Thursday, November 01, 2012
I am still trying to get a few things done around here. On the way to the church building last night, there were limbs down along the sides of the road. Daily we hear about residents in New York and New Jersey that are without power, can't get gasoline and many are using up their food and have no heat.
Tonight on our local news, a possible Nor'easter may hit Wednesday and Thursday, November 7 and 8. A nor'easter is an out of season hurricane and usually brings snow instead of rain.
We really need to pray for those affected. If I were the President, I would order manufacturers to make what is needed and deliver it to the areas where it is needed. We know people need water, food, and toiletries. The government feeds those sent there, but I think that some things could be put on assembly lines, gathered together, and given out. If they wait until the weather turns, I truly believe they will have losses of life. Many places without lights if they don't have generators, would be like being in a dark dungeon. Think of a baby being cold when its mother diapers it and we know most of the elderly don't do well when it is cold.
I don't mean to be the bearer of bad news or a scare mongerer. But keep your eyes on the weather.
This is what I made up for myself and used to prepare:
FOODS THAT NEED NO REFRIGERATION:
You will need some way to heat water to rehydrate instant cereals, make coffee, etc. If you can cook on a grill outside, do that, but do not bring it inside due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Instant Oatmeal, Cream-of-Wheat, etc.
Stewed Dried Fruit
Bagels, Sweet Rolls, Muffins
Tang, Hot Tea, Hot Chocolate, Instant Coffee
Dried Fruit &/or Nuts
GORP - Good Ole Raisins and Peanuts
Jerky, Summer Sausage, Salami, Cheese Sticks
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Chicken in a pouch
Tuna in a pouch
Macaroni, Rice, Noodles, Instant Potatoes, Soup mixes
Vegetables - freeze dried or dehydrated
Spaghetti with Sauce from jar
Boxed pasta meals that only require the addition of water
Pancake mix that only required water (some come in cool plastic shake and pour bottles!)
You will need a manual can opener
Cans of soup
instant white gravy
cocoa mix, instant coffee, tea, broth
can meat like chicken, ham, tuna
fruit cups and fruit drinks and V-8 juice
granola bars, breakfast bars, and Pop Tarts
Canned meat or fish.
Canned Baked Beans
Canned Bean Dip
Canned Fish: Oysters, Salmon, Sardines, Tuna, Tuna Salad etc.,
Canned Meats: Beef, Chicken, Chicken Salad, Deviled Ham, Spam, Turkey Spam, Vienna Sausages, etc.
Canned Milk (Dairy)
Canned Pie Fillings
Gelatin Cups: Jello
Pudding Cups (Dairy)
Cheese and Cracker Packs (Dairy)
Cheese and Peanut Butter Packs
Dried Fruits (no utensils needed): Dried Apples, Dried Apricots, Dried Bananas, Dried Cranberries, Dried Dates, Dried Figs, Dried Kiwi, Dried Mangoes, Dried Peaches, Dried Persimmons, Dried Pineapples, Dried Strawberries, Prunes, Raisins
Dry Breakfast Cereals: Can be eaten with or without milk
Energy Bars (no utensils needed)
Fruit Leather (no utensils needed)
Granola Bars (no utensils needed)
Jerky (no utensils needed)
Nuts (Raw or Roasted): Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Coconut, Hazel Nuts, Macadamia Nuts, Peanuts, Pistachio Nuts, Walnuts,
Seeds: Chia Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds,
Pork Rinds (no utensils needed)
Trail Mix (no utensils needed)
Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (no utensils needed)
Cheese (Dairy): Velveeta in a jar
Condiment Packets (FREE: from restaurants. no utensils needed): Barbecue Sauce, Creamy Italian Dressing, Duck Sauce, French Dressing, Honey, Jam, Jelly, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Relish, Salsa, Soy Sauce, Tabasco Sauce, Taco Sauce, Worcester Sauce, etc.
Hazelnut Spread: Nutella
Oils: Olive, Sunflower
Spray Cheese (Dairy. no utensils needed): Easy Cheese
Flavored Milk Boxes (Dairy)
Fruit Juice (Boxes, Cans, Packs. Individual serving sizes need no utensils)
Water (FREE: Filtered Tap Water)
Candies (no utensils needed)
Chips (no utensils needed)
Cookies (no utensils needed)
Gum (no utensils needed): Researching Lotte Black Black caffeinated gum
Pastries (no utensils needed)
Toaster Pastries (no utensils needed): Pop Tarts
An emergency kit in your home and car, and an emergency plan for taking care of each other in the event this storm brings its full destructive potential to your state."
Families should prepare for two scenarios in the event of severe weather: to remain in their homes during the duration of a storm, or to evacuate if it is recommended or ordered by local authorities.
Residents should always have enough provisions in their homes to last at least 72 hours because help from emergency responders may not be immediately available when severe weather strikes.
Other disaster preparedness supplies to have at the ready include:
Medicines that any family member is taking; get prescriptions filled and have a week's supply.
Flashlights and extra batteries;
Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries;
First aid kit and manual;
Emergency food and water;
Non-electric can opener;
Cash, credit cards and important legal documents; and
Blankets, coats and warm clothing.
If residents are ordered by local officials to evacuate, they should do so without hesitating and should take important documents with them, including:
Credit card information;
Social Security cards; and
Other forms and documents proving ownership/identity.
•Make sure you have a well-stocked Family Disaster Kit in the event you lose power or are isolated for a number of days.
•Trim back trees and shrubbery around your home. Remove diseased or damaged tree limbs that could be blown down, causing damage, during a storm.
•Clear clogged rain gutters. This storm brings the potential for torrential rain. Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding.
•Bring in outdoor items such as lawn furniture, trash barrels, hanging plants, toys and awnings that can be broken or picked up by strong winds and used as a missile.
•Make sure storage sheds, children’s playhouses, or other outbuildings are securely anchored, either to a permanent foundation or with straps and ground anchors.
•Elevate articles in your basement that could be damaged from even minor flooding.
•Make temporary plywood covers to protect windows and sliding doors. Drill holes for screws or lag bolts in each cover and around each window. Note: Taping of windows does not prevent them from breaking.
•Keep your vehicles fully fueled.
•Have a certain amount of cash available. If power is lost, ATMs may not be working.
•Make a record of your personal property. Keep an itemized list of your furniture, clothing and valuables to assist adjusters in case of a claim. Back it up with photographs or video.
•Protect your insurance policies and other important documents in a secure place like a safe deposit box or a watertight box. Many people back up important documents online.
•Learn where gas pilots and water mains are located, and how to safely shut off all utilities.
•Lock doors and windows to ensure that they are closed tight to help protect against strong winds and rain.
Pet food and carriers, leashes.
•If you're in a high-rise building, take shelter no higher than the 10th floor. Winds become progressively stronger higher up.
•Charge up your phone so that you'll have the maximum amount of battery charge if the power goes out.
•Shutter or board up your windows.
•Clean your yard and remove anything that could be blown around by the wind and cause damage.
•Make sure you have plenty of water: Fill your bathtub and extra jugs, and buy any bottled water you might need.
*Some of these, like boarding windows, was for hurricane Sandy. I copied and pasted this onto my desktop. I can print off a copy when I need it and head to the store.
May God turn this storm away.