posted on Aug, 30 2010 @ 08:07 PM
Hi! When hurricane Fran hit Ricmond, VA in 1997, I was in Indiana.
When I got back 6 trees had blew over in the front yard. None of them hit the house fortunately, six wheel barrow loads of tree debris were in the
yard and driveway. The electricity had been off three or four days, so all the food in the refrigerator and freezer was ruined. The ice maker's
ice had melted leaving a huge puddle in the freezer and the pan under the refrigerator. The worst part was that the well had collapsed in on the well
pump 400 feet down. We had to have another well dug. No water for a month. No baths for a month. We bought new garbage barrels and put them in
theback of the truck, we filled them at the neighbors, and drove them home. We then pumped water into the house with a submersible pump. I could wash
dishes, and flush the down stairs toilet. We put drinking water in empty bleach bottles and soda liter bottles. It was tough. I took a shower using my
neighbors out side garden hose, I don't know why we never asked to use someone's shower. My neighbor's pool liner got ripped up. I was so glad I
was in Indiana house hunting with my little baby, I would have hated to have been there all by my self sitting in the coat closet for hours and hours.
When the trees started falling over I am sure I would have been terrified. This was 60-100 miles inland from the ocean too.
Get library books to help pass the time during the storm, charge up game boys and DS machines for kids. Buy candy for rewards, pop up popcorn ahead of
time, fill your bathtubs up for sponge baths and flushing the toliets, buy bleach, wash all your underwear up in case you need to wear them with no
washing machine working. Freeze up ice for your coolers in metal baking pans and tupperware. I even freeze ice up in liter soda bottles, when it melts
you can drink it. Good luck to everyone!