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    Disaster Preparedness

    I was recently asked to consider my disaster plan. That, coupled with the current bad weather, I'm curious who has a disaster plan? Can you be totally self-reliant for the recommended 72 hours?

    What plans have you made? What do you keep on hand and what emergencies are you prepared to cope with?
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    Dawna Markova Author of Open Mind.

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    Originally posted by JenJen
    I was recently asked to consider my disaster plan. That, coupled with the current bad weather, I'm curious who has a disaster plan? Can you be totally self-reliant for the recommended 72 hours?

    What plans have you made? What do you keep on hand and what emergencies are you prepared to cope with?
    I notified the police department that we have a tornado shelter in the garage. We have water, batteries, flashlight, radio down there. That's about it. When the sirens go off I try to have my meds with me.
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      #3
      um, uh, no?
      T7-8 since Feb 2005

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        #4
        My area is not prone to natural disaster; blizzard, flood, tornado, earthquake, etc. A major power failure in the summer would be dangerous. I am urban enough that wildfire is not a problem. So, I haven't made any disaster plans.

        Unless the Hoover Dam breaks or the nuclear power plant melts down I can't think of what I'd need to protect myself for. Hence the reason for my question.
        My blog: Living Life at Butt Level

        Ignite Phoenix #9 - Wheelchairs and Wisdom: Living Life at Butt Level

        "I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit."

        Dawna Markova Author of Open Mind.

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          #5
          For us, it is really just a power failure as well. I am too far north or inland to have to worry about hurricanes, other than the power issues. We do have flashlights, and camp stoves and lanterns available. Our water doesn;t depend on power. I used to keep extra bottled water, but haven;t replaced that in a long time. My big problem would be heat in winter. I can't function if I am cold. We do have a keresene heater in the garage, and have brought it in before. We have managed about 5 days before, I am sure we could do it again if we had to. No ac really wouldn't be an issue for anyone in the family except for me. I actually don;t handle any heat extreme well, but there are probably only a few days a year that is would be actually dangerous.

          What I don;t have is a plan should we have to pack up and leave quickly for some reason.
          T7-8 since Feb 2005

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            #6
            Originally posted by JenJen
            My area is not prone to natural disaster; blizzard, flood, tornado, earthquake, etc. A major power failure in the summer would be dangerous. I am urban enough that wildfire is not a problem. So, I haven't made any disaster plans.

            Unless the Hoover Dam breaks or the nuclear power plant melts down I can't think of what I'd need to protect myself for. Hence the reason for my question.
            The area I live in is also not prone to many natural disasters. But whenever I start feeling too safe where I live I think about the "Great Ice Storm of 1998" that was completely unexpected and left millions of people without power and heat for up to 6 weeks in some places of Ontario and Quebec and knocked out things like medical and rescue services as well. Also an area not usually prone to disaster.

            For me, living on a respirator 24/7, even a brief power outage, which are rare but do occasionally happen here, can constitute a disaster. So I have a fairly comprehensive "disaster plan." Some parts of it: the fire department and police have my apartment "flagged" as priority in the event my building needs to be evacuated. I have a plastic box that holds spares of my essential medical equipment, plus enough food, water, meds, etc to last at least 3 days. It can be easily picked up and carried if needed. I also have a generator. Which thankfully I have no had to use yet. The place I did rehab plus the local Canadian Red Cross helped my family get all this set up for me.

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              #7
              EVERYBODY in my town with half a brain has a hurricane kit that they replenish each June. We start with water and non-perishable food for three WEEKS, although three days is the minimum recommendation. Propane cook stove and fuel, battery powered flashlights, weather radio, corded phone, crank cell phone charger, gasoline powered generator with fuel, cars topped up, medical supplies, recreational beverages and games, books, ammo...the list goes on.

              In addition, we have an evacuation plan and kit, which includes important documents.
              Foolish

              "We have met the enemy and he is us."-POGO.

              "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it."~Edgar Allan Poe

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                #8
                Batteries, flashlight, radio, first aid kit, backpack with meds, waterless hand sanitizer, and other medical gotta haves, h2o, non-perishable food stuffs for a week, food stuffs for Wonder Dog for a week, dog leash, camera with memory cards and extra batteries, small water-resistant folder I can easily handle containing important papers, documents, i.d., visa, cash, atlas, fireplace lighter, assortment of empty Ziplock baggies, sunblock, baseball cap, watch, a plan on where to meet in event of nuclear plant melt-down, an evacuation plan for leaving the city, and post fire, tornado or other natural disaster meeting place.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by LaMemChose
                  Batteries, flashlight, radio, first aid kit, backpack with meds, waterless hand sanitizer, and other medical gotta haves, h2o, non-perishable food stuffs for a week, food stuffs for Wonder Dog for a week, dog leash, camera with memory cards and extra batteries, small water-resistant folder I can easily handle containing important papers, documents, i.d., visa, cash, atlas, fireplace lighter, assortment of empty Ziplock baggies, sunblock, baseball cap, watch, a plan on where to meet in event of nuclear plant melt-down, an evacuation plan for leaving the city, and post fire, tornado or other natural disaster meeting place.
                  CASH - very important post disaster.
                  Foolish

                  "We have met the enemy and he is us."-POGO.

                  "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it."~Edgar Allan Poe

                  "Dream big, you might never wake up!"- Snoop Dogg

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by JenJen
                    My area is not prone to natural disaster; blizzard, flood, tornado, earthquake, etc. A major power failure in the summer would be dangerous. I am urban enough that wildfire is not a problem. So, I haven't made any disaster plans.

                    Unless the Hoover Dam breaks or the nuclear power plant melts down I can't think of what I'd need to protect myself for. Hence the reason for my question.
                    Look up! Look way up!

                    Is that a bus? a train? no it is a falling US spy satellite that is the size of a bus and due to hit earth in the next few months ... hmmm no disasters is a phrase none of us should utter ... probablity vs possibility ... even in Nevada!

                    That will be 30:1 odds please that nothing will happen!

                    William

                    ... rolling since 1989
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Foolish Old
                      CASH - very important post disaster.
                      Yeppers and in an assortment of denominations because those who accept cash for whatever you wish to buy may not have smaller bills to make change. Some merchants may try to gouge anyway (hopefully not), but you don't want to give a reason to pay higher prices.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Foolish Old
                        CASH - very important post disaster.
                        i agree ..........a gun as well to show respect to predators[humans and animals]

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                          #13
                          I keep wondering what it's like to NOT know that someplace near you will blow away each spring, that somebody near and dear won't lose electricity for 10 days each winter...LOL. Do you get bored?
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                            #14
                            I'm not in an area prone to natural disasters, but that does have me thinking about what supplies I ought to bank just-in-case things happen.

                            So, I'm listing catheters, surgilube, a week's worth of meds, flashlights, cash. I'll probably get some kind of hand-crank lights and radios too.
                            Daniel

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                              #15
                              January has not been kind to us here in the Ozarks lately. First in Jan '07 we took a huge hit from this ice storm with power being out for as long as 15 days for some. I live along a medium sized street so I was only in the dark for 4 days, but I came to realize how ill-prepared I was. Not so much the cold, just burrow under some extra blankets, but no candles, nothing to pass for a lamp. I've got a 4D Maglite, and a SureFire 6P, both excellent and very bright, but neither are really that useful as long-term light source. So once the sun went down, you couldn't read and boredom would set in. My stove is gas, so I could still cook so long as I could see, but I scarcely had any food at the time.

                              What struck me the most over the course of those 2 weeks were the differences in who had money, and who did not. The haves managed to secure shelter in warm and comfortable hotel rooms, and ate out, the have-nots huddled in shelters throughout the city and struggled as public resources became strained. More than a few folks in the region gassed themselves to death by using generators and/or kerosene lamp heaters improperly.

                              So over the course of the summer I bought lots of tall candles at a local grocery store for about a dollar, each one should last for a couple days almost. Also got a couple multipurpose light/lamps that run on 4 D cells and can be adjusted. $4 at Walmart, plus lots of batteries. You can never have too many batteries for everything. I also got a small chest freezer. Overall I'm much better prepared for another long-term power outage, although again I'm behind the curve money wise.

                              Then THIS year, same day I lost my present job in fact (hopefully I'll get it back but that is another story), we were raked over by a huge tornado outbreak - Greene County had 7 separate tornado warnings between dinner time and about 3am when the last twister actually hit in town. It was surreal - I just kept my eyes on the TV (the local NBC affiliate had nonstop radar and weather coverage for 12 hours), poking my head out the door from time to time and waiting for that seemingly inevitable roaring sound, which thankfully never materialized. As for shelter my apartment is so small there's only one place to go, which is the shower stall. Apartment building used to be a middle school locker room, I think - all the walls are cinder block, even the shower with exposed plumbing (yeah its cheap all right!).

                              But the real problem would have been that 'self sufficient for 72 hours' thing - well, when a twister obliterates everything around you, that's pretty tough. I figure I'd have done what most folks would do - take out the cell phone and call a friend and see about staying there till I could pick up the pieces.

                              The news out of the South keeps getting more and more grim - I wonder abuout a lot of towns that got hit - I've got old classmates and other acquaintaces everywhere in Arkansas since I went to a boarding school down there, and more all across the South. Nothing I can do except pray for the best and hope I don't hear a name I know on the TV

                              Tom

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