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    If you had 4 days to prepare for possibly losing power...

    Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:08 pm Groupie
    So if you are someone who has rarely thought about preparing for this sort of thing (but you do have a stocked pantry with canned goods) and now you have about 4 days to prepare for possibly losing power, what would you do? The amount of rain predicted for OK from hurricane Rita keeps going up. Frequently these types of things spawn tornadoes here. We have bought some water (7 gallons plus 1/2 a case of water bottles) and we have things like canned meats, canned fruits and veggies, etc. We have peanut butter and bread, dry cereal, and dh is going to go buy some milk that you don't need to refrigerate tomorrow. We are putting propane in the tank for the grill tomorrow and getting our torando kit together with the bike helmets and battery powered radio & flashlight. We'll buy more batteries.

    Our family consists of 2 adults and 2 small children (6 & 3) plus a Siberian husky.

    So now the question becomes, what else would you do?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:44 am Groupie
    Sounds like you are already doing well at preparing. Do you know any estimates for how long you could be without power?

    You want to make sure you have a manual can opener. Other suggestions: You might want to increase your water storage, unless you have alot of other liquid beverages. 1 gallon of water per person per day for drinking, cooking, etc. is a good rule of thumb. You will also need enough food and water for the dog. A second propane tank might be good if you think your power could be out for several days. Baby wipes or antibacterial wipes for keeping hands/faces clean when water is limited might be useful. Activities to keep the kids occupied too. Especially if you have to limit their mobility during a tornado watch or something.
    Thu Sep 22, 2005 11:12 am Groupie
    Besides making sure we had enough drinking water, we always filled the tubs up with water before possibly losing power/water. It can be used to flush toilets, etc. if your water goes off. (If there's no chance of losing water, don't worry about this one.) I'm not sure how appropriate that is in your case, but that's what we did.

    Also, if you have a fireplace, I'd make sure firewood was in stock. Also, you want to make sure all cell phones and backup batteries are completely charged and then turned off so they're available in an emergency. Shut down and unplug the computer equipment to protect against a possible power surge (like a lightning strike) that could overwhelm a surge protector.

    Also, make sure there are enough candles in safe holders, and plenty of matches and lighters around. Empty out the freezer and fridge of as many perishables as possible-- now's the time to eat all those leftovers and drink that milk before they go bad!
    Annie H
    Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:04 pm
    Forum Host
    Heavy flooding could mean a contaminated water supply. It's a very good idea to prepare for that possibility.

    How hot is it going to be there? Ice in a heavy cooler and battery powered mini-fans would be helpful to keep you cool, and you can drink the ice as it melts. Make sure you have plenty of trash bags, especially if your water does go out and you can't flush toilets. Also, all that canned food and bottled water is going to generate more than your average amount trash, and you don't want to get caught without a way to keep it contained.

    Disposable plates and silverware if you need to conserve water or are used to a dishwasher (like me... icon_redface.gif)

    Toilet paper. icon_wink.gif

    Keep us posted!
    Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:47 pm Groupie
    Thanks for all the suggestions! It looks like Rita's path has changed a tad and the heavy rain predicted to come into central OK seems to be dissapearing from the forecast. Now that said there is still the very real possibility of tornadoes being spawned plus, with this being such a flat state, there is really inadequate drainage. So if we get 5-6 inches of rain there could be problems.

    I definitely have a manual can opener, and I went to buy more peanut butter when I realized we were close to being out (and my kids live off of it anyway!). I am going to get some more water, and I think the ice idea is a great one. It has been in the 90s here but the prediction seems to be that if this affects us it will also cool us off some.

    We're going to fill some big pots with water for the dog. Any other ideas? If you had been told that the path had changed, would you still prepare? Would you do less? Just interested in thoughts...
    Annie H
    Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:56 pm
    Forum Host
    I'm always preparing, not only b/c of recent events but b/c it's good to never get caught with your pants down if you can. I find that food storage helps the budget anyway. It allows me to live off of what I have until great sales come along, and it helps me share with friends who are experiencing emergencies.

    Now, as far as buying ice and filling everything with water... that's a tough call. Things like peanut butter will get used regardless. The water in pans can also be put to good use for washing or watering inside plants, flushing toilets a few times, etc. It won't hurt anything to be prepared, except your kids might look at you funny if it turns out you don't need any of this stuff.

    No one would fault you for erring on the side of caution.
    Fri Sep 23, 2005 12:21 am Groupie
    I agree. And I'm not sure exactly where you are, but even if Rita's not gonna hit you head-on, I've heard that everything within about 200 miles is going to get stormy. That means you may have shorter power outages, anyway.
    Gloria 15x
    Thu Mar 02, 2006 3:12 pm Groupie
    I'm reading this 3/2/06 but went through Dennis in FL, Katrina in MS, and lost power again with Rita in Fl. Get 2 to 3 good ice chests and fill them with ice. The good ones will keep ice for 5 to 7 days. As the ice melts you have water. I also suggest having a few cans of gas. People were fighting for both of these items. If you have some ice you also have a means for some food preservation. Hope 2006 is better for us. I was ready to move to Canada.
    Tue May 16, 2006 4:26 pm Groupie
    A little late to the thread here myself. I didn't even know about RZ during hurricane season last year. icon_redface.gif

    I am also in the southern states but by the time anything gets here, it is a strong tropical storm.

    Here's a suggestion for this year for anybody in the path of storms. I have done this and it would work well if we did lose power, which we did not last year for any extended period after tropical storm katrina blew through....

    Use one of your outdoor garbage cans as a water collector during the heavy rains. Put it under a gutter spout to collect it. While you probably don't want to drink that water unless it was boiled or distilled, it can be used for flushing. If you think the winds will be too heavy, it can be wedged between your car and the house or a riding mower and the house or put cinder blocks in the bottom. Remember, you are not using it for drinking so that's an option. You could probably even wash a few clothes in that water if needed.

    In addition to extra batteries and food and water, this year, I'm going to start a small solar generator set up. All you need is a solar panel to charge up a marine battery (after the weather passes and it's nice out, funny how that happens) and then after it's charged, hook the battery to an inverter. From there, you can plug in a lamp or use some 12volt appliances such as a crockpot, coffee maker, cooler, etc.

    On the light subject, we have oil lamps with the wicks. I also pick up an extra bottle of the oil when I am at Wal mart every couple of weeks.
    Sun Jun 25, 2006 9:43 pm Groupie
    I'm working on 7 cases of bottles water to drink and 10 gallons for bathing, dishes.

    I DO have about a month of MRE's I bought right after the war began.

    I keep a HUGE pantry downstairs that has been depleted somewhat since DH hasn't been working for six months now.

    I buy up cheap and I care NOT about brands for my pantry and emergencies.

    Ready to eat soups, we have camping equipment including stove and I have tons of RTE canned foods, veggies, beans, etc.. I am working on replenishing it STAT.


    Kosher Kook #2
    Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:42 am
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Water is always a consideration. We're on well water (western OK) so we keep about 10 5-7 gallon containers stored in the basement. Those will be good for flushing or washing, if need be, even after extended storage. (hint: don't buy water for this, buy containers and fill them yourself.) If an outage appears possible, we fill extra containers for drinking/cooking. During an extended outage a few years ago (ice storm,) the biggest difficulty seemed to be laundry. Since then, I acquired a small, hand-washer (available at Lehmann's catalogue or online.) Haven't had to use it yet, but it's good to know I wouldn't have to trek to a laundromat (or drive to several towns to find one operable as we did before!)

    Of course, don't forget first-aid supplies!
    Chef on the coast
    Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:31 pm
    Forum Host
    It sounds like the humans are cared for. Don't forget food and water and possible cleaning up supplies for your pet if he/she can't go outside. icon_smile.gif
    jln's mom
    Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:28 pm Groupie
    this is a pretty old post but it was bumped up so I read it and the first thing I thought of was fill the gas tanks in the cars, if the power is out everywhere there is no gas! Also if you have a generator make sure it is tuned up and you have gas and oil ready.It sounds like you are all set for people...the only thing I can think of that people forget is meds and toiletries.
    Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:10 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    My favourite is wind-up torch and radio, especially good if you have to sit in the basement for a long time and have no solar power to recharge.
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