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Are you prepared for a disaster? - Mark's Journal
Are you prepared for a disaster?
Thanks to zercool for accepting my challenge to turn a brief LiveJournal post of his from last month into a disaster preparedness article for 14850 Magazine.

The article is based on the idea of an ice storm hitting Central New York and interfering with power and travel, but the tips apply to all sorts of natural disasters or even just extended blackouts. Wherever you live, there are probably some relevant tips for making sure your home and family are ready.

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psyllisa From: psyllisa Date: February 19th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
This reminds me of the first weekend in October 1988, or maybe 89, when our home downstate received a foot of snow - and the trees were still green, and in full leaf. My Uncle Jack, a lineman for Niagara-Mohawk, says that storm paid for his daughter's tuition at Princeton. The snow melted the next day, but as my Uncle Jack will tell you, there wasn't an aerial span intact. Roads were impassable for days. Town centers came back on-line relatively quickly, in a matter of days. We lived 3 miles from town, and were without electrical power until just before Thanksgiving. Yup - about six weeks without power.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: February 19th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

People who haven't lived through that have little grasp of how fragile our lives can be and how much reliance we have on the corner store or the cafe for our daily meals!
fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: February 19th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG! I would so die in like, a few hours. I have no food in my house except for a handful of lean cuisines which Poco would fight me for to the death!
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: February 19th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

He'd win! You need a WaterBOB for your bathtub, though.
fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: February 19th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't worry about water so much. I a) have municipal water, b) a creek out back, and c) will soon have a rain water reservoir in my basement. Hopefully in the spring.
zercool From: zercool Date: February 19th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
No power = no municipal water as soon as the holding tank is dry.

Creek water is generally not drinkable without filtration and treatment.

Cistern water is about as good as creek water.
fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: February 19th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a lot of beer.
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: February 19th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Been There ...

We've been there & done that - four or 5 years ago, there was an ice storm that did in the electric for a couple days or three - we always have bottled water on hand, a kerosene heater & fuel, our kitchen stove is propane, and we always have canned food ( I keep a well stocked pantry ! ). Last major storm, we took our fridge food and put it all out in coolers on our snow-covered back deck. Nice idea about a cold car, though - never thought of that one. We are within walking distance of the local firehouse, too, which was used last big storm as a community emergency center. Water is of course the stinker - I have probably 8 or 10 5 gallon pickle buckets, free from work, that I always pre-fill if the weather report's looking bad. We have air matresses ( so we can move downstairs if need be ), a camp stove, and I always have batteries on hand. I also have one of those cool hand-crank emergency radios - very usefull ! The thing about an emergency like an ice storm is to NOT be caught by surprise - keeping an eye on potential problems via the NWS is something I do year round ! We also have learned to keep a good supply of paper plates, disposable drinking cups, and disposable plastic tableware on hand. The less dish washing one has to do, the better !

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