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 Post subject: Hurricane
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:24 am 
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Um, it seems like this is going to happen, and it looks kinda serious.

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 Post subject: Re: Hurricane
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:32 am 
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Thinking of the 3 Little Pigs, I feel pretty good about the fact that I live in a brick building.

However, it was built in the 1920s, so I'm not sure how durable it really is, not to mention the fact that hurricane survival is not a major consideration in the Jersey City building code, anyway.

I live on the third floor of a building whose foundation is a good 50 feet above the nearest low ground, so flooding shouldn't be an issue. However, areas within a half-mile of my house are subject to urban flooding, which we get a lot of in the spring.
As someone who has shoveled feet of snow under blue skies, I think I'm more concerned about the residual effects and how long that will last.

My freezer will stay cold for at least a day without power, but I don't know about longer than that.

I wish everyone in Irene's path well.

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 Post subject: Re: Hurricane
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:17 pm 
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As someone who has been through pretty major hurricanes here in Florida, besides the usual advice of make sure you have cash money, and fill up your gas tanks, I would like to offer the following - its pretty long, but they are things that you may not have thought about if you haven't been through a major hurricane before.

Consider a couple of cases of bottled water - also consider more than what you think is necessary...when you have no power for several days to a week, its necessary to use the bottled water to brush your teeth, clean those important places, etc. If you are out of power for more than a week, it will make you feel more like a survivor than a victim of a major hurricane.

Juice boxes like capri sun or whatever else there is would be a good idea. I found Gatorade was not as good as mostly juice products. Also, if you are used to coffee, you may want to have a caffeinated cold beverage (or several) on hand instead.

Diaper Wipes - get them and use them. Going to bed clean-ish will also help you feel more like a survivor than a victim if you are dealing with any kind of damage.

Make sure you have propane or charcoal for your grills. Use the food in your fridge and freezer before you eat anything else. It will be the first to go bad. Don't forget you can grill veggies. Also, you can cook up some of the meat prior to the hurricane and keep it for meals after the storm.

On that note, paper products is a good idea to have on hand - paper plates, paper utensils and paper cups, paper towels.

Have a bunch of clean rags that you can get wet and use to wipe your face at the end of the day. This will feel a lot better than constant paper towel usage all day long if you have been hot and sweaty.

If there's a possibility that you will have to use a chainsaw to cut up downed trees, make sure you have fuel for it.

Have foil (for grilling), ziploc bags (for storage), and extra garbage bags (remember there may not be toilet flushing, you may have to store dirtied tp) - if you have a yard, you'll probably want some big yard bags... may help with the clean-up.

Sounds strange, but "pouch meat" is a win if there's no power for days, by pouch meat, I mean like tuna pouches, or cans of chicken meat...things like that. Crackers are good to have on hand also - makes it more palatable.

If you have a cooler, get some of the freezer packs (they are liquid, you put them in the fridge and they freeze up), as soon as you lose power, take a couple out and put them in a cooler. This will help you keep things cool for a couple of days if you are careful how much you open the cooler. Water in ziploc bags put in the freezer will also work.

Also, trail mix packs are a must - good nutrients and lots of protein, and easy to eat during the day. Things like trail mix are way better than bags of chips.

Make sure you have sunscreen - if you are without power, its hotter indoors than it is out of doors - remember you won't have fans - so you may spend more time outdoors in the sun than usual. Also, if you have a yard and will have to clean up the yard from a cat 2 or cat 3 hurricane, sunscreen will be your best friend.

If you are without power for many many days (we were out for 3 weeks once here on a cat 3) and you have the ability (like a yard), consider what it would take to sleep outdoors - it'd be fun for the kids, and it may be a whole helluva lot cooler. I found a deck, a pillow and a sheet can be very very comfortable (even in June in Florida) if you've been without power for several days - if you have a pool, use the floats as makeshift mattresses.

Remind your kids not to touch downed power lines - and stay very far away from flooded areas/and even puddles if there are downed lines anywhere in the vicinity.

A note about after the hurricane driving: Stop lights may not be working. Pay extra attention at intersections. Drive slower than usual, and remember that there may be obstructions in the streets that could damage your tires.

Also, be willing to help others and be willing to be helped by others. This is totally not the time to be the neighborhood loner - and everyone is a hero during times of natural disasters. PS. Block parties are a great way to pool resources when the going is rough.

Last but not least, Stay safe. Don't stick your head out your door during the wind and rain, wait until its all over. My brother did that once and had a roofing nail fly by 2 inches from his head.

I wish you all well, and hope Irene decides she'd rather stay out at sea.

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 Post subject: Re: Hurricane
PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 3:33 am 
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I heard a tip that I thought sounded pretty good.

Freeze water in baggies or bottles and use them to line your freezer.

They serve to keep the freezer cold while they're in there and when you need them for drinking you can take them out of the freezer and have cold, safe water for drinking as the ice melts.

You have to leave space in the container to allow for expansion as the water freezes, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Hurricane
PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:35 am 
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Best thing ever if you're gonna be without power for a few days. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Hurricane
PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:43 pm 
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I am kind of knocking on wood, but the storm is at least 100 miles to the north now.

I'm not complaining at all, but the wind was not what I expected. It was definitely blowing, but it mostly hit another side of my building when the rain was coming down hard (we got around 7 inches in 10 hours)

Now that the wind shifted and is coming from the northwest, it's whistling on my apartment windows, but it feels like a windy day in late winter, nothing extraordinary.

I won't go on the roads until tomorrow, but there's a lot of flooding on area roads.

Personally I lost power 3 times within an hour or so just long enough to make the clocks blink around sunrise. However, over 600,000 homes in NJ are without power, which amounts to about 10 pct of the state.

My assistant's mother is in South Jersey near Philadelphia and she lost power and word is it might not get back on until September 4.

Also, for those not familiar, NJ is full of rivers and streams, especially in the central and north parts of the state.

We already had the rainiest August on record even before Irene, so the waterways were high anyway. The Governor said river flooding is now the greatest concern.

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 Post subject: Re: Hurricane
PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:01 pm 
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I was in Turks & Caicos when it hit there. What we got was nothing in comparison.


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 Post subject: Re: Hurricane
PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:56 am 
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Thankfully in my area we had little besides a few tree branches and a lot of leaves.

Bloomberg is taking some criticism for overselling it, but if he didn't nobody would have prepared at all.


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 Post subject: Re: Hurricane
PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:03 pm 
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SHPIDA wrote:
Thankfully in my area we had little besides a few tree branches and a lot of leaves.

Bloomberg is taking some criticism for overselling it, but if he didn't nobody would have prepared at all.


Not a big Bloomberg fan but in this case, he did absolutely the right thing. Hurricanes are very dangerous and can move slightly without a minute's warning, changing the whole outlook of the storms' affects. Instead of criticizing the mayor for being prepared for the worst, people should just be thankful that we were spared from a much more serious situation.

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People will get on Bloomberg for anything. He closes the schools for snow, people complain. He keeps the schools open for snow, people complain.


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 Post subject: Re: Hurricane
PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:37 am 
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I still have no electricity. :( My condo complex lost three major trees, one from the root. One did brush up against some units, but the damage looks minimal. We have a neighboring street with a house whose large tree fell on our power lines. I'm not counting on having electricity for a while.

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 Post subject: Re: Hurricane
PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:39 pm 
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Ok, so I thought this comic was funny, but I guess it's less funny for those who lost power and stuff :(

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/weather

I guess even if it doesn't apply to you in this storm, in general I think the comic holds up.


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