Hurricane Ike has devastated Texas, Kentucky National Guard have been deployed to assist and the Louisville, Kentucky area was hit by Hurricane force winds Sunday afternoon leaving a trail of downed trees, wrecked homes, power outages and devastation.
Our entire city is currently without power, no gas stations are open and trees are across all roads leading from my house. I don't have electricity, telephone service or reliable cell phone service at my home. But we are safe and relatively happy.
Here are a few tips to get you through any emergency:
Source: My own unfortunate experiences with prolonged power outages :-)
By Diana from Prospect, KY
Who would have thought that IKE could have caused so much damage in Kentucky ?
Your tips are a good reminder for all of us. You just can never tell when an Emergency Kit, or Bag will be necessary. We take so much for granted.
Especially the bottled water......we never think that we can't get water out of the tap.
Thanks again for your tips.
One more tip for surviving storms and prolonged power outages. This applies more in the winter with a snowstorm, but this is a good place to mention it.
If the power is out and you are heating with kerosene, don't overlook the top of the kerosene heater for cooking! A pot of soup on the kerosene heater will help put needed humidity back into the air of your home, plus fill your tummy! One of the best steaks that I've ever eaten was cooked in a frying pan on top of a kerosene heater. Also, a great place to heat those canned foods that you could eat cold, but tast better heated. Wouldn't those spaggheti-os taste better warm?!?
Thank you for posting your tips. My husband is in Houston, TX and was without power for one week! Not fun! We think the generator is the way to go for the next season.
I just wanted to let you all know that after 9 1/2 days witout electricity we finally got our power bsck on
Many others living nearby us are still without power, so please continue to keep them in your prayers! Thankfully the temperature was about 20 degrees cooler than it had been the day before IKE blew in so we were not roasting. I think that is what saved our sanity. We are fine but tired of playing UNO by candlelight! haha
If you don't have a signal in order to make a cell phone call use text messaging. For some reason a text will go through even when a call won't. I learned this during Katrina and Rita. Texting was the only way that I could keep in contact with most of my relatives in Louisiana. This also works when you're going through mountains or "woods" and can't get a signal.
Here's a tip I followed through with to help my daughter out who was w/o power. She had no hot water, no cook stove and candles sold out quickly. All that were left was expensive ones and her funds were meager having to buy ice to keep some foods cold.
I purchsed for her a two burner dual fuel camp stove that she can cook with, heat water and use unleaded gas if she prefers over the other type of gas. I also bought her a Dietz Brand oil lantern that can be carried indoors/outdoors and a couple extra wicks. The glass globe is secured and the base wide enough to prevent tipover and has a metal handle. She was w/o power for six days.
I've learned from Hurricane Ike to make sure to have one's car filled with gas, plenty of stocked up staple foods and am planning on purchasing the same such lantern and cook stove for our own use should we be w/o power longterm.
Fortunatly we were able to share freezer space so another's food didn't perish. We do have a generator should we be w/o power for a lengthy amount of time. A good thing to have on hand.
Here are a few tips learned from Hurricane Ivan: If at all possible, try to keep 2 or 3 (5) gallon gas cans full if a hurricane enters the Gulf, withdraw money from the bank, if you are lucky enough to find a gas station on, they will be using a generator to pump gas only, have cash on hand to pay for gas, we have already started filling & freezing gallon (milk jug) jugs for water. We put these on the bottom of the freezer, stock up on non-perishable food, dried fruit, cases of bottled water. We were without lights /power for three weeks. Remember your relatives, start stocking up now-and don't forget the first-aid kit, and extra meds for health issues. Here's a safe hurricane season to everyone-God Bless and keep us all safe.
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