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One thing we have all probably done is built a tent, cabin or fort in the living room or bedroom. Maybe as a child, with our children or grandchildren. We all have this experience.
Before a grid down situation occurs, and definitely before the weather gets cold, or colder, practice building a tent, cabin or fort in your home to create a warm, snug, cozy place for you, and or your family. Some of you may have small children, babies and maybe even teenagers who have never experienced a hard day in their Life.
NOW IS THE TIME to practice grid down before the cold really bites and makes the famiy panic. Practice will make the 'real event' much easier and less emotional.
Helpless, dramatic and needy teenagers will be worse than babies and they will need to sober-up their emotions f-a-s-t. Teenagers should know how to take care of themselves. DO NOT allow your teenager one inch to whine and moan about how miserable their Life is. In a serious grid down situation, there is no room for drama and theatrics. Shut down whiney teenagers quick!
Push the couches together and use the coffee table to make the fort/cabin/tent
Use the kitchen table with a blanket thrown over it for the parents
Use the dining room table with a blanket thrown over it for the kids
Put both tables together to make a huge tent in the living room
Make a tent out of a bunk bed
Use a camping tent in the middle of the room
Use your closet to create a cozy cabin
Use two (2) rows of chairs with their backs to each other, throw a blanket over it to create a tent
BIG cardboard boxes can create a warm snuggly environment for the kids
The picture below looks fun and cozy, except consider a total grid down situation where you have no Lights
I encourage you to have a practice weekend with your family of living in a tent inside the home in order to keep yourselves warm and comfortable. Practice will make all the difference in the world.
You DO NOT want to figure all of this out once the grid goes down. Have a plan. Know your options and how you will interior design your indoor cabin, tent or fort. And remember, you could be putting this together 'in the dark'.
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