreme WInter ?

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Pete11
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Yep, got local 'chippy' and pizza place on speed-dial.  Thumbs Up

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Re: Extreme Winter Weather backup Food & Water

I do make sure the freezers are well stocked (we have 3) and keep tins in and I always make sure our single portable gas ring has a full bottle but more importantly I know where it is! 

The only thing I would have no control over is prescriptions. I think it was 2010 when we had a 4 mile walk in a blizzard to collect them.

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Mayfly wrote:

 

The only thing I would have no control over is prescriptions. I think it was 2010 when we had a 4 mile walk in a blizzard to collect them.


 

 

If you tell your Doctor you need an extra months supply because you are going on Holiday, they should prescribe you thus.

 

We have done this in the past when we are away for an extended period of time, no problem.

 

Alternatively, or together, order your repeat prescription a couple of days early each month.

If this works for you & your practise, after 15 months you will have a months supply in hand, to cope with any eventualities.

 

We are currently 6 weeks ahead, after a combination of the above, no worries about late deliveries to the pharmacy, or slow dispensing there, in particular a couple of items that are always slow...

Once down to a doctor not forwarding script electronically to pharmacy, but priniting out a paper copy, that sat in the surgery for ages until someone had the gumption to look for it!

 

You sometimes need to build in a buffer for others incompetence.... 

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Pete11 wrote:

Yep, got local 'chippy' and pizza place on speed-dial.  Thumbs Up


 

And if they also had no power ?


Especially if local !

 

Or ran out of food...

 

Even if they did have power, how far to walk in driving sleet & snow ?

 

How long a queue ?

 

 

 

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Too many local supermarkets to run out of food, but we have electric cooker, gas cookers (needing electric), then if they fail we have the caravan to fall back on in the drive. It has its own gas and gas cooker, blown air heating with battery backup.

Some food items which don't degrade, we keep a months supply of anyway.

 

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Book a room at the Savoy for the duration. Wink

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Infinity wrote:

 Tinned meals that could be cooked on one of our portable camping gas cookers

 Most of the tins are ring pull to open, but we also have manual tin openers.

 

Cooked in a pan of course... not in the tin.

 

Checking most of the tins are ring pull, but a few are not.

 

We used to have a tin punch, but cannot find it !!

 

Tin Punch.jpg

A trip to the local £1 shop and we gained a manual tin opener, with a built in substantial Tin Punch, which works fine for soups.

 

Baked beans, not so sure....

 

 

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So far the "worst thing" to happen where I am is back in Dec. 2015, the snow came down quite expectedly and reasonably steady, and then the bus drivers for the evening shifts didn't turn up, "too much snow" they proclaimed, when i got home, there was naff all, and oh how the canadians (with 2ft of snow at the time) I mentioned it to laughed.......

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I remember being at junior school, can't remember the year now - I reckon around 1986.

Snowed in London, the school was shut. So a group of us to a local park which had a down section and some sledging.

Nice fun day off, from what I remember. For the Police you can't consider that truancy if the school isn't open Tongue

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Sunday Morning....

 

It's a Winter Wonderland outside.

Some spectacular views across the Valley.

 

Definitely brighter, with lights twinkling in the distance.

 

Mr Frosty has visited, -2.8ºC at the moment, but no Snow..... yet.

 

Tried the Jazz with its new battery, burst into life no problem.

 

It was definitely going to be chilly today, yesterday evening the Jazz Traction Control assisted a few times....

 

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At least if there's decent snowfall and cold enough temperatures, enough to cause water pipes to freeze, then you can gather up the snow, melt & boil it for a source of water...Smiley

 

As for food, well, there's always the rule of three, 3 minutes without air, three days without water, three weeks without food, so, as long s yo keep hydrated, you should be fine, and if there is a potential for long-term snowing in, then man up and get the shovel out to dig for victory...Crazy

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twocvbloke wrote:

if there is a potential for long-term snowing in, then man up and get the shovel out to dig for victory...Crazy


 

Shovelling Snow can be a Killer though !!

 

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Infinity wrote:

We did our annual Extreme Winter Weather backup Food & Water shop today.

 

Various tinned foods, meals, and dry goods, just in case.

  

Reckon we have about half of the food to cover us for a month, so another big shop coming up soon.

 


 

Looked around another store for "emergency" tins & dry goods today, virtually no choice at all !!

 

Back to Tesco this week, who had an enormous range of suitable items...........

 

We are already adequately stocked with Torches, Headlamps, Radios & Batteries.

And a 12v PSU for the router, working in conjunction with a tablet or smartphone.

And a portable Apple computer.

 

We also have an old type BT phone that does not require power, other than that supplied down the phone line.

 

 

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Infinity wrote:

Shovelling Snow can be a Killer though !!


 

Evolution, innit great? Crazy