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Hurricane survival tips and prep info!!!

 
CowgirlK

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Hurricane survival tips and prep info!!!
If you have ever been through a Hurricane or Blizzard I'm sure you have valuable information that you could share with others on GLP.

Lets all put our heads together and share experiences, tips and ideas that might help someone get through Sandy safely.


I'll start...


-Secure loose items outside your house!!!! The winds may not be strong enough to break a window but flying debris will break glass. That means take down wind chimes, bird feeders, bring in trashcans, move plants inside, secure patio furniture, etc. Anything left outdoors can and will become a projectile. If items are too large to be brought inside, secure them the best you can. Ask you neighbors to do the same so their items do not blow through your windows.

-Freeze jugs of water. Then you will have block ice to keep food cold and after the jugs melt, you have drinking water. Once the power goes off, move jugs of frozen water from the freezer into the fridge and keep the fridge door closed. You can also move the jugs into a cooler filled with drinks to minimize opening the fridge. Remember, if your power is off, the corner store will not have ice either.

-The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half-full) if the door remains closed. If your freezer is not full, fill it up with everything you can think of before the power goes off, i.e. water bottles, jugs of milk, even newspapers to fill in empty space.

-If you run out of drinking water, everyone who has a hot water heater has access to 40 or so gallons of clean water. Simply drain the water from your hot water heater via the valve on the front. Also, if you have a washer in your home, fill the washer with water, when it starts the wash cycle, turn the washer off and you have gallons and gallons of fresh drinking water. Filling the bathtub is also a good idea.

-30 or 40 gallon plastic trash cans are a good place to store large amounts of water for flushing toilets, washing dishes, and drinking if need be.

-Newspapers are good to soak up water with. You don’t want to clean up water that may seep into the house with towels because if there is no power for prolonged periods you have no way to wash and dry wet towels. Newspapers are easily cleaned up and can be thrown away.

- Do laundry and wash dishes before the storm hits. When the power goes out you don’t want heaps of dirty dishes or clothing to deal with.

-Charge up all you electronics before the power goes off.

- Fill your car with gas and have cash on hand because ATM’s will not work.

-Stock up on can goods and make sure you have a manual can opener.

-Batteries, flashlights, candles, and lanterns are a must have.

-A good cheap way to keep clean without power is to take wet washcloths, put a little soap on them, and seal them in zip lock bags...homemade handi-wipes.

-If you are on medication, get your scripts filled before the storm.

- Don’t seal your car windows up airtight. When the pressure drops your window’s can implode.


Lets keep this list going!

hf

Last Edited by CowgirlK on 10/27/2013 04:07 PM
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amazing tips. 5*

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Dont forget to stock up on food and water for your pets too!
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thanks for the good info :) your works are appreciated.
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Extra pair of shoes under the bed in case power goes out and windows blow out. Don't want to walk around barefoot lookin for your shoes.

Wind-up combo radio and flashlight.
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put some plastic up over your windows on the inside to insulate
in case cold or hot

buy a bunch of canned food
peanut butter bread
mio
and bottled water

if cold out
close all doors in home and use one room
to keep everyone warm

get a battery or crank operated lantern for light
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Here are a few more items..

- Bleach and an eyedropper for water purification, 8 drops of bleach per gallon of water.

- Have a copy of important documents & phone numbers. Speaking of phones, if you have a land-line, make sure you have an old school plug in phone too. Your cordless phone will not work when the power is off. You also might want to have an out of state contact that you can call to let people know you are ok. Sometimes local lines become jammed when there is a disaster.

- A good heavy pair of work gloves. They will come in handy if you have a lot of debris to clear after the storm.


- Stick matches for making fire and lighting candles.
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If the winds look like they will be bad and you can't depend on you neighbors to clean their yards tape up the windows to keep the glass from flying when they break. it will also help support the center of large windows from heavy gusts, fill up any propane cylinders you have for you bbq so you can cook if need be. seal up basement windows if the are prone to flooding and place rolled up newspapers on the floor under them in case the leak. kitty litter also works on small leaks. if water is trully a concern leave some buckets tied to down outside to collect some. Park you car in the garage but disconnect the garage door opener before hand if you have one. If you have a generator get it started before the power goes out not after.
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Extra pair of shoes under the bed in case power goes out and windows blow out. Don't want to walk around barefoot lookin for your shoes.

Wind-up combo radio and flashlight.

 Quoting: zyondra


Not just shoes but heavy boots for walking through broken glass!!!

Lay out your battery lantern nearby.

Lay out your hand crank lantern for when the batteries go out of the first one.

Lay out your battery radio.

Lay out your hand crank radio for when the batteries go out of the first one.

Lay out glasses, contact lenses, medications for easy access.

Lay out weapons, improvised if necessary.

Blankets and comforters.

Designate one room of the house to try to keep warm. Cluster there.

Keep at least one trashcan of water in there, others can stay out in other rooms where they might freeze.

In short, this may be a rough one guys.

Get out if you can.
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- paper plates, cups, utensils and trash bags. You don't want to waste water washing dishes.

- Smokes and booze if you use them. Nothing is worse than being sober and out of smokes in the middle of a disaster! LOL
Plus, they would be good barter items in the aftermath.
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Cowgirl and I have survived tornados and ice storms.

When a Texan and an Oklahoman are giving dire-sounding practical advice about surviving bad weather -- we mean it.

And our disasters here in the midsouthwest are the kind of thing where we get help in within hours or days at most.

Y'all folks back east are in for something that terrifies us!!!
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Get your close family together.

Discuss together and make firm, binding decisions about who to let in or turn away when the lights go out.

No wavering. Establish guidelines NOW.
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PLEASE remember to refill your meds NOW! Why risk not having them when you need them.
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Cowgirl and I have survived tornados and ice storms.

When a Texan and an Oklahoman are giving dire-sounding practical advice about surviving bad weather -- we mean it.

And our disasters here in the midsouthwest are the kind of thing where we get help in within hours or days at most.

Y'all folks back east are in for something that terrifies us!!!
 Quoting: goodmockingbird


You got that right Mockingbird!! I hope people take this seriously and do all they can to protect life and limb.

What's the worst that can happen if the storm misses them? Their house is clean, yard is picked up, they have extra food on hand, and all the makings for a post storm party!

hf
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If you have ever been through a Hurricane or Blizzard I'm sure you have valuable information that you could share with others on GLP.

Lets all put our heads together and share experiences, tips and ideas that might help someone get through Sandy safely.


I'll start...


-Secure loose items outside your house!!!! The winds may not be strong enough to break a window but flying debris will break glass. That means take down wind chimes, bird feeders, bring in trashcans, move plants inside, secure patio furniture, etc. Anything left outdoors can and will become a projectile. If items are too large to be brought inside, secure them the best you can. Ask you neighbors to do the same so their items do not blow through your windows.

-Freeze jugs of water. Then you will have block ice to keep food cold and after the jugs melt, you have drinking water. Once the power goes off, move jugs of frozen water from the freezer into the fridge and keep the fridge door closed. You can also move the jugs into a cooler filled with drinks to minimize opening the fridge. Remember, if your power is off, the corner store will not have ice either.

-The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half-full) if the door remains closed. If your freezer is not full, fill it up with everything you can think of before the power goes off, i.e. water bottles, jugs of milk, even newspapers to fill in empty space.

-If you run out of drinking water, everyone who has a hot water heater has access to 40 or so gallons of clean water. Simply drain the water from your hot water heater via the valve on the front. Also, if you have a washer in your home, fill the washer with water, when it starts the wash cycle, turn the washer off and you have gallons and gallons of fresh drinking water. Filling the bathtub is also a good idea.

-30 or 40 gallon plastic trash cans are a good place to store large amounts of water for flushing toilets, washing dishes, and drinking if need be.

-Newspapers are good to soak up water with. You don’t want to clean up water that may seep into the house with towels because if there is no power for prolonged periods you have no way to wash and dry wet towels. Newspapers are easily cleaned up and can be thrown away.

- Do laundry and wash dishes before the storm hits. When the power goes out you don’t want heaps of dirty dishes or clothing to deal with.

-Charge up all you electronics before the power goes off.

- Fill your car with gas and have cash on hand because ATM’s will not work.

-Stock up on can goods and make sure you have a manual can opener.

-Batteries, flashlights, candles, and lanterns are a must have.

-A good cheap way to keep clean without power is to take wet washcloths, put a little soap on them, and seal them in zip lock bags...homemade handi-wipes.

-If you are on medication, get your scripts filled before the storm.

- Don’t seal your car windows up airtight. When the pressure drops your window’s can implode.


Lets keep this list going!

hf
 Quoting: CowgirlK


I have a bunch of 2 litre pop bottles filled with water in my storage and a half-full freezer. I'm going to pop them in the freezer. Thanks!
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-Capture rain water in a 5 gal. bucket placed under a down spout. You can wash dishes and flush the toilet with it. If you have to drink it, purify it first. Secure the bucket with a couple bricks or big rocks.

-Make sure you have important medications.

-Make sure you have coinage. Stores without power but are still selling goods may not be able to break large bills to make change.

-Liqour and beer :)

-Deck of cards

-A couple bags of charcoal so you can cook up your freezer contents if power is out for more than a couple days.
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I say this every time a storm comes but I am going to say it again anyway.

Make sure your laundry is done.
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PLEASE remember to refill your meds NOW! Why risk not having them when you need them.
 Quoting: momma coop


Thank you, Momma!!!

Do it tomorrow, or this afternoon if the pharmacy is open.

Have at least a 1 month supply of all meds, better yet a 90 day supply.

PLUS contact lenses, hearing aid batteries, any and all medical needs.

AND TAMPONS, pads, etc, etc as necessary!!!

Last Edited by goodmockingbird on 10/25/2012 04:29 PM
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Call your insurance company so you know just what sort of coverage you have.

Also, take a photo /video inventory of the inside and outside of your house. It will come in handy if you have to make a claim later.
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cocaine

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Cowgirl and I have survived tornados and ice storms.

When a Texan and an Oklahoman are giving dire-sounding practical advice about surviving bad weather -- we mean it.

And our disasters here in the midsouthwest are the kind of thing where we get help in within hours or days at most.

Y'all folks back east are in for something that terrifies us!!!
 Quoting: goodmockingbird


You got that right Mockingbird!! I hope people take this seriously and do all they can to protect life and limb.

What's the worst that can happen if the storm misses them? Their house is clean, yard is picked up, they have extra food on hand, and all the makings for a post storm party!

hf
 Quoting: CowgirlK


hf
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I say this every time a storm comes but I am going to say it again anyway.

Make sure your laundry is done.
 Quoting: momma coop


You tell 'em Momma! I hope we can help people get through this. I'm afraid this is going to be a bad one.

hf
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- paper plates, cups, utensils and trash bags. You don't want to waste water washing dishes.

- Smokes and booze if you use them. Nothing is worse than being sober and out of smokes in the middle of a disaster! LOL
Plus, they would be good barter items in the aftermath.
 Quoting: CowgirlK




You are SO correct about that.....back during the bad ice storm, trees and limbs had blocked the back roads in my rural area....after a couple of days passed, I saw someone literally destroy their vehicle by driving thru the downed limbs and ice!!!

The emergency? They were out of cigarettes!!! I didn't have the heart to tell him I was sitting by the window rolling up ciggs by LED lantern light because I was bored with nothing else to do....
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Plastic bags. Water is the enemy of all electronics. Portable gear—mobile phones and GPS navigators, for example—which will be used heavily during natural disasters are especially vulnerable. Make sure you protect them in resealable plastic, zipper-locked sandwich bags. Batteries and other devices—such as your back-up external hard drive should also be packed in protective plastic.

If possible, sensitive and pricey gear—such as your HDTV—should be moved away from windows, which can shatter and bring in damaging wind-tossed water.
(Contractor trash bags to cover them too)



There are some great tips regarding protecting you electronics on this web page..

[link to news.consumerreports.org]
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Duct tape

Plastic sheeting

Tarps

Scissors, shears, and knives of all types.
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5 *'s and a BUMP!

Went through Irene...not much damage for me personally but plenty throughout the state (Vermont).

My best advice? Don't take this lightly!! Too many people here did and regretted it. People are still trying to rebuild from Irene, and now this coming? Scary to say the least....
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Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting NOW so that food will last longer should the power go out.
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I say this every time a storm comes but I am going to say it again anyway.

Make sure your laundry is done.
 Quoting: momma coop


You tell 'em Momma! I hope we can help people get through this. I'm afraid this is going to be a bad one.

hf
 Quoting: CowgirlK


yeah, me too. I grew up in NY and have spent the last 30 years in FL. I know both blizzards and hurricanes. My instincts tell me this could get ugly.
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If the power is going to out for a long period which maybe as bad at they say..

Have enough fuel to get where they do have power... that means most gas stations will be out of and or don't have generator for 200 miles from the center of damage.

NEVER ASSUME you will be able to find what you need-NEVER!!!

Last Edited by Steve8511 on 10/25/2012 05:01 PM
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what no buds?

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A lot of people recently started purchasing 9 hour candles and storm proof matches from my website due to the storm.

This summer was a bit slow for business but this storm is driving customers that need last minute preps.
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