It has been 25 years to the day since the Great Ice Storm of 1998.
Some people were without power for 33 days in the dead of winter. Martha's mom and dad themselves went for 10 days without power, spending the time reading in front of the fireplace, making tea in the flames.
Martha's mom and dad came from a generation that considered self-sufficiency the default. Many today do not.
We suggest using this anniversary as an excuse to take a look at the Ontario Emergency Preparedness Action Plan page. It goes step-by-step to create a document for your family to prepare for most emergencies, not just winter storms. How will your family contact each other without phones? What will the cat eat, 10 days in?
And if you have trouble getting family buy in to do this, tell them it's a Zombie Apocalypse action plan. That will be guaranteed to work.
– Martha and Darren
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It is very inadvisable to suddely change your pet’s food from whatever it is eating to human food. If you must, this page recommends putting cooked chicken and steamed carrots into a blender. Our cats would probably leave and stay at a Holiday Inn until it all blew over.
We will see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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