People are suddenly living like astronauts in that the foods we must eat during times of power outages are wrapped into snack bars loaded with good nutrients. It does not sound very edible but portable meatloaf and potatoes stuffed into resealable plastic packages, that heat up by an instant hot pack once you open them may fill your stomach but really takes the fun out of eating food.
Of course this is only emergency eats, that will last a few days or maybe even more since now all of the food in the freezer has gone bad so you may have to stretch those astronaut meals until you can restock the freezer again. Hopefully, this time you will eat them before there is another storm or extreme heatwave that causes the electricity to go out.
It is time to modernize the astronaut eatery at home when there is a blackout that prevents people from using the stove or oven.
There is definitely a need for battery operated appliances for times when one has no power to use. The camping gear is just great, but hey that is when you are outdoors and away from you home that you don't want to light too much of a fire to so that you don't destroy your home and remove the roof from not only your head but your surrounding neighbors as well, especially if you live in a building. No, you can't roast marshmallows during a blackout when you live in a high-rise. Just like you can't bring that 12 hour generator indoors, so now in the winter you freeze trying to keep your food fresh and a few appliances working.
There should be an alternative. Just think about all the money people ultimately spend during times like this? Yes, restaurants stay busy and it is nice to go out but the affordability is not there for everyone and that needs to be considered. People are already living off of their emergency money especially when they have to buy items to prepare for the next storm. Now people need to factor into their yearly expenses for blackouts: hotel room rental, emergency dining, emergency gas in addition to the other things that may be pressing at the time. As this may occur more than once a year. Maybe this weeks topic should really be about supplemental home and renters insurance. Yup, we'll just include this in to the topic.
How does the supplemental home and renters insurance work?
Since it is supplemental you have to pay extra for it but the addition to the policy will cover you for hotel room rental, dining and travel. For instance, you are home and the weather is very bad and suddenly you lose power, not for just a few hours but for more than 3 days. You manage to contact your electrical power company and they say it may take a while. So what do you do? You can spend money you don't really have on hotel, dining and travel fees without reimbursement. Or, you can add a supplement to your homeowners or renters insurance policy so that if it is necessary for you to leave your home, resulting from freezing temperatures or extreme heat (especially for older people) who are not in a nursing home or assisted living facility; the amount of money you spend on hotels, meals and travel will be reimbursed upon submitting a claim with the insurance company. Your electrical power company should be responsible for sending notice by mail, or email stating when your residence lost power and when the power was turned back on. This along with receipts of hotel, food and travel should be submitted along with other receipts of loss such as food that had to be thrown away, so that the insurance company can investigate the claim and reimburse you for having to leave your home or apartment temporarily. You can eat somewhat cheap but, if you lose power for almost a week this can have a tremendous effect; so it may be best to go someplace where you can have hot food, and electricity. Depending on the type of supplemental policy you purchase, the policy will cover your expenses for a longer period of time if you home was damaged and you had to leave your place of residence for several weeks until it was repaired.
For those who want to make an indoor or even outdoor adventure of this and are tough enough to bundle up or sweat it out; then battery operated alternatives for portable heaters, dry ice freezers, microwaves and stoves for indoor use need to become products in the stores. Extreme weather is becoming somewhat common and most people like to have options regarding what to do in the event you lose power for more than a day or so. The supplemental homeowners and renters policy and battery operated products, here are a few options that will give a little glow in the dark!