reply to post by dreamseeker
In 07 we were out for 10 days, it struck fast and hard, within an hour it was surreal as you could hear nothing but the echos of cracking branches and
falling trees in the wooded area around our farm. This sound was ominous and continued for weeks.
The foggy and shadowy mist of ice lasted for 3 days and no traffic save the sound of road crews could be heard in the distance. You could sense the
eerie silence which threatened to force all life out of every living species subject to the bitter subzero temps.
No help came for those who lived in the country, or for those of us in greatest need if there was a problem. No ambulance's, no services came to
repair the miles of dead power lines snapped well below their guy lines which often hung wrapped in tree's,THIS is WHY THEY cut off the power to the
For those who lived in the larger cities, it was not such a dire situation if they had the ability to fend for themselves for the first 48 to 72
hours, many people suffered greatly and some even perished from the extreme cold.
At the beginning of the storm, families and individuals who did not have warmth crowed the churches and schools which opened their doors to hundreds
and gave them as much comfort as possible along with fresh water and food.
No pets are allowed in these shelters, so for those people who would never chose to leave their animals, the shelter was not an option.
You still hear stories about folks who holed up in their smallest room, often a bathroom with nothing but candles for warmth. I knew of one man who
had no heat and so during the days he would bundle up and go to neighbors to drink hot coffee and wait until late, then returned to his home where he
jumped inside a zero degree sleeping bag, and went to sleep rather than feel the cold.
One thing not mentioned was that the flu was rampant during that time and many suffered from that as well. What a miserable existence to have vomit
and diarrhea with no way to shower or to wash your bedding and clothes!
Point is, even with all of the watches and warnings preceding the event, people did not take it seriously, they went about their daily lives without a
clue as to how fast a mini ice age can hit, but think about how the woolly mammoth has been discovered with plants still in their mouths.
It happens fast, very fast and if you do not have the ability to weather the storm, at least for the first few days, then I suggest a shelter either
with friends or the community.
Best of luck to you, stay well.