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    Prep Testing!

    We got a chance to test our preps. There was a horrible storm here that knocked out our power for nearly 48 hours. Only one small section of the city in which we live had power. There were winds of up to 110 MPH (is that considered gale force?) A great deal of property damage was suffered by many, several people died, there were numerous injuries and many roads were blocked for days by trees that were downed.

    I'd grade us at a C-.

    Here is what we learned:

    Candles: We had a great supply of candles laid in. Unfortunately, they were all over the house in various places. If you can't find them in the dark, they aren't very useful. Now I've placed candles in every decorative holder in the house and stored the extras all in one easily accessible place. I've stashed a box of matches in every room as well.

    Food: We have tons of it and most of it does not need electricity for safe storage. Unfortunately, most of it does require cooking and we had not yet purchased a method for doing so. Now I've purchased a little hibachi that can use charcoal or a mix of wood and charcoal. I've also begun to purchase more stuff that can be eaten immediately: peanut butter, crackers, pudding cups, canned fruit, etc. Also, we learned baked beans from a can aren't horrible at room temperature but soup is disgusting at room temperature. I ended up purchasing two meals out.

    We did not open our deep freeze the entire time the power was out so things in there fared perfectly. Most of the things in the refrigerator had to be thrown out, though. Luckily there wasn't a lot: a little bit of milk, some leftovers, half a head of cabbage and some sauteed mushrooms. Next time, we will concentrate on the items in the fridge first. Things from the fridge could have been moved to a cooler and stored with the ice from the freezer to have lasted longer.

    We had water, even though we ran out of hot water pretty quickly. I was pleased that we had stored a lot of water in the attic, as some places in town had no water.

    Another thing I am going to focus on is a heat source - I'm looking at a Little Buddy propane heater, and a set of curtains to block the kitchen and living room off from the rest of the house, so I can have a confined area to heat. This time around it was warm, so that was unneccessary, but it is something to think about. Also, items for home repair are needed. Our kitchen windown imploded in the high wind and my makeshift cardboard repair was not the sturdiest. I'm going to get some good duct tape and some plywood in various sizes for that type of repair. If it had been winter, the broken window would have been disasterous.

    Our little disaster was nothing in comparison to the issues going on in the Southern US, but it was eye-opening. I think we will be far better prepared the next time around. We will be able to stay safely at home and off the perilous streets. Several people here died from downed power lines and falling trees and debris.

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    Wow Daisy, I didn't realize your area was hit so hard. I am glad that you were prepared so well but the best part is you were able to see what you need and can improve on in the future. Way to go girl!! Being prepared paid off!

    I am glad you are all safe and it is so sad to hear about the people who weren't so lucky.




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    So you got hit so hard. Lesson well learned though.
    We have a gas grill outside to cook and heat water. We keep it cleared even in the winter. And filled w/ propane. Just got a second tank yesterday. We also so have a grill to go (the collapsible. And a camping grill that "could" be used in the house as well.

    Another thing that saves us is our generator. We have extension cords to string to the bsmt. And this year I bought a few extra. DH run to the sump and the refridge and the freezer alt. We can also run the electricity alternately. But not the well. We store water for us and the dogs (my lesson-dog water). Filling the bathtub works if you know it's coming.

    I found that storing candles in the bsmt. was dumb. Walking down w/ only a flashlight esp. w/ cords strung. We keep a bbq lighter in every room in a drawer instead of matches. Matches can get wet. At least use the waterproof. I keep several wind up flashlight around too. Batteries are hard to change in the dark and expensive.

    I just bought extra blankets. We need extra space /emergency one too.

    I hope my blathering might help someone. The boards idea is good. I feel dumb I hadn't even thought of it. Tornadoes aren't that prevalent but big trees and high winds are sometimes. As well as ice storms.

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    Yes, we have to worry about ice/snow/wind storms too. We've lost our power enough that I should be better prepared, but I'm not. We do have a generator that runs on home heating oil, and an outdoor grill. But if it was more than a few days we'd be trouble, and some out here have had their power off for weeks at a time.

    Blankets, we need more blankets! Back in the 70's we had it pretty rough. My Mom used to close off the kitchen with blankets and we'd sleep under the table (thought we were camping out) and she'd heat the kitchen with the gas stove.

    Duct tape! Never thought about it, but that's really good to have on hand. We've done the candle match dance ourselves. We don't have near enough water stored, I'm actually too ashamed to admit how little we have stored.

    Our goal is to get ourselves at FEMA's guidelines for emergencies, and our local government's guidelines for evacuation preps because of the nuclear power plant. We are so not there yet. At this point I only have one rolling backpack and there are 4 of us. I haven't even packed it yet. I have a rolling luggage cart and 2 pet carriers for our Sweetpea. Still not packed. I plan on stacking the carriers one on top of the other on the cart. In one of the carriers I plan on putting a small dish pan, a bag of litter, a bag of dry food, some canned food, bottles of water, bowls, a leash, a harness, some toys, 2 small pet blankets and a copy of her medical records. In the other carrier a pet blanket. That way I'll I'll need to do will be grab the cat and pop her in and roll.

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    Sorry to hear you were hit so hard Daisy - didn't realize that S. Ont got hit that hard. I know I got blown across the highway while going at a slower speed and that freaked me big time enough to kibosh any hopes of dad going out and running his errands that day. He was pacing through the house like a cooped up animal going crazy.

    In terms of preparedness: we have candles, blankets, flashlights and canned food on hand at all times. Building materials are in the garage. But this has given me more food for thought - need to beef up supplies 'just in case'.

    Thank you for bringing this to the front of everyone's minds. Glad you and the girls are OK.

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    I'm so glad you made it through and are learning from the experience.
    Winds of 110 mph = a Category 2 hurricane; your imploded window would have scared the heck out of me!

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    Some really good ideas here!

    The window did scare us. The freaky thing was hearing it cracking first - sounded like gunshots. I went in the kitchen and saw "spiderweb" cracks travelling across the window glass. As soon as I saw what it was I moved us into a room on the opposite side of the house (where the wind was not blowing against it and it was protected by another house 4 feet away.) We were there when we heard it shatter.

    Today DD15 and I were out shopping for the above mentioned preps when the electricity went out in Costco. Thankfully, our power at home stayed on, but I felt way better knowing that I was a little more prepared than before. Now I have things that are quick and easy to make, I have something to cook on and fuel for it, and I know how to more easily light my house.

    I read that parts of Japan still do not have power. Doesn't this make you think how easily something like this could happen? Our grid is so vulnerable.

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    Glad you made it ok Daisy! Thanks for sharing

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    Glad to hear that you came through the storm okay.

    We have one drawer in the house where we keep all out power failure stuff. Several flashlights, spare batteries, headlamps (very practical for reading or doing chores!), and a bunch of "hockey puck" LED lights. It's all in the one place, so in the dark we know where to grope our way to. Groping in the dark is not fun (at least not for a flashlight! ), so at the first sign of a trees swaying or lights flickering, we grab one or two of the hockey puck lights and keep them nearby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisygirl View Post
    We got a chance to test our preps. There was a horrible storm here that knocked out our power for nearly 48 hours. Only one small section of the city in which we live had power. There were winds of up to 110 MPH (is that considered gale force?) A great deal of property damage was suffered by many, several people died, there were numerous injuries and many roads were blocked for days by trees that were downed.
    Sounds like a hurricane. Glad everyone is ok and at the window breaking...I'd been scared crapless.

    Another thing...if you can get and place outside solar lights...at evening you can bring them in and place around the rooms. Enough light to not break your neck, no batteries to run out and no fire hazzard.

    After our hurricanes a few years ago I had everything after the first on ( there were 4 over us ) I had everything in one place. Now it's spread everywhere. I don't even know where the flashlights are...if they're still here.

    Another thing to have a few of is paper plates, plastic forks etc. No washing up...no water. Aluminum foil cake type pans, loaf pans....even just a few..again no water needed. I even made a frozen pizza on the grill to get rid of it on an aluminum foil thing. Just some ideas and things we used.
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