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Trial Run: Lessons Learned

We have most everything put away now, a real pain in the neck, but we keep in mind that it is not as much a pain in the neck as losing everything, or having to hack a hole in your own roof to escape a flood which completely ruins a house so you have to rebuild and live somewhere else while you are rebuilding. It’s even a lot easier than having a window or roof or garage breached, and the resulting damage from wind-driven rain, or just sheets of rain.

Today has had higher gusts of wind and frequent showers, and an occasional breakthrough of Pensacola sunshine.

We know how long it takes to put on our window protection – and take it off. We know how long it takes to clear all the potential flying objects out of our backyard. We know a couple vulnerable points, and that it’s going to be expensive to get a fix big enough to give us complete protection. It’s a gamble.

Here is something else I know, very valuable.

I know that I can keep hot coffee and hot water HOT for five days.

This great thermal jug from Qatar had coffee still warm after five days – not hot, but warm.

This little thermos from Starbucks kept coffee very warm, but not hot:

And this is a large thermos/ server I found in Kuwait and used for three years for large groups of ladies. Six years later, it is still working great. I poured boiling water into it on Sunday night, and on Thursday afternoon, it was still almost boiling hot. It was hot enough you can use it to make soup, which is just what you need to be able to do when you have no electricity and need to fix something that can warm you up.


August 31, 2012 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Experiment, Food, Hot drinks, Hurricanes, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Pensacola, Qatar


  1. Intlxpatr :

    First of all congratulation on avoiding the hurricane , So you have used the the thermal flasks from Qatar and Kuwait for the emergency , well done .
    Have you ever thought of buying a small portable generator for such kind of emergencies , or better yet installing a standby generator for the essential house requirements like freezer , lighting ,maybe an AC . there are many choices now on the market and surprisingly not that expensive , but not that cheap either .

    There are some excellent videos on youtube that discuss this issue , worth looking into

    Here is the clincher , AdventureMan just think how proud your grandson will be of you when he knows that Grandpa’s house has power when other houses don’t have it 😉

    Comment by daggero | September 1, 2012 | Reply

  2. Daggero, subhan’allah!

    Yes, we have considered a generator. They have their good points and bad. They are not that expensive, even the really good ones, when you consider what they do. On the good, yes, if they are full-house generators, you can keep important things running, freezer and A/C for me. On the down side – they are dangerous. They can explode. You have to prime them every month or so, and take them on a trial run. They are a lot of work to maintain properly.

    We live in an area where we rarely lose power, but when we do, it is quickly fixed. (Thanks, Gulf Power 🙂 )

    So far, we’ve decided we’re OK without the generator.

    Wish you could see AM and the Happy Toddler. They are inseparable. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 1, 2012 | Reply

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