Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Question for you ....


I know, I'm supposed to be on break but my mind is in high gear regarding my one month preparedness series.

 You will know that this series came about as a result of our area receiving a direct hit from Hurricane Matthew on October 7th, 8th and 9th.  The devestation was heartbreaking and many were left homeless.  In addition to helping as much as we could on the local level I decided to take what I saw and experienced and turn it into a preparedness series.   Parts 1, 2 and 3 can be read HERE.


With the preparedness series in mind I'd like to know what questions you have regarding the aftermath of the hurricane.  I want this series to be helpful and beneficial so if you have any questions you would like to see me address or something you would like to know regarding the situation, please leave your questions or comments in the comment section.

Thanks!

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27



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14 comments:

  1. Where I live we are not in the flood zone (supposedly). I guess my question would be what to have prepared if you had to leave your house immediately and what would you take with you. Also, if you could not leave your home and you were without power, and utilities, what all would you need for several days to live comfortably. But, of course I always glean from your blog no matter what you post. I really appreciate you continuing. Looking forward to 2017.
    Thanks, Cindy from Alabama

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    1. Cindy, we are not in a flood zone either so flood insurance was not an option for almost everyone. Hence, we have alot of people who are having quite a time financially because of it. We'll address your concerns in the series. Stay tuned!

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    2. Why do you say Flood insurance isn't an option?

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    3. Kim, this area is not in a legally declared flood zone so flood insurance is not an option. You have to be in a 'flood zone' in order to be able to purchase flood insurance.

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    4. Patsy, you have been given bad information. You do not have to be in a flood zone to buy Flood Insurance. I am a certified and licensed Flood Insurance specialist and can tell you flood insurance is available virtually anywhere in the U.S.

      Any area can flood since flooding is considered rising water. Excess rain or even a broken underground water pipe can cause flooding. I sell flood insurance to lots of people that aren't in a "flood Zone."

      If a home is in a low risk zone, the annual premium for maximum coverage of $250K for building coverage and $100K of personal property coverage, is less than $500. Considering the average flood claim is $27K, the premium is quite reasonable. For more info I recommend the national Flood Insurance website www.floodsmart.gov .

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    5. Hmmm, Kim, this is some very interesting information! I need to do some research, something is not adding up! Thank you!

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  2. The worst thing we experienced post cyclone was the ground water level rising and the septic system failing. Not being able to use a toilet was awful. We have an alternative now but then it was just another level of trauma. Could you possibly address this please.

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    1. Jane, yes, we can address that! Stay Tuned!

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  3. Hi Patsy,
    My question is regarding preparedness for inside our vehicles. What should I be storing in my car, like if I am stranded? We recently moved from the city into the country, and I just had my car break down on the side of the road, in the dark, in cold weather, and with 2 children! I see I need flares and warm blankets, but maybe you could address this in this series? What if we would have also been caught in our car in a blizzard? Thank you, and looking forward to a blessed 2017! ~Katherine

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    1. Katherine, good questions, we'll address them in the series.

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  4. I think it would be worth also telling the situations you found some families in that were preventable as I dont think a lot of people even consider just how bad things might be after a few days being cut off with no electricity etc. In our outage some places were out for quite a few days. The major of one town said he had two groups... one group were doing ok, they had generators and were well set up. The other group had nothing and were pretty desperate. I was hoping this might have inspired more people to start some basic preperations and learn from it.
    Some areas I would love to hear about....
    I know you are quite prepared already but what did you learn that you never knew before.
    What are you doing to be ready if this happens in your area again?
    What were the number one things that helped people that you found were doing ok despite no power and no shops etc?
    What did you do to ride out the hours of the storm and keep safe in that time without freaking out!?
    When the storm passed how did you assess it was safe to travel around and check the neighbours etc.
    How long did it take for help to arrive to those in extreme trouble?
    What about drinking water when everything is dirty and flooded?
    Really I am interested in everything you learned. There are things we might never think of until it happens!
    Also how are you rebuilding your pantry as ai know you fed a lot of people and helped many. So now you have to build it up again.
    I am really looking forward to hearing everything. It will be an eye opener. Much love Annabel.xxx

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    1. Annabel, These are all things we're going to talk about. Stay Tuned!

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  5. One thing I wonder about is after the initial shock. Whether prepared or not at the beginning, how do things go long term? Everyone is excited and ready to help the first day, first week etc. but what do people do that maybe had a total loss and their recovery is long term? Even if they had a house full of preps, if their home is destroyed, it doesn't matter. I realize this is something you may not be able to answer. Also each families circumstance would be different depending on insurance coverage, financial stability etc. We are in Pigeon Forge this week and driving up to Gatlinburg to see the fire damage, just reminds you that even with the best intentions of taking care of ourselves, we are ultimately in God's hands. These are just thought questions, not necessarily something that can be answered in a "one size fits all" answer. Just wondered what you'd seen in your area for long term recovery. Thanks. ...Vicky in Ky

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    1. Actually Vicky, this is something we have seen and dealt with alot. I do have some things to contribute about this topic. Stay tuned!

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