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Frankenstorm Approaches!

Hurricane Sandy Approaches

Hurricane Sandy Bearing Down On The East Coast

While the east coast braces for the storm of the century, the APN wants you to be prepared.

It’s going to be bad folks. This hybrid storm is expected to impact 60 million people. With it will come torrential rain, storm surges, snow, ice and wind gusts of up to 75 mph. This storm has it all. With leaves still on most of the trees, be expecting a lot of damage and power outages from fallen limbs.

Do you have your food, fuel, and water? Be prepared in case you are asked to evacuate.

Be prepared in case of evacuation

  • Plan your route and know where you will go ahead of time.
  • Be ready to leave before everyone else to avoid traffic jams.
  • Notify friends and relatives of your plan.
  • Avoid traveling alone.
  • Keep your fuel tanks full.
  • Keep a bug out bag ready in your vehicle.
  • Make sure you have extra blankets and warm clothes.
  • Carry at least a weeks worth of food and water in your vehicle.
  • Have your important papers handy.
  • Be aware of winter driving conditions here are some tips.

 

If you plan to “Bug In”

  • If authorities are calling for evacuation, heed their warnings and comply. Typically they have more and better information than you.
  • Are you prepared to last at least 3 days and up to a month in your home with enough food, water, sanitation and medication?
  • Stock up on supplies before the rush.
  • Be attentive of any trees that could possibly fall on your home.
  • Here are some safety tips for Generators and Propane.

 

Some Specific Resources for Hurricane Sandy

Janet Liebsch from Itsadisaster.net has provided some additional information for preparing for this storm.



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  1. my prayers are with all and ive reposted as much information as i can from APN to face book. I hope more are prepared than unprepared.

  2. Karen Cogar says:

    I live in WV we already had the ground covered in snow and coming down pretty good!!!

  3. Julie Newman says:

    im in ct. its here but just getting started. stay safe

  4. jedi1111 says:

    I’m in Connecticut.  My town hardly got any rain and the wind really wasn’t all that bad.  I don’t even think we lost any branches and we always lose branches because we have big old trees in the yard. I was looking at the power outage map for Connecticut and my town was one of the least hit towns in the whole state. Every town was hit much harder. We lost power for one hour early on in the storm and that was it. A storm is much more enjoyable with power.

    We had two devastating storms in Connecticut last year.  Hurricane Irene in August 2011, where we lost two big trees but otherwise we weren’t hit too bad in my town. The shore was hit very hard. Storm Alfred was an early snowstorm in October that was almost one year to the day of Hurricane Sandy. It hit while leaves were still on the trees and brought down huge branches and trees. We had $4000 dollars worth of cleanup of trees. We lost power for 5 days.It was freezing and we had no backup heat source. We had no backup way to cook and were low on groceries. We relied on a couple of fast food joints and Halloween candy to survive. It was very traumatizing and I think I had post traumatic stress from it. Now I had been studying up on prepping quite a while before that storm, but never really implemented it.  Lots of lists in my head but no actual supplies. 

    Jump to 2012 and Hurricane Sandy. Now I have been looking at generators all year.  Comparing propane to gas powered, portable to stand by. Different wattages, etc.  I am unemployed, so I was reluctant to spend the money. So I never  ended up getting one. 

    Now we had warning that a  Hurricane was headed for the East coast, but they thought it was going out to sea at first.  Then they weren’t sure exactly where it was going to make landfall.
    It looked like it was going to be off the coast of Virginia, then it started inching closer to New Jersey and New York, much closer to us. So we didn’t have a real sense of urgency until last minute.

    The hurricane was supposed to reach us late Monday into early Tuesday. So I was going to head out on Friday afternoon to Home Depot and get a generator. My foot decided to bother me so I couldn’t walk until later in the day. By then the Generators were gone. The clerk told me they sold 100 that day. They tell me they are expecting another shipment but don’t know when. So I started calling around and found out Sears Hardware had a shipment coming in the next afternoon. So I show up only to be told the shipment had been delayed a day or two. So I start buying stuff for the generator I dont actually have yet,  like oil and fuel stabilizer and extension cords and bottled water and batteries. So I start calling around again.  I call Home Depot on Saturday and they have a few left. So I rush home to unload the water and other supplies and rush back to get one.  I got the second to the last one. There was a lady asking  the clerk all kinds of questions on how it works.  We jumped in and snagged it.  People were  literally swarming around it.  When we were loading it into the car the guy I the parking space next to us was like ” is that a generator?” like it was a rare item. I am lucky that both Stores are just a 5 minute drive down the road.

    Now that I had a generator to go with my oil and extension cords, I now needed to fuel it. Problem is that I only had one 5 gallon and one 2 gallon gas can.  So the phone calls start again. No one had gas cans. The Sears ones were on the same truck as the generators and they literally couldn’t find the truck. I try Lowes and they have about 2 dozen of them. It’s about a 15 minute drive, so we rush over.  We ask the clerk where they are and he couldn’t find them. Another customer comes over looking for the same thing. While he’s helping her, we find them ourselves and load up the cart with 6. We get all kinds of strange looks from other customers. We find a brand new gas station that looks like it just opened that week and fill all 6 gas cans. They had really good prices too.  We get a few snacks and head home.  The next day we assemble generator and run extension cords.

    The last step is food. I order my groceries online and go to pick them up Sunday afternoon. As the clerk is loading up my car people are coming up to him and he is telling them they have no bread or water left.  I got some of the last of it.

    I return home exhausted. It was a lot of rushing around last minute but we got it done. We stow away the patio furniture for the season so it doesn’t blow away.  It turns out the storm is coming a day sooner, starting Monday morning instead of Tuesday. I start filling up pots and pans and pitchers with water as I don’t have time to have an electrician hook up a transfer switch to power up the well pump.  We realize you can’t run a generator in the rain and we have no covered porch or tool shed.  So we rig a tarp to keep the rain off. We didn’t actually start it up to test it as we figured we would do it when we need it. It’s still sitting in my living room. I don’t know if I should put gas in it or store it without testing it so the gas doesn’t clog the carbureator.

    So the storm finally comes and I’m so happy I have all my supplies. We lose  power at about 10:15 Am and it comes back on a little over an hour later. It flickers once more later in the day but that’s it.  It gets windy, but not that windy where limbs are coming down. It starts to calm down around 9 PM.  It was a whole lotta worrying about nothing. 100 year superstorm, I’ve seen worse thunder storms. The electric utility heads were telling people to prey.  I know other towns got hit really bad especially the shore.  They made it seem like we were going to be without power for over a week and I wasn’t going to go through that Hell again so that is why I got the generator. I’m thoroughly convinced that if I hadn’t bought the generator we would have lost power. A little murphys law.

    Don’t put off your preps.  I would have liked to have gotten a bigger generator to power more house systems that I could have picked out at my leisure and had delivered. I was forced to get a smaller one that would fit in the car.  It’s a Briggs and Stratton 5500 watts. I’m happy with the brand and the wattage is at least middle of the road.  I would have preferred a seven to ten thousand watt model. But waiting until last minute forced me to settle for less. Now I have to get some kind of housing for it and figure out the cost of hiring an electrician to installation transfer switch.  Two big expenses.  I think I will do it because if we have  an ice storm in the winter I want to be able to run the furnace and well pump.  No heat and freezing pipes is not a good thing in snowy New England. And I have no fireplace or wood stove for heat back up. These are not good expenses to have right around the Holidays. The whole expense for this storm was over $1500 dollars.

    The good news is that I don’t think Halloween will be cancelled this year like it was last year.  I might even have time to carve the Jackolantern.  Luckily I bought Halloween candy just in case. Some towns did events over the weekend so the kids were able to salvage this years Halloween.

    One trend I noticed is that a lot of shelters are now allowing you to bring pets as long as they are on a leash or in a carrier. I signed up for emergency alerts a while back and received a couple of calls from the town and the State with emergency information.  I urge you to sign up now before the emergency. Go to your state and towns websites.  The info should be there.  You can get notified by landline, cellphone, text, or email.  I get all of them!

    I now have a lot of work to do reversing all of my hard work. But at least I now have some big 5 gallon water bottles stored. Even if they expire to drink I can use the for bathing and hand washing.  How exactly does water expire anyways? Does it pick up bacteria and viruses sitting? Is it still ok to bathe in or will the germs hurt me? Is bottled water pressure sealed lik juice and once you  break the seal it starts to spoil or is it just packed into bottles with no preservation method? 
    One thing I did buy is a few of those 5 gallon plastic buckets with lids. I filled them and planned to use them for sponge baths.  I figured you could just bring one into the shower and dip a small pan into it to wash and rinse yourself. The open container seemed easier than a jug.  I thought it was a pretty clever idea myself.

    One item I didn’t have was a hot plate. I didn’t have time to get one but I might order one now as well as an extra space heater and a couple more extension cords. I did have a gas grill with a side burner and a microwave and one of those small roaster ovens so I could still cook. During the last storm a huge tree limb came down in front of the grill so I couldn’t use it. Plus it was so cold I wouldn’t go outside anyways. Plus the fridge was without power so the food spoiled. And it starts to stink quickly so you get nauseated. I did buy those disposable foil pans to cook with since it’s hard to wash dishes as it takes up a lot of water.

    It looks like this extreme weather and bad storms are going to be a regular occurrence . I thought last years storm was a once in a lifetime occurrence but I guess not.  That is why I was reluctant to invest the money in a generator if I didn’t have to. Do yourself a favor and get one.  Even if you don’t  want the expense of hooking it up to your systems you can still run extension cords and have some things powered.

    I am so glad I don’t have expensive tree cleanup.  Now I can invest that money in a housing shed for the generator and possibly a transfer switch.

    Good luck to the people that were harder hit than me.  Cleanup of a storm is a bitch.