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Storm Shelters
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EIEIO    Posted 05-09-2002 at 03:31:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good Morning,
Just got out of the storm shelter with our four neighbors, we are the ones with a shelter which I explained in my other post. One of us alerts the other to "come on down". Anyway all of you seasoned people out there I need help.

What would you advise me to keep in the storm shelter? This morning I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. At 4:00am not only is my mind not working but I am the meanest cuss around without coffee. I am just thankful I had pj's on otherwise I would have scared my neighbors worse than the storm. This was our second experience in the shelter, first time I did have a portable TV and finally after an hour or so we were advised that the storm had passed. Today we were only in there for about 20 minutes so I am learning that you really don't know how long you will be there.

Thanks for your help.

Les...fortunate to live in    Posted 05-09-2002 at 18:25:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
New England. Don't even think about that kinda stuff. Only thing we get is a hurricane once in a while and that means a big paycheck.

John Ne.    Posted 05-09-2002 at 13:23:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
In addition to all the other stuff posted, how about a pair of old boots, shirt pants, and jacket, maybe some time you emerge with only your pjs on, you'll be buying new clothes wearing them pjs. And you'll be wanting something heavy like boots and a jacket for walking around assesing and picking up the left overs. John in Nebr.

Hilltopper    Posted 05-09-2002 at 11:27:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Since most storms (tornadoes) pass over in a few minutes, (unless you have the rare multiple twisters right behind each other), here is what I suggest: A handful of light sticks, a good flashlight, a good weather radio (wind up self generating type so you won't forget to keep the batteries changed), enough cheap yellow rain suits for everyone, a couple of cheap plastic tarps, old shoes boots and coats for everyone, they don't have to be pretty, a couple of bow saws for removing limbs, fifty feet of good rope, at least five gallons of potable water, old blankets, a first aid kit with lots of bandage material, and a few army rations. Keep your cell phone close to you so you can grab it on the way out to the shelter. If you live far from a metro area it may be hours before you get assistance. I keep a pipe wrench close to the gas meter in case my house gets damaged and a fire starts. I watched the last tornado go right over my house and drop down in the county south of here and destroy many homes. No one got hurt which was amazing.

Sammie    Posted 05-09-2002 at 09:58:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
In reading your post, I thought about my SAR pack (search and rescue). Water, packaged food so it doesn't spoil, dry clothing, emergency blanket, first aid kit, firestarter kit, navigational kit (you won't need that!!), flashlight, tp, radio/scanner, coat/rain gear. At camp I keep my tent, sleeping bag, liner and pack stove, food to cook and more dry clothes.

It was suggested below that when you come out, what you take in may be all you have. It might be smart to keep some things in your shelter in case that happens as well as your legal papers that you will need for insurance, etc. Family pics, stuff that can't be replaced. I guess it depends on how much room you have. A cell phone and something to write on might be smart.

How long are you usually in your shelter? We don't have storms like that here.

GusandEdie    Posted 05-09-2002 at 06:20:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't forget a 5 gallon bucket with a lid in case you have any "business" to attend to. Never know how long you might be in there.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-09-2002 at 06:29:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Was just going to say a pota-potie would be nice! Lot's of munchies to fill the time waiting for the storm to go over. I think the idea of thing you use to be confertable like some coffie and cigeretts for when it over might be nice. First aid kit, blankets, extra cloths, wash up stuff. All put in vacume pack bags to keep them dry and clean. Mark H.

LH    Posted 05-09-2002 at 04:59:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good morning, I would advise candles and waterproof matches or a lighter, a good radio with batteries, some bottled water and food stuffs that won't go bad easily, pillows, blankets, changes of clothes, toilet articles, etc. Also perhaps any important documents that you might lose if something happened to your home. I'm sure there are more things but that may be limited by space.

jamo    Posted 05-09-2002 at 05:30:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
just to add to LH's, be sure to keep any necessary medicines and a first aid kit. Just remember that in case of a devastating storm, you may come out with nothing left other than what you have taken in the shelter with you.

WallSal55    Posted 05-09-2002 at 07:55:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Flashlight with fresh batteries, in case it's dark.

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