by Dan Wolf
on Monday, January 13th, 2014 at 8:04am.
We're used to snowy winters in Anchorage and welcome the white blankets as a signal of the season. We go about our daily business in cold conditions that would stop other cities dead in their tracks. But that doesn't mean you should remain complacent. There will be times when emergency conditions can trap you in your homes for days at a time. A good time to prepare for those situations is immediately after home buying.
If your home relies on gas or electricity for heating, look for alternative sources of heat. Wood-burning fireplaces are ideal but are costly to put in after-the-fact. Consider a wood-burning stove instead, which is far easier to install in a corner of a room.
If you run a business out of your home, you can't afford to be without power. A gasoline- or propane-powered generator can supply your energy needs in an emergency. This portable power plant can be permanently mounted outdoors or wheeled and portable. If your power needs are minor, such as for smartphones or laptops, portable solar cells or hand-cranked generators can fit your needs.
Stock up on at least three days of food and water. Each person needs at least one gallon of water a day for drinking and sanitation. MREs (Meals Read-to-Eat) originated with the Armed Forces but are now commonly used by campers. They come in different flavors and sizes. Look for ones with built-in heaters so you can have a hot meal.
For more information on what to do after home buying, or if you want your own piece of Alaska real estate, please contact us.