How To Stay Warm When The Power Goes Out

Staying warm during a power outage is something that stresses me out way more than any other preparedness challenge. I hate being cold and once I get cold it takes me a long time to warm up. I also stress about keeping my kids warm as well. So, let’s chat about ways to stay warm when the power goes out.

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Items you might have at home to stay warm

  • Clothing layers: Layers are everything when it comes to staying warm in the winter. Having extra socks, gloves, thermals, and beanies  will help you stay warm. 

  • Blankets (especially wool): Just like having layers is everything, blankets are everything. I have been known as a collector of blankets and I love every blanket I have ever had. We keep small fleece blankets in our cars, wool blankets in our 72 hour kits and blankets of all shapes and sizes in our RV. Not to mention the bajillion blankets of all shapes and sizes we have in our living room and on our beds. 

  • Warm liquids (hot chocolate, coffee, tea, etc): You can warm yourself from the inside out using warm liquids plus give yourself some extra nutrition or boost of energy depending on what you’re drinking. You want to be sure you have a way to heat your liquids if you aren’t able to access your stove or microwave. I like having a small portable propane or butane burner like this to easily boil water.

  • Shrink down your living space: By shrinking down your living area you are creating a microclimate and a smaller area to heat. You can shrink down your area by creating a fort or using a tent in a living room.
  • Candles: Candles can heat small spaces like a car. If you are using any kind of flame or propane/butane be sure that your area is well ventilated to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Wood burning stoves: This one is a pretty obvious heat alternative. However, wood burning stoves need to be maintained, so be sure you maintain your stove and have more wood than you think you’ll need to burn.

Heat alternatives you may need to purchase

  • Portable propane heaters like a Mr Buddy Heater: This is my favorite form of  alternative heating. We use our Mr. Buddy Heater all the time. We have taken it to a winter parade as well as sports games. We store quite a few propane bottles for it as well.  A propane heater isn’t going to do any good if you don’t have the fuel to run it.
  • Hand, feet, and body warmers: We keep hand, feet, and body warms everywhere. In our cars, RV, 72 hour kits, and coat pockets.
  • Rechargeable hand warmers: I got a zippo hand warmer for Christmas and loved it so much that I bought another one. The bonus with some of the rechargeable hand warmers is that often times they can be used as a portable battery as well.

Other heat alternatives

  • Keeping your gas tank in your vehicle above half: Vehicles can offer an alternative place to sleep/live in if you find yourself in a crisis. You can also use a vehicle  to warm up if needed. If you do plan on doing this be sure to start your car outside or in a well ventilated area.
  • Seal windows and doors: Replacing weather stripping and sealing windows and doors will help keep cold air from getting in. You can also use a towel or blanket around the bottoms of doors to help air from getting in. 

Do you have a family plan for weather emergencies?

“The time to prepare for an emergency is not during the event. It’s long before that.” – Unknown

Having a plan in place for emergencies is the key to thriving through them. More often than not you can’t prevent a weather emergency (or any other emergency from happening), but understanding what you need to do in order to thrive through them is key to your comfort and might be your key to survival. 

If you need help creating a family plan I have an emergency preparedness workbook just for you. This workbook has everything you need to become an expert in your own emergency preparedness. It helps you to think through what you would need in all the circumstances you face everyday.  If you know what you need then you know what you need to prep. When you have what you need on hand then there’s less need to stress when an emergency happens. 

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Hi I'm JaNae!

I consider myself a practical prepper. I am not about zombies and bunkers. I believe in preparing for personal disasters — job loss, medical problems, financial problems, and natural disasters.



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