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Monday, June 19, 2017

Disaster Preparedness Class #14

Here we are at the beginning of the last week of class but before we close it out we need to dissect what we've learned. Are you ready? Here goes ...

In our last entry the electricity came back on. You can expect intermittent power outages from time to time over the next few days. You will also experience internet outages and food shortages in the stores. (The trucks that deliver food have not been able to get into your area for 3 ...weeks!)

How did you feel when your electricity came back on? 

What was the first thing you did?

What are you going to do to prepare for those intermittent power outages, internet outages and food shortages?

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



14 comments:

  1. YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What a sense of relief. When the power came on in the middle of the night, we probably wouldn't even know it since we'd turned off a switch when we were running the generator. Maybe we'd notice the street light coming on if we woke up in the middle of the night. Immediate needs would be getting the freezer and refrigerator going, if there was even anything that needed to be kept cold. Hopefully the town water would also be up and running, so hot showers!! And drinking water, even if we have to boil it. Then laundry and vacuuming!! If cable and internet was up and running, we'd certainly be using that! I'm sure we'd have some food left and how good to use the stove instead of the grill or fire pit. We'd be doing some grocery shopping as soon as possible. After being without power for three weeks, I'm sure we could deal with intermittent outages and shortages. So grateful for modern conveniences!!!

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    1. There was a lot of cleaning going on at our house once power was restored!

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  2. Refill those water containers! Also I'd try to cook up some dishes for when the power went back off--things that we would eat immediately as a person couldn't count on the fridge. I'd throw in some laundry, showers would be in order, some cleaning that was necessary such as a kitchen and bathroom (toilet). Charge cell phones, check the news (and find out the rest of the country has been buzzing along just great, having forgotten or not even caring about my continuing disaster).

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    1. Joy, the world does indeed keep going on ... it's like 'out of sight, out of mind'... the world moves onto the next big story. When you're in the middle of of trying to survive a disaster you tend to lose track of everything going on in the world.

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  3. Patsi... a thought I've been having: You have been presenting these disaster scenarios, and your students have been brain storming as to what they could do in each situation. Our responses reveal how much we are or are not prepared to meet each disaster. We are learning some great tips from other commenters as to ways to survive this disaster. But I think something huge is missing... I think the instructor who has survived these disasters needs to be instructing us not only as to whether we are making good decisions, but also how wrong or inadequate choices could affect an outcome. We need to hear from you, Patsi, how you coped with this disaster. What did you learn? In what way were you inadequately prepared for this disaster? What worked for you? What would you have done differently? What foods/recipes that you thought would work, didn't? What would you have had more of in your pantry? Less of? What are you doing now to prepare for another disaster? We can comment all day til the cows come home (and thanks for your input/reply to some comments), but we're just basically sharing what we THINK will work.. what we THINK we will do. I am turning to the teacher for wisdom.

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    1. Joy, I have been working, in my mind, on a post to kind of sum it all up. I think it's time to bring it out of my mind and get it in type. Thank you for the prod, I'll get to work on it as soon as possible.

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  4. Patsi, what about mail delivery/pick up? How did people pay their bills by mail or on-line?

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    1. Joy, there were several days where we did not have mail delivery or pick-up and then there were days when the mail would run but there would be no mail because it was held up somewhere. As for paying bills, if someone had electricity or Internet that was working then they could pay their bills online, but there was alot of electricity and Internet outage which made this impossible at times. There was a period of time after the disaster when bill paying was just not possible!

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  5. Praise Jesus, the power is back on! I'd likely have the windows open in the bedroom, but having the ceiling fan to circulate out stale air would be a blessing. I'd likely get up and make sure all lights were turned off and return to bed until the morning, so I was fully rested. If power was still on in the AM, I'd make sure any devices that needed charging for emergency use were plugged in. A pot of hot coffee for me and any new neighbor-friends is on, provided bottled water was still available -- I know what's in the pipes is probably non-potable. Next up, sanitation -- if we'd not been able to flush during this disaster, I'd want to make sure that issue was addressed (that is, if the pumping station was back up and running and other area lift-pumps were working). I'd also begin cleaning out the refrigerator and freezer of any remaining items that needed to be discarded, to insure that nothing that had spoiled was consumed. If power remained on, I'd work to get as much ice made bagged, and stored as possible, in the event of another outage. I would also begin doing what meal prep as I could (crock pot, larger batch), to be prepared in advance of any other outages. Laundry would be up next, but would not likely be a big priority, as I think I have enough clothing to tide me over for another couple of days. While doing this, I'd also check to see if neighbors had power and if there were any issues) and also listen in to what news reports were available on the radio, as I'm assuming TV and Internet access would still be sporadic.

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    1. We had sporadic electricity several days before we had Internet service back. Internet service was the last thing restored for us!

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  6. I think if I had a source for decent water all along--before the power was restored, I'd wash out a few items such as underwear, socks, maybe some shirts, but overall, we'd be a rather untidy bunch. I do have a large tub for washing/rinsing, detergent, and a clothes line. ( I love a clothes line!). As for agitating the clothing... my husband said when he was stationed in Korea, they had a man who washed their laundry. He would stand in large tubs barefoot and stomp on the clothing. I am sure that would still work!

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    1. Joy, hmmm, stomping barefoot in a washtub of clothing to agitate them would definitely be a job for children!!!

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  7. When the power was restored, I was relieved and hopeful. It finally felt like there was a light at the end of the tunnel (that wasn't a train! LOL)
    In the morning it was all about doing the things we hadn't been able to do for 3 weeks: showers, refilling our drinking water bottles from the RO system, charging cell phones, doing laundry, vacuuming, and cleaning.
    To prepare for future intermittent power outages and anything else this situation can throw at us, we assess our needs. We still have a little home-canned meat left and plenty of dried beans. We're running out of rice and pasta, but we still have a little of each. We're also low on flour, but not out. We have NO dairy and haven't for a long time. We have more apricots and plums than we know what to do with and we're starting to get squash and cucumbers in the garden. We're out of canned tomato products. We always have eggs because of the chickens.
    If any stores are open, we'll take some of our cash to buy rice and/or pasta, canned tomatoes, flour, sugar, and dry milk, if any of these are available. If Tractor Supply (or some other such store, TSC is just the closest to us) is open, we'll buy dog food, cat food, and chicken feed, as well as regular-mouth canning lids so we'll be able to can apricot and plum jam before the fruit rots. We'll also try to buy a 5-gallon water bottle for drinking water, if we can find one. If some of these things aren't available, we'll just have to make do with what we've got.

    -Susan O.

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    1. Susan, when all is said and done, we had no choice but to make do with what we had ... that's why disasater preparedness is so important!

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