What is the longest period of time you lived without Electricity...

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  1. chewybaca67

    chewybaca67

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    ...running water and gas in the United States?
    Having spent many Summers at my Grandpa's Hogan (old school one's made with logs and sand/motar) it was usually abour 2 months a year until I was about 13 years old. Yep, no basic utilities and he did it his whole childhood through about 70 years old. I learned a lot from my Summers on the Navajo Rez about prepping. It is indeed a way of life.
     
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    About seven days in the dead of winter after an ice storm shut the city down, and I do mean shut down. I was one of only two people in my neighborhood who didn't bug out. I also spent around 10 days on an outdoor trip far removed from civilization.
     
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    Seven days at home, camping in the woods...eight days i think.
     
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    Can't think of a specific event. I'd guess 6-8 hours.
     
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    About a week at home during one of the big white outs back in the Iowa winter in the late 50's or early 60's. 8 days during a scout winter camporee in a parachute tent.
     
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    14 days in the Idaho primitive area on a hiking/camping trip.
     
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    A little over 3 weeks. Georgia had a bad flood back in '94. We lived right by Lake Tobesofkee which made things even worse. Rode in a little John Boat with my grandfather to check on neighbors and to try and go out for food and things...on the main roads.
     
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    About a week after a storm came thru our area, back in 1997. I was pissed. You would think living less than 10 miles away from 2 power plants would give you better service.

    Coolers, lots of ice, and showers at the health club. No problem.
     
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    If you don't count hiking and tent camping, about 24 hours. I have lost power at my house about three times in the past eight years. The longest outage was during a heat wave and lasted about 24 hours. We had house guests at the time and I was glad the generator kept my A/C running.
     
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    Lost electricity for eleven days due to an ice storm. No electric, no forced air furnace. We did have water, hot and cold. And gas logs in the fireplace. Pretty much had to stay in the house without electricity because all hotels were booked and friends and family were experiencing the same loss of electricity.
     
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    Whether it be willingly out hunting or involuntarily via a power outage it has been about two weeks. Numerous hunting trips into remote areas for two weeks or so, and I can remember a hurricane that knocked out utilities for a touch over two weeks. Good times.

    Esse quam videri
     
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    Hurricane IKE 2 1/2 weeks.
     
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    Couple of years...you just dig a well and learn to live with your neighbors.
     
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    Ten days after hurricane Florence. We had a portable gasoline generator that could power a few items. After 2-3 days, I was able to get the well working, so we could shower and do laundry. Many others in our little town had it much worse.
     
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    One week, on two occasions. Wind storm in the summer, and ice storm in the winter. Having a couple of generators ready to rock is pretty cool.
     
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    Almost 3 weeks...August-Sept 2011 when Irene hit Eastern VA. My neighborhood in South Richmond didn’t have power for nearly three weeks. Slept in the basement only because it was 10-15 degrees cooler.
     
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    17 Days during hurricane Irene. 12 Days when a one old tree took down every power pole going up the mountain. It was like dominos
     
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    4 weeks twice, hunting.
     
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    2 weeks in rural Oklahoma. Lived on the same property as my grandparents who didn’t have electricity until their teens so it was no big deal to them.

    Up at first light to cut and haul wood then melt snow for water and to flush toilets.

    End of first week grandpa and I went out and got a deer so we ate pretty well between that and what grandma had canned the previous fall.

    Looking back it really wasn’t bad.
     
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