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how prepared are you??
Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:36 pmFood.com Groupie
Pretty bad storm Friday night in my area... SE PA & NJ. As of this morning, about 3/4 MILLION households without electricity!! And that mean a LOT of people with NO AC in this horrendous heat/humidity.
In the winter time, when a snow storm is predicted... supermarkets are INSANE!! BIG snows are pretty rare here. Last time we had a BIG one, got over THREE feet over about 2 days of constant blowing snow... that's HUGE for here... not like flurry for Montana or North Dakota!?! People buy every gallon of milk, carton of eggs and loaf of bread. I don't get it, though find it a good "people watching" time. During that BIG storm, was "stranded" for about 36 hours... only because I live on a circle of 7 houses and they get plowed last.
Last time I got "prepared" was last August when Hurricane Irene was headed in my direction. I'm WELL inland so serious flooding was not a major concern... though did end up with enough water in basement to snuff out hot water heater pilot light. I did fill a few jugs with water... not sure why cuz don't need electricity to get water?? Did make sure every flashlight had fresh batteries... even if they came from the dollar store. Had candles and oil lamps ready to go. Hauled out ugly, corded phone. Loaded a TON of D batteries into a little B&W TV/am/fm/radio.
Summer or winter, doubt I'd starve... and DON'T have a major stockpile of food. COuld still fire up bruners on gas stove with lighter or matches. Have my trust P-38 on my keychain so could open cans. CANNOT imagine how people deal with long-term outages?? A few years back, big ice storm (parts of US up into Canada) where people were without power for several WEEKS!?!
Back when the anthrax stuff was happening & everybody was buying duct tape and plastic for windows, my sister gave me some advice. Said to put dog in car (along with dog food & toilet paper??) and head to her WV mountain place... about 350 miles away. Since she rents the place out to vacationers... said... introduce yourself and help with dishes or cooking, if place was occupied!
For those of you who are super prepared at all time...more power to ya and I am NOT mocking in the least. Where you live, how prepared are you for even a minor "disaster"?
Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:15 pmExperienced "Head Chef" Poster
I am better prepared than I should be. I usually only prepare for winter emergencies. During the summer, I eat more fresh and local produce. But there have been some sales lately so I am stocked up for at between one and two months.
Even though I haven't lost power, two of my local grocery stores did. One was as dark as a cave and selling only dry groceries and the other was running on a generator and seemed to be OK except for specialty frozen items. The dark store is at a local shopping strip mall on the major street though town. I never thought it would be without power for over a day since it must be high priority.
It is a reminder that n emergency can happen anytime of year.
Edited to add: I am overstocked on batteries and have two new first aid kits. I recently purchased a small solar powered flashlight that doubles as a small area light--fully charged since I keep it in a sunny window all the time. My iPad has 4g in case my Internet goes down and I have a solar recharger for the iPad and my kindle (the iPhone I'd currently broken)--though I foolishly forgot to charge it in the sun this weekend. My cell phone is charged and my van has over a half a tank of gas.
Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:26 amForum Host
I'm better prepared than most...but not nearly as prepared as I would like to be. I have a small propane camping oven that I can cook in, and foodstuffs that would last us a month or two if we had to ration. That said...I know I'm woefully behind in my preparations.
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