Ok, so what do we do with something minor like a hurricane?
Got you're basic water, candles, dried top raman noodles, spam, canned vegetables and fruits , batteries, flashlights, generator, extra gas, radios, cell phone with internet access, including weather and e-mail, battery charger for said cell phone, 22 lr. Live far enough out where there is plenty of wood for fires. Matter of fact, live far enough inland, probably won't have to worry about hurricanes, which is why we chose this area when we moved down from the Chicago area. Things needed, 12 gauge for mocassins and rattlers, 45 for peace of mind. Anything we're missing?:confused:
Hurricane?!? That's a walk in the park.
Store lots of water. I used to sanitize large new garbage cans for semi-potable use, with the option of boil to make drinkable. Two 40 gallon cans was plenty for a four day shut down. A small bucket of this will flush a toilet. Get two, don;t put 'all your eggs in one basket.'
Fuel, good cans with Stabil, rotated during grass cutting season. Typically I needed to run some fuel through a vehicle to get rid of the older cans.
Food was not an issue. We loaded up on rations and rotated the staples. Ramen, canned goods, dryed goods, and rotate some simple frozen stuff. Ground meat is ok frozen for a good while. Use the old, replace with new. Put as many gallon jugs of drinking water in your freezer and refrig as you can tolerate. They will hold the temp and provide the short term hydration solution.
Even a mid-sized generator will run a fridge for an hour with no other major loads, run a microwave (yep, a microwave), with no other major loads. That is the back-up plan. Primary heating of water and food comes from the gas grill with two extra tanks, and the camp stove that frugally burns the gasoline your have stocked. Heat some trash can water, and some not heated trash can water and bathe in the tub. Draw straws for the first bath, and reuse the water if it looks like a long term stay.
Your generator will make plenty of power for a modest TV and a normal satellite dish. You get loads of channels from space that will provide both critical info and mindless entertainment.
If you want to talk to someone you'll need an Amateur Radio license. They'll be out there on the air.
Never really needed much heat but the fireplace with wood was there in case.
Candles and good flashlights, decent battery stash, and normal ammo and firearms arrangement. Deer rifle, .270, 30-06, 7mm, etc, .22LR rifle, no-brainer, universal round, 12ga shotgun, depending on ammo, good for everyting from birds to two-legged predators, 9mm handgun, just in case of a mistake, kept close.
Don't advertise your readiness, advertise some armorment. It will be a few day of no power, luke warm baths, and dinner from a can. Camping at home.
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bkt, thanks. We literally took 10 years before we decided which part of Florida to move to. Once down in the area, we then honed in on a nice little community where the people mostly look after each other. There are some trouble makers, but they are handled. With any luck, we won't be affected by any major storms as we're buried in the center of North Central Florida, surrounded by State Parks. I've read the posts and there is some good advice there. Plus, this has given me renewed interesed in getting my CCW. Thanks again.:)
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