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    Helpful tips to surviving a catastrophic hurricane

    Boy, that’s a cheerful title, isn’t it?

    Anyway, water is going to be the most difficult aspect to deal with because more than likely due to flooding, you will have your water shut off.  This is why everyone advises you to fill the bathtubs in your house with water … because if you plan on flushing a toilet, you will be pouring it in with a bucket. Do NOT waste potable, drinkable water this way.

    As far as drinking, potable water, I bet you forgot a source before the water got shut off.  Your hot water heater holds several gallons, and it is easy to drain into an empty milk jug, because it came through sterilized, and is sitting there, waiting to be used.

    A/C – seal up one small room, and put a cheap (even better, second-hand) unit in the window.  Run it to a generator, and keep ONLY it and your refrigerator going off of your generator. All of this seems like common sense, but I learned quickly and the hard way in the aftermath of Katrina.

    If you are staying for cleanup, run, do not walk to get a Tetanus shot.  You will be dealing with corroded items, hospital space will be scarce.  Use the opportunity if you have it. The best plan is to avoid infection before it starts.

    Be EXTREMELY cautious lifting fallen flat boards.  Your local fauna is just as disrupted and disturbed as you are.  You do NOT want to get bitten by a snake while medical availability is super low, which it will be.

    Uh, avoid the feral hogs that are running rampant?  That’s about my best advice.  Oh, and the alligators.  They will be in a bad mood, too.

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    • Aerows (3484 posts)
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      1. Forgot a handy thing

      If you are fairly comfortable with grilling, you will be just as good at solar cooking.  Link http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Windshield_Shade_Solar_Cooker

      Don’t discount it, it works perfectly well in low temperatures just as it does in high ones.

       

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      • iggy (1416 posts)
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        23. Feral Hogs (Bacon on the hoof)

        They may be a nuisance, but make great urban bush meat in a pinch. A bottle of bleach and some soap can be used to disinfect the carcass before butchering. My personal experience was that the hogs are crawling with fleas and lice and they are filthy creatures. Be sure and sterilize the outside, otherwise the meat will spoil faster. We used burning straw to sterilize and burn off the hair. It really helps.

        Have a great BBQ.

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    • Land of Enchantment (7497 posts)
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      2. Thanks! That is good, sound advice.

      Kicked and recommended!

      I had forgotten you survived Katrina…what a nightmare.

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      • Aerows (3484 posts)
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        12. Katrina tested my mettle

        It was hot, stinky, flooded, gross and I do believe I have run out of adjectives.

        We rebuilt, though. It was ^ all that above ^.

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      3. Entering a flooded building – this will all seem like common sense

      I absolutely advise gloves (tip, use nitrile surgical gloves on your skin, then put your leather/waterproof gloves on top – it greatly increases dexterity)

      Steel-toed boots because things can shift suddenly and you don’t want them amputating your precious toes.  I didn’t have a hard hat because the Katrina mess was too sudden, but if you get the opportunity, grab one and safety glasses.  You literally have everything under the sun floating around in a flooded space.

      Root: If we're just information, just noise in the system, we might as well be a symphony.
      • Aerows (3484 posts)
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        4. Things floating around

        Avoid the seething mass of fire ants that float around.  They look like a ball, until you realize they are a HUGE ball of ants that will likely latch onto you and never let go.

        I’m sure all of this is common sense and basic situational awareness.

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    • so far from heaven (11622 posts)
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      5. Good stuff.

      Recommending to go to daily rad. Could be expanded for all sorts of good advice and helpful hints for those in need soon.

      @marym625

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      • Aerows (3484 posts)
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        6. This is all stuff I learned on the fly

        It is likely much better if you already know how to prepare for it to begin with.  It sucks to be unprepared LOL!

        The nitrile gloves underneath a pair of stout leather gloves really does provide a dexterity boost, I have no idea why, but I guess it is the way they stick.

        Root: If we're just information, just noise in the system, we might as well be a symphony.
        • so far from heaven (11622 posts)
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          7. Since this is Florida (or just plain southern)

          I’m wondering if they should stash some DEET or other repellent in quantity. Like several bottles worth for each person. Bugs may go crazy after this, because they won’t be able to spray for control for a time…

          boobie"When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun.'" -Groucho Marx.
          • Aerows (3484 posts)
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            8. I use Borax powder to keep the evil roaches out (I detest roaches)

            Citronella candles keep the flying bugs away for the most part because they suppress the air around you from CO2 which is what the mosquitoes use to detect somebody to feed upon. They get fooled that you aren’t there :D

            Root: If we're just information, just noise in the system, we might as well be a symphony.
    • Land of Enchantment (7497 posts)
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      9. We were without power for three days a couple of weeks ago.

      Gathered up all the silly outdoor solar lights in buckets, brought them in the house and ~viola~ had light in the rooms we were using. (Nice to have them in the bathrooms too.) Then we took them back outside during the day to recharge. Rinse, repeat. Worked well! Safer than candles/kerosene lanterns especially with kitty cats and dog tails!

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      • Aerows (3484 posts)
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        10. Excellent suggestion!

        Solar lights could have made a huge difference, but they weren’t widespread in availability in 2005 when we got hit.  Lord, I wish we would have had those then!

        You can now get them for like $2 for yard lights, but they do actually work for illuminating work.

        Root: If we're just information, just noise in the system, we might as well be a symphony.
    • Aerows (3484 posts)
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      11. Oh, and don't go and try to get gasoline with someone who annoys you

      You will be stuck in a line hoping they will take your $20 for three hours and you just really don’t want to hear about Jesus all that time.

      If this happens, just do the polite thing and ignore it, because whatever it takes for someone to get through such catastrophe, they are a human being and worthy of your patience.

      Root: If we're just information, just noise in the system, we might as well be a symphony.
    • Gallagher (476 posts)
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      13. Advice I just came across on Facebook…

      If there is something you can’t take with you, put it in the dishwasher. Since it is watertight and attached to the cabinet, you might be able to save a few things that would otherwise be destroyed.

      • Aerows (3484 posts)
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        14. That is a good idea!

        Maybe stick a few things in the microwave, too.

        Root: If we're just information, just noise in the system, we might as well be a symphony.
      • mak3cats (397 posts)
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        18. More fire than hurricane-related, but…

        …my Dad years ago told me that if I didn’t have a fireproof safe to put my important papers in a big envelope in the freezer.  Mine are still there today.  (Also good for folding money if you keep a stash at home.  Wrap it in foil and label it “Liver” and it will never get stolen. )

        Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    • Marym625 (24885 posts)
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      15. Here's a good link for more information on preparing for Irma

      https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.businessinsider.com/how-to-prepare-for-a-hurricane-2017-9

      Thank you Aerows. On The Daily Radical

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    • Hobbit709 (2617 posts)
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      16. Keep a bottle of Clorox Bleach handy.

      8 drops per gallon, shake thoroughly, wait 30 minutes. The water is then safe to drink.

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    • MrMickeysMom (1582 posts)
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      17. Doesn't matter, the subject line – It's great advice, Aerows!

      Nothing like experience to make you the master. Good on you.

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    • torn (139 posts)
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      19. I'm guessing this advice is for people who refused to vacate as has been the

      chant from all people watching the storms progression since Wednesday. AT this time no one should be surprised if their property gets swamped.

      I’d be long gone by now.

       

       

      • Aerows (3484 posts)
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        20. Just stuff I learned from Katrina

        If you decide to ride it out, or when you have to go home and deal with the aftermath.  All of this still pertains in the aftermath and cleanup.  Somebody is going to have to do it.

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    • BillZBubb (2546 posts)
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      21. Lot's of good advice here. rec'd.

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      • Koko (3778 posts)
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        22. Indeed!