Another survivor still in survival mode in north central FL
Locally gas was tough to come by a couple of days before the storm. Non ethanol was the first to go. The traffic getting out of the area was terrible. If one didn’t allow days they would be stuck on the road in the parking lot of death. Many cars couldn’t make it due to the lack of fuel. They ended up in shelters. The shelves were cleared in the stores. Many were complaining that the stores and gas stations should have been better prepared. I held my tongue. I rode it out at home. I’m 30 miles inland from the west coast. I didn’t get out of work until 11:30 PM on Saturday night so leaving wasn’t really an option. I did have safe options to ride it out so I wasn’t too worried.
I did all the usual prep securing outdoor items, staging items I would need for the expected power outage, double checking the generator etc. I did multiple loads of laundry, cleaned the house, and all the other things that are more difficult to do without power/water. All phone service land line and cell went out early in the day. As I was watching the the storm crawl up the west coast and turn inland pointing in my direction the power went out. It’s still out. From there I stayed informed through HAM radio. I did manage to get a few hours sleep. I rode it out solo just me and my kitties so I didn’t have anyone to trade off with to keep watch. The next morning it was loosing steam. I managed to make it out and do a damage assessment for myself and the neighborhood to report in. Nothing too serious in my neighborhood, We were lucky. When I went to report in I was unable to make contact using my base, mobile, or HT. Turns out the repeater suffered some damage. Fortunately I knew the other frequencies that were being monitored.
After the storm the generator was working for everything but the well. I had the power line replaced a couple months ago and they forgot to tie it in to the transfer panel. The past 2 days he’s promised to come out and fix that. No worries. I have plenty stored and it rained yesterday so I actually have more water stored now than when the storm started. I used up almost everything in the refrigerator before the storm. It will not hold temp for any length of time without power. The freezers however are just fine. My biggest challenge is getting the yard clean. My yard equipment is electric (I have trouble getting the gas ones started). I’ve been dragging everything to the curb. When the power comes back I can take care of the twigs and leaves. I did as much raking as I could but I tore my hands up even with gloves. With the heat and humidity it wasn’t surprising to see an infection starting. Medihoney took care of that. I do a little at a time to avoid heat exhaustion. I passed out earlier this summer from it. Being solo I have to be more careful.
Yesterday fuel was readily available. The shelves in the stores are still thin. Comments such as “did they forget to place an order” could be heard. I did cheat today and went to a salon to get my hair washed. I have church tomorrow and it’s a special occasion. I had planned a trip to a church in Hollywood but Irma changed my plans. The power company says power will be restored by midnight Sunday. I’m good with my set up for quite a while if they miss their deadline. I use oil lamps for light or a camp light called Seige by streamlight. It will light up a room and is easy on batteries. O2 Cool is my fan of choice. The generator come in at night to prevent it from getting stolen. There are bright spots of people helping each other but there is a lot of complaining as well. So far no security issues in my area.
Going forward Gas powered tools would have been helpful, heavier gloves, more gas cans, and possible supplies for any repairs are the only things I can think of to add. More lights and fans would be a nice convenience. When moving things from place to place things would get out of place/misplaced. I need to reinforce the garage door.
Statistics: Posted by Floridaclipper — Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:31 pm