"Things that I learned from Hurricane Sandy"

This is from an email that a friend of ours sent. In checking the internet we found that this is credited to Frank Ostmann.  He has written a great list of 46 comments that he has titled "Things that I learned from Hurricane Sandy.” To enrich the information Greg and I have added the pictures and links.

Things That I learned From Hurricane Sandy

1. The excitement and coolness wears off around day 3
2. You are never really prepared to go weeks without power, heat, water etc.  Never!
3. Yes it can happen to you.
4. Just because your generator runs like a top, does not mean its producing electricity.

Check out our blog "Power Generators”.
Picture courtesy of Honda.

5. If you do not have water stored up you are in trouble.  A couple of cases of bottled water is "NOT” water storage.  
6. Should have as much fuel as water.
a. Propane
b. Gas
c. Kerosene
d. Firewood
e. Fire starter, (kindling, paper, etc.)
Picture courtesy of Coleman

7. Even the smallest little thing that you get from the store should be stocked up. (Spark plugs for the generator, BBQ lighter, etc.).
8. If you are not working, chances are nobody else is either.
9. I was surprised how quickly normal social behavior goes out the window. I am not talking about someone cutting in line at the grocery store.  3 people were killed at gas stations within 50 miles of my home.  I did not say 3 fights broke out, 3 people were killed.
10. Cash is king (all the money in your savings means nothing).
11. Stored water can taste nasty.
Check out our blog "Wondering about Water” on Mary Ann’s Cupboards website.
Picture courtesy of http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2012/10/30/sandy-creates-one-of-largest-power-outages-in-pennsylvania-history/
12. You eat a lot more food when you are cold.
13. You need more food than you think if your kids are out of school for 2 weeks.
14. Kids do not like washing their face in cold water.
15. Your 1972 Honda civic gets to the grocery store as well as your 2012 Escalade… but the Honda allows money left over for heat, food, water, a generator, fire wood, a backup water pump, you get the idea.

16. The electrical grid is way more fragile than I thought.
17. Think of the things that are your comfort, your escape, a cup of hot chocolate, a glass of milk and a ding dong before bed, tequila, etc. Stock up on those too. You will need that comfort after day 3.
18. You quickly become the guy in the neighborhood who knows how to wire a generator to the electrical panel, directly wire the furnace to a small generator, or get the well pump up and running on inverter power or you are the guy whose Master’s degree in Accounting suddenly means nothing. (Love you Steve!)
19. A woman who can cook a fine meal by candle light over the BBQ or open fire is worth her weight in gold. And women, whose weight in gold, would not add up to much, usually die off first. Sorry skinny women.

Picture courtesy of StoveTec.

20. It takes a lot of firewood to keep a fire going all day and into the evening for heat.
21. All the food storage in the world means nothing if your kids won’t eat it.
22. You might be prepared to take care of your children and their needs, but what about when the neighborhood children start to show up at your door?

 For a complete pdf of Frank's article, click here!  There are 24 more things you need to know on his post.

Thanks to Frank Ostmann.  We appreciate the insight! We learned a lot on what we need to have to be prepared in a disaster situation.

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