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Friday, November 16, 2012

What Have I Learned From Hurricane Sandy

After watching the ordeal so many are facing on the east coast, I have come to a conclusion. During an emergency YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. Even if aid gets to you let me tell you we had all better plan on the opposite. The former head of FEMA was on TV and said the same exact thing. We are all on our own. Officials can blame this or that but large cities with such huge numbers of people would require some major changes in order to ever be ready to react quickly to disasters.

Best we all accept the fact that we are on our own and we need to prepare for it. I saw folks on TV that did not even have water stored ahead. Maybe there was no money or they failed to take the warnings seriously, but we all better carve a few bucks out of our budgets to have the basic things together to stay alive and have provisions for a period of time.

In our recent power outages the one thing that has provided us with the most comfort and benefit is our little generator. It kept our fridge, T.V., lamp and laptops/cell phones charged. If at all your are considering purchasing one of these I can't say enough about them. They are easy to use and I can start it up myself as well as the kids. To have some small amounts of comforts is immeasurable. I feel it is a worthy investment.

Since my post on preppers we have not done enough to get our own family fully prepared. We have done a few things like more water storage, stockpiled batteries and increased our food supply but we have a lot to do. I will share in future posts the steps we are taking in hopes that if you have not made any emergency preparedness plans, that you will begin with small steps.

List of Our Current Preparedness Goals:
Find a way to store more fuel for our generator
More water storage for cleaning and flushing of toilets
Purchase at least a months worth of dehydrated meals
Purchase required meds to have a long term supply
Gun Safety class for our older kids (hopefully they would never need use of this but I want them fully educated on our fire arms)


20 North Ora said...

Elaine - Good ideas. You know, we live in a world where we don't think things like that are going to happen to us. We are probably all so unprepared. Even if we think we are ready, we probably arent.

I must get busy and do some of these things.

Thanks for the push.


Jonell said...

You are so right..we were hit in a major way by hurricane RITA..rem? It's the 'forgotten hurricane"
w/o power for at least 3 full weeks but as I hv watched the Story or Sandy I know we were so fortunate to live in a less heavily populated are..more options. Also your remarks remind me this is another reason for 'parenting' that teaches children to be resourceful & to be able to make another way when the usual 'way' is not there. It's a different mindset from what is prevalent in our culture TODAY.

You are on the right track-way to go!


Unknown said...

"area" not are..oops

NanaDiana said...

Great tips/ideas, Elaine. We all think we are "safe" until we are struck by something unexpectedly. xo Diana

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i would love to take a gun class. that is on my bucket list. just to know how just in case. always better to know in the long run. i know many have gotten generators because of this hurricane & other times losing power. such a great idea. we have one. i bet most will soon if they don't already. where do you find dehydrated meals? you mean the kinds of camping purposes? that is really smart to have your meds. can't wait to hear what you come up with ... please keep us posted. big big hugs. (:

Merlesworld said...

Good advice, we have a lot of bush fires here and there is an message on TV at the moment called Planing to make a emergency plan is no plan. It shows a burnt out house with a woman sitting at the computer her husbane walks in to ask if they should work out their emergency plan, she says she is in the middle of something and can they do it on the weekend, simple and to the point but it shows how we all put off things until its to late

Sandy said...

Me and my son were JUST talking about this!!!! With everything so catty wompous right now. I am going to start stocking up on the water and the food, my two sons both own firearms, Mom and Dad need to learn how to use them. And then which house we would all live in, it seems so surreal but it is happening in so many ways other than hurricanes...I have never felt to afraid in my own country as I do today. All politics aside...."We the people" are not happy with our government and that leads to very scary times....Thanks for the tips, We are getting a generator this weekend!

Cheapchick said...

In our area most likely scenario is earthquake (Vancouver Island) or windstorm knocking out power. We had some neighbors over this week and determined in case of such emergency the two households would help each other as we have natural gas which means we have a fireplace and source of fuel which is not dependent on electricity. They have a travel trailer with propane tank and heat which is not dependent on electricity nor natural gas (really unlikely natural gas would be disconnected unless extremely major earthquake). It is nice to know you can help each other out and is a suggestion of mine to others when prepping.

Barbara F. said...

I did a post after Sandy like this, too. One thing I do know, if it is your destiny, well, that date will be met. I know of two sisters who died from carbon monoxide poisoning as the little generator was placed too near their bedroom window. Guns? Oh my goodness, what a world we live in. So sad. I believe we really are living in the end times. :( xo

Linda said...

You never know what can happen...we try to keep things for just this reason...camping equipment is great for such a time too...have a great weekend!

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Elaine,
You are a bright and intuitive wife and Mother. Your blog is such a practical gift to us out in blogland. Thank you for this realistic and helpful post. My husband and I have been doing prep for the last four years. Times they are a changing and I think it's good to be prepared for the unexpected.
Blessings and thanks,
Carolynn xoxo

Leslie said...

We have lots of ammo and water! Lol. It is a great idea to be prepared... we take so much for granted.
Have a great thanksgiving! !!!!

Suziq1023 said...

Due to a housefires, blizzards and two ice storms I've had to 'pioneer' it four times in my life. Plus I've had to scramble to the tornado shelter too many times to count. My list includes keeping copies of important papers someplace other than the house, jewelry and medicine organized where it can be grabbed in a heartbeat, dry firewood on the covered front porch (I could write about that lesson!) a grate for using cast iron cookware in the fireplace and filling the bathtubs with water for the toilet. We've lived without electricity over two weeks three different times. Be ready!

nancy said...

It's never to late to start. I blogged about how I started a full blown "working" pantry (spare bedroom closet) in the last year. I added food, water, paper supplies, etc. I also have bought kero heaters and lamps, easier and safer to store fuel for. We have lots of freeze dried foods now too, thanks to Costco's goods deals. I just keep trying to get my adult kids on board. They think nothing will ever happen :(

nancy said...

I forgot to add- generators are great, but in a long lasting outtage you would need a huge amount of fuel, if the gas stations were down...

Debbie said...

I saw this on a billboard in North Carolina: The first response to any disaster is always local. So true. We were without power for 5 days after tornadoes a year and a half ago. What I learned: you need to have a plan after the disaster to use up what you can in your fridge/freezer, then have food in your pantry and a source to cook with (we have both a wood burning stove and gas grill). You really need water. If after the emergency there is still running water, you can fill bathtubs and the washing machine to have water for various purposes in addition to what you have stockpiled for drinking. Getting gas for your car is probably one of the hardest things after a disaster. I personally refill my car when it gets to 1/2 a tank so I have enough gas to leave the immediate area. One of the worst things I saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Charlie when we went to rescue my Grandmother a few years back was people waiting in 40-50 car-long lines for gas when if they drove 20-30 miles away from the disaster area, all the gas stations had power and there were no lines for gas. If you're on empty you can't go anywhere. If you have children, you really need to prepare so you can care for them. And don't panic. If your home is safe and you have food, there is no need to drive around to see if stores are open or to top off your gas tank. Help with the cleanup, thank God you're safe, and enjoy the stars at night.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

We seem to live in a society that believes it's someone else's job to look after us...look at all the warnings on the silliest items you might buy.

Don't do this, don't do that, well it's common sense. Apparently it's not.

When we lived in that tiny condo, and there was barely enough room, we had gallon jugs of water, and food, batteries, extra shoes under the bed in case of a earthquake. Others laughed at us, thought we were silly for doing so...what would have happened if something bad did happen?

I have a friend who just shrugs and says, oh the neighbourhood will come together, and look after me...I don't know about that?

You are reacting sensibly, and thoughtfully to something that could happen to anyone, at anytime.