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What are you doing to prepare for Frankenstorm (Hurricane Sandy)?

By AV . ·
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Oh no, here we go again! Another freak storm wreaking havoc on a large part of the east coast almost a year to the day of the freak October snow storm of 2011 that hit NJ.

Well, last year I had no power for 5 days . No water, except what I had in water jugs and the bathtub, no sewer, no lights and limited internet access through a 56k modem and a landline phone. I had firewood to keep warm. I lost the entire contents of my refrigerator and freezer.

I thought I could just stay in a hotel somewhere, but every hotel for 50 miles, except some real fleabag places, was booked solid. This time, because of the size of the storm, I will likely not be able to find a place to stay, so I will be on my own.

If you are affected by the storm, what are you doing to prepare? Do you have any good tips or ideas for me? I think I may be toughing this one out at home.

AV

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Good luck!

by AnsuGisalas In reply to I spent most of the day p ...

May things go well.

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Heating water for coffee

by maxwell edison In reply to I spent most of the day p ...

Go to your local camping store and buy a Jet Boil stove with a couple of small propane gas canisters. It will boil water in an amazing two minutes, thereby saving fuel. Cost about $75.

Add a few packages of those freeze dried meals (at about $5 - $10 each), and you'll be feasting in style!

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Trust the veteran scoutmaster on that, AV...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Heating water for coffee

I wager it's a toss-up whether or not a ranger school instructor could provide better advice on gear.

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Oh yum, freeze dried meals

by AV . In reply to Heating water for coffee

Those Jet Boil stoves look really nice but I won't be able to be outside until after the storm passes. The winds will be too strong and I expect that I will be spending a lot of time in my basement when they reach 70mph. I thought maybe I could use that on my mud porch, but I'm afraid to be out there because its almost all windows.

Maybe my car plug-in coffee cup will enable me to have some warm, crappy instant coffee. We have one car in the garage that is part of the basement, so I'm hoping it works, even if it takes an hour.

If we lose power and can't get it back for maybe 10 days, I'm getting the heck out of here. I don't know where to, but what did you say your address was? LOL

AV :^0

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They have stoves for use inside tents...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Oh yum, freeze dried meal ...

There's no other way to survive high mountain climbing or arctic travel.
If it's safe for use inside a flammable tent, your basement should be fine if you have airflow. Otherwise just wait for a calmer moment and climb up to the top of the basement stairs.

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Just remember

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I spent most of the day p ...

Keep your head down and don't look out the windows. Seeing bits of roofing iron coming towards you is quite unnerving. That's speaking from experience.

Stay away from outside walls in the direction that the wind is coming from and partially open the windows on the side that the wind isn't. That saves a build up of pressure and the roof provided the walls stay intact of course.

The last cyclone I was in I wanted to go scuba diving but unfortunately no where near enough air was available so I just sat things out in a comfy chair reading a book. Being underwater would have been much calmer but unfortunately it was not to be.

Col

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Don't look out the windows (sounds like a B horror movie)

by AV . In reply to Just remember

We got hit by a microburst here once and I watched the top of a 75 ft. tree go past my window sideways. That was enough to send me right to the basement. The gutters on my house ended up being mangled and torn out by the wind. Believe me, I will not be looking out the windows!

I hear you about opening the windows on the opposite side of the house from where the wind is blowing. I didn't do that when we had the microburst, and I could feel a vacuum inside the house that made it feel like the roof was going to be sucked off. The pressure was unbelievable. I was in the basement at the time, praying.

Oh geez, Hal. Why would you want to be in the water during a cyclone?! The ocean would just swallow you up and bounce you around like a pebble. Its so much better that you were in a comfy chair reading a book or we wouldn't be having this discussion today.

AV

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Under the ocean is a great place to be in a storm

by NickNielsen In reply to Don't look out the window ...

All the wave action is at the top of the water. Once you get below about 30-40 feet, you don't even know anything is happening up top unless you look up to see.

The only thing that affects the whole water column is a tsunami.

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Roofing iron

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Just remember

Real estate 'For Sale' signs are great too. At 125 mph, they do double-duty as wind-borne guillotines.

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Real Estate signs are not so much an issue here

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Roofing iron

Mainly because the Real Estate Offices are way to cheap to have metal signs any more and in the areas that are hit by cyclones commonly by law they are not allowed to have anything but those 3 layer plastic signs that simply crumple.

Still not something I would want to be hit by with a strong wind gust but fortunately by that stage they have mostly all disappeared.

Col

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