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?