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    Next Time - Preparing Now

    So, what is everyone doing differently now to prepare for the future? This could be hurricanes, ice storms, football season, etc. What are you doing now that you wish you would have done sooner?

    This could be thought-provoking and help a few folks here set themselves up for the future a bit better.

    I'll start:

    All of the folks going without water in the greater NOLA area prompted me to add three more cases (3x 24 packs) of bottled water and 3 extra one-gallon jugs of water to one of my spare closets. The bottled water was $7.77 and the gallons were $0.99 each. All in all, it was about 10 bucks for easily a week and a half more water. I also have a Sawyer water filtration system that I use for backpacking that I'm very familiar with using, so getting extra water wouldn't be harder. For about $20 bucks, I now have 2.5 weeks of water stored away and it's just something I don't have to think about.

    One of the next things I need/want to do is throw a little more paper cash in the safe. I realized that I usually don't carry or keep much paper cash around and if there is a serious outage, things like credit cards / ATMs / Venmo might not be working. Having extra cash laying around likely wouldn't hurt.

    Lastly, I don't have a generator, though I'm in an area that very, very rarely loses power. I'm contemplating getting one of those giant battery things that can run a fridge for a few hours. I'm not sold just yet, but I only have electric lawn stuff and don't have a reason to keep a gas can lying around currently. The other option is a small(ish) generator and just stocking up on extra gas during this time of the year, but I'm leaning towards not.
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    I have (5) 5 gallon gas cans. I fill them every July/August with Stabil marine treated ethanol free gas. I use one during the year for lawn mower and pressure washer, and leave the rest for up to two years for emergency use. If still around, I empty them in the cars. For instance, I've made "0" trips to the gas station since the hurricane and ran a Honda 2000U generator for about 50 straight hours until power came back. Still have 13 gallons sitting.

    I also now have (5) 20 pound propane bottles. I fill/trade in empties every July/August. I'm seriously considering getting one of the NG/propane kits for my Honda and expanding my options for running it.

    My wife keeps several hurricane lanterns and smoke free paraffin around. Those are great for leaving lit at night in each bedroom in case you wake up and need to get to the bathroom.

    We always seem to have a case or two of water, but in BTR, we have never lost water pressure. Yet.

    With the generator running, a freezer full of food, and lots of propane, we eat well when the lights are out.
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    I keep a big box of maxi pads from Sam’s. I figure after the storm when everything is looking like a dumpster fire I’ll be set. the box says I can go on vacation, biking, hiking, swimming, skiing, bowling, rock climbing..etc.
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    Water was good, run gas appliances so that's nearly a non-issue. Have 2 evac areas in close driving distance north and west, with secondary options further away if needed. Evac'd this time with both sets of inlaws, probably just stay given how the house weathered the storm. Generator Fuel wasn't an issue and have ways to get additional fuel unless transportation is much more severely limited. Might look at one additional 5 gallon can, filled when models indicate coming our way and used in vehicles once power is back and stable.

    Might also consider water purification filter just in case. The gas appliances allow for boiling if necessary as long as I have water pressure.

    Probably evac wife and kid prior to the storm to either of the primary locations depending on path, and stay behind to minimize food loss and start generator with ac units. Running a small window unit and portable ac 2 fridges, internet. Got 14 hrs plus from the generator.

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    I’m gonna get a generator. Always lived on my own and didn’t mind roughing it but getting married soon to a girl from California who thinks hurricanes are basically the apocalypse.
    Aside from that just brace for homeowners insurance to go up.

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    There was a few days I went thru a 24 pack of water plus, but I was walking power lines cutting trees in the heat, and also sharing with linemen from less humid climates until they could get more. But I agree, picking up an extra case or two a week/month, etc wouldn’t hurt.

    We were struggling for gas in Amite County, but managed.

    Something else I used a lot of in the last week or so is first aid supplies. I was surprised at how many households I came up to that lack basic FA stuff. Also need to add a new snake bit kit to my kit.

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    Stocking up on water
    Keeping my (6) 5 gallon gas cans filled w/ STABIL added
    I need to get a couple more tanks of propane
    I'm thinking I should keep a few bags on charcoal on standby
    More canned foods set aside
    Cash on hand in safe/safe place
    I have a CAT 6500 watt generator now. I think I'd like to get a second one in case something happens to this one. I've been running it for almost a week straight now. I shut it down and changed the oil today and removed/disassembled/cleaned carburetor. It desperately needed that.

    I still don't have power so my generator is still running now. I'm living on just 2 fans, a window ac unit, my deep freezer for food, 2 phone chargers, and my tv/PS3.… My generator can handle more but I'd rather not.
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    I have kept a good supply of canned food, water, gas, propane, burner, candles, firearms, ammunition, cash and a few other things on hand since the 1960's.

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    My usual stash has been 6-5 gallon fuel cans, propane for my portable camping stove, cases of water, MREs, freeze dried food, over the counter medications, tarps, bungee cords, ratchet straps, duct tape, and various sizes of batteries for flashlights and other battery powered equipment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyboy View Post
    My usual stash has been 6-5 gallon fuel cans, propane for my portable camping stove, cases of water, MREs, freeze dried food, over the counter medications, tarps, bungee cords, ratchet straps, duct tape, and various sizes of batteries for flashlights and other battery powered equipment.
    Yes! Tarps, duct tape... Thank you. I knew I was forgetting something. All my flashlights are streamlight LED lights with rechargeable batteries. I've been charging them as needed off my generator. Can't think of anything I'd need spare batteries for though. Also, anyone that owns a pickup truck, especially the type of guys on this forum (I mean that in a good way)... Should already have several ratchet straps on hand. My truck is a lowered more performance/street oriented truck, but I still have a set of 500lb ratchet straps tucked behind the backseat. Lol
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