Sandy, as you should now know by watching the news is the current storm tracking its way here (and maybe here by the time this posts). Its apparently a hurricane that will join with a winter storm to make a FRANKENSTEIN storm… AAAHHHHHhh.. Anyways, the storm is an example of how regular weather is on the east coast and elsewhere and that we should always have some level of preparedness.
Similar to being prepared for the return of the Lord (ie, accepting Jesus as the one who died for YOUR sin and asking Him to live inside you – See John 3:16…), being prepared for a storm weather considered major or minor is just a wise thing to do.
And if not for yourself, at least for your family. Some occurrences you should be prepared to deal with:
- power outages – have any meat frozen in your freezer that will spoil, or just milk in your fridge? A power outage more than an hour is definitely going to cause issues here
- flooding, whether in your basement or your property
- Wind damage from branches falling on your house, smashing windows or tearing off shingles
- property damage like fallen trees, again with the flooding, or snow piled on a roof that can’t hold its weight
Obviously there are a lot of things that could happen. So what are some things you can do? Well this is my list, I’ll post some links and stuff from other sites but first what I like to be prepared with:
- a days worth of food atleast. most have a days worth of food in your cupboards, we’re pretty rich in Canada so surviving a day isn’t too bad. If power goes out for a day or even 4 hours or more, and the roads are cut off or something do you have food to last you?
- fresh water – if the power goes out, we TOO quickly realize that we need power for just about everything, flushing toilets, washing dishes and laundry and just drinking. Out in Wheatley River we are on a well so if the power goes out, we don’t have water beyond the pressure in our pressure tank. In town, with water towers water stops pumping up into the tower but the tower provides the pressure due to gravity to your tap so there is usually water pressure throughout the short outages there. For us, we have 2 hot water tanks full of water, worst case scenario, we can use those as fresh water tanks. YOu can too, you’ll have at least one water tank thats full but it assumes you have a low enough valve on it to use gravity to feed it into a bucket.
- heat – this is probably the big thing. If we have a winter storm and power goes out for a night, how can you heat your home? Do you have a fireplace you can stoke up until the power is on to run the furnace? Do you have a propane stove that could be used without electricity? We have a wood furnace that does use electricity for the blower however it will run due to its location in our basement using convection to transfer the heat. Its not quite as efficient but it does the job and we’ve used it that way one night a couple years ago when the power was out for 3 or 4 hours. We also have propane stoves and a propane range that don’t require electricity so as long as we have propane (provides its own pressure to get to your appliances) we’re good there
Now we don’t have a bunker and food stores for 6 months. We aren’t that hardcore but its always wise at least to be cognizant of where you’re at and what you would / could do in an emergency.
So the government has their own website too. First here is info specific to PEI:
All from: http://www.gov.pe.ca/jps/index.php3?number=1034591&lang=E (Hurricane Preparedness for PEI)
- The most destructive effect of a hurricane is a storm surge.
- The high winds create huge waves at sea which, when they reach the shore, may become tidal waves or storm surges.
- Flooding is possible.
- If you have a cottage, or are camping, or live on the coast or in a low-lying area near the coast, move inland and to higher ground.
- Do not go down to the water to watch the storm, most people who are killed during hurricanes are caught in large waves, storm surges or flood waters.
- Move watercraft out of water and to higher ground.
- When it comes to emergency management, we all have a role to play; everyone should learn the risks, prepare an emergency plan, and assemble a basic emergency kit.
- Prepare an emergency kit that will help your family survive for at least 72 hours.
Emergency supply kits should include:
- Battery operated or wind up radio and flashlight,
- Bottled water (2 litres per person per day),
- Non-perishable food and a manual can opener,
- A first aid kit, medication,
- Special products for babies, seniors, pets and medically fragile family members,
- cash, medical papers.
- Keep your kit in a portable container such as a duffel bag or suitcase with wheels.
- For more information on preparing an emergency kit, go to Get Prepared.
The federal government also has a site for survival and safety for all types of disaster scenarios:
As it relates to Wheatley River, we often get a lot of wind which actually makes the house shudder and if the tide is right, we get huge storm surges. Since we’re basically at the head of the river itself, we see surges of probably a meter and a half or something. The water has been up to the bridge, level with the asphalt and half of our river side property was submerged in that episode.
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