Personal safety and concern for others during the storm

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-11-12 19:57:46 -0600
Started 2012-10-29 12:23:31 -0500

We cannot do anything about the weather except prepare for it.

During the time of this storm (Hurricane-Tropical Storm Sandy) let's think of others that we know, and communicate with such as family, friends and co-workers, just as we use the internet and our mobile devices to access the internet, let us also do so to keep in touch with, and communicate with others during this storm, for many our show of concern may be all of the communication that theymay have (temporarily) with the outside world.

Hearing the voice, or seeing the images of those that we know may bring a bit of comfort through this storm.

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and all of the others are great, let's make them even greater by utilizing them to their fullest!
If you don't use any of them, send an email, or a text message, either way some form of communication is better than none at all.

Track the storm, and keep in touch with your loved one's, you will be glad that you did!

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29 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-29 12:44:38 -0500 Report

MAYS as a community leader, many of the community leaders in the city have signed up for email newsletters from our Mayors Office of Neighborhoods and our City Council President. Because of this, we are emailed constant updates as necessary. I just compiled all of the emails I have received this morning in one document and emailed it to everyone on our distribution list for the entire District.

There are things people can do to be safe and should be prepared should they have to evacuate.

-Make copies of all important documents such as Insurance policies including Home, and automobile, social security card (for everyone in the family), include a list of contact numbers of friends, relatives include phone numbers for social services, insurance agencies and agents and put them in a zip lock baggie in your purse or backpack to take with you should you have to evacuate. Put originals in a fire proof water resistant safe or file cabinet if you have one. If not take them with you but make sure they are with you at all times.
-If you do not have to leave, put all medications for everyone in the family and your pets in one spot in a container where you can access them and they will stay dry should you have flooding or leaks.
-If you use bottled water, save them and refill them with tap water and drop them in your deep freezer and refrigerator freezer. Should you lose power, the frozen bottles of water will help keep food colder longer provided you do not keep opening and closing the appliances. Food will stay frozen in a freezer for about 72 hours.
-Never ever put a generator in the house when it is in operation
-Make sure you have enough food and water for family members and pets.
-If you lose power and must use candles, do not leave them unattended and put them where kids and pets can not reach them. I bought battery powered Camp Lanterns so I will not have to use candles and have a battery powered radio on hand.
-Please listen to or watch the news for constant updates and take heed. Depending on where you are, this storm could be dangerous.

All in the path of Hurricane Sandy please stay safe.

GabbyPA 2012-10-29 12:54:33 -0500 Report

These are great tips. You would be surprised at how many people put a generator in the house or garage without ventilation, specially if it gets cold.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-29 13:47:34 -0500 Report

Gabby people simply no longer have common sense. There are people who have used charcoal in their fireplaces.

Nick1962 2012-10-30 16:12:20 -0500 Report

Had a guy in town here "borrow" a kerosene heater from a jobsite he was working on during our last ice storm. Whole family died in the living room.

GabbyPA 2012-11-01 12:05:30 -0500 Report

That is horrible. I get so worried about heaters like that. We have a fireplace and that will work for me.

Nick1962 2012-11-01 14:57:37 -0500 Report

Every house in our subdivision does too. Trouble is, few know how to use them. Fire deopartment is here about once a month starting about this time of year. I'm not a prepper, but when did we lose the knowledge of basic skills like that?

GabbyPA 2012-11-04 06:37:36 -0600 Report

We have lost so much it isn't even funny. Even simple skills like cooking. So many younger folks don't know anything but the fast food line or teevee dinners. What is scary, ask a kid where their food comes from and you most likely will get an answer that will shock you. Ask them about sewing or living without central air or an iphone. Things that go by the way side do so because of advances, but we still need to know the origins, because you just don't know when at least an understanding of how things work will come in handy.

For all the smarts technology brings, it makes us stupid in other ways. That is why I camp, hike, can, garden and bake home made breads. I don't want to loose touch with that part of life. There is something especially satisfactory in doing those things. In making things, taking care of people in the process. Even if it is making a fire to keep warm, it is a nurturing thing.

Nick1962 2012-11-04 12:48:42 -0600 Report

That is one thing that really, really pains me. Never mind the fact that we're killing ourselves with junk food, or have no idea what a quality meal is, but just simple sustainable living is so far out of reach that I'm suprised there wasn't a higher death toll from Sandy.
Yesterday I was cleaning up leaves (first round) and my blower/vac bag sprung a leak (it's pretty worn). Neighbor saw that and commented "well good thing Lowe's is just down the block, time for a new unit I suppose". Oh heck no I said. I've had this thing for 8 years and it will reduce 10 bags of leaves to one - I ain't giving it up that easy. As a fat person, i tended to wear pants out starting at the thighs, so to get a little more mileage out of a pair I frequently had to buy those iron on repair patches. Well, since losing weight I haven't needed them but had a couple left in the sewing box, and you know what, they worked perfectly for patching up and reinforcing that bag. The replacement bag costs $30, a whole new unit $70 or so. It might be ugly, but it works, and after i sharpen the impeller blade, this thing will eat the acorns it sucks up no problem.

GabbyPA 2012-11-05 16:51:32 -0600 Report

I suppose as long as they are not psychedelic you will be okay with your patch. I just patched a pair of hubby's favorite pants with one of the remnants from a favorite jacket. Doesn't match, but he doesn't mind and he gets to keep his favorite pants. We have forgotten how to make due. I keep trying my best to do so.

And about your death toll comment...the immediate toll may be low. But I fear the cold is going to see many more. People think that FEMA or Red Cross are going to take care of everything. They are finding out that is not so true. Much to their frustration. There is only so much you can do for others. People have got to learn to take responsibility for themselves and prepare to take care of those they love. Many had time to stock up on simple things such as gas, food and water...but we don't do it. We say we are too busy. Now who is too busy?

Don't get me wrong. I believe in helping people in a crisis. I do what I can, but I know my family doesn't expect handouts. We do for ourselves and any thing given in charity is appreciated. That changes the whole attitude of rage to gratitude. And if I am taken care of by my preparedness, there is more to help others who are not.

Nick1962 2012-11-05 18:38:27 -0600 Report

Nope, just khaki, so it doesn't look too bad. I might just sew them on for a few extra miles as well.

I agree, there is still alot that can happen in Sandy's aftermath. It almost seems a little apocolyptic. There are always those who simply can't take the necessary measures to keep themselves from harm for valid reasons, and I'm all for helping them, but the "I'm not leaving my stuff" mentality escapes me. My form of readiness is in a full tank of gas, a wad of cash, and a strong box that is ready to grab with all our important papers. That and enough sense to get out while the roads are still passable. Chances are I'd have to take our elderly neighbor along, so we made sure we know what all his meds are just in case. He sleeps a whole lot better knowing he's got a way out.

GabbyPA 2012-11-07 11:54:09 -0600 Report

Well, I see them on TV today with another storm coming and they still are complaining about no help, but won't leave because of looting. What good is stuff if you are dead? Really? People need a reality check sometimes. Four foot tidal surge is expected, 60 mile an hour winds and top that off with rain. If my house has no power and is on or near the coast, I would not be there.

Nick1962 2012-11-09 09:26:36 -0600 Report

To some degree I understand the mentality. I remember meeting a few people who bugged out during Katrina to our area. A couple church groups reached out here locally and said “if you can get here, we’ll house you”. Several had no cars, so they had nothing to pack up and move with, except what could be stuffed in a backpack. And with no money, it’s not like they could just get on a Greyhound and go. Even if they managed that, where do you go if you have no kin outside the area? Even if it’s just the next state, many had no money to just check into a hotel room indefinitely. Without homeowners/renters insurance, leaving would probably just mean opening your house and letting people steal you blind. I think many were/are truly trapped, I know it would be a hard decision for me in that situation.
The upper east coast storms are a little different; this is not a typical occurrence this time of year, so I doubt many knew what it meant to “prepare”. But it’s pretty clear plenty didn’t really grasp what a major power outage can do. I think the country as a whole learned a lesson this year, and next time there is going to be a whole lot of activity before something like this happens again. This was the reality check.
I lived in the tip of tornado alley for a while. You could be blissfully pushing your child in the sunny backyard swing set at 4:00 and by 7:00 have no back yard. I learned insurance is part of preparation. I’ve done without a lot of “stuff” so I could afford to insure what little “stuff” I did have. But then, those were my priorities.

GabbyPA 2012-11-10 21:09:09 -0600 Report

I agree, but they did have a smaller version of one last year. The thing that kills people down here is the years in between storms, we forget how bad they really can be. Like the boy who called wolf, we get complacent. Boy and howdy, though, the year or two after a major hit, we are all on edge. That is what surprised me after what they went though last year, they didn't have a plan of action this year.

We do have to choose a lot of times what it is that we considered prepared. Insurance is a BIG one for sure. That allows you to find a hotel, to afford the home away from home. But man, if I was facing a round two, I would be in one of the shelters. My life is far more valuable than any temporal things.

I used to live in Tornado country as a kid. It was one of my nightmares to be caught in one. Actually didn't experience one until I moved to Florida. Go figure. But tornadoes are so different from a storm that you have a week to prepare

Nick1962 2012-11-11 17:38:56 -0600 Report

I got here (down south) well after after Hugo - we were on a volunteer clean-up team and kind of liked the area. We had a scare a few years after (Fran I think)and I couldn't believe people (like my neighbors) thought putting masking tape in a big X across their windows would do anything.

I never had to "ride out" a tornado, but we did have to make several trips to the basement in my life time. One or two were close enough we could hear the freight train. Had one rip through a campground we were tent camping in, luckily it broke up as it went into the woods. Yes i have a healthy respect for tornados.

GabbyPA 2012-11-12 18:36:45 -0600 Report

There is NO safe place. We all have things to deal with. We just need to prepare for where we live the best we can.

GabbyPA 2012-11-08 08:19:51 -0600 Report

Thank you very much. I do just want it to be clear that I am in Florida, and not in the North East where all of this is happening. I get these kinds of storms in the summer heat, not usually in the winter cold. It has to be miserable for them all.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-10-30 16:27:36 -0500 Report

Had a local hotel evacuated one dark and stormy night when a couple of idiots tried cooking in their room with a kerosene stove. I forget what they were charged with and convicted by a jury of their peers.

GabbyPA 2012-10-29 12:40:38 -0500 Report

This is one that will live in history for a long time I fear. I have been talking to those I know and you are so right. One thing that is good is to have an intermediate person between you and those you love. As often, those in the storm cannot get communications out nor can we get them in.

Our family has a friend or family member who is the go between to get messages to if we cannot get to each other. We also mail copies of our important papers to them so if we cannot get to ours or they are lost, we have a back up.

These are things I learned after the disasters I have gone though. It might be late now, but do it for next time. Because we know....there will be one.