This is the first time I can ever remember really feeling the effects of a hurricane (other than the usual thunderstorms and rain). We had winds. High winds. Straight line winds. 75 to 95mph winds. Sustained for 8 hours. We had the hurricane without the rain. Power lines, phone lines, cable lines you name it and they are down. Clean-up has started. But there are somethings we cannot clean up .. power lines and trees in power lines. At 2pm today we will have had no power for 48 hours. What does that mean? Here’s the list:
- No Tv
- No internet
- No phones
- Cellphones won’t work if towers are gone or have no power
- After 4 hours the food in your fridge is getting to the point of no return – after 6 hours pitch it
- After 48 hours you need to start using or losing the food in your freezer. If you have a freezer chest you can get by with 72 hours
- No hot water
- Low water pressure so drinking tap water is a no-no
- After 2 days people don’t have food and start to panic about where their next meal is going to come from because the non-cook food is all gone or they don’t have a manual can opener (morons)
- People get stupid about buying gasoline … I’ve never seen so many morons in one spot at one time in all my life
- Neighbors will help each other (there is some hope)
- Stores will gouge people for the essentials
There’s a long list and I really want to rant about it. But it will do no good. People in my part of the country are spoiled, unprepared, weak minded, insecure, selfish morons.Even my own family members were not prepared for a disaster. I was surprised to find out I was the only family member with a generator. And gas to run it. It’s main purpose is to run my sump pump and charge the backup battery for the pump. The secondary purpose is to run my fridge and freezer. I have enough gas on hand to run it for 7 days. After that I’ll be out looking for gas. It’s small and portable. It serves it’s purpose well. I was the only person on my block with one. Our fridge is at 42 and the freezer is up to 28. I run it 3 hours then off for 3. We don’t have to deal with water issues fortunately so the generator is used to charge cellphones, batteries and to power the TV (with an off-air antenna) to catch up on the news. We are not running it constantly.
My wife never understood why I kept gallon jugs of water in the freezer. She now understands that they help keep the freezer frozen and if you put one in the fridge it keeps the fridge cold as well. Once thawed they provide cold drinking water … it’s called thinking ahead.
Those little LED tap lights Wal-Mart sells are great for lighting the house as well. The run for hours and hours on three AAA batteries. And they are safer than candles. And the shake and light flashlights work well, but don’t really hold a charge for very long.
What’s been nice is we have not had to leave the house (other than reporting to work). Kids are off from school so they can stay home and run the generator as needed while wife and I are gone. I’m taking this event and turning it into a teaching session for my girls. They now know how to mix 2-cycle gas. The can start up/shut down the generator. They can change out propane tanks on the grill. They know NOT to open the fridge or freezer. They know it takes 6 hours for a gallon of ice to thaw and know to swap them out. My wife and girls now know you can indeed cook forzen pizza on a grill. 🙂 I guess I’ve rather enjoyed doing without. If need be we can always pull out the 4 weeks of MREs I have stashed an eat those as well. 🙂