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Mildew Smell Coming From Under Our Mobile Home After Flooding?We recently had a bad rain fall and had a little flood of about 6 inches. We live in a trailer park where many of the trailers got flooded about six inches or so. A couple days after the rain had dried up we began to smell mildew or a mold like scent.

 

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Food Lost During a Power Outage?If you have homeowners insurance, food that has to be thrown out during a power outage may be covered by your policy. Check with your insurance company to be sure.

 

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Flashlights that Don't Require BatteriesKeep a flashlight in your house that doesn't require batteries. You can buy flashlights that can be charged by winding them up or shaking them. If you run out of batteries, you won't be left in the dark if there is a power outage.

 

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Having Hard Wired Telephone for Power OutagesYou need a hard wired phone that is able to dial out. Just because your electricity is out, does not mean your phone will not work if you have a hard wired phone.

 

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Help Make A Difference - Hurricane KatrinaI just returned from church and heard that 500 persons were being sent to Lexington,Ky from the Gulf coast. A lady there works through our local government and had been helping this weekend to begin set-up for the place of shelter.

 

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Making a Cooking Oil CandleThis is a page about making a cooking oil candle. Using items from your kitchen you can quickly make this emergency oil candle.

 

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What is a Bug Out Box?What is a bug out box? Why is it called "bug out?"

 

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Solar Lights for Power OutagesIf you experience a power outage, grab your outdoor solar lights for use indoors. They should last for a few hours. This is a page about using solar lights for power outages.

 

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Use Tarps When Preparing for SnowIf you know there is a large snowfall coming, you can place tarps in places you want to prevent snow from getting piled up in places you don't want. This is a great way to use tarps when preparing for snow.

 

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Predicting Weather Based On Cloud PatternsThe pattern or shape of clouds can be used to make general predictions of oncoming weather. This is a page about predicting weather based on cloud patterns.

 

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Help After Everything Lost in Storage Fire?We lost everything when our storage unit burned down. My family and I put our stuff in public storage while we looked for a new home. There was a fire and 150 units are gone. P.S wants to give us a check for $1800.00 to replace everything we own. What help is out there for us?

 

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Reducing Spring Weather DamageThis is a page about reducing spring weather damage. Depending on where you live, a storm may bring thunderstorms with high winds and heavy rain, tornadoes or even hurricanes.

 

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Power Outage Safety Plan for People on Oxygen

Power Outage Safety Plan for People on...This is a page about power outage safety plan for people on oxygen. A power outage can become a dangerous situation for someone on oxygen, unless they have planned ahead.

 

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Emergency Lighting for Power OutagesThis is a page about emergency lighting for power outages. When the power goes out, you want to be prepared with alternative light sources.

 

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Power Restoration?On 11-17-14, in Jacksonville, FL, a extreme wind blew down part of a tree next to the sidewalk. The branch knocked down the wires and pulled down the power pole. JEA says it's not their problem.

 

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Food Safety During a Power OutageThis page is about food safety during a power outage. When you lose electricity during a storm or emergency, there are some ways to help keep your food at proper temperatures until it is turned back on.

 

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Preparing For Emergency SituationsThis page is about preparing for emergency situations. We never know when an emergency may present itself and it's important to be prepared.

 

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Emergency Preparedness Tips for Pet OwnersThis page contains emergency preparedness tips for pet owners. It is important to have a plan for everyone in your household in case of an emergency.

 

Home Emergency Kit

Making a Home Emergency KitThis page is about making a home emergency kit. Make sure to be prepared in case your household experiences an unexpected event.

 

Emergency Reflector

Make Your Own Emergency ReflectorsThis is a page about how to make your own emergency reflectors. Part of your car emergency kit can include some homemade emergency reflectors.

 

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Cooking When the Power Goes OutThis is a page about cooking when the power goes out. Inclement weather often results in power outages. One inconvenience of the loss of power is that cooking may be impossible.

 

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Homemade First Aid KitThis page is about a homemade first aid kit. You never know when you may need emergency first aid.

 

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Preventing Kitchen Fires This is a page about preventing kitchen fires. Practicing a few kitchen safety rules can help prevent kitchen fires.

 

Prepare your home for an emergency.

Preparing Your Home for an EmergencyWe never know when a disaster may strike in our neighborhood, and it's important to have the essentials and a plan ready just in case. This page is about preparing your home for an emergency.

 

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Making a Fire Escape Plan for Your FamilyThis page is about making a fire escape plan for your family. It is important to have a escape plan so that everyone knows what to do in case of a fire in your home.

 

First Aid Tips, Woman Practicing CPR

First Aid TipsThis is a page about first aid tips. Being able to provide first aid during an emergency is an important skill to have. Use these helpful tips and be ready to assist someone when they need it most.

 

Houses Wrecked by Tornado

Preparing for a TornadoThis is a page about preparing for a tornado. If you live in an area where tornados occur you know how important it is to be prepared. However, tornados can strike just about anywhere so it's a good thing to be ready.

 

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Power Outage Supplies

Preparing for a Power OutageThis is a page about preparing for a power outage. Power outages are a periodic problem that we all need to deal with. Being prepared when it happens is the best way to make it easier to get through until the power comes back on.

 

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Preparing for a Snow StormThis is a page about preparing for a snow storm. Being prepared for a snowstorm is important for all households, no matter what size. With these tips you will find out what is needed in order to be prepared.

 

A smoke alarm and fire extinguisher for your home.

Keeping Your Home Safe from FireThis is a page about keeping your home safe from fire. Fire prevention and early warning are the keys to preventing a fire from destroying your home.

 

Tree Fallen on House After Hurricane

Preparing for a HurricaneThis is a page about preparing fora hurricane. When a hurricane strikes it is important to have the essentials already on hand. Preparing your dwelling and your family for the impending high winds and possible flooding is vital.

 

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Removing Smoke Odor from a Leather Couch?How can I remove fire smoke odor from a leather couch?

 

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Solar Lights for a Power OutageI live in northern Alabama, and after 150 some tornadoes recently touched down, I was without all utilities for 5 days. By the time my husband and I got out to buy some candles, batteries, and extra flashlights, everything was gone.

 

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Donations For Tornado Relief (Yazoo City, MS)I work in Yazoo City, MS. After this week's weather, I thought I would offer some advice to anyone wanting to help tornado victims.

 

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Smoke Odors From a House Fire on Furniture?We have a couch and 2 chairs that went through a house fire. We shampooed them, but the smoke smell is coming back out. How do I deodorize them?

 

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Save Water for Storm OutagesI realized that an excellent way to reuse 2 Liter pop bottles after we had a storm and had no electricity. We're on an electric well pump so I wasn't able to get a cup of coffee or even a little sponge bath to freshen up that morning.

 

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Check Electricity Continuity in Your FreezerIf you travel often, even if only for a weekend, there is a chance your electricity may go off. If so, when you get home, you won't know if the food in your freezer has been thawed and then frozen again.

 

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Be Prepared for EmergenciesIf you live where there are earthquakes or severe storms, it pays to keep a pair of shoes sitting right next to your bed. Most of emergency room visits right after an earthquake are because people stepped on glass from broken windows and mirrors.

 

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Iowa Flood Relief Charities?Does anyone wanna take a collection up for the Iowa flood people? I'm willing to help some, not sure how we go about it, but the gesture is here. Thanks.

 

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Prepare for Winter Before It Arrives?What can I do now, to be prepared for this year's winter? Any ideas on anything will be appreciated. Thanks.

 

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Make Emergency Kits In Free BagsWhen you get free bags from conferences or baby formula companies, keep them. Load them up with a variety of things you might need in an emergency or during a delay.

 

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"Olden Days" Evening When Power Goes OutIf the power goes out and the children begin to fret, you need to cook dinner, the kids need a bath, etc. DON'T PANIC! Tell them you are having an olden days evening (morning or whatever).

 

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Know How To Manually Open The Garage DoorMake sure you're able to open your garage door manually in case your electricity goes out. That way you can leave to go to a restaurant, hotel, or shelter.

 

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Tips For Surviving Power OutagesA few months ago, our whole area was without electricity for nearly 15 hours. My husband and I made it fine. We had oil lamps, matches, lots of blankets, and partially prepared meat and vegetables in the crockpot.

 

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How to Purify Water?During these so very dangerous times, I've read that it's advisable to have emergency supplies and to stock up on food and water and my family has taken this to heart. I've gotten the food part of it down, but how do I store drinking water so it'll keep safe to drink?

 

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Prepare Now For The Flu PandemicI know a lot of people are thinking that this is going to be like the Y2K Scare a couple of years ago but with the disaster of Hurricane Katrina and the miserable way our government handled it.

 

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Buy a Generator for Hurricane SeasonWe moved from FL to WV in Jan 06 after going through 2 terrible hurricane seasons. One tip I can offer is to get a generator if you can afford it (buy it in off season) It will save a lot of heat and discomfort if you are forced to stay inside without electricity for an extended period of time. . .

 

Inexpensive Ways to Prepare for Hurricanes?We have had a couple readers write in because they are concerned about preparing for hurricane season this year. They are low income so do not have the money to go out and buy a lot. If you have any tips on how to prepare for what could be an active hurricane season, please share them.

 

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Smoke Smell (from a fire) on Vinyl Windows?We had a bad fire with a lot of smoke and can't get the smell out of our vinyl windows. Does anyone have any advice?

 

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After Hurricane Katrina, My Whole Lawn is Weeds?I need help with my lawn! What Hurricane Katrina didn't kill with salt water flooding, the heat and drought afterward did it in. All of my azaleas are dead so I'll have to replant those but my entire lawn is pretty much weeds now.

 

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Storing Water for EmergenciesWater should be stored in containers that are made specifically for water storage, or in glass and plastic bottles that were previously used for juice, pop or water. Clean the containers thoroughly before using and make sure that the container has a tight fitting cap.

 

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Medical Help For Hurricane Katrina Pets?My toy poodle and I evacuated from New Orleans with very little resources. My dog is showing ill signs of constipation, shiverings, and blood in his stool. I cannot afford and do not have any knowledge of any vets clinic that are willing to see to my Ko Ko. Receiving medical attention free of charge will be one the best Christmas gift for me and defintely for ko ko.

 

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Tips for When You Are Being Held UpI was held up at gunpoint last night as i was leaving my job at the doctors office. Yes it was very scary and no i am not hurt. I want to encourage everyone to listen to the police officers on the tv about guidelines for what do when this happens.

 

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Cleaning Magnalite Pots That Have Been Under Floodwater?How do you clean Magnalite pots which were flooded with water and marsh mud during Hurricane Katrina. They were under water about six weeks.

 

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Basic Emergency Supplies KitWater, food, and clean air are the essential items for survival. Each family or individual's kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant formula. It should also be customized to include important family documents.

 

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Donating Clothes for Katrina?According to Doggy, there is a shortage of extra large clothing for the people hurt by Katrina.

 

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Poem:"Through the Eyes of a Survivor"A poem Through the Eyes of a Survivor How dare it happen to me? ...

 

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Taking In a Cat Traumatized By Hurricane Katrina?I need some advice on what I need to do with my friends pet. I offered to take her in. My friend and his cat are enroute on the way up here from New Orleans.

 

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Links for Stranded Pets ReliefLinks to relief efforts for stranded pets from Hurricane Katrina.

 

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Petition to Help Stranded Animals from Hurricane KatrinaHere's a petition site to help the stranded animals from the recent hurricane.

 

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Camping or Driving Safety BlanketKeep in your auto a couple of drape panels with the pleats cut off, folded and stored in your auto or camping supplies. If on the road, camping or if you have to walk in wet weather, open one of the drape panels and place the rubberized side next to you to hold heat in and away to keep wet off.

 

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In Memory of those LostAll of us at Thrifty Fun extend our sincere condolences to all of those who have lost family and friends from this terrible tragedy.



 

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The Terrible Events of the DayIn light of the devastating events in the United States today (September 11, 2001) there will not be any more ThriftyFun newsletters this week.

 

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Emergency Kitchen CandleI learned this idea from my mom three years ago. We used to have rotational brownouts in our area and sometimes we won't have the chance to charge our emergency lights or even our phones. It would be too costly to buy candles for that purpose and candles easily melt.

 

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Practice Drills Before A DisasterI teach in an international school in Tokyo. At 2:45 p.m. on Mar. 10, 2011, we had an earthquake and evacuation drill. At 2:46 p.m. on Mar. 11, we had the 8.9 earthquake. Because we had just "rehearsed" the same thing the day before, everyone knew exactly what to do.

 

Are You Prepared for a Power Outage?

Are You Prepared for a Power Outage?During the winter months, storms can bring power outages. Think about what you would need if the power went out. This not only can help you feel more comfortable but can save you money

 

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Be Prepared For An EmergencyI have moved several times but have lived in three states for the majority of my years. Many states are prone to certain types of weather. Since you can not change the weather, the next wisest thing to do is to educate oneself about the best course of action.

 

A cat that looks like it has been left behind after a disaster.

Disaster Preparedness for Dogs And CatsDisaster can strike at any time. When it happens, the pets in your care are going to have to depend on you to take care of their needs. If a disaster strikes your area today, are you prepared to take care your pet for however long it takes to recover?

 

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Preparing for Snow EmergenciesThe Boy Scouts have it right-always be prepared. After a recent early season snow storm knocked out power for days in the mid-Atlantic, families emerged from the darkness with the realization that they weren't as prepared for a disaster as they thought.

 

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Removing Smoke Odor After a House Fire?How can I get the smoke smell out of our clothes and the smoke stains off after a small house fire?

 

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Finding Free Furniture After a Fire?Where can I get help? We just loss everything we owned in a house fire including our beloved dogs, Rags our German Shepherd and Ryker our Pit Bull. We finally were able to secure an apartment, but have no furniture and can't seem to get help.

 

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Preparing In Case Of A Storm?I live alone and I want to be prepared. I am in the process of cleaning up my very disorganized condo. I have many friends cheering me on because well this is very hard for me. Anyway I have cleaned out a walk in closet that is in the interior of the building. I am thinking it will be a nice reading nook in the winter as it is right near the dryer so it will be warm in there.

 

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Smoke Smell on Belongings After a House Fire?How do I get the smoke smell out of dinnerware after a house fire?

 

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Emergency Preparedness?I was just wanting to know if any of you have anything prepared just in case of an emergency, if so what? I was thinking of doing this and I wanted some ideas. Thanks for any ideas you may share with me.

 

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Claiming Spoiled Food on Insurance?How do I make the best possible list of spoiled food from my fridge and freezer after a 26 hour power outage on a 42 degree C (107F) hot day? I need it for insurance claim purposes.

 

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