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08-29-2017 04:05 PM

Watching the news the last several days made me wonder how many of us are prepared for a natural disaster.

I always have a backpack ready to go in the case of an emergency evacuation, but the one thing I am still working on is creating a waterproof notebook with plastic sleeves to add all important papers that could be needed in a worst case scenario.

How prepared are YOU for severe storms?

-- Community Manager

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#1 posted 08-29-2017 04:32 PM

I am a little bit of a prepper. The sane kind not the killing zombies while eating beef jerky kind. I keep a lot of canned food and in general keep cabinets full. I do reply to much on freezers but I keep a good generator handy and a gas grill (plus a 1000 gallon tank) to cook on if needed.
I don’t really have to worry about my house flooding for the most part since I live on a decent size hill but I keep those cheap rain coats in my vehicles as well as a few tools and some fix a flat. In my wife’s car I keep a actual car jack and a 12volt compressor. Im also a big 2nd amendment guy so if more food is needed that hopefully isn’t a problem. At my old house we had a well but the new house only has a small pond. The water would need filtered tho. I try to keep some frozen gallons of water in the freezers after that power company had the fly ash pond spill into the river in WV a few years ago. We have some friends in Charleston that couldn’t drink their water for about a week and the stores sold out really fast.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#2 posted 08-29-2017 04:42 PM

Luckily we live on high ground in case of flooding, but we don’t have much of a plan for like an out of food situation. I do have a generator for power and lots of gas stored and we have used that already this year. The worst thing that could hit us is a tornado and we have a basement in case of that.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-29-2017 04:42 PM

I live in east Houston and there is no way to be prepared enough for what is happening. We have gotten almost
50” of rain in the last 4 days and it is still raining. areas here that have never flooded are now underwater. There are only 3 or 4 grocery stores open in the whole county. This county and city areas, there are 6.5 million people. Everyone that can or will call the red cross and donate a $1.00 or $10.00 if you are able. The need for the people is going to be bigger than anything we have ever encountered. If you want to see what is going on pull up the live feed from abc13. com tv station. But it is a mess here.

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#4 posted 08-29-2017 05:02 PM

I have a few friends in Houston who are pretty happy their neighbors had rubber rafts. No matter what disaster might come our way, I think it is important to have an evacuation bag, just in case…

The volunteers rescuing people has had me in tears many times over the last few days.

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#5 posted 08-29-2017 05:13 PM

I have meant to do this for years but I read a article that said everyone needs a grab and go bag either in their bedroom or beside the door or window they intend to escape from. Whoever wrote it was in a house fire and lost literally everything but what they had on. They said they got out in enough time they could have saved their cars but like everyone their car keys were safe inside the house which was on fire and that they had to watch the fire burn the cars up. That always struck me as interesting cause id never looked at it that way. A person really should have a few bags with spare clothes in them (for every family member) along with some cash to buy whatever they’d need or rent a room and spare keys to their homes/buildings and cars. Probably a copy of your home insurance so they don’t try and screw you. I do keep a lot of my documents and CDs with family pictures on them at my work that has a really good fire suppression system as well as a little stash of money for just in case.

I have a buddy that works for a power company down there and he is working his tail off. Once all the water is gone I am sure that everyone down there will be way on edge due to all the stress, damage and lost possessions and lifes work but please remember to b considerate to ur utility workers. They are trying to do a tough job so that they can go home and see what damage it had done to them as well.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#6 posted 08-29-2017 05:15 PM

I keep supplies to get through normal 2 week issues. The real issue here in the Pacific Northwest is the Cascadia quake. The disaster will be from northern CA to southern BC, 700 miles along the coast. Millions will be homeless. It will be on an unprecidented Biblical scale. How can you prepare for that? Pray it doesn’t happen in your lifetime!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 08-29-2017 05:20 PM

We’re lucky in Tucson. Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, or any sort of natural disaster don’t happen here (except for the occasional single-wide that gets toppled by a dust devil). There are flood plains that get hit every few years, but I’m about 500 ft above them. I have a VacMaster VP215 chamber vacuum and cook in bulk for the two of us, so the two freezers are full. There are two huge pantries full as well. I should probably store more water, but there’s 12,000 gallons out in the swimming pool, so I don’t worry too much.

We do deal with venomous reptiles and killer bees though.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#8 posted 08-29-2017 05:22 PM

I keep plenty of water, and some… sunscreen.
Other than that, Lord have of me as he wishes..

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#9 posted 08-29-2017 07:09 PM

Before the storm a talking head was saying how the worst part of the hurricane would come a week later when the rivers flooded and I thought to myself, this guy has never been in a hurricane. I’ve been in quite a few and the worst thing that can happen is a hurricane parks overtop you. It happened here in NC and there are still abandoned towns that may never rebuild.

-- Rick M,

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#10 posted 08-29-2017 07:17 PM

I’ve got a bug out bag at all times, really feel sorry for most of the victims of these disasters. I said “most” because there was one lady on the news that survived Katrina and moved to Texas, but didn’t get out when they told her too. They had to go rescue here again!

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#11 posted 08-29-2017 07:19 PM

Very interesting discussion.
The only thing I’m really ready for is a loss of water.

I have 250 gallons of water on standby.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#12 posted 08-29-2017 07:19 PM

Here in Southern MN it’s tornadoes or snow. Use to keep an emergency kit in my car for winter. Have not done that recently but it’s good to be prepared. Have a sister and a niece and nephew in Houston, I keep checking in.

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#13 posted 08-29-2017 07:48 PM

Oooooh, a prepper thread! This should be fun.

In Mainiac land, the “main event” is either a blizzard or an ice storm, where you lose power for a week or more and have to shovel the snow off of your roof.. So our plan isn’t to bug-out, but to bug-in.

I built my house using a 5K generator and then put in a gen-tran panel so I could use that generator as my back up power supply. We burn wood and try to keep 2-3 cords laid up for every winter. Then we have 2 LPG gas log stoves in remote areas of house, and an LPG water heater and stove.

Our routine is to run the generator in the a.m. and at meals… then we tape the fridge and freezer shut to prevent accidental opening. We also have half a dozen oil lamps for the evenings.

So it really comes down to how many 6 gal. gas cans can I store in the shed and how many cans of beenies and weenies we can store in the pantry.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#14 posted 08-29-2017 08:04 PM

Pacific Northwest here. Like Topa said, the main concern is earthquake. A single story stick framed house stands a pretty good chance of survival under anything short of the earth opening up and swallowing it. And there’s always the camper in the worst case scenario. Strapping on the water heater and tall furnishing like china cabinets. A generator capable of running the house as long as I use some power management (e.g. don’t run the dryer while the wife is cooking) On a well with a 1000 gallon holding tank. The wife has a thing about food security so she keeps a full pantry and freezer, so enough essentials to last a month or so.

I’m on one simple medication that hardly ever falls below a 30 day supply. Wife’s on some diabetes meds but is able to manage without with careful diet monitoring.

All in all, feel that we could weather things fairly well for a few weeks any way.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#15 posted 08-29-2017 09:40 PM

Every area has there own type of disasters or storms.

Here in northern Indiana, most likely to be a winter storm with heavy snow, wind followed by cold. I remember when we had-28 F and very strong wind. It was scary but places get even colder. We can get ice storms also. But, these type events last a few days.

I have no chance for flood where I am.

Lastly, we get some pretty bad storms with straight line winds and chance of tornado. I have been in a house in Nebraska that was hit by a tornado and it was over fast. But nothing like a hurricane.

I cannot imagine what the folks in Texas will go through with months of clean-up. My prayers go out to those people.

I need to go back and do an inventory and store info elsewhere. Also, need to make digital copies of important pictures and documents.

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