Are you Prepared for Bad Weather

Just Joyce
By Just Joyce Latest Reply 2012-07-23 15:06:11 -0500
Started 2012-07-20 14:00:22 -0500

Summer is upon us bringing severe thunderstorms, flooding, hurricanes, tropical storms and tornado's. Recently Maryland was hit with a bad storm that left thousands of people without power, some without power and water for well over a week. Temps were in the high 90's to over 100+. Grocery stores, gas stations and other businesses were closed.

Yesterday we were hit with severe storms twice. People are without power today. Also yesterday I heard my cell phone make a very loud strange noise. When I looked at it, there was a text message from the National Weather Service stating there was a severe storm in my area and to be prepared for high winds and flooding.

Are you prepared for bad weather?

I have the following in my house just in case of a storm that will take out my power:

Can goods that can be eaten cold(with a can opener for foods without a pop top lid)

Batteries for flashlights and camping lanterns(I don't go camping but these are great in a power outage) Yesterday I downloaded an LED Flashlight APP for my phone and it works perfectly. I figured it would light my way to the flashlight. I keep a flashlight hanging on a door frame where it stays permanently and I always know where it is.

Battery powered radio. Yes they still make those…lol

Charcoal/propane you can cook on your grill. My stove has an electric pilot light and it is iffy when the power goes out.

Medications and supplies get a first aid kit and keep it handy

Water Alarm for your basement. We have one that you simply put on the floor. It is battery powered and yesterday was the first time it sounded when water entered the basement.

Pet food for your babies and medications they may need to take

Gas up cars and generators

Charge your cell phones, ipads, laptops and other things you have that can be charged.

When we heard about the first blizzard, we went to the grocery store early in the week. The first to go is bottled water, milk, bread, toilet paper and twinkies. I put meat meat, milk, bread and I made soup and cooked veggies and froze them. Had I lost power, much of my food could have been heated or cooked on the grill. Yes we do bbq in the snow. As cold as it was I could have put frozen food in coolers packed with snow outside to keep if from going bad.

The key is to be prepared and pay attention to news broadcast. We once had a weather forecast that called for snow flurries. Two feet of snow later, found a lot of people ill prepared.

You can also visit your state or counties website for disaster preparedness tips. Baltimore City sends out alerts through the Police Departments twitter, Facebook and the police departments alert system. I also get Alerts through the Mayors Office, Health Department and Public Works email system. It helps to like these pages if your area has them.

Stay Safe and Enjoy Your Summer

12 replies

Nick1962 2012-07-23 14:41:14 -0500 Report

Yup, got all that stuff plus a camp stove. Went without power for a week after a freak ice storm in winter (well, what passes for winter in the south) and learned my lesson. Lots of hurricane lamps too. I'm used to camp cooking, so just about anything that can be made in a kitchen I can do on the grill or smoker.
It doesn't snow often here, but when it does the locals clear the stores of bread, milk and eggs. I don't understand that. I'm mean if I'm getting stuck in the house, I sure won't be craving french toast for 3 days. It's easy to spot the yankee transplants in the south - they're usually at the liquor stores before a storm.

Mas72 2012-07-22 17:29:49 -0500 Report

Just an FYI for power loss situations. If you lose insulin due to a storm, etc. and you get any grief trying to replace it at the pharmacy based on being within the 30 days before you can refill, ask the pharmacist if they are filing the natural disaster coding which will usually push past insurance company regulations. Sometimes the pharmacists or techs are unaware of this option. Occasionally insurance companies will replace without another copay (but not often).

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-20 18:32:31 -0500 Report

Yep, got all that is needed and more:) Having been stranded and without utilities for a week in a snow storm has made us more careful. We had food, meds, water, but no way for heat as our fireplace was a pelet stove requiring electricity. We don't have to worry about that now, just fires since we moved. I have a fireman who lives right across the street from me and his wife and daughter know my issues so that helps:)

Thanks for the reminder.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-20 19:51:37 -0500 Report

Red this last storm we had was a freak. I was sitting at the computer and heard this loud noise. Sounded like a train coming. The wind hit the side of the house. The next sound I hear is a loud crash. Looked out and all I saw was sky where the tree use to be. It missed the house by 2ft.

People don't always think to be prepared. It is good a neighbor knows about your situation. This helps a lot as they will look out for you if something happens. Too many people don't want anyone to know they have medical issues yet when something happens, odds are your neighbors will get to you before the police or fire department. I have a neighbor I check on all the time. She even calls to check on us when she doesn't see or hear us. The older people on my block always check on each other. The younger people are so full of themselves they barely speak to the older people yet when one of their kids was missing they came knocking on the door. Because I really don't know them, I have no idea whose kids belong to whom when they are outside playing. You can't live alone unless you are in the woods or on your own private island.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-20 20:13:23 -0500 Report

So true, my youngest tells me I'm being nosey when I see things happening outside, ( have a huge picture window in livingroom) or sitting on porch, and I tell her "no" it is being aware of my surroundings! Even when driving if I say I like someone's shoes or car, she is like your being nosey again? I tell her just because she walks with her head down and two feet behind us(listening to ipod and texting) doesn't mean she isn't seen or lives in a third world country! She is allowed to make comments and observations and should do so more often, she is our shy kid who wants to be a cardiologist. Now, she can tell you where every dog and cat lives, haha.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-20 20:29:24 -0500 Report

Mays the people on my side of the street with the exception of 3 families have been here for years. We would know if a moving truck pulled up whether or not they were moving.

It is not safe to walk down the street on Ipods or talking on the phone because you are not aware of your surroundings. I see this all the time. People walking and talking or listening to music nearly get hit by cars or get off the phone and look around to find out they have no idea where they are. This is not good.

Tell her good neighbors look out for each other and are friendly. Bad neighbors don't know you or care that you exists until something happens to them.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-21 17:22:24 -0500 Report

That is what we tell her all the time on both accounts. Unless I am holding on to her arm or she mine, she said it's because I have to walk so slow and she isn't sure which way I'm going so she hangs back. She is usually listening to music and said because of her sunglasses I don't see that she is looking. Have to admit she has never run into or out in front of anyone or car, so she must be right.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-21 20:30:41 -0500 Report

I saw a guy walking down the street texting and walked into a light post. iphone was all over the sidewalk. He was mad because he broke his phone. Should have been paying attention.