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Old 04-27-2014, 11:08 AM
farscott farscott is offline
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Severe Weather Outbreak Preps

With severe storms forecast for much of the midsection of the USA this week, I am wondering what everyone is doing to prep above and beyond usual general precautions and preps. Here is my list:

1) Top of the gas tank in my vehicle.
2) Make sure I have a decent supply of drinking water at home and in vehicle. Make myself a thermos of coffee each morning and each evening.
3) Charging my Motorola EX600XLS hand-held I use for 2-m and WX. Charge mobile phones.
4) Make sure I have rain gear, first-aid kit, extra blankets, heavy wool pants, and snacks in my vehicle. Same thing for home.
5) Insure I have enough shelf-stable food at home in case of an extended power outage.
6) Keep my hobo knife with me so as to have a decent set of utensils on my person.
7) Pay attention to weather radar so as to have some warning before the WX alarms.
8) Prep home by putting anything into garage that can be put away inside, including lawn furniture.
9) Carry a little more cash than usual.
10) Clean and lube guns as I find it relaxing.
11) Pray the forecast is wrong and all anyone gets is a bit of rain.
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:15 AM
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I'll add check over Honda generator.
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:53 AM
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I'll add check over Honda generator.
That is a good one. Ours is powered by propane and it is run once a month as a test, but it is going to get tested today.
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Old 04-27-2014, 01:54 PM
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Even with a good generator like a Honda you should have something else to use as emergency light like candles or an oil lamp. Generators do poop out, short out and even get hit by lightning. Even with food and water, living in the dark is tough psychologically, especially after a few days.

I had go Google "hobo knife" BTW.
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:34 PM
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1. Make sure I have a couple days of simple food.
2. Check that the gallon of water in my fridge is full
3. Check camp stove fuel situation
4. Drink beer and watch storm.
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:17 PM
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And some storms all the prep in the world won't help. If you are religious, keep the tornado victims in your thoughts.
I just left part of the stricken area around I-40 today.
Pictures can't compete with a first hand view.
But I had my emergency stuff with me and glad I was alive to be able to use it.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:56 PM
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Amen toodeep. That is a disaster area. It just missed us, but hit near my friends. The real crusher is Vilonia, this is their second in 3 years, I really can't appreciate how those guys can be so tough. AND I don't ever want to either!!
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:01 AM
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No storm shelters??..Really?

I will add clean out storm shelter and check contents...bottled water and lights and batteries and toilet paper and chairs...

Hard to use all the other stuff without a place to survive in
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Old 04-29-2014, 08:33 AM
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For where I live I would add, check the chainsaw(s) to make sure they are sharp, fueled and you have extra fuel. Seems quite common for trees to go down and block ingress/egress.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:25 AM
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i freeze as much water as possible, keep it in the freezer. a fridge with no electricity is still a big cooler, and keeps stuff fresher longer.

Also I would advise you to carry a whistle and dust masks. keeps your lungs free of junk, and the whistles have been used to help find survivors in a downed building, it's easier than yelling.

Otherwise, we were ready to bunker in our interior most closet, wearing kevlar vests (help with debris and flying crap) and covered in a mattress. Keep the bug out bag ready with cash, pistol, water, food, whistle, and first aid kit
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Old 04-29-2014, 05:01 PM
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We got hammered in Alabama by an EF-3. Personally, we are fortunate as we just need a new roof, one new window, a new fence, new gutters and downspouts, new shutters, and some cleaning. Power is restored now, about 24 hours after the incident. The roof has been covered where needed with tarps. We did cook beef stew with the propane burner.

Others are not so fortunate. There are homes a few miles away that are essentially destroyed. Some people have lost their lives.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:31 PM
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1. Test run 8kw generator check switch box plug in house fire up shutdown
2. 10 gallon tank on generator topped off, 25 gallons in 5 gallon cans topped off
3. Kerosene heater and wick operating correctly 10 gallons of Kerosene in 5 gallon cans
4. 20 gallons of potable water ready
5. 30 gallons non-potable water ready
6. 20lb LP cylinder ready
7. basement corner shelter clear and weather radio, and 2 meter radio with 12 volt deep cycle battery ready
8. Pantry Items canned and dry goods secured.
9. extra stock of toilet paper secured
10. head lamps and extra batteries for all with spare
11. Knee high rubber boots and rain gear, stowed and ready
12. And last a call to son and daughter to confirm locations
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