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My heart goes out to the people up north that had so much devastation to their lives. Not to belittle what they have gone through and continue to go through, but how do you NOT have some kind of stash in case of something like this? I can understand the ones whose homes were destroyed needing immediate assistance, but if your home is still standing and you are just without power, how are you starving and thirsty after only 3 days? Why are you standing in line at the gas station running out of gas? Why didn't you fill up before the storm came? Why is there not a stash of food, water, etc in your home to last at least a week? When I went looking for a home, a major requirement was that it had at least 1 fireplace. If the power goes out in the winter, I can heat a significant portion of the home with the fireplace. In fact, I need to order more wood very soon. If the power goes out, I can throw some charcoal/wood on the grill and use my cast iron pots and pans and we are eating hot food. Life goes on. I even use a stove top percolator to make coffee. Keep a stash of canned meats, vegetables, bottled water, ice, gas in gas cans. When I was young, I was fascinated by the TV shows "Little House On The Prairie and The Waltons". I liked the kerosene lanterns and candles, so when I got older, I bought some. Here in coastal GA, we experience power outages quite regularly and they have come in handy a few times. To me, these are just common sense things to do.

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lholmes commented on Wednesday, Nov 07, 2012 at 14:51 PM

*sigh* Murr, there was nothing political about this post. I was asking a question about personal responsibility and what to me, seems like common sense. I don't have a generator and have suffered through storms and power outages, but we did not starve or freeze. I know that when the power goes out so does the fridge/freezer. I don't keep stores of freeze-dried food either, just ordinary, regular food, but I do have a bunch of canned foods, bottled water, matches, oil lamps, candles, flashlights, etc...just in case the power goes out. Seems to me like any person worth a dollar and a quarter would have some sort of basic emergency stash. That's all I was saying. After the multiple storms here in the south, Katrina and not Sandy, I don't see how anyone could NOT prepare. Hopefully if there are those out there that are reading this and don't have any, they will get some. I didn't do it in a grand gesture, it was a little bit at a time so that I didn't break the bank. Protect yourself.

Iknowyou commented on Wednesday, Nov 07, 2012 at 16:09 PM

lholmes, I was thinking about the very same thing. There was also a mandatory evacuation in some areas and very few people evacuated.
I was watching the news after the storm hit where they were interviewing some of the people that stayed in their homes and they all said the next time they will evacuate.

golfnut31316 commented on Wednesday, Nov 07, 2012 at 19:46 PM


You sound as prepared for some kind of event as we are. The only thing we don't have yet is a generator.

lholmes commented on Thursday, Nov 08, 2012 at 00:01 AM

I have been researching generators. My problem is that I am a bit spoiled. I don't want one that runs a few things, I want one that runs the entire home. What I REALLY want is enough solar and wind combined to totally sustain everything. Its a dream for now, but its coming.

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