With the storm bearing down on the Eastern seaboard, I thought I'd share some things I learned while living on the Gulf Coast. In addition to "store bought" water, I always kept several clean milk jugs to save tap water before the storm. This can be used for making coffee, tea or other things, thereby saving bought water.
I went around and sprayed all my door and window sills with Raid. I found out the hard way that outside critters do have enough sense to come in out of the rain.
If you go ahead and cook meat that is in the freezer, you can keep it in your ice chest and eat it over a day or two. A stovetop percolator is a really handy thing for those of us who must have coffee. It can be used on a grill or camp stove.
Another thing I did was to spray the outsides and around the dirt in my large pots before bringing them inside. It won't hurt the plants and will keep unruly critters out of your house.
Most of your helping agencies will have a list of Dos and Don'ts but these are some things I found to be helpful on my own.
By Marty Dick
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Thanks for the great tips. It's the practical tips that come in handy together with the "professional" tips that help us all be better prepared. In Delaware snowstorms are not new to us. We are learning that the major storms, like Sandy, with the high winds and heavy rain, take a little different kind of planning. Our family is getting better with practice...but we don't really want to learn from on-the-job training - if you know what I mean. It's hard to know how much food, water, etc. we need for a 7-day power outage. I'd like to hear what preparations other people make.
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