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For those people who don't think you need to prep for the coming times need to read this.This is my story from the ice storm

 
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For those people who don't think you need to prep for the coming times need to read this.This is my story from the ice storm
I live in a rural area in southeast ohio. We got hit hard with a huge ice storm which knocked my power out for 4 days and let me tell you my preps saved my ass.

first I have a woodburner and plenty of wood so I was able to warm. People in town also lost power but like most city folks they had no woodburners and alot of those folks had to go to a redcross shelter to keep warm, which means they had to leave there house with no way to keep there pipes from freezing in there house.

the first thing everbody did was go to our local wal mart to get kerosine heaters, guess what they sold out of those heaters in minutes.So about 99 percent of the people in town had no heat.

oil lamps and propane lanterns, propane stoves, propane canisters, flashlights, bottled water,generaters ect all was sold out in a matter of hours.Day 2 of the storm I went to town and literallly there were hundreds of people in town with none of these supplies and I talked to many of them and they were terrified because they had no way to cook, could not use there bathrooms, no way to heat there house, no lights in there house no water no nothing,I even seen some folks cry because of the dire situation.

people tried to go to the next nearest towns to go to hotels but they booked up in a matter of hours,alot of folks could not even get to the nearest town because all of our gas stations had no electricity.

day 3 after the storm I went to the the next biggest town closest to us and guess what they were out of all of the supplies I mentioned above, and alot of the gas stations were out of low and medium grade fuel.

day 4 after the storm I still had no power but my house was warm I had all the supplies that that no one had, I could cook, I could take hot spunge baths,I had light thanks to oil lamps and lanterns, I could flush my toilet thanks to my bottled water stockpile, I had plenty food, tea, hot chocolate, extra blankets.

I got power back on after four days but there are still folks in my area that still does not have power, and I heard ky got even hit harder and will not have power for another 2 weeks.

Since I live in the hills I go without power quite frequently so having extra preps is is just a smart thing to do. I just can't believe a freaking ice storm just crippled my area and brought many parts of america to its knees.

And folks this is just an ice storm that did this,I could not imagine if we were hit with a catastrophic event. I myself am not prepared for a long term catastrophic event and this storm taught me alot. My wife would always make fun of me because I go to yard sales and pick up candles,oil lamps,camp stoves,surplus gear,ect,now shes the one that wants to start prepping harder. This storm taught me how fragile our infrastrucure is and I pray for those folks still without power.
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Re: For those people who don't think you need to prep for the coming times need to read this.This is my story from the ice storm
you are right, but people are just too soft when it comes to the cold... if it gets cold in the house, shut off the main water feed and use some blankets.

I routinely used to sleep in a room that was in the 30's and was just fine with a couple thick blankets.

During the upcoming doom a little cold will be the least of people's problems.
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awesome post man.

its good these things are happening....maybe it will make people realize how fragile their existence is....when we dont have the basics...like electricity.

most of america is FUCKED in the coming months. people are still in denial about whats ahead....

if everyone knew what we know....thered be nothing on the shelves right now anywhere.
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you are right though, people should prep!
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It is always good to prepare for ANY kind of disaster. katrina taught us all that. I have been storing food and water, candles, etc. for some time now.. Good thing you were prepared. All should invest in emergency supplies.
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Thanks for sharing, OP.

It's better to be prepared for anything than scramble around for any supplies left AFTER a disaster hits. I feel for those people, though. It's a harsh lesson.
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bsflag
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Enlighten us, please. How do you KNOW it's BS?
"Until you are willing to organize your friends and neighbors and literally shut down cities - drive at 5mph through the streets of major cities on the freeway and stop commerce, refuse to show up for work, refuse to borrow and spend more than you make, show up in Washington DC with a million of your neighbors and literally shut down The Capitol you WILL be bent over the table on a daily basis." Karl Denninger

Don't blame me; I voted for Ron Paul.


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It is always good to prepare for ANY kind of disaster. katrina taught us all that. I have been storing food and water, candles, etc. for some time now.. Good thing you were prepared. All should invest in emergency supplies.
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The sad part is that ALL of us did not learn that vital lesson, or there wouldn't have been so many in such dire need during and after this storm.

I cannot fathom why a great many more of them weren't prepared. What part of their "survival instinct" closed down, and why?
"Until you are willing to organize your friends and neighbors and literally shut down cities - drive at 5mph through the streets of major cities on the freeway and stop commerce, refuse to show up for work, refuse to borrow and spend more than you make, show up in Washington DC with a million of your neighbors and literally shut down The Capitol you WILL be bent over the table on a daily basis." Karl Denninger

Don't blame me; I voted for Ron Paul.


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... a fool is one who sees trouble and does not prepare ...
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Why do you need candles why not use flash light?
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The BS flag is like an asshole who rolls his eyes at every comment that everyone except him makes.

It's a reaction. And no one likes him either. So he's bitter.
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Why do you need candles why not use flash light?
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Candles are cheaper then batteries.
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Kentucky people are pussies, try living in Canada, especially during 98 IceStorm.

STFU
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Candles are cheaper then batteries.
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Yep, and if properly utilized a candle provides light AND a little heat.

I bought a few new Christmas candles in December. They were scented pillar candles, and they weren't expensive. I decided to light one of them for the solstice, and I let it burn for 24 hours. I was frakkin' amazed by how little that candle burned down (less than 1 3/4 inches in 24 hours), so I decided to buy a few more if they were still available after Christmas.

They were, and I got them for HALF OFF. I cleaned out the shelf. They are stored in a cool, dark place, and they'll last for YEARS there...until needed.

Prepping doesn't have to be spendy.
"Until you are willing to organize your friends and neighbors and literally shut down cities - drive at 5mph through the streets of major cities on the freeway and stop commerce, refuse to show up for work, refuse to borrow and spend more than you make, show up in Washington DC with a million of your neighbors and literally shut down The Capitol you WILL be bent over the table on a daily basis." Karl Denninger

Don't blame me; I voted for Ron Paul.


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Great post! just one thing bothered me - spunge bath.
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How does any of this help if the power goes out for good ??
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i got a bullshit flag and a stfu, i guess some people just don't get it.
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Candles are cheaper then batteries.


Yep, and if properly utilized a candle provides light AND a little heat.

I bought a few new Christmas candles in December. They were scented pillar candles, and they weren't expensive. I decided to light one of them for the solstice, and I let it burn for 24 hours. I was frakkin' amazed by how little that candle burned down (less than 1 3/4 inches in 24 hours), so I decided to buy a few more if they were still available after Christmas.

They were, and I got them for HALF OFF. I cleaned out the shelf. They are stored in a cool, dark place, and they'll last for YEARS there...until needed.

Prepping doesn't have to be spendy.
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applause
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Thanks for sharing, OP. Sounds like you were well prepared for this "trial run" you had. Glad you and your family stayed warm.
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Why do you need candles why not use flash light?



Candles are cheaper then batteries.
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I own three flash lights that don't require batteries. You might want to look into those.
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Re: For those people who don't think you need to prep for the coming times need to read this.This is my story from the ice storm
I live in a rural area in southeast ohio. We got hit hard with a huge ice storm which knocked my power out for 4 days and let me tell you my preps saved my ass.

first I have a woodburner and plenty of wood so I was able to warm. People in town also lost power but like most city folks they had no woodburners and alot of those folks had to go to a redcross shelter to keep warm, which means they had to leave there house with no way to keep there pipes from freezing in there house.

the first thing everbody did was go to our local wal mart to get kerosine heaters, guess what they sold out of those heaters in minutes.So about 99 percent of the people in town had no heat.

oil lamps and propane lanterns, propane stoves, propane canisters, flashlights, bottled water,generaters ect all was sold out in a matter of hours.Day 2 of the storm I went to town and literallly there were hundreds of people in town with none of these supplies and I talked to many of them and they were terrified because they had no way to cook, could not use there bathrooms, no way to heat there house, no lights in there house no water no nothing,I even seen some folks cry because of the dire situation.

people tried to go to the next nearest towns to go to hotels but they booked up in a matter of hours,alot of folks could not even get to the nearest town because all of our gas stations had no electricity.

day 3 after the storm I went to the the next biggest town closest to us and guess what they were out of all of the supplies I mentioned above, and alot of the gas stations were out of low and medium grade fuel.

day 4 after the storm I still had no power but my house was warm I had all the supplies that that no one had, I could cook, I could take hot spunge baths,I had light thanks to oil lamps and lanterns, I could flush my toilet thanks to my bottled water stockpile, I had plenty food, tea, hot chocolate, extra blankets.

I got power back on after four days but there are still folks in my area that still does not have power, and I heard ky got even hit harder and will not have power for another 2 weeks.

Since I live in the hills I go without power quite frequently so having extra preps is is just a smart thing to do. I just can't believe a freaking ice storm just crippled my area and brought many parts of america to its knees.

And folks this is just an ice storm that did this,I could not imagine if we were hit with a catastrophic event. I myself am not prepared for a long term catastrophic event and this storm taught me alot. My wife would always make fun of me because I go to yard sales and pick up candles,oil lamps,camp stoves,surplus gear,ect,now shes the one that wants to start prepping harder. This storm taught me how fragile our infrastrucure is and I pray for those folks still without power.
 Quoting: Sons of Scotland 606092


Wow. Been there in LA after the Northridge quake (well, not nearly what you went through). It was chaos and law of the Jungle. The only food I could scrounge was a loaf of bread that I paid $10 for from a health food store that was selling what was left of their inventory on a street corner. All the stores were in shambles.
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i got a bullshit flag and a stfu, i guess some people just don't get it.
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:) Don't be a glass-half-empty guy. The rest of us are all saying "good post, op". That should make you a glass-half-full guy.
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I was in the 2007 tulsa ice storm and i can tell u i was cryin it looked like a war zone and those that think u can get by with heavy blankets in no heat u better get real
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After Katrina we survived with food in the ice maker. Heat is much more tolerable.
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what kinda woodburner do you have op.friends had pot belly coal stove in small living room..wood stove in kitchen .friends had big coal stove in thier huge dining living room with 12 ft high ceilings that heated the huge living room too..grates in the cielin let hot air travel to upstairs bedrooms.. a ton of coal a month was delivered and dropped into a shoot into the basement .and a propane kitchen stove.from 1930s ....with big outdoor propane tank beside the house.....the old ways do still work ..wicks and oil for hurricane candles ..
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Thanks for sharing, OP. Sounds like you were well prepared for this "trial run" you had. Glad you and your family stayed warm.
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it was a trial run and we did learn alot.thanks
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Why do you need candles why not use flash light?



Candles are cheaper then batteries.



I own three flash lights that don't require batteries. You might want to look into those.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 568710



i have a few of the shake flashlights, they just don't throw out alot of light. i do have a hand crank radio that i used and it was one of my best investments,it worked great.
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What is it about the kerosene heaters? I thought that they could not be used for heat inside a house -fumes and all?
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Re: For those people who don't think you need to prep for the coming times need to read this.This is my story from the ice storm
Good post, OP.

I live in MA and we were hit w/that ice storm in Dec.
We had no power for 10 days....I know people who went over 2 weeks no power.

Because we'd been stocking up a bit in case TSHTF, we were pretty well set.

We also are lucky enough to have a wood stove.
Made coffee on it,cooked on it, and kept warm by it.

I did learn from it, though, and we now store a LOT more 5 gallon containers of water.
We have a Berkey too, but I'm not planning on testing our pond water in it any time soon. ( I hope!)

Also a generator is a great thing to have...we borrowed one, but didn't hook it up to everything...only used it at night for lights for a bit.

The worst was not being able to take a shower...had to go to relatives for that. Think I need to figure a plan for that if we're ever off the grid for that long again.

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