My natural disaster, what worked,what didn't
Well, it appears to be over. We were without power for three and a half days. I am completely surprised power was restored as quickly as it was. My parents are still waiting. I took them for a ride today so they could see the damage since they had not left home since the storm. Dw fixed them a good meal that was much appreciated. The big concern now is our dog Roman, my avatar. This morning at 1:30 he woke us up whining. He was uncomfortable and out of sorts. We stayed up with him until he settled down. This morning he started having neurological problems. He could not walk and did not appear to be able to see. We somehow loaded all one hundred and seventy pounds of him and got him to the vet. The vet recommended to watch him for seventy- two hours and give him steroids and supportive care. We visited him late tonight and he appeared to be doing better. When he woke us up, he could not control his bodily functions. It was awful to be shivering in a dark house trying to clean him up with no hot water. We are hoping for the best.
Now, I would like to discuss what worked and what didn't. I hope this thread serves as a valuable learning tool with everyone recounting their experiences. I am old-fashioned, I think you can talk about it all you want but doing it is how you learn.
-Using paper plates: We have disposable plates, bowls and cutlery left over from our kitchen remodel. With no hot water, it was nice to only have pots and pans to worry about cleaning.
-Crank radio: This was a tough call since the crank handle broke after two days of use. The concept was good. Not having to use the available batteries for the radio was good. I crave information so it was on quite a bit.
-preparation: We ran and emptied the dishwasher beforehand. We also did the laundry we needed. Our food supply was good along with meds and pet food.
What didn't work:
-Lighting: We did not have enough area lights to allow us to not have to set in the dark each night. This has a profound psychological affect. I came to dread the evenings. We would go to bed ridiculously early. Breaking our routine made everything harder.
-Hot water: We had no hot water. We could heat water on the stove to wash dishes with, but we could not shower or even wash our hands with hot water. Another psychological blow to our morale.
-cell phones: We had no signal for the first two days. After that, it was sporadic at best.
I am sure I will think of other things as time goes on. Please feel free to post how you would handle things because I want to learn from this experience. Finally, I was amazed at how small your world gets in this situation. I follow the national news and here I am connected to people world-wide. During this, all I worried about was my wife, parents and neighbors. I found myself really not caring about much else. I know some of you will say we were not out of power for very long. While true, it was hard with my elderly parents. I saw my father for the first time not be able to care for my mother. This broke his heart. Then our dog still worries us a great deal. These things would be hard under ideal conditions, with dealing with the cold and no power it was very troubling and took a lot out of you.