Emergency preparedness

Discussion in 'The Fire Hydrant' started by ACooper, Aug 27, 2012.

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Do you have emergency supplies in your home?

  1. Yes! I have supplies to last at least a week or more.

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  2. No, I go out and stock up right before a storm hits.

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  3. I don't stock up....whatever happens, happens.

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  4. Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

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  1. joce

    joce Active Member

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    I could not imagine not having a basement. Our realtor suggested some and I about flipped my lid.

    I don't go in ours unless I am doing laundry or there is a tornado.

    We have looked at houses with awesome finished basements and I keep thinking I wouldn't mind staying down there in a storm!

    When I was little a tornado went right over our house and came down the street next to us taking out a school and a house. I could never live in a home without a basement. Your think we'd have water down in ours now!

    It's been a long time since a big snow storm here were your really stuck. It happened for the city people a couple years ago here but not us. I had friends stuck at the hospital three days working.

    We hav the generator because when the power goes out ours is the last to come back on.

    You hurricane people are nutts! I'm good with lake Erie for a fake ocean.
     
  2. ACooper

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    I really hate not having a basement. I do complain about it often and my husband acts like it's an over reaction :rolleyes: I would have never considered this house to buy, but he owned it before we married.

    I'm with you on the 'fake ocean' We have Lake Michigan about 10 minutes away. Nothing that will eat me swimming around in it, no hurricanes....I'm good, lol Also, I spent a very large chunk of my childhood on Lake Erie. We lived in Vermillion from ages 4-12......I loved it :)
     
  3. Kat09Tails

    Kat09Tails *Now with Snark*

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    I live in very rural earthquake country. I have an emergency shelter and 3-4 months worth of supplies for 2 people. I also keep a car kit which I change out between summer and winter months.
     
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    What do you keep in your car Kat? Where's your emergency shelter? Do you have that separate from your house? Yeah...the big one is coming. It's scary because it's predicted to be HUMONGOUS, like a 9 or even more! We're so over due. I really should be doing more to be prepared. So, just asking to see what other people do. I don't mind regular size earth quakes so much...been through several. But the "big one" is really quite alarming. At least these things don't happen with any real regularity or frequency.
     
  5. Kat09Tails

    Kat09Tails *Now with Snark*

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    Yes, it's outside my home in a shed. It is modeled after shelter box so we have a multifuel stove - water that we rotate for fresheness in water barrels - a potty kit - extra clothes - extra shoes. The idea is that if my house is flattened but I made it out that I and whatever family member is here would have somewhere safe and warm to sleep summer or winter. Yes I have plans for the pets if the fences are down or I need to evac with them.

    I came up with the model I'm using after chatting with the person who came up with the disaster response plan for the state in case of regional disaster. Let's just say that where I live is NOT high priority and if I need to ford the sound to get home (as the bridges will likely be down) I have the ability to get within 3 miles of my house and hike the rest - most of the year.

    The main difference between summer and winter car kits is one has a poncho, bug spray, sun screen and water as opposed to just water tablets, a jacket, a hoodie, extra socks, shoes. Everything is in a tub - with a backpack inside. The idea is that if roads are impassible should earthquake hit while I'm at work I can get to the four safe locations and work on a way of getting to my house either by land or by sea.

    I would suggest thinking about it this way since the premade kits IMO suck - if I'm carrying the stuff I normally carry and wearing the stuff I normally wear and an earthquake hits in the heat of August or the cool of January- what will I need to get to my safe spot? Can I get to my safe spot or will I need to hunker down?
     
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    we have several months of food but not enough medical supplies or water yet. got guns, blades and some basic building tools. but in all honesty if the SHTF tomorrow, the very first thing i'd do would be to start organizing the neighborhood.
     
  7. Zoom

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    Meh, we should probably have some sort of food horde in case of a random "storm of the century" blizzard, but really, this isn't exactly a disaster prone area. Or at least not of the weather type.

    Psychos with weapons is a different story and not one that Cinnamon Crunch Toast will fix.
     
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    StephyMei1112 Blackout

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    Que sera, sera, whatever will be will be - my futures not mine to see, que sera, sera....

    In the event of anything (HIGHLY unlikely around these parts) - all I'd have to do is get the dog(s), my gadgets, a few mementos, clothes, sneakers, water/snacks and I'd be good to go.

    If I go I go though - I'm not obsessed with the best survival plan nor would I go out of my way to live by "any means necessary". Sad perhaps to hear from a girl of 26 but that's the way it is.
     
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    We would be pretty screwed if anything happened, to be honest.

    Besides the occasional small earth quake in the area, nothing happens here.
     
  10. Doberluv

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    That sounds very extensive and well planned. I always wonder though, what if the safe place and all the stuff I get together is swallowed up in the earth? Or if it's squashed and you can't get to anything...I guess it's better than nothing.:dunno:
     
  11. ACooper

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    Aaaaaaaaaaaand there's the rub! :lol-sign:

    Like everything in life dober, you can't cover all the what ifs. You do what you can and spin that wheel. There's a good chance our provisions could be blown away or squashed by a tornado...........there's an even better chance they won't *spins the wheel*

    If I leave Orson in his outdoor kennel and go to the store, random idiots could throw poison meat to him over the fence.

    If I baby gate or crate him indoors the house could burn down.

    *spins the wheel*
     
  12. Doberluv

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    LOL Coop. So true. I am just such a thinker. :rofl1: I think of all kinds of possibilities just to make sure I've done everything I can. Then the rest is a crap shoot, huh.
     
  13. sparks19

    sparks19 I'd rather be at Disney

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    chances are if the shed just outside your house got swallowed up... you would have been too lol so then it would be a moot point :rofl1:
     
  14. ACooper

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    :yikes:Oh gee thanks sparks.............I'm sure THAT cheers her right up! :rofl1:
     

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