Monday, October 29, 2012
I have lived in an area that get hurricanes for 55 years and thought I would give some ideas about after.
1. fill every thing you can up with water. Water can be knocked out and remember that with the water lines the way they are something several miles from you can have a problem and you be without water.
2 don't dump water down the drain all waste water needs to be saved to go though the potty.
3. if the electric is out eat frozen foods first, they will go bad first.
4. store will bring generators in, but will have limited electric, they won't be able to keep fresh or frozen foods, plan on using canned and prepared foods.
5. find out where red cross will be setting up. We are use to hurricanes and had stock piled many things but a week and a half in and we needed their help.
6. even if you don't loss electric, cell phone towers will be damaged from the wind. That and the # of people trying to let family know they are ok will jam the few towers that work. Text will get though when calls won't.
7. Places like coffee shops that can will get their wifi up as quick as they can and for the price of cup of coffee will let you use their wifi to contact your family. DH and I planned on going to one several times a week to charge our computers. Remember everyone else is going to do the same thing.
8 remember everyone will need to help their neighbor. DH and I had stock piled water and had the jugs we could fill. We gave water out and neighbors walked the streets with chain saws removing fallen trees.
9 watch your neighbors and make your presence known there are people that take advantage of the situation.
10 keep a happy face and don't show your worry around your children. Children are going to mimic your feelings. Children that don't have concerns will find things to do. DGD ran up and down a fallen trunk of trees, saying she had to do it because she may never get a chance again. When the electric came back on she did say good now we don't have to play Little House on the Prairie any more.
Good luck to all of you. Let us know how you are doing when you can.