Sorry to be so late responding! And I’m also just here to drop a quick line to let everyone know I didn’t forget my promise to write up the pros! And I’m throwing in the cons…and asking for help! We are working our tails off down here just trying to get everyone safe and comfortable. My church is a relief center and we don’t have enough volunteers. Dawn to dusk 6 days a week. I feel like I’m on a mission!
So my food/cooking preps worked absolutely flawless. I follow that old school KISS method…as in Keep It Simple Stupid…bbq grill, camp stove/portable propane stove and sun oven. Stored food was everything we actually liked so no need to go fight the crowd at the grocery stores. I did go buy fresh fruit and vegetables because we really like them. On a regular day I have 6 months of pantry and frozen food and over a year of LTS on hand. Weather channel said a hurricane was coming we started eating meat and veggies from the fridge first then the freezer. After the freezer completely thawed we still had 24 hours of refrigerator temps and I was able to can everything before it was even close to spoiling. No explanation needed here.
Lighting was a combination of homemade candles,flashlights, lanterns, store bought candles and solar lights. Also no need for explanation unless some very new prepper wants me to. I’ll be glad to give further information via PM or here. LMK.
H2O: after our week without water last year I figured a few things out. Tip from someone on APN worked perfectly! I started buying those laundry soap bottles with the pour spout and saving them when they were empty. When the storm was coming I pulled them out and filled em up. 1 went on the side of each sink in the house. The spout was great to wash our hands after using the restroom. It was also perfect to wash dishes in the kitchen and clothes in the laundry room sink. Drinking water was the same as we always use cause our city water is garbage. Combination of my big berkey if I’m using faucet/@ home and store bought bottled. We have a camp shower that went outside in the sun to warm up and we used our regular shower as a hook. Not to terrible. I like my showers unusually hot because I have stupid arthritis and I was comfortable…the bathtub got filled up before the storm to flush with. Although we were only without water for a couple of days so we didn’t run out. I have giant fixed h2o storage so we just filled the smaller containers from the big ones…not to tough.
Energy/power…I don’t have a generator here in town. We have a BOL out in the sticks with solar/wind we are working on so no extra funds to put in a generator here. I do have a couple of crank/solar chargers for our cell phones,radios and tablets. Also a pretty good solar charger for batteries.They worked pretty good! It was slower than wall chargers but hey it worked! Pretty happy with them! Thanks AMAZON for the cheap solar chargers!
Now the big disappointment! Communication! We had a couple of battery opperated am/fm radios. While the storm was raging we got 0/zero reception. As in nada! After the storm was over we were able to get a few stations in the first day and then more and more until we were back to normal. Our NOAA weather radio was garbage. Absolute trash. Nothing but static. You know how that stupid thing goes off everytime there’s a thunderstorm? Ya cat 4 hurricane and we got nothing! No joke folks…not even the warning chime. I’ve got to invest in some better equipment for news.
Cell phones got text messages only during the storm and spoty service for the first couple of days afterwards. Our very cheap walkie talkies worked fine the whole time and believe me we treated this like a dry run for the big one. So equipment was being tested constantly. The more expensive walkie talkies did good as well. No problems noted with either.
It was a true learning experience. I didn’t realize I would want constant news! I wanted the play by play I usually ignore in normal circumstances. I had no idea I would want news like that! And we were safe and knew what was going on. I can’t imagine how hard it would be if we didn’t know what was going on. I used to read fictional stories that said stuff like that and I never paid it any mind…let me tell y’all I’m open to all advice from everyone about radios/communication!
All said and done we made it through relatively well. Some roof damage and a bunch(read 12 very old) downed trees. My husband and our family made quick work of them with a couple chainsaws and just plain muscle power. I still have 1 uprooted tree that I’m waiting on the insurance to take care of cause it’s tangled up in cables/lines.
I have to say while I wouldn’t wish this on anyone I’m glad to have been through it. I think there is always something we can improve on and there’s no way to know what unless something like this happens. It was an eye opener for sure! Our family was safe and pretty comfortable(except the mosquitos they’re the size of helicopters) through the storm and afterwards. I ended up cooking for the whole neighborhood for a couple of days cause a bunch of them had no way to cook. And it was easier to cook the meat and veggies out of their freezer than have to can them for them.We found a couple of people who literally had no supplies(I’m a Christian so I’m not allowed to say what I was thinking about them) and we were able to give them a hot meal and enough groceries to get by for a few days. Times like these bring out the best in some people and it warms my heart to see. I think sometimes these tough times can be a blessing. I’ve met and talked to people I would have never crossed paths with before. I’ve prayed with and held the hand of some of the toughest looking bikers you’ll ever meet… I also have prayed with and been huged by the sweetest little old ladies… I get to brag a little bit and say I was part of the very first relief center in Rockport… I got to witness people come together and work their tails off and not complain…actually enjoy it! I know it is going to take us years to rebuild and clean up but there’s something about everyone coming together to help that I can’t explain. I feel blessed to have been able to help in some small way. I feel blessed to have been able to witness it. I thank God that we were safe and comfortable and Pray to Him for the souls of those we lost and for the swift healing and comfort of the ones who are still here and hurting.
Thanks APN! For listening to my long winded self!
Statistics: Posted by conjomen — Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:58 pm