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Preparing for emergencies
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bob ny    Posted 11-09-2004 at 16:46:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
we had a power failure at 5 p.m. tonight. we have many here in the boonies . a nieghbor called
and asked if i had some gas on hand(it's 12 miles to station) so i ran some over, when i got there i put in the gas. the generator's battery was dead so he brought his garden tractor to jump .it ran out of gas ,i put in gas,jumped generator -wouldn't start checked low oil switch ,low on oil went back home to get oil back to nieghbor started generator . when i got home the lights were on i checked every piece of equipment i own nothing was below 3/4 tank (including wifes car) how can people who know it's getting close to winter let things go. i brought the empty can back altough he said he would fill it . i said i am going to town first thing in am i need the gas
bob(who loves nieghbors ) ny

Quint    Posted 11-09-2004 at 19:20:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
About the only thing that bothers me about the electricity going out is when it is very cold an the pipes might freeze. That and losing money on frozen food in the summer. I keep a little generator for back-up that will run the freezer in the summer. I have some kerosene heaters that I could place around the house to keep the pipes from freezing. I'm not sure the fireplace could heat the house enough to keep some of the pipes on the far side unfrozen.

I do consider myself pretty well prepared for emergencies. Most important is the actual knowledge about how to deal with an emergency. Here are a few other things I do to stay prepared (old boyscout ya know)
I keep a pretty substantial long term food supply
gasoline and kerosene reserve
kerosene lanterns and small stove plus propane grill
A pretty self sufficient communications set-up which runs on solar and batteries.
A sizable propane tank that will last quite a while with rationing.
A very well stocked first aid kit and decent first aid training - I could use a refresher course though
I try to keep spare parts for stuff that breaks regularly
A well stocked shop including stuff that doesn't need power - non- electric hand tools like hand saws and drills even if you don't use them every day.
While I'm several miles from a railroad I do take precautions against a rail accident with chemical s etc. I have several up to date gas masks, filters and protective gear just in case a plume of some god awful poison floats up from a train derailment. I've seen something like that come very close to happening and it convinced me to make preparations just in case.
Also along the lines of just in case I keep some calibrated and working radiation detection equipment and dosimeters. With large scale radioactive waste transport beginning soon and terrorism you never know these days. Plus just I like playing around with a Geiger counter.
I make sure I have lots of blankets. Can't have too many blankets in the winter when the power goes out.
I also keep stuff like tarps and repair materials around to patch the house together after a storm to keep damage from getting worse. (tarp the damaged roof, board up broken windows)
I have a weather station and weather radio to keep up on the storm situation. police scanners and such help with that too.
I keep 2 months ahead on any medication I may take. I have a 2 month supply in reserve and rotate it to keep it fresh.
I have a spare set of glasses and have my prescription written down so I can have some made in a hurry if I need to.

I guess preparedness was something passed down from my family. Both sides. They were self sufficient pioneer farmer types and being prepared was just a normal part of life. If you weren't prepared for the worst back then you were weeded out fairly soon. I guess it must be genetic.

Willy-N    Posted 11-09-2004 at 22:53:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
You sound like me. I did not think there were to many others who did stuff like that anymore. Mark H.

*    Posted 11-09-2004 at 18:02:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
you are a good neighbor. i bet he could help you out in the future, that way he wont be beholden to you.

DCM    Posted 11-09-2004 at 16:57:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Its true Bob, at this time of the year its best to be a little more prepared, we had a 2 hr. power outage last week,6-8pm, tends to bring a touch of reality back to every day
living.Gasoline,batteries,flaslight,kerosene heater,generator,food etc. Also have a spare new thermocoupler for the furnace. I swear the last 2 times the firebox went out was either Sat nite or Sun nite.Dan in AB

Willy-N    Posted 11-09-2004 at 16:57:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I allways wonder how some make it in this world? Maybe that is why there is so much goverment now? Myself I have over 100 gals (gas) of fuel on the place to use for back up. I also have oil on hand for everything just in case. My generator is full sure don't want to find and fuel it up during a outage in the dark! Mark H.

Clod    Posted 11-09-2004 at 17:12:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe the guy thought Bob would buy the gas and save his own money.I know some folks like that.

Willy-N    Posted 11-09-2004 at 17:18:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
You got a point there. Seems some don't have to be prepaired cause to many people cover there buts all the time. One thing to help but after a while you would think some would catch on! Worse part is when they don't return the fuel to you knowing it needs replaced. Like borrowing your tractor full of fuel and bring it back with a 1/4 tank and not saying anything till you figure it out when you need it next! Mark H.

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