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Lessons learned from Sandy?
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Surprised I did not find something started on this already (and yes I did search). Mods feel free to delete or move if there is a similar thread going elsewhere.

Be good to read what lessons others learned about their level of preparedness (or lack thereof) with this latest weather event.

I am on day 8 of not having power. Overall I faired pretty well. I already had food, water, and cooking fuel (propane) stored, enough to last a good month or more.

Areas that I was behind the 8 ball on were:

Heat/power: by tuesday afternoon it became apparent power would be out for a long time. Ended up getting a propane heater and a gas generator so I could run my pellet stove. Both of these are things I should have had already, and the gas generator will be replaced by a propane generator once I recover financially from this mess.

News Source/communications: With my internet access cut off by downed lines, and ATT being out, I had no access to news. The battery operated radio I planned on using was dead for some reason (last checked it over the summer and it was working). Also had no means of communicating. Maybe invest in a 2 way radio or Ham radio setup of some type. A hand crank radio will be a must have.

Trees: My cheapness got the better of me this year. Had several trees that were dead or dying on my property that I had postponed on having cut down (basically didnt want to spend the money), one of these ended up taking out my power lines and now I am facing the costs of electrical repairs, as well as tree removal costs, and who knows how much money in electronics that may have gotten fried when the neutral wire to my house was torn out. (in hindsight I probably should have just cut the power to the house at the main breaker to avoid any issues once the winds started picking up).

Those are pretty much my top three...though there are a bunch of little things I won't bother with.
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#2
My top 3:

I definitely need a generator. My order from HD is on back order. Hopefully it ships soon. I also need a transfer switch so I can power the well pump and water heater with the genny.

I did not put enough water aside to use for flushing toilets. My thinking was we were supposed to get 10" of rain so I only needed a little bit to get us started and I could refill the bucket with rain water. Well we did not get 10" of rain and by the time the supply was used up the rain had also stopped. Getting a genny will eliminate the need for flushing water in a short term, non shtf situation. Im still going to store at least 110 gallons of water for flushing use in 2 55 gallon drums in the basement in case of a long term emergency where fuel is not available once the current stockpile is used up.

I want to find a grate that will fit in my wood burning insert so I can cook over the coals. I have propane set aside for the grill cooking outside in bad weather OR darkness would suck. With that said I want to also find some cast iron pans to cook with.
We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists. - Patrick Henry

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bucksco;36750 Wrote:My top 3:

I definitely need a generator. My order from HD is on back order. Hopefully it ships soon. I also need a transfer switch so I can power the well pump and water heater with the genny.

I did not put enough water aside to use for flushing toilets. My thinking was we were supposed to get 10" of rain so I only needed a little bit to get us started and I could refill the bucket with rain water. Well we did not get 10" of rain and by the time the supply was used up the rain had also stopped. Getting a genny will eliminate the need for flushing water in a short term, non shtf situation. Im still going to store at least 110 gallons of water for flushing use in 2 55 gallon drums in the basement in case of a long term emergency where fuel is not available once the current stockpile is used up.

I want to find a grate that will fit in my wood burning insert so I can cook over the coals. I have propane set aside for the grill cooking outside in bad weather OR darkness would suck. With that said I want to also find some cast iron pans to cook with.

You should take a trip out to Amish country, 55 gallon barrels and iron pans galore out here.
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glocke12;36681 Wrote:Areas that I was behind the 8 ball on were:

Heat/power: by tuesday afternoon it became apparent power would be out for a long time. Ended up getting a propane heater and a gas generator so I could run my pellet stove.

Heat? Who needs f-ing heat? I just turned my furnace on for the first time last night. I coulda gone another week easy, but I was feeling luxurious.
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streaker69;36762 Wrote:
bucksco;36750 Wrote:My top 3:

I definitely need a generator. My order from HD is on back order. Hopefully it ships soon. I also need a transfer switch so I can power the well pump and water heater with the genny.

I did not put enough water aside to use for flushing toilets. My thinking was we were supposed to get 10" of rain so I only needed a little bit to get us started and I could refill the bucket with rain water. Well we did not get 10" of rain and by the time the supply was used up the rain had also stopped. Getting a genny will eliminate the need for flushing water in a short term, non shtf situation. Im still going to store at least 110 gallons of water for flushing use in 2 55 gallon drums in the basement in case of a long term emergency where fuel is not available once the current stockpile is used up.

I want to find a grate that will fit in my wood burning insert so I can cook over the coals. I have propane set aside for the grill cooking outside in bad weather OR darkness would suck. With that said I want to also find some cast iron pans to cook with.

You should take a trip out to Amish country, 55 gallon barrels and iron pans galore out here.

Bird in Hand or Intercourse? lol I might take a ride out there soon. I'd go tomorrow if the weather wasnt supposed to be shitty.
We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists. - Patrick Henry

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bucksco;36837 Wrote:
streaker69;36762 Wrote:You should take a trip out to Amish country, 55 gallon barrels and iron pans galore out here.

Bird in Hand or Intercourse? lol I might take a ride out there soon. I'd go tomorrow if the weather wasnt supposed to be shitty.

Kind of a personal question isn't it? Wink

If you want drums, let me know, and I'll swing over by the guy and pick them up and you can just pay me then instead if you trying to find the where he's at.

Cast iron skillets can be had at a variety of hardware stores that cater to plain folk. Zimmerman's and Good's are two that do that. There's many more. I'm using iron skillets that are about 50 years old.
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RandomTask;36789 Wrote:
glocke12;36681 Wrote:Areas that I was behind the 8 ball on were:

Heat/power: by tuesday afternoon it became apparent power would be out for a long time. Ended up getting a propane heater and a gas generator so I could run my pellet stove.

Heat? Who needs f-ing heat? I just turned my furnace on for the first time last night. I coulda gone another week easy, but I was feeling luxurious.

funny...I go winter camping, and actually don't mind the cold in that context, but sitting around at home it started to get to me..
glocke12, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#8
Here's what I found:

1) Need to wire another panel so generator can power furnace. We were good with powering everything else.

2) Had all the flashlights, headlamps, radios, etc in a central storage location. Was great not having to find things when we needed them.

3) Also had a bag with heavy extension cord for generator along with funnel for oil all together, again, no searching made things less stressful.

4) Need to really think about securing generator. I had mine chained to deck post but that's easily defeated. On the flip side, all of my neighbors who had them left them unattended so I figured my slight protection may be just enough deterrent for thieves to move on.

5) Found if I put genny on side of house near back and parked my cars in a 'L' with one in front of it and one beside it, you could barely hear it from the street. In fact, it was completely overwhelmed by everyone elses.

6) Its dark, really dark out there at night. Was really glad I'd ordered holsters (Raven) to hold my M&P FS and Compact with their Streamlights on them. Makes it a bit bulky but nice to be able to carry one with light.

7) Pup really did not like pooping during Monday night during the hurricane, hopefully won't have to deal with that again. But she finally figured out it was the only way to get out of the howling wind so she finally gave in.
Palerider, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#9
Moved some preps from the basement to a 2nd floor closet.
A gun rack in a pick-up is not for holding guns. Its a place for women to hold on to. Smile
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