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Hurricane survival tips and prep info!!!

 
CowgirlK (OP)

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In all seriousness, I have some advice;

Be friendly and helpful to your neighbors. You never know when they'll return the favor. It helped me through Ike when we were out of power for two weeks.
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^^^^^^^^THIS times ten. We have some great folks on my street, I know we'll all pull together and get anybody whatever they need. I bought a cheap siphon and a five gallon gas can in case someone has a generator and they need gas from my full tank. I have found this thread to be soooo helpful, thanks cowgirl, you deserve a girl scout merit badge!! This is the first storm I've ever prepped for and got 9-10 excellent tips here that I wouldn't have know if not for this thread. I'm in Northeast Pa. and will probably be getting hit with the outer bands. Trees down, power out and wind damage are all possible, so I am prepared. Even a couple days without power could be totally annoying/inconvenient or even dangerous without some prep.
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Back at ya Isis - I'm glad to help.

I just had a thought for those of us not in the storms path....It might be a wise idea to stock up a bit too. I have no idea how supply chains work or move across the US but, I would venture to guess a storm of this magnitude covering so many states, just might impact some deliveries to other parts of the country.
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In all seriousness, I have some advice;

Be friendly and helpful to your neighbors. You never know when they'll return the favor. It helped me through Ike when we were out of power for two weeks.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1538031


^^^^^^^^THIS times ten. We have some great folks on my street, I know we'll all pull together and get anybody whatever they need. I bought a cheap siphon and a five gallon gas can in case someone has a generator and they need gas from my full tank. I have found this thread to be soooo helpful, thanks cowgirl, you deserve a girl scout merit badge!! This is the first storm I've ever prepped for and got 9-10 excellent tips here that I wouldn't have know if not for this thread. I'm in Northeast Pa. and will probably be getting hit with the outer bands. Trees down, power out and wind damage are all possible, so I am prepared. Even a couple days without power could be totally annoying/inconvenient or even dangerous without some prep.
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Back at ya Isis - I'm glad to help.

I just had a thought for those of us not in the storms path....It might be a wise idea to stock up a bit too. I have no idea how supply chains work or move across the US but, I would venture to guess a storm of this magnitude covering so many states, just might impact some deliveries to other parts of the country.
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Great point, Newark NJ is a big port and lots of items are shipped out of there, same with Delaware/Philly harbors.
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10/27/2012 04:09 PM
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Not to derail, Cowgirl. Just letting you know DB started the new thread.

Thread: Hurricane Sandy to slam New York City Tues Morning: Entire Staten Islnd Underwater. Cat 1 Winds to Great Lakes
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Here is a very short and very clear explanation of the storm scenarios. Video at the link.

Less than 50% of the article: "As many as 23 million Canadians stand to be affected by this storm," says Mark Robinson, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "That's 70% of the country."

[link to www.theweathernetwork.com]
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great post so important to get that information out there, not just due to this storm, with the changing weather patterns everyone should b aware of at least the basics wish i had time to read it all, will catch up later thank you
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10/27/2012 05:03 PM
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Not sure if someone has mentioned it, but when we're preparing for a blizzard to hit in our area we usually fill up the tub with water. If you have a larger pyrex type of measuring cup (holds 5+cups) you can use that out to dole out water to flush, water for the family pets, plants if needed, wet down a wash cloth etc. It isn't meant to be drinking water though.
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In all seriousness, I have some advice;

Be friendly and helpful to your neighbors. You never know when they'll return the favor. It helped me through Ike when we were out of power for two weeks.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1538031


^^^^^^^^THIS times ten. We have some great folks on my street, I know we'll all pull together and get anybody whatever they need. I bought a cheap siphon and a five gallon gas can in case someone has a generator and they need gas from my full tank. I have found this thread to be soooo helpful, thanks cowgirl, you deserve a girl scout merit badge!! This is the first storm I've ever prepped for and got 9-10 excellent tips here that I wouldn't have know if not for this thread. I'm in Northeast Pa. and will probably be getting hit with the outer bands. Trees down, power out and wind damage are all possible, so I am prepared. Even a couple days without power could be totally annoying/inconvenient or even dangerous without some prep.
 Quoting: Isis One


Back at ya Isis - I'm glad to help.

I just had a thought for those of us not in the storms path....It might be a wise idea to stock up a bit too. I have no idea how supply chains work or move across the US but, I would venture to guess a storm of this magnitude covering so many states, just might impact some deliveries to other parts of the country.
 Quoting: CowgirlK


Very good point. Might be a good time to fill the freezer, fridge and pantry with necessities. Don't forget TP! For anyone on gas heat (very common out here) you might want to have your tank filled if you're low.
Guenwyfar

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guns ammo..you never knowTank
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If it's cold weather and the power is out, but you have a gas water heater, fill up empty 2 liter pop bottles with hot water, one to hold on your lap and one between your feet. Top off with layers of blankets.

Small pop bottles filled with hot water can go in your coat pocket and you can probably put your hands in there, too.

Warm up your sittin spot or bed with them before you climb in, as long as you know they won't leak.

This is how I got through a bad ice storm with freezing temps and no power for a week.

Many GREAT tips in this thread. Thank you OP and all contributors.
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10/27/2012 06:37 PM

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Here is a very short and very clear explanation of the storm scenarios. Video at the link.

Less than 50% of the article: "As many as 23 million Canadians stand to be affected by this storm," says Mark Robinson, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "That's 70% of the country."

[link to www.theweathernetwork.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 14338490




I guess that is a TIP for the Canadians that they need to start prepping now too.

Please post all weather info on Doorbert's thread.


Thread: Hurricane Sandy to slam New York City Tues Morning: Entire Staten Islnd Underwater. Cat 1 Winds to Great Lakes

We are trying to keep this thread limited to survival tips.

Thank you for understanding.
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If it's cold weather and the power is out, but you have a gas water heater, fill up empty 2 liter pop bottles with hot water, one to hold on your lap and one between your feet. Top off with layers of blankets.

Small pop bottles filled with hot water can go in your coat pocket and you can probably put your hands in there, too.

Warm up your sittin spot or bed with them before you climb in, as long as you know they won't leak.

This is how I got through a bad ice storm with freezing temps and no power for a week.

Many GREAT tips in this thread. Thank you OP and all contributors.
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Good tip! I dont know much about how to survive in the cold weather.

Thanks for sharing.
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10/27/2012 06:52 PM

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Thanks for the heads up and the link!!! I will post whatever weather info I find on Doorbert's thread and keep this one clean for tips and survival info.
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10/27/2012 09:32 PM
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Lots of good ideas here! Thank you all.
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10/28/2012 03:55 PM

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I don't know if anybody posted this. but if you don't have any cash, you should go to the ATM now. They won't work when the power goes out.
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10/28/2012 04:08 PM

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Glad I could help...Now back to the topic at hand...

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From Kendall....

IF THE POWE GOES OUT YOU CAN CHARGE YOUR PHONE IN YOUR CAR IF YOUR BATTERY IS OUT

ALSO FILL BATHTUBS UP WITH WATER
CowgirlK (OP)

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10/28/2012 04:10 PM

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Looks like there are going to be lots of evacuations. Anybody got a good list of items to put in a bug out bag?

If you have not prepped by now, time is running out.
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I don't know if anybody posted this. but if you don't have any cash, you should go to the ATM now. They won't work when the power goes out.
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You should also have some change on hand. There may be some stores that will sell items even if the power is out.

If something cost 2.50 you don't want to give them a 5 and say keep the change. Some places will probably be price gouging and you don't want to give them more money than you have to.
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Haven't worked my way through all of the responses to this thread,so someone may have already pointed this out. If so,repetition doesn't hurt,and if not,I can always use some good karma from giving advice that might be helpful.

If you have any cordless power tools,get the batteries charged NOW,while the power is still working. Unplug the HDTV if you have to-this might be important.

A cordless drill,a cordless circular saw,and a cordless reciprocating saw are very,very useful items to have around in the event you have to drill a hole or cut some wood. But they only work if the batteries have enough juice to get something done. So get the batteries charged. Then try to keep them in a fairly warm place,so the charge doesn't drop off on account of cold temeratures.

While you're at it,get your axe ( please tell me you have an axe... ) out of the garage and sharpen it. If you have to cut a tree limb,and you don't have a chainsaw,or a cordless reciprocating saw,an axe will do the job. But few thing are more frustrating-or more damned dangerous-than using a dull axe to cut. Seriously- dull axe will do a hell of a lot more damage to you than it will to whatever you're trying to cut. So get an edge on it now.

If there's an axe in the house,but you don't know how to use it,then you're probably best off leaving it alone. The middle of a natural disaster isn't the time to try to learn how to use an axe. Get help or do without.

And in that line of thought,a good pair of lopping shears can clear small diameter brush and limbs faster than just about anything,up to and including a chainsaw. Use the shears on the smaller limbs and save the chainsaw for the big limbs where you have to use it. Safer than a chainsaw,and it saves fuel. And kids can be turned loose with a pair of lopping shears-let them get ahead of you clearing what can be cleared with shears,and you work behind them with a chainsaw.
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Get a chainsaw just Incase a tree is blocking your path!
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Haven't worked my way through all of the responses to this thread,so someone may have already pointed this out. If so,repetition doesn't hurt,and if not,I can always use some good karma from giving advice that might be helpful.

If you have any cordless power tools,get the batteries charged NOW,while the power is still working. Unplug the HDTV if you have to-this might be important.

A cordless drill,a cordless circular saw,and a cordless reciprocating saw are very,very useful items to have around in the event you have to drill a hole or cut some wood. But they only work if the batteries have enough juice to get something done. So get the batteries charged. Then try to keep them in a fairly warm place,so the charge doesn't drop off on account of cold temeratures.

While you're at it,get your axe ( please tell me you have an axe... ) out of the garage and sharpen it. If you have to cut a tree limb,and you don't have a chainsaw,or a cordless reciprocating saw,an axe will do the job. But few thing are more frustrating-or more damned dangerous-than using a dull axe to cut. Seriously- dull axe will do a hell of a lot more damage to you than it will to whatever you're trying to cut. So get an edge on it now.

If there's an axe in the house,but you don't know how to use it,then you're probably best off leaving it alone. The middle of a natural disaster isn't the time to try to learn how to use an axe. Get help or do without.

And in that line of thought,a good pair of lopping shears can clear small diameter brush and limbs faster than just about anything,up to and including a chainsaw. Use the shears on the smaller limbs and save the chainsaw for the big limbs where you have to use it. Safer than a chainsaw,and it saves fuel. And kids can be turned loose with a pair of lopping shears-let them get ahead of you clearing what can be cleared with shears,and you work behind them with a chainsaw.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 15238766


AC, really good advice! I can't believe I forgot, but my dad always keeps a crowbar and a large hammer with him when they have tornadoes. He says it's to help get anything that might fall on him off!

Stay safe as possible, everyone.
They also serve who stand and wait. John Milton
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Get a chainsaw just Incase a tree is blocking your path!
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Haven't worked my way through all of the responses to this thread,so someone may have already pointed this out. If so,repetition doesn't hurt,and if not,I can always use some good karma from giving advice that might be helpful.

If you have any cordless power tools,get the batteries charged NOW,while the power is still working. Unplug the HDTV if you have to-this might be important.

A cordless drill,a cordless circular saw,and a cordless reciprocating saw are very,very useful items to have around in the event you have to drill a hole or cut some wood. But they only work if the batteries have enough juice to get something done. So get the batteries charged. Then try to keep them in a fairly warm place,so the charge doesn't drop off on account of cold temeratures.

While you're at it,get your axe ( please tell me you have an axe... ) out of the garage and sharpen it. If you have to cut a tree limb,and you don't have a chainsaw,or a cordless reciprocating saw,an axe will do the job. But few thing are more frustrating-or more damned dangerous-than using a dull axe to cut. Seriously- dull axe will do a hell of a lot more damage to you than it will to whatever you're trying to cut. So get an edge on it now.

If there's an axe in the house,but you don't know how to use it,then you're probably best off leaving it alone. The middle of a natural disaster isn't the time to try to learn how to use an axe. Get help or do without.

And in that line of thought,a good pair of lopping shears can clear small diameter brush and limbs faster than just about anything,up to and including a chainsaw. Use the shears on the smaller limbs and save the chainsaw for the big limbs where you have to use it. Safer than a chainsaw,and it saves fuel. And kids can be turned loose with a pair of lopping shears-let them get ahead of you clearing what can be cleared with shears,and you work behind them with a chainsaw.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 15238766


AC, really good advice! I can't believe I forgot, but my dad always keeps a crowbar and a large hammer with him when they have tornadoes. He says it's to help get anything that might fall on him off!

Stay safe as possible, everyone.
 Quoting: Texan Buckeye


Good info..

Also, If you are going to use a chainsaw...safety first! Goggles, gloves, boots, pants, etc. Chainsaws can be very dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. Even if you manage not to cut yourself to shreds with a kickback, wood chips in the eyes are no laughing matter.
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Did the OP survive?

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