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Friday, October 26, 2012

Frankenstorm Preps

Good golly would you look at the weather map! East Side friends, do you have your storm preps ready? Seems like next week is going to be a dilly for sure.

I've been following the predictions for the upcoming "Perfect Storm" where Hurricane Sandy will meet up with that big cold front coming from the north....and it looks like the East Coast is going to be smack dab in the middle of it.

I admit that I didn't pay attention to that movie about The Perfect Storm a while ago....but apparently this "cold vs hurricane" happened before in 1991...but that storm happened out over the Atlantic. Sandy vs the Snow is going to happen on land as far as the predictions can tell...... which could be bad for everyone along the Atlantic seaboard and as far inland as us here in Ohio.

Depending on where Sandy makes landfall there could be snow here or in Pennsylvania....and at the same time we could be having the hurricane winds! For heavens sakes.

Which ever model comes true the fact is if you are in the East, or have family and friends there, make sure they are making their storm preps. Not only is this storm going to have all the hallmarks of a Hall of Fame storm - wind, power outages, flooding.... it could be a big money storm with damage already being estimated at $1 billion!

There's always some clown who makes fun of people who take the "better safe than sorry" position. Those were the people who were lined up around the block thinking fast food was going to save them.... while the rest of us breezed thru that storm in style. So get your preps in order and help folks you know do the same.

While I think its kinda funny that everyone is already wailing that Halloween will be ruined....and not about the potentially billion dollar storm.... I checked my records and it seems that the end of October is prime storm season (you can clink that link too for more storm prep tips). And don't forget that big snow that happened last year also. So maybe we shouldn't be so altogether surprised.

After this summer's big power outage we were lucky to get a good generator... so I think our preps will be limited to normal stuff like getting buckets of water ready for the barnyard, getting the laundry done, making sure we have plenty of feed for the critters, and making sure we have plenty of wood for heating the house. We have plenty of groceries, the trucks are full of gas, and we are set for batteries and such. So even tho we aren't going to bear the brunt of the storm we'll be ready just in case.

So is everyone ready? Got your storm preps done?

Happy Friday everyone!

9 comments:

Annnightflyer said...

I hope you and yours weather that storm.I have been watching it on t.v. and it's gonna be a doozy.So please stay safe.

Chai Chai said...

Under the cover of the "Perfect Storm" Nicholas prepares to send selected emissaries from the crows, mice, and other vermin to unleash a whisper campaign.....

http://sproutnwings.blogspot.com/2012/10/happy-pig.html

.....pigz are friends!

Linda said...

We always get some kind of storm right around halloween. And half the time you can't count on getting fast food in an efficient, timely manner during a perfectly normal sunny day. What makes people think they can get food during a storm??? LOL

nancy said...

I hope you come thru ok! Luckily in Boise we seem to miss those kinds of storms, except for rare snowstorms or windstorms with rain...

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

We are set! Bags of ice in the chest freezer, generator ready to go, extra 5 gallon can of gas,2 extra propane tanks, 3/4 cord wood for wood stove, plenty of food for humans and animals. All my laundry is caught up, I stockpiled batteries and flashlights. I even bulked up the first aid kit! I am heading to the store to round up additional gallons of water--No more catching us off guard!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Thanks AnnNF! i think mostly we are going to get some rain and wind.

CC, That is without a doubt the most horrifying thing I've ever seen. Ever. In my whole life. *thud*

Yeah I know, Linda, I think we should kinda expect this...and ha! Those folks who will be standing in line are in for a shock.

Thanks Nancy - this crazy storms are something else. I used to miss the weather when I lived on the West Side.. but I think I've had plenty now.

Great work on preps, Tonya! Especially the extra propane. We are getting more today.

lorihadams said...

hubby just got out of the hospital but we are all prepped here in central VA. had to go get extra medical supplies for my gimpy husband that had surgery a week ago but everyone is ready, even if the rest of our neighborhood isn't! Hope you guys don't get dumped on! Stay safe, tie down the poultry!

farmer_liz said...

It is interesting how the shops run out of everything you need right before an emergency. Reminds me that I should stock up on emergency things now while I'm not in an emergency.... And why doesn't every buy water instead of just storing tap water in bottles/jugs?

David said...

hope everyone pulls through looks like a doozy!

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