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  • #22093

    Daisy
    Keymaster

    Yesterday, we discussed the emergencies that each of us is most likely to face. Today we are going to build on that by asking ourselves the following questions about each potential emergency.

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens?
    Will I have running water?
    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already?
    Will I have to evacuate?
    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?

    These 5 simple questions will help you identify the places you need to focus on the most in your preparedness efforts. 

  • #22094

    corsaire
    Participant

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens

    yes, but I have been beating the odds so far.

    Will I have running water?

    yes, but who really knows. First time for everything
    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already?

    No, will have to rely on stash, and at least a weeks worth
    Will I have to evacuate?

    Depends.Not in an evac zone, but if the storm is strong, then yes
    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?

    No

  • #22096

    Loving Life
    Participant

    Threat: winter or ice storms causing long term power outage (extreme cold)

    Lose electricity if this happens?
    Yes (solar backup to well). Heat and cooking available through Vermont Casting wood stove (1-2 years of wood supply readily available). Well and septic.

    Will I have running water?
    Intermittent based upon well with solar backup (stored water in excess of 2 weeks, sanitation water in excess of two weeks, if winter storm I can heat snow on wood stove, also have water filters)

    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or relay upon what I have?
    Questionable. If major winter storm, I might be snowed in for a week or so. I have food stores on excess of 6 months for myself and my pets. I have been practicing cooking on my wood stove. I also have a grill with 2 backup propane tanks.

    Will I have to exacuate?
    No. I should be able to stay in place.

    Family member who will be particularly effected?
    No.

  • #22098

    Farm Girl
    Participant

    Q. Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens?

    A. Yes.

    Q. Will I have running water?

    A. Doubt it.

    Q. Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already?

    A. Probably be able to purchase more.  Bigger question is, will I be able to live here?  If we are hit by tornado?  Doubt it.  If there is a wildfire?  Probably have to evacuate.

    Q. Will I have to evacuate?

    A. Probably.

    Q. Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?

    A. Not any more than anyone else.

  • #22100

    Livingthe Dream
    Participant

    Blizzard in the winter and in the summer a drought which would lead to lots of wild fires.

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens? Winter blizzard – Possibly. It has happened in the past but power was restored within a couple of hours. I’ve never experienced a power outage more than 12 hours.

    Will I have running water? Yes

    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already? For the blizzard I would rely on what I have already. I live on a hill and wouldn’t want to try and drive down and back up it. I’m in town and the closest store is less than a mile away so I could walk if necessary.

    Will I have to evacuate? Blizzard – No. Wild fire – Doubtful.

    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected? No.

  • #22097

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    When our area experiences power outages from high winds or ice storms, we have been without electricity for up to 2 weeks. So far my rural coop water system has not been affected and running water remains available. I will need to rely on food and supplies I’ve stored up as travel into town (30 minutes away) would be challenging if even possible. Our little community is not in an area calling for evacuation. During tornado warnings the local Baptist church with a basement opens up for anyone who wants to shelter there. During an extended power outage, we’re a small community where neighbors tend to watch out for neighbors. As I live alone, I have only myself to look after and neighbors who might need a bit of help. I think I could manage the most likely emergency based on the work I’ve been doing since joining this group nine months ago. Feels good!

  • #22102

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens?

    Dunno.

    We have lost power more in the spring and summer due to storms than in the winter. So, I would say 50/50. But, we have the wood stove/furnace, gallons of white gas, and all else fails, a large and small portable grill.

    Will I have running water?

    In the traditional sense, no, if the electricity goes out. But, I can either melt snow, or hump it on down to the brook in snowshoes and haul water back. It is a pain, but doable.

    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already?

    We would have to be snowed in for weeks.

    Then, start slaughtering chickens.

    Will I have to evacuate?

    Dont think so. Bugging in is more likely.

    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?

    No.

  • #22103

    I would have electricity if we flood until it hits the box but by then I would have bugged out. I Don’t know about an earthquake for any of those issues.
    I would have running water since the last time we were close to flooding things still ran.

    I would have to relay on the food we have since the roads out of where we live flood.

    I would only evacuate if I knew the flood waters would come to the fence and by then we would have move the vehicles to higher ground and walk out.

    I am the only one with any health issues and I am getting better everyday.

  • #22104

    scott weech
    Participant

    power-no

    running water-no

    food- we have plenty

    evac-no

    family members- no special needs.

  • #22106

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Day 3  National Preparedness Challenge

    Will we LOSE ELECTRICITY?  Probably. We lose electricity on a regular basis because our power line runs through an untended woodlot. It does not take much for a branch to fall on the line. We have a generator, though.

    HAVE RUNNING WATER?  Simply, No.  We have a country well that needs power to pump and a cistern that is too small.

    ABLE TO PURCHASE FOOD AND SUPPLIES?

    Maybe. While it seems stable, there is only ONE store in town that sells groceries, and the only one for twenty miles. Not good if there is a major devastation in the area.

    Plus, we must be able to get there. We have a half-mile, tree-lined, hilly country drive that routinely has a tree try to mess with out plans. It happened on Friday after some gusty winds passed through.  Plus, last year were were house-bound for nearly two weeks because the drive had too much icy snow to allow us to drive downhill.

    NEED TO EVACUATE?  No. We are on high ground in the middle of farm country.

    FAMILY MEMBERS AFFECTED? No. Unless our daughter, who uses a CPAP machine, joins us. No one needs any other special equipment or meds.

    We have been away for the weekend, so I must now see how many bottles I can fill with water for the Day One Challenge.

     

    • #22121

      namelus
      Participant

      For c pap you can get a small solar set up with 2 deep cycle car batteries. If not make them sleep while sit ting up it reduces the blockage use the horseshoe neck pillow.

  • #22107

    Tami Kirby
    Participant

    Our electric goes out alot during storms but in the case of a tornado would probably lose water and not be able to leave. My biggest concern is my daughter and my 2 grandsons are about 5 minutes away in a top floor apartment. So my plan always if there is a chance is to bring them here so we would all be affected if a tornado hit.

  • #22109

    Jose Estrada
    Participant

    Well, here goes,

    Q: Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens?

    A: Pretty hit or miss depending on the severity of the storm or proximity of the tornado. Ice storms are the worst.

    Q: Will I have running water?

    A: In the past we have had running water, but, that may not be the case always.

    Q: Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already?

    A: Past occurrences have been pretty localized, so, if I go beyond my normal area I can get food, water, etc.

    Q: Will I have to evacuate?

    A: Been here for over 30 yrs and haven’t had to yet. Closest was several years ago when a tornado touched down 1 mile from my house, but, it was gone as quickly as it came.

    Q: Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?

    A: My 85 yr old father-in-law lives with us now. He’s ambulatory but slow and still pretty sharp most of the time. He would be my biggest concern.

  • #22111

    Mama cando
    Participant

    Hey Molly and Cinnamon Glad to hear from you. And everyone else too.

    The questions: Unless the natural gas is turned off, No we will not lose electricity. If turned off, right now we’re sol. That’s why I want to add solar/wind back up. Need to keep the sump working or I lose half the living space(finished basement). Have a 12 hour back up battery but without the means to recharge the battery or have a few stored, the sump will fail. Running water, no. Am working on getting rain barrels  and adding to the stash of bottled water.  Food, yes for awhile.  Have been putting food, paper products, etc away and trying to get things growing around here. We might be able to purchase some food stuffs IF we can get out depending on the emergency. Need to evacuate, maybe  depends on whether or not our home is affected.  Family members affected? Yes DH has a CPAP machine. If Son1 and family are here, he also has a CPAP. So far Son2’s family and I are okay, no electronic devices needed.

     

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by  Mama cando.
  • #22114

    SquishyGrapes
    Participant

    Threat: Power outage after a major ice storm like what happened in 1991

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens? Yes.  We lost power in 91 for about 5 days. We had heat from our wood stove and were able to cook on the stove and gas grill.

    Will I have running water? Unless pipes get broken by uprooted trees, then no. But I store water just in case.

    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already? Probably. I live in a densely populated suburban area with the major big box stores so I could get supplies if needed. I would avoid going out though.

    Will I have to evacuate? Probably not.  If we had to I’d either head to my mom’s or check into a hotel

    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected? My husband would go bonkers.  He’s a huge weather nerd, and also gets really worked up with anxiety over storms/weather events. I’d probably have to slip him a xanax.

  • #22117

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    Likely event: hurricane

    As the only hurricane that has hit was last year I feel pretty confident that all these questions will be answered no. Still preparing for one that would be a direct hit. Much of our backups require batteries so planning on propane generator.

    If it got desperate we could go to Alabama for supplies but that is a last ditch effort. We could not walk there.

    We do have an evacuation plan-family far away from the devastation.

    My adult children are welcome but would stretch my preps. Trying to make sure they prep also (biggest frustration)

    Also my elderly mother and 60 yo sister who live farther south. They are planning on staying put with NO preparation. No plan at all.

     

  • #22119

    Mousetogo
    Participant

     

    Living in SoCal, earthquakes are always a concern. Plus fires every year are a plague in this area.

    Will I lose electricity?  Most likely, but I have two solar generators and 1000 watts of solar panels.

    Will I have running water?   Maybe depending on how long pumps work.  I have enough put back for a month or so.

    Will I be able to purchase more food or supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already.  Most likely, but I have a year supply of food, I only shop once a month, so live from my pantry daily. And my garden is year around producing.

    Will I have to evacuate?  Most likely no, but if I do, I have a place to go outside the area, well stocked.

    ‘Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?  I am oldest in my family, all my children are self sufficient and prepared for any emergency.

     

  • #22120

    namelus
    Participant

    My issues blizzards and wild fire

     

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens? No I generate my own from multi sources

    Will I have running water?

    Yes because of my own electricity supply. Plus I have lived for 2 years here early on without running water it can be done

    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already? Outside food supply is not really nessisary just adds variety.

    Will I have to evacuate? I won’t evacuate metal and stone/concrete  buildings. Massive water pumping gear with hoses evough ro cover whole property. Large stock watering dugout think Olympic swimming pool plus size.
    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?

     

    Elderlies but if fire they have a filter air retreat.

  • #22124

    Drakarys
    Participant

    So, blizzard/flood first up:

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens?

    Yep, have some preps for that as well- like multiple spare pocket chargers/power banks for charging phone for communication and stuff.

    Will I have running water?

    Will depend on severity of blizzard/flood. Generally, floods haven’t messed with my plumbing, but would contaminate nearby creeks and such. Pipes are very likely to freeze in stronger blizzards, but said blizzards generally don’t contaminate the creeks the way floods would. (Sorry if the creeks thing isn’t part of the intentional question, but good to cover bases, no?)

    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already?

    Again, depends on severity, if roads are blocked or washed out. And also if there was a store rush, thinking about it. But have food preps to get by for about a week at moment, which is usually enough for a fix or other work around to have happened or be available. If store unavailable, have small partial barter network set up with neighbor for situation, generally can get more supplies if/as necessary. If store available, chances are classics/staples not, but some more uncommon or unused or unpopular should be around, can make with this, esp if scenario is something like all can chicken gone, but still some turkey spam or other such can meat on shelves.

    Will I have to evacuate?

    No. Or generally no, anyway. Should be quite good where I am- on hill, trees and woods nearby, with good fireplace, plan is shelter in place for these types of storms.

    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?

    Maybe some elders will be affected more by cold in blizzard, and have thus stocked some extra blankets and things, otherwise, no, to my knowledge.

     

    Economic Disaster:

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens?

    Presumably, but will also depend what stage/point in disaster as well, power should run first couple weeks, I think. Months if lucky. There are some nearby culture areas that make a point of using no electric to live, they might teach how, or sell some non-electric tech like horse wagons, if you can barter something they want, eg, crossbows, guns, depending on specific strictness against what is considered advanced tech and such.
    Will I have running water?

    Like power situation above. Will likely run first weeks, then gone. Have some creeks, wells, and springs nearby, should be able to source water from those if it is only econ with nothing else wrong.
    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already?

    Will almost definitely have to rely on own stores of food, then what can be bartered or grown. Worthless money, plus panic and runs equals no buy in disaster. On bright-ish side, live on small hobby farm with small herd beef cows, so might be able to butcher own meat one at time and last a while if cows can be kept safe from rustlers/free-roaming butchers during chaos/panic. Not good milk cows, as are a beef breed, but could possibly be used for that as well, have some older equipment from grandparents who raised milk cow instead of beef.
    Will I have to evacuate?

    Yes and no. Would be very good idea to get as far from large clusters of people as possible, given outward swarms from cities/urban areas storming to any slightly more rural areas outlying them, then further still. But all other aspects of situations mean evac is impossible or unadvisable. Roads cluttered, rural-ish area now with semi-set-up barter network, plus own hobby farm, mean I have better chance here than elsewhere at moment.
    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?

    Cannot say of blood family, do not really know what could particularly affect them more than others here. But some of my friends live in much more urban areas, so it would be good idea to maybe focus on sneaking/getting them out while the large mobs are generally still content to look for and/or wait in bread lines or something, I think. Not quite sure, to be honest.

  • #22126

    Mama T
    Participant

    I prep for hurricanes, so with any kind of big storm, we generally lose power which means we lose our running water. I have a few backups for electrical devices and another source for clean water, if needed. I COULD go to a store but won’t because of the hordes of the unprepared. If a hurricane over a Category 3 were to hit my area, yes, we would evacuate. And if it’s that bad, I’m sure my nearby family would also be evacuating.

  • #22127

    Lilac5 farm
    Participant

    Disaster – tornado

    Yes, we will probably lose power due to downed trees hitting the power lines.  We live at the furthest border for our REMC and are historically the last to be reconnected.   We have a generator if needed.

    Yes, we will lose running water unless we run the pump through the generator. We have stored water for all uses as a backup.

    We will most likely rely on our stores.   The closest grocery store is 10 miles.  I have cash stashed away at home if I can’t use a credit card but relying on our stored supplies is the best option.

    Evacuate?  Only if our home is uninhabitable. We have a son who lives 30 minutes north and one 30 minutes south   I would hope we could make it to one or the other.

    Any other family members affected?  At this time both hubby and I are in good health and in good shape.  But we are 70 and 69, so we would be affected more in the future if one of us gets sick or hurt.

     

     

  • #22128

    Beprepared
    Participant

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    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens?

    Yes, we would likey lose electricity. But we have two alternatives to electricity.

    Will I have running water?

    There is a possibility that we may lose running water. We have stored water plus filter/ purification system with a pond on our property.

    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already?

    I believe that we would be able to buy more supplies and there are many towns near us.

    Will I have to evacuate?

    No, we will stay in place because we have inground tornado shelter.

    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?

    Possibly my older young adult boys that work on a ranch without much contact to people or news.

  • #22138

    Dumples
    Participant

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens?

    Possibly.

    Will I have running water?

    I should still have running water, yes.

    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already?

    I will most likely have to rely on what I have already.

    Will I have to evacuate?

    No, not likely.

    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?

    Yes, I think we’d all be affected in different ways.

  • #22141

    Angry Bovine
    Participant

    OK, ours is a power outage.

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens? Yes, by definition.

    Will I have running water? Nope – well pump will be out.

    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already? Probably. We rarely have all our area’s commercial sector lose power at the same time.

    Will I have to evacuate? Possibly, depending on the weather at the time. The gas fireplace will keep our house from freezing in standard winter cold (though probably not a polar vortex), but it can be pretty uncomfortable. Extreme summer heat would be uncomfortable as well.

    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected? Yes. We have small children. Extreme temperatures and boredom affect them greatly. I’m not above a trip to that cow-themed chicken restaurant for food, play, and normalcy during an outage.

  • #22142

    sionnach
    Participant

    If we lose power, we lose water (well); I have a decent pantry but no local grocery store; need to evacuate is a low probability.

     

  • #22144

    Farm Girl
    Participant

    I actually had not thought about a blizzard or prolonged period of snow / freezing conditions.  (Thanks to whomever mentioned a blizzard first up there in the comments!!)  If that were to happen, we would most definitely lose power.  However, we have a wood burning heater (and lots of wood at the ready), and propane heaters, so we would still have heat.  We also have a propane stove, so, we could cook, and keep warm.  We keep a small electric heater out in the well house to keep pipes from freezing, but with no electric, pipes would probably freeze.  We have over 50 gallons of drinking water and 3 large (55 gallons) drums full of water I would use for toilets and washing dishes.  And for chickens and dogs.  DH would break through the ice on pond several times during the day so cows could get a drink.  We have enough food to last us a month or more already canned up in quart jars plus all the food in our pantry, so we would not need to go out for anything for at least a month.

  • #22146

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Our issues are: Wildfire -primary  and  Loss of electric in Deep Cold – secondary

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens?  Wildfire Event...not usually until I’d have to Evac anyway.  We leave markers in freezers [like: small container of ice, set penny on top of ice.  When we return, WAS power off long enough to ruin foods and then it came back on to refreeze them?  If penny is at bottom of ice, throw out the refrozen food.  Just look at ice cream and you can tell from that too]

    Winter Power Outage Event….obviously yes.  Keeping warm enough thru the nights is the most dangerous.  Can set up a tent within the house.  Use winter-weight sleeping bags which live in my truck but are brought up for winter storms.  Cozy up to very large dog.  Buddy Heater…with ventilation.  The large Dietz Jupiter lantern [lamp oil/kerosene] heats well too.  Cover windows thickly: cardboard, blankets beach towels.  Various other means to keep warmer. If very long term/StuffHitsFan….rip out the works of the pellet stove insert and use inefficient fireplace.  At least it’s easy to keep food cool [snow or ice in the fridge] or frozen [put some water containers outside] to put into the freezer tho likely it will remain quite cold enough.  Don’t tempt wildlife by putting food outside.

    Will I have running water?…..Wildfire Event….we’re rural on a well.  IF they shut off the electricity so it wouldn’t cause further fires [like they do preemptively in CA] or if the wires are burned between us and the source, then we would loose water pumping power. But we’d likely have one foot out the door in EVAC if it was getting that close.  Have pond, even when creek has stopped in arid conditions.  Have LOTS of stored water.  Wildfire doesn’t usually happen unless we’re in No-Rainfall time periods so we don’t rely on rain as a source.  Have lived w/o electricity/water in our younger years.  We know the drill…..and also know it takes SO much more energy than modern life.  And being old, we need to be efficient.

    Winter Power Outage Event ….same as above but with the addition of having snow to melt.  It takes a LOT of snow and patience and fuel to melt any quantity.  Usually we have LOT of snow available but …..MUCH easier to keep all the water containers year ’round.

    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already?  Wildfire Event……In a wildfire EVAC, one must evacuate until you are out of the affected area.  So yes, there would be supplies available for purchase.  Outside the Evac, life goes on as normal.  Keeping that in mind, we have to chose WHAT to bring out/SAVE in an evacuation.  Not to use them.  But which of my preps or equipment I want to save from the fire’s destruction.  One of our wildfire events, DH and I relocated all of our commercial prep foods [buckets and #10 cans].  We had the time and a location to move it into.  [then…a second wildfire threatened that location, Hmph!]  We always bring out our basic BOBs and extensive 1stAid.  Camping supplies in case we must camp with our evacuated livestock.  That camping stuff lives in my truck …no time to move all that with a 5 min. warning.  You canNOT be 5 minutes late getting out of a wildfire.

    Winter Power Outage Event…..usually in a winter event, it means lots of snow/ice has brought down power lines somewhere.  So we wouldn’t be planning to drive anywhere in a mess of snow/ice.  Just live on our stock pile.

    Will I have to evacuate?  Wildfire…maybe.  Keep listening to reports and looking at maps.  DETAILED. CURRENT. LOCAL. MAPS. We know the back roads.  Winter Power Outage …unless the roof caved in, no.

    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?  Wildfire Event…..this is getting harder every year.  Usually a wildfire would not affect both us AND our elderlies.  One did.  🙁  We’re all OLDER now.  We’ve coached them thru an EVAC cuz we’d already done one in a earlier year.  They did fine.  Now?  ……. 🙁   I cannot even imagine trying that again, even with our help.  Worst Case Scenario….BOTH of us affected and under EVAC.  We’re far enough apart that it should not happen at the same time….tho possibly, days apart.  Still….DH and I are OLDER now too.  We have health issues now that we haven’t had in past EVAC- potential situations.  Aforementioned 1st Aid kits [dh sprained his knee on our 1st Evac and we didn’t have his brace] and also ALL THE ‘SCRIPTS AND OTC MEDS would come with us.  THERE IS NOT TIME/ENERGY for us to go shop for such things during a busy Evac.  All our 1stAid are in RED bags…..so you can locate them.  Have locked case for the ‘scripts.  Carry some on-our-person during an Evac.

    I have drastic heat issues….wear wet overshirt and keep hair soaked for evaporative cooling, tons of gel/ice packs, Chilly Towels, ALL my cooling stuff.  I bring some of that ANY time I leave the house anyway.

    And I have mobility/adaptive equipment that would be packed too.  Even larger things can be taken down to smaller parts quickly….to fit in the Evac vehicles.  We have far less animals now…that helps.

    Winter Power Outage Event…DH has Raynauds in his hands.  We broke down and bought him some VERY expensive glove-mitts last winter.  They work!  He’s so relieved.  He might have to wear them inside in this event.  And to bed.  I live easier if I’m cold ….heat gets me.  Snow removal could cause serious medical event for either of us…cuz we’re old.  But DH is more on that point.  Slowly….gradually….don’t do too much at once.  Usually no reason we can’t take days to shovel out the mess.  BTDT!

    OldMtWoman

  • #22153

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Any of these can happen to us, but we have been good so far.

    Can we loose electricity?  Yes. It has already happened to us. Two weeks without the electric.

    Water we have never lost. But have learned you can loose city water. That happened to my daughter. So now we prepare for the just in case on that one.

    We have never had to evacuate, but always ready to do so in hurricanes.

    We do have family members that can be effected. We are prepared to take them in.

    As for food, we are good with over a years supply of things I have canned and the long term foods I have.

    We also have a whole house generator.  But are prepared in case we ever loose natural gas. If that happens we can convert the generator over to propane. We would be ready to do so if need be.

  • #22155

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Blizzard-

    May lose electricity but not as likely as people who have lots of ice on lines. We don’t usually lose it for long though.

    Will have enough water if we lose electricity.  We are working on getting up solar panels too and have generator.

    Have plenty of food for the duration.

    Evac in a blizzard? NO – will hunker down

    We have no one who needs electronic devise thankfully

  • #22157

    Littlesister
    Participant

    For got to mention about wild fires. We have never had one around here as there is no forest to worry about. We used to be mostly farm land. So at this point we might have someone’s house to catch fire which has happened in our neighborhood.

    Also we are not in a flood zone. But that is something that can change. So we do try to prepare for that.

    When thinking about these things, I just saw the pictures of the Bahamas. How would anyone be able to prepare for that.  The devastation on that island is horrific. No amount of supplies would help in that situation as they would all be under water. I see no way to prepare for what happened to them.  Prayers go out to all those that lost it all in the Bahamas.

  • #22158

    Farmnurse
    Participant

    This is hard to answer, if it is just a storm the following answers will apply but if it is a tornando, everything could be wiped out.

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens?

    Yes the chances are high (although we very seldom lose power) We have plenty of flashlights all over the house for that

    Will I have running water?

    The water should stay on but we do have several 5 gal jugs filled just in case

    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already?

    Maybe not, when a storm is predicted our store shelves start to clear pretty fast

    Will I have to evacuate?

    Probably not, unless tornado is on the way

    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?

    Just the animals

  • #22160

    Jessee Jones
    Participant

    For most weather related emergencies that I would encounter (blizzard, tornado, flooding), we most likely would lose electric. I have gotten two small solar generators that can run a lot of items that I need. I also have several strings of Edison solar lights which do a good job lighting up the house. I also have some larger solar packs and single solar plug in lights which are 60 watts. They are as good as any house lights. I have a solar radio and other solar items which are useful. I also have a gas generator. My cook stove and water heater is propane as well as two propane wall heaters. Also have a wood stove for further heat. I will probably have running water but also have water stored for drinking, cooking, and bathing. Water is stored for the animals also. I have plenty of food storage for me, my two girls, and all the animals. I do not believe that I will have to evacuate. It would have to be pretty bad! No family members will be affected as my daughter has spoken with her doctor about her thyroid medication and has extra of it.

  • #22163

    Appaloosa
    Participant

    Long day & no time to list all these questions. In summary I have a fireplace with a good stock of seasoned wood, stored purified water & food for myself & my pets. Medical & other emergency supplies. The biggest question is what would I do in the case of a tornado that required me to bug out of my home…likely take temporary shelter in the hotel where I work if I survived the initial impact in my interior bathroom (really wish I had a basement or storm shelter but that is not possible in my home m

  • #22164

    m m
    Participant

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens? depends on strength if earthquake, fire temporarily
    Will I have running water? depends on strength, fire yes
    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already? earthquake, nope/ rely on stockpile, fire yes
    Will I have to evacuate? no place to go——- fire for a short period of time maybe
    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?, chickens, dog

  • #22165

    Pony Maroni
    Participant

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens? Not necessarily.

    Will I have running water? Yes.

    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already?  Not able to purchase, but should be good to go with what’s on hand.

    Will I have to evacuate? No.

    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected? Hubs won’t be able to get to his job.

  • #22168

    jacksonmom78
    Participant

    Our most likely emergency will be job loss. That said, we will be fine. My kids will be hit hard due to lack of finances for the wants. Next spring I plan on gardening so food will be fine. Water is in the near future with hopefully a well. Medication is a concern.

  • #22186

    Barbara Tunstall
    Participant

    Q. Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens?

    A. Yes

    Q. Will I have running water?

    A. Probably not

    Q. Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already?

    A. Probably have to rely on stash

    Q. Will I have to evacuate?

    A. Probably won’t be able to get out, stay in place

    Q. Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?

    A. My dogs are the ones I am most concerned about

  • #22191

    Worrd ley
    Participant

    will I possibly lose electricity? yes

    will I have running water? I have filled water bottles and containers to help if I don’t

    will I be able to purchase more food or rely on what I have? I have a full freezer and will be good for a few days, purchased a new propane tank and will test my barbecue today.

    will I need to evacuate? Hopefully not as I have no place to evacuate to

    Family that will be affected? no

  • #22197

    Made Hamburger on our outside pit and pork and beans heated on the coals. The beans never got very hot but we didn’t really want them to hot. and Dessert was apples.

  • #22211

    Appaloosa
    Participant

    I have a Coleman camping  stove  & a smaller stove with fuel for both so could cook many things outside or on my screen porch in inclement weather. Also lots of almond butter with bread or crackers, canned beans that could be eaten out of the can , protein drinks & protein bars. I feel ready for any short term power outage. Then there are always my MRE kits…

  • #22213

    Tap Dulaeng
    Participant

    1.High winds? yeah, no power. Heavy snows? Yeah, no power. Heavy rains and flooding? Yeah, no power.
    2. On a well, so no power, no water.
    3. If the roads aren’t blocked or flooded, I can get more food. Otherwise, backstock! Which I have .
    4. If there is a 100 year flood, I might have to evacuate.
    5. One person uses a CPAP, but is ok for a couple of days without it. I do have a solar charged power storage unit, but solar here in northern VT can be very iffy in bad weather. Usuakky, any power outages don’t exceed 3 days.

  • #22215

    Tap Dulaeng
    Participant

    Just read thru the previous posts…maybe I need to be a bit more specific! I have about a week of stored water, both potable and non-pot. Have stored food. I have an off-grid propane stove so can cook normally. (Peerless-Premier, spark is off AA battery pack). We heat with wood anyway, so no problem there. We have solar lights, solar/hand rank radio, several oil lamps and a fair amount of oil, battery operated fans if it’s hot. For a short (week or two) period we are fine, but I need to do some more work on longer term possibilities. My biggest problem there is my spouse, he’s a skeptic!!! Glad to eat regular, likes to read by my lights, but no help in planning or working on getting ready.

  • #22237

    Piper
    Participant
    • Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens? Yes. Quite possible.
    • Will I have running water? Maybe not from the tap, but still from our hand pump well.
    • Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already? Both.
    • Will I have to evacuate? I sure hope not!
    • Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected? Not anyone near me. I hope if there are issues, they will make their way to us.
  • #22244

    Drakarys
    Participant

    If the weather flips back to droughts, just in case:

    Lose electric? No, don’t think so, don’t remember happening in the droughts a while back.

    Running water? Depends on drought severity, could dry outside and have some in well, or just straight no water. Will possibly dry out the nearby creeks, uncertain if

    Buy or rely? Can buy, but prices will be a lot more dramatic on water and/or water-related/like products as the drought goes on. Natural/wild water sources may or may not dry up, leaving buy as only option.

    Evac? I would think no, but if it goes to worst case scenario after a certain amount of time, might be only option.

    Anybody particularly affected (or moreso than others in situation)? Not that I can think of

  • #22257

    Turnmom023
    Participant

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens?

    We prep for hurricanes and ice storms. Apropos today, dontcha think? Yes, we are VERY LIKELY to lose electricity during a hurricane

    Will I have running water?

    Yes-We are on city water and it always runs. (Have a natural gas hot water heater too! HOT SHOWERS!)

    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already?

    I will not have to purchase anything.

    Will I have to evacuate?

    Not likely.

    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?

    Oh yeah! My husband has back issues and watches TV most of the day. He will be grumpy not having tv. Our grandkids live with us. They will need entertainment! I have coloring books, crayons and colored pencils, reading books, blankets for forts, and flashlights for nighttime!

  • #22261

    Tracy
    Participant

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens? Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Ice storms all cause power outages
    Will I have running water? Our town had a 3 day generator, but when Hurricane Ivan hit, they moved up to a 7 day generator.
    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already? If a severe Ice storms hits, it may be several days to a week before I would be able to get out and get supplies.
    Will I have to evacuate? In the event of damage to my house (from fallen trees) we would have to evacuate.
    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected? my son that has special needs, and my cat (she hates car rides)

  • #22263

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Turnmom02.   Just to let you know that you cannot always depend on having city water to depend on..  My daughter lost city water for 2 weeks.  I never thought you could loose city water till that happened.  She was not prepared for the water loss.  Please don’t assume you cannot loose city water. Though it seems to be rare it can and will happen at some point.  That was during a hurricane that sparked a tornado.  So it is still a good idea to have bottles of water and water to flush toilets, etc. to be on safe side.

  • #22276

    3cats1dog Johnson
    Participant

    Threats—hurricanes and power outages

    lose electricity, almost always! Have gas generator and solar chargers, batteries

    lose water, probably not. Have gallons of water in each bath and kitchen, in storage, and water bricks and water bob to put into action if needed

    need to purchase? Eventually, something’s, but have small bills and change plus calculator to take to store if electricity not on. Found out that stores may open without electricity but cannot run registers, so if I can show the total on my calculator and give exact amount, I can make a purchase. Discovered this in previous hurricane.

    evacuate? Only if 4++ hurricane is imminent or house has taken hit from trees

    no member of house has conditions warranting special considerations

  • #22328

    jennymt140
    Participant

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens?

    It just depends, but if we do we are prepared with a generator.

    Will I have running water?

    If we lose electricity, our water will eventually run out, but we should have enough to last for at least 3 months per person. We also have a water filter.

    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already?

    I have enough food to use for 3 months, but would like more. I would want to go out and add to what I have as soon as I hear about any type of problems.

    Will I have to evacuate?

    For the issues we have we would stay where we are.

    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?

    Yes, but my family know to come here as we have enough for all family members.

  • #22332

    Prepper Urbano
    Participant

    Will I be likely to lose electricity if this emergency happens

    yes

    Will I have running water?

    <b>Not likely</b>
    Will I be able to purchase more food and supplies or will I have to rely on what I have already?

    <b>Both</b>
    Will I have to evacuate?

    <b>Maybe not, plan to bug in but ready to leave it needed</b>
    Are there any members of my family who will be particularly affected?

    No

  • #22336

    Moonbeam
    Participant

    My most likely disaster is a major hurricane. I went through a Cat 5 last year.

    Will we lose power, yes. I did not have a generator then. I do now. It uses both gas and propane. Running water? No. I had several days supply, even supplied neighbor who took us in after the storm. What we didn’t have was sewer lift. We got water from Neighbors pool to flush. But the people on low end of sewer system had backup into their home. I learned how to protect my home by inserting a “block”  in my sewer cleanout.  I could not buy anything for several days after the storm. Power was out for weeks. But during first 3 days food was no problem as we as a neighborhood cooked up and shared our freezer contents.   Will I have to evacuate. I would never willingly stay for another major hurricane. It was terrifying and dangerous. The looters after we’re worse than the storm itself and it took 3 days to see the first security team.   Finally, I am probably the weakest link in my family…so nobody effected.

     

     

     

  • #22396

    Rockinraccoon
    Participant

    It’s entirely possible I could lose power and water.

    Highly unlikely I could purchase more food and supplies

    In my situation eviction and evacuate are the same thing… So probably

    I’m have health problems and a service dog, so yes there too

  • #22468

    Ronald Greek
    Participant
    1. A huge emergency for us in the desert is a loss of electricity, meaning water, cooling, etc. are gone.
    2. There are no water towers, all water is sent via pressure pumps. No electricity, no water.
    3. No electricity, no point of sale computers.
    4. Will I have to evacuate?  My hope is no, that if prolonged, the dieoff will eliminate dangers.
    5. My family are all aware of the challenges.
  • #22633

    Crusher 1
    Participant

    Our biggest threats are power outages, with a major chemical spill being a secondary concern.

    Will we have electricity- So far, our electricity has been able to handle Mother Nature.  But I’ve lived in an area where one ice storm wipes out 1,000+ electric poles overnight.

    Will we have running water- Yes, but only when our water pump is plugged into the generator.  We’re researching adding a hand pump to our well.

    Will we be able to purchase food or supplies- Yes, but it would be a drive that we might not want to make in bad weather.  Right now we’re at about a week of supplies and working our way to a month.  We’re new to all of this.

    Will we have to evacuate- For a storm, no.  For a major chemical spill- We hope not, but maybe.  We have an area we can go to spring/summer/fall.  Winter is more problematic, since we’d be taking horses, cats, and a dog with us.

    Will anyone be more effected than others- Don’t think so.

     

     

  • #22951

    James Birch
    Participant

    Tornado, civil disobedience, and economic collapse

    Will I have electricity. Probably not

    Water. Yes have a hand pump well

    Buy more supplies probably not  but have garden  and hunt

    Person most worried about myself have heart meds I must take every day

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