Well, that escalated quickly

As everyone is aware (indeed, it’s probably pretty hard to escape noticing at present), quite a number of folks up and down the Eastern seaboard are seeing what their preps are worth.  Hurricane Sandy rolled through, and knocked out utilities, flooded coastal areas, and generally wreaked havoc.  I read it as further “proof” that most short-term, quick-onset, hard “collapses” will be fairly localized.  (Yes, the breadth of the storm was nearly unprecedented, and yes, it impacted a large area and millions of people, but it didn’t bring the entire nation–or world–to its knees.)

Being in–and from–that part of the country myself, though, hurricanes are one of the things I prep for; as such, we were pretty well situated for this one, despite having recently moved to our new place.  We have many lamps and candles for light; our heat comes from a wood stove.  We’re cooking on propane at present, and can use the stove as a backup in a pinch (one area we’re looking to improve on).  Our food supplies are sufficient to take us out a couple of weeks without really feeling the pinch; the difficult part would be dog food.  (We could probably put them on “partial rations” for a while without hurting anything, so even there we’re OK.)  We didn’t lose electricity, unlike some of our neighbors; at present, however, the only thing we need electricity for is to run the well pump.  (Okay, the water heater is electric–but if I have water, I can get it hot in other ways.)

No, our biggest concern was seeing how the house itself would stand up.  It’s over 100 years old, and has been poorly maintained for the last 5 or so years at least.  (For the record, it stood up surprisingly well.  There’s a few maintenance things on the house proper–some caulk, a little weatherstripping–but the biggest issues were downed trees, none of which hit the house.)

Partly as a result of the storm, though, this is going to be a short-ish post.  (While there’s relatively little work to be done, it is still work to be done.)  Next week should be full-length again; let me end this week by posing a couple of questions:

  • What natural disaster scenarios are “typical” for where you live?
  • What have you done to prepare for them?
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4 Responses to Well, that escalated quickly

  1. theozarker says:

    Glad to hear you’re safe and sound. Left quite a mess along the coast. I had a similar chance to “test my preps” back in 2007 with our big ice storm and, like you, was pleasantly surprised at how well it went. We lost electric for 12 days, but I have a little gas heater and w/h. Tornadoes are the other biggie around here, though I’ve never been through one, thankfully, but I do keep a tornado bag handy during the season. With global warming, it’s only going to get worse, I fear. Again, glad you’re all safe.

    • Thanks! Yes, I fear that global climate change is going to make for a number of messes… Probably not one big “end-it-all” disaster, but a long enough string of bad enough disasters can certainly stress things, in any of a number of uncomfortable directions. Out of curiosity, do you have different “go-bags” for different emergencies, or (the direction I’ve gone) one slightly larger bag, generalized for any of two or three scenarios?

      • theozarker says:

        Re:go bags, no, not really. My tornado “bag” (which started out in a real bag) now resides in a one of those 5 gallon buckets with a toilet lid – hey, ya might as well go in style – and has three days worth of food, water, towelettes, change of clothes, etc. which I would take to the root cellar under the house if I had to get out of the way of a tornado. And, unless a tree toppled under a load of ice and fell on the house, I’d bug-in, rather than bug out in an ice storm. In that case, I’d just take the bag of provisions out of the bucket, grab the cat and head for the nearest shelter (the church across the alley, in my case.) Anything worse than that, they’re just going to have to bury my tired old body where they find it. At 72, this month, there’s not much will drive me out of my house as long as I have one left. 😀

      • 🙂 Yep, sounds about like what our “plan” is becoming. One general-purpose “emergency” bag; a “get-home bag” in each vehicle, and bugging in, unless the house collapses around us. The trick is working to keep that from happening!

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