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Hurricane's a Comin'!

As the Mid-Atlantic and New England prepare to be whalloped by a large hurricane, some friendly tips from down South where we get them all the time. I've done Hugo, Diana, Fran and Floyd as major ones, and several lesser besides, so here we go!

1. Put gas in your car now. When the station has no power it's the same as having no gas. This is important for day three of the power outage when you decide to leave the state and go live with someone who has running water for the rest of the week.

2. Don't waste money buying perishables. People run buy milk, which makes no sense, as it will last about half a day after the power goes out.

3. My favorite hurricane preparedness thing is my sterno powered fondue pot. It boils water. It heats soup. It is non stick and can actually be used to fry bacon on the bottom of it. Also, when you are not having a hurricane it can make fondue. With a liquid fuel insert it will run on liquid fuel. In a real pinch you can heat soup over a votive candle.

4. Paired with my friendly French press coffeemaker, the fondue pot will also provide hot coffee, which you will be very glad of if you are a coffee drinker.

5. Most fresh vegetables do not have to be refrigerated even if you usually do. They will last several days just fine with no refrigeration. Olive oil, vinegar and mustard don't require refrigeration. And salads are nice with all that canned soup.

6. I also have a little charcoal grill and lots of charcoal. No, do not grill in the house as you will kill yourself with carbon monoxide poisoning! The grill is for two days after the hurricane when it's perfectly nice outside, only you still have no power. Grilled Spam is better than cold Spam by a lot.

7. If you take prescription medicine, make sure you have ten days supply. Just to be sure.

8. If you can leave, leave. Seriously. Go. Especially afterwards. If you are more or less intact but have no power for an extended time, go somewhere else. You will be much happier, and hurricane tag is a traditional game.

Good luck, everyone! We are only supposed to get the outermost rainbands here, so no biggie, but I know some of you guys are in the crosshairs. Please stay safe. We will be thinking of you.


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Oct. 28th, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
I would add, really, take your porch or balcony furniture inside, every bit of it. It does not require the storm of the century to put a deck chair through your window, or somebody else's.
Oct. 28th, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
We're far enough inland/the midwest that we might only see a bit of rain, too. Hope it isn't as bad as they're predicting. My Dad is morbidly remembering the storm of '34 and how it nearly wiped New England off the map.

We are buying milk, but it's something we use every day and we have a generator, so for us it's more getting settled in so we don't have to run to the store for a month, that's what everyone does around here when there's Big Storm Predictions.
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Oct. 28th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
For filtering, even just pouring through a clean, folded towel will get the worst of particulate matter out, if you've nothing else.
Oct. 28th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Handy tip about bleach! I didn't know that.

Also in CA and more likely to be in an earthquake, which we don't have the benefit of seeing one coming like a storm system, so less likely to be prepared enough. :(
Oct. 28th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
I'm not on the east coast but I really appreciate the voice of experience you lend, which is appropriate following any natural disaster. In my case, it'll probably be an earthquake, being in California. :)

And yes, I heartily second the warning of not using a charcoal-burning device inside: CO2 will kill you without you even knowing it's reaching critical levels.
Oct. 28th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm leaving but I'm leaving my family behind and I don't like that. Monday through Friday I'm away from home and out of the state so we won't get it badly where I'll be but my family might. :(

Oct. 28th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
I've done Hugo, Diana, Fran and Floyd

For a moment I assumed this was the cast of your next novel...
Oct. 28th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a National Novel Writing Month idea! :D
Oct. 28th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
Normally, I only have to worry about tornadoes and blizzards, but it looks like this one might actually reach us (at least the outer bands.) I'd like to add one more comment. Make sure you have enough feed and water for pets and other animals you care for. They get hungry and thirsty too. I don't have to worry about milk as long as the I can feed and water the herd (dairy goats). :) But I also have dogs and cats, so I have a collection of water jugs that I will fill this evening. (They can be used for people bathing and flushing toilets as well.)
Oct. 28th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
I suspect we'll lose power for a week, like last year this time. GAH!

Meanwhile, we've filled the tub, have a ton of Y2K candles, batteries, matches, more wood to burn than you can shake a stick at ;), a mini barbecue, cast iron skillets to cook with over fire and coffee.

I went shopping for a few things,mostly for the poor cat, on Friday and was shaking my head at the folks stocking up on frozen foods.It's fine if you've got a generator that won't run out (like a neighbor, who has a propane one that will run the whole house but at $1K a week!) For that price, I'll sit in the dark with a candle and read a book. Oh hey, wait I've got the last two STargate Atlantis novels to read.:)
Oct. 29th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
First I hope all of you who are in the path of Sandy will be safe, and second, glad you're just in the way of rain, and lots of it, Jo.

Be safe all.
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