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We lost power again early this morning. It just came back on. Roman (the dog) is doing great. We just returned from visiting him. I should be able to bring him home tomorrow. I want to thank you guys for your concern. I will try to post again later if the power stays on.
 

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Oh fixer, I am so glad he is doing well. Hopefully your power stays on! Good luck! :)
 

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Thank you for the update! I was afraid he had taken a bad turn and you were too upset to post.

I have 3 dogs and 2 cats--they are FAMILY.
 

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I just returned home with Roman. He seems tired but other than that fine. I will be making his favorite (mashed potatoes) for dinner in case his appetite needs to be stimulated. Again, thanks for your concern.
 

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Glad Roman is doing well!

Here's my list ---

gas stove - We chose to put in a gas stove when our oven went belly up a few months back and we are profoundly grateful. Not only could we cook indoors instead of on the grill for the 1st 4 and a 1/2 days it kept us warm as we boiled water. The steam heat kept our living room/kitchen area a comfortable 60 something degrees. The steam was awesome for about 3 days.Then it did become a problem in that everything started getting soggy. We started looking at backup plans when my boys began betting on the drips running down the wall instead of drying them.

small enough chest freezer to move - For the second time in a year we loaded my mothers small chest freezer with all the meat from our houses and moved the whole freezer to somewhere with power. This time it was the shop where my DH works.

coolers - we kept refrigerator stuff on the porch in coolers (no need for ice) . This would not work at any other time of year.

mink (fake) blankets - These are the ones that ran $80 to $120 a couple of years ago. You can get them at much better prices now. My brother sent most of ours over from Korea. We have about 8. Ther eis always two on our bed in the winter. One on top of the sheet that we lay on and one for over us. Even with no heat in the house at night all we needed to do was add one more of these on top of us and we were toasty. Not even cold sheets to climb in. They have held up well when washing.

disposable dishes - we keep these on hand for cases such as these as well.

lighting - We used candles and that was ok although I have ddecided to invest in a larger stock of UNfragranced ones as having multiple smells going at one point was not very good. It was still lacking though and I have decided to invest in a couple of those oil lamps that run for about $5. I think they might be called hurricane lamps. They're usually glass and have a cloth wick. My grandmother use to keep one by her bed and I remeber it putting out good light.

cinder block - We did not have any cinder blocks to throw in the back of DH's lightweight pick-up. We should have. It would have made a much more effective vehicle.

chainsaw and supplies - we have a chainsaw but should have kept a larger supply of baroil on hand. Also we need to keep a few more heavy duty outdoor extension cords on hand. When we eventually got a generator from a friend (I think it was late Fri night) we ran our neighbors sump pumps a few times but we all had to keep moving extension cords. It would have been much easier to have extras on hand. We also need to look into replacement parts for the chainsaw. As we are the young'uns in our neighborhood DH has spent a couple of long days cutting tree limbs away from peoples driveways, garages, doors, and so forth. I am surprised at how well it held up.

piece of advice - for those of you that have a generator - find out of it is large enough to work your furnace. Then have someone that knows how show you how to wire your furnace to it. Heating and air companies as well as electricians made lots of money hooking people's furnaces to thier generators. It is a five minute job. Have someone teach you.
 

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I did everything you did... and

Heat - we have wood heat and I had a cord of wood delivered the day before the storm hit.

Lighting - we have tons of candles, flashlights, lanterns, etc.

Food - we have propane cook stove and a decent stockpile.

Coffee - made several pots and stored in fridge and freezer before the storm.

Ice - got ice blocks for the freezer and cubes for the fridge before the storm.

What didn't work:

- meant to blow up that big air mattress before the power went out.


We were very fortunate to come through this unscathed... physically or mentally. I feel blessed and am thankful I was able to prepare.
 

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If your house has natural gas a small wall-mounted heater can warm a couple of rooms when the furnace is not working. They are very efficient and safer than kerosene.

Our water is from a small community well and when our electric goes off, we have no water. We try to catch some in containers and the tub if we think we are going to loose power.
 

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Great thread!

I'm very glad to hear Roman is doing better.

Thank you all for the information and insights.
 

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I'm glad you have power now, and heat! I hope your dog gets well quickly.
Thanks for the suggestions. I have heard of crank flashlights, but not a crank radio. Those are two items I would like to have for emergencies.
I know some of you will say we were not out of power for very long.
I was without power for three days this summer; I tried to carry on as usual, but it completely scrambled everything... so it can't imagine going without power that long in the winter!
 

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Fixer, I'm glad you got through the outage okay, and your dog
is now better. :) Thanks so much for the great insight and info.

Thanks for the suggestions. I have heard of crank flashlights,
but not a crank radio. Those are two items I would like to have
for emergencies.
I just ordered a Kaito KA009R 4-Way Powered Emergency
Crank Radio with Shortwave through CampingSurvival

It works via Hand Crank / Solar / AC Adapter / DC
It has AM/FM/Shortwave/TV/NOAA Weather Band
and even Aviation channels. It also has a cell phone
charger and adapters.

I will give a review of it when I receive it. This was
the first time I ordered from this company, and hope
I made a good decision. I wanted a radio that at least
was hand crank and had AM/FM/Shortwave/NOAA, so
the TV and cell phone additions were plusses. The
price, at $36.95, seems outstanding for all that you get.
Most radios I've researched don't include the AC Adapter
or the cell phone adapter.

My next projects are buying a small generator and
kerosene heater. I'm thinking of these:

Sportsman 2000 Watt Portable Generator

DuraHeat Convection Kerosene Heater

I saw both of them on Home Depot's sites. Unfortunately
this site won't allow me to post external links????????

I'm also considering buying a ColemanCompact Propane Lantern
However, Coleman's site says it should be for outdoor use only??????
So now I'm not sure to go with an oil lamp or the propane lantern.

Any comments/suggestions on any of the above items would be
greatly appreciated. I really am glad to find this forum and look
forward to participating. :)

SG
 

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We lost power for 4 1/2 days, seemed like forever!

-the first 2 days we boiled water on our gas stove for heat, worked well.
-we used candles for light, and flash lights for bathroom trips only.
-we had a stock of batteries and a radio that also has a tv band on it so we were able to pick up our local news.
-we filled both vehicles up with gas the day before the storm. Good thing, since there were no gas stations open in our town for 4 days...the closest one was 20 minutes away and it was a one hour wait to get gas.
-our freezer is out in the shed, so we moved all frozen food to it and kept our fridge stuff in a cooler on the deck
-we had a propane lantern in our pump house to prevent the pump from freezing....we filled coolers and jugs with water before the storm since we lose water when we have no electric.
- on the 3rd morning DH drove 60 miles and bought a generator, there were 150 that came in that morning and his number was 132! Several people in our area drove over 2 hours to St. Louis to buy a generator.
-DH insists on keeping a stash of cash at home for emergencies, thank God, or we wouldn't have been able to get anything as no banks were open for 4 days.
-we also used paper plates and plastic utensils.
-we used the propane fish cooker to melt ice to flush the toilets so we didn't have to use "good" water to do that.
-and I made sure my ipod was charged before the storm
-once we got the generator going, DH ran a drop cord to the utility room for me so I could do some laundry, I had laundry hanging everywhere to dry....dd said we looked like the clampets lol

That's all I can think of for now. Glad everyone is getting power back!
 

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Good for you! Glad you whethered it ok.


I still can't get over the fact how this has been almost ignored by the MSM. I mean, they're more worried about the strawberry crop in Fla than millions with power and water and food. I just don't get it. really.
 

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Good for you! Glad you whethered it ok.


I still can't get over the fact how this has been almost ignored by the MSM. I mean, they're more worried about the strawberry crop in Fla than millions with power and water and food. I just don't get it. really.
Just to let everyone know, FEMA arrived officially yesterday in Kentucky. Also, it was announced today that some of the meals given out by FEMA contain tainted peanut butter.
 

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They probably listened to that Hank Williams Jr song "Country Boys will survive" and figured you all had it covered. You need to raise a big stink about FEMA'S reaction time. Last I heard at least 30 people had died in the storm.
 

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I hope your dog feels better SOON! I am learning so much from everyone.
 

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They probably listened to that Hank Williams Jr song "Country Boys will survive" and figured you all had it covered. You need to raise a big stink about FEMA'S reaction time. Last I heard at least 30 people had died in the storm.
The sad part is nothing will ever be said about FEMA's response time. All of our politicians are praising them for all of the help we have received. There were twenty-eight deaths and one-hundred thirty seven thousand still without power. I really don't know when we came to expect FEMA to be on the scene immediately. I guess Katrina gave us that. The head of our state department of homeland security has started saying it's every persons duty to have enough supplies in their home for three days. While I whole-heartily agree, I think it translates into "I know you pay taxes that supports our efforts but we just don't do things very well so you had better take care of yourself. If they want people to stock up, why not make emergency supplies tax free? While the three day number has been around for a long time, I think it is time to change it to a week. There were people who were without power, water and phone who could not get anywhere due to roads blocked with downed trees for a week. It really bothers me the number of people who simply froze to death. I get people will do dumb things with generators and heat sources, but for someone in their home to freeze to death just makes me mad. It does not help they were all elderly. One elderly women suffered massive burns when her clothes caught fire while she was sitting on a space heater to keep warm. I just hope we can learn things from this that will help us with the next one.
 

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We got to see if something we had been doing to our freezer would help hold it without power. Like a lot of people' our freezer is not always full. Depending on the garden and what we buy on sale ours fluxuates quite a bit. To keep it full, we fill empty, washed milk jugs with water. We then put ever how many it takes to fill the freezer. It is easy to take some out when needed and having all of that ice keeps it cold when without power and efficient running on power. It also serves as an emergency source of water.-
 

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since your ice storm, i've been doing the same thing
we had a cold spell here so i put the jugs of water outside to
freeze first then put them in the freezer
ours fluxuates a lot as well & doesn't have too much in it at
present ...so it is a good way to have extra drinking water saved too.


glad your dog has recovered
 

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I started cleaning up today. I realized how important it is to have a chain saw if you plan on doing this yourself. I had to use mine just to get to my parents on the first day. I take it for granted since I have a good saw and have ran it more than I wish to think about. On the farm, we heated exclusively with wood. We would have trees fall over into hay and corn fields that would have to be cleaned up anyway. We got probably fifty percent of our wood this way. I am always afraid that people go out and buy a saw and never learn how to use it until they need it. Cutting down trees is complicated anyway with limbs stuck in the ground and some with enough tension on them to take your head off once cut. There are very few tools I use that I have more respect for than a chain saw. Like everything else, they must be maintained if you want good performance from them.
 
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