posted on Jul, 8 2012 @ 07:54 AM
The last time I had to deal with what you dealt with was when Hurricane Hugo came through here and we had no power for about 2 weeks.
I lived in an apartment with others,, and around 10 people eventually ended up with us,,, ''camping out'.
This is where I learned,,, MANUAL CAN OPENER!! So,, if you don't have one in your home,,, go buy one, two or three,,, just in case.
Also,, this is where I learned that Water is KING... Store up as much as you can if you don't have a good source free from the public domain. The
first thing we did, while water was still ''on'' was fill the tubs and every container we had possible.
Band aids and antiseptics,,, because someone always cuts themselves the first day or so. (My present bug out bag contains three separate smaller bags
with medical supplies, spare contacts, eyeglasses, and dollar store cheap drugs) You can never be too prepared here,,, and women,,, get your personal
sanitary supplies stored up please,,,, this was an issue for some of the women.
Food wise,, for the first few days,,, we just camped,,, ate the food that was going to go bad first from freezer,,, drank all our beer cold,,, saved
the liquor for later....lol.
Later,, we had to be more creative,, but luckily had a few great cooks who could make canned beans and other things seem like a banquet. Plan
accordingly to NOT HAVING ELECTRICITY.
For some reason we had Lots of Pop TARTS,,, enough to last the whole two weeks for all who where there,,, breakfast fast in the morning while waiting
on the water to boil for coffee became a ritual for us.
Today,, I have given most of my Year+ supplies to needy friends,,, so I will be restocking again this week.
The Other thing I got out of this is that NOW,,, I always have at least TWO WEEKS OF FOOD and WATER FOR THE DOGS,,, ALWAYS!!!
I want to get back to WV someday,,, my family has lived around the Bluestone dam area for around 300 years, and I would love to find a cabin/shack in
the woods to end my days there,,,, such beautiful country,,