There are a lot of things I love about living in a rural environment. One of the downsides is that power outages can be a significant problem. We decided as soon as we moved here to invest in a generator, and it’s been a blessing. A power outage hits, we turn on the generator and flip a switch, and hurrah, we have power.
It’s limited—the generator can’t power everything—but it does allow us to run essentials like the fridge and the gas stove that provides heat and the water system and a few lights. (We can run the cooking stove with or without power, as it’s gas and can be lit manually.) A couple of extension cords and we can run our computers; and assuming that cable doesn’t go out too, we remain connected. (This is critical for Peri, who works online shifts, and important for my work as well.)
So it’s not too bad. My office, in a renovated carport, isn’t terribly well insulated, so it gets pretty cold. I’m currently wrapped in a blankie and wearing a toque and finally beginning to warm up.
But although living in a rural environment might mean a few extra power outages, living in a rural environment with a generator means that when a major storm hits, we actually do better than people in cities. We lost power just after 7 this morning. But I suspect we’re happier than many today: the news reports about 56,000 people without power all along the coast, and the map is showing a whole bunch of outages in the Lower Mainland. (I’m particularly happy to have made it home yesterday before the storm hit—I hope our friends who are supposed to come home today from a ski trip manage to make it.)
All because we’ve been hit by a major windstorm, one that has exceeded predictions, and at 8 am the weather forecaster said gusts might peak at 120 kph. The current forecast is that we’ll have power back by 4 pm.
Power outages, trees down, ferry cancellations… a chilly office is not so much to worry about.