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"Top 25" Tips to Prep for a Big Storm & Loss of Power
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michaelbix
Living at the moment in Vermont, U.S.A. where first Hurricane Irene, and now a continued dump of wet snow is bringing down trees on power lines and shorting transformers (seen shutting down with sparks in W. Massachusetts)... I began posting "common sense" tips to be ready for a LONG-TERM electrical outage. That is, more than 4 or 5 days.

Remember - in most northern regions, no power means: no furnaces or blowers; no pumping of household water; no cooking ranges (auto safety shut-off); no fuel pumps; no commerce or ATM transactions; no phone except the old-fashioned kind w/o a wall plug; no refrigeration or shipment of food; no pharmacies or provision of medications; no regional newspapers.

Most emergency backup power (ie. hospitals, sewage treatment & town water facilities) are good for about 5 days. Nuclear power plants - 2 weeks (minimum backup generator diesel fuel requirement, for NRC licensing).

This list is based upon my four-day series of "tweets" leading up to (and during) Hurricane Irene, and are equally useful now. The first "tweet" is at the bottom of the list (numbered) and the most recent at the top. It probably makes sense to read them in order of posting.

You're welcome to copy any or every "tweet," and to copy & "re-tweet" if you have a Twitter account.  If you are facing a power loss yourself - don't forget to print this out.  Information on a computer is hard to use without power.

BONUS TWEET (today) -
26. Winter, yes? So ventilate if you emergency heat w kerosene, cook on a Coleman. Get carbon monoxide alarm. Don't kill yourself staying warm.
5 seconds ago via web

The Big Storm "Top 25" Checklist
What if the power is out for a week?
(Check 1-25 from bottom) Michael Billingsley, Redactyl



@redactyl
Michael Billingsley
25. Cleaning up after Irene? The danger isn't over.. more injuries occur POST-hurricane says Navy Sea Systems. Safe hints - on.fb.me/rgxgsv

30 Aug via web

24. Standing or moving water on the road? Don't try it. I know folks who've died trying to make it through. Turn back. I said... turn back.
28 Aug via web

23. Love coffee & facing Irene-caused power shortage? Remember those beans don't grind w/o power & grind a few pots worth ahead of time. 8-}
28 Aug via web

22. Check neighbours w disabilities, relying on power for health (ie dialysis) - help them to aid if outage lasts. Remember older folks w/o Net.
28 Aug via web

21. Power likely to be cut & desperate for water? Carefully drain hot water heater into clean pots, let settle... makes bad coffee. 40-120 gals.
28 Aug via web


@DHSgov
Homeland Security
20. Find a shelter: Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362. Pass this msg via text to friends/family impacted. #Irene
27 Aug via web


@redactyl
Michael Billingsley
19. Gas tank low? Live rural? If Irene downs local power lines, it might be a week or more until gas pumps work again. Fill up ahead of time.
27 Aug via web

18. Irene near.. are you alone & frail, w disabilities, health problems, elder w/o family, new injury? Get ye to a shelter! http://bit.ly/qqMQMK
27 Aug via web

17. "Which foods 1st" if Irene takes power. Let frozen foods THAW 1st - in the fridge - to cool the rest, before eating. Open fridge sparingly.
27 Aug via web

16. If you believe power will be back in a week, fill your bathtub. Use water to flush your toilet - a few days grace. Fill your bathtub anyway.
27 Aug via web

15. If the cell towers still work in your area after Irene, great. But w/o power, how long will your cell phone last? Pick up a car recharger.
27 Aug via web

14. Radio Emergency alerts often ONLY way to track storms, line repairs, bridge & road closures, etc. Get a battery-radio w weather + batteries.
26 Aug via web

13. Will your telephone work in electric outage? (Most won't) Find an old-style, no-power Bell/Western Union phone that runs on phone line only.
26 Aug via web

12. How will you cook or boil water during electrical outages (most gas cook stoves won't work). Use a camper Coleman in WELL-ventilated space.
26 Aug via web

11. Anticipate a long-term emergency & have a packed home kit. FEMA recommends - http://1.usa.gov/ol6TiD
26 Aug via web

10. #Hurricane #Irene #safetytip – make copies of important documents & keep them in a waterproof container with your emergency kit
26 Aug via web

9. Navy Sea Systems warns: More People Hurt AFTER hurricanes than during them. Be safe - use their hints. http://on.fb.me/rgxgsv
26 Aug via web

8. Hurricane fears? Have pets? Think of them, too. Have 2-week supply of food, water & medication... prepare for outages.
26 Aug via web

7. In hurricanes, flashlights better than candles.... which can blow out or cause fires. Stock up on batteries & SMALL flashlights, which last.
26 Aug via web

6. High winds turns outdoor chairs into missiles. Get them off patios & away from windows, which they smash. Get yourself away from glass too.
26 Aug via web

5. Reliant on medications? In Irene's path & have enuff for 2 weeks? If not... Get a VACATION SUPPLY from pharmacy now!
26 Aug via web

4. Katrina proved most cities have only 5-day supply of most meds. Even 1st responders, MD's, nurses ran out for themselves. Check supply now.
26 Aug via web

3. Water? Put 1 gallon ziplock each in a grocery bag, store tap water now - gallon/person/day for 2 weeks. http://on.fb.me/pKbC6Q
26 Aug via web

2. If the water supply/pumping goes down... DON'T use your toilet. After a few days you'll be driven out of your home. Go outdoors or bag it.
26 Aug via web

1. Stephen Flynn on CNN gives often-overlooked advice - have 2 week or more supply of medications. And store WATER. http://bit.ly/ozJFTP
26 Aug via web

Start Here - work your way up the list.


Brought to you by….

• http://twitter.com/#/redactyl
with contributions from -
• http://twitter.com/#!/DHSgov
•http://vem.vermont.gov/
• http://www.fema.gov/plan/index.shtm
• on.fb.me/rgxgsv

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