Camping out in an emergency

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If there’s an emergency, disaster, or just a major power outage, one amazing thing happens. All the motels fill up and have no vacancies. This seems to happen immediately.

If all the motels are full, what can you do if your house is uninhabitable? You could hit the road and keep going until you did find a motel vacancy. Another option might be camping out in your own backyard. If you were living next to your home, your presence would help prevent others from ransacking it during the disaster.

The ideal camping situation would be tents, cots, and sleeping bags. However, you could build a makeshift shelter with a tarp and some rope. Painter’s polyethylene plastic on the ground under the tarp can keep you and your blankets dry. This can be quite comfortable in warm weather. In rain, you just seal the front and the edges.

I can hear people saying, “I haven’t camped out since I was a kid!” True, but camping out doesn’t require any electricity, which becomes important if your electrical power is off and it isn’t safe to stay in your home.

Your electric or gas range in the kitchen may no longer work, but if you’re camping out you can cook on a propane camping stove. You could also cook on a charcoal barbeque grill. Since you’d be cooking outdoors, all the smoke would be outdoors, too.

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