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Well I live one street over from today's tornado that struck Port Orange, neighbors have debris from the damaged homes in there yards.

Man, it was a wild ride. I was eating dinner while the winds blew all around my home. I did worry briefly about my ham radio tower (45ft tall then 12feet above that in antennas) but it has survived hurricanes for the last 7 years.

So this got me thinking more about how to be better prepared for these natural disasters. While we live in an area that is very prone to hurricanes so we understand. But I must admit that I have become complacent. So it is time to redraw family plans, emergency procedures, be stocked as to be self sufficient for a week, trim trees, and take out the generator and cycle the gas.

Are you up to date?

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As soon as I moved back to Florida I bought a minature propane grill and propane gas canisters as well as flashlights and plenty of batteries.

I'm glad you're okay. :drinks

Here in Tampa, about two weeks ago, we had terrible thunderstorms which ended up flooding my area. We were under Tornado Warning for quite some time.

Scary stuff.

Since Gustov (sp??) last year, I've drilled holes in my wooden fence and wrapped nylon rope through the middle of the panels and around 4x4 posts to anchor them to the ground. I can't afford an increase in my insurance policy due to my fence flying through my neighbors back window. :D

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Actually, verify with your agent, but they cant hold you responsible. Unless you touch it while on there property.

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Rats...you remind me...I need to go out and cycle the generator for awhile, thanks. :thumsup

Glad you made it through that one. Having grown up in Tornado Alley..Arkansas and even Kansas and Oklahoma for most my younger life, I'm no stranger to those things. I've witnessed their destruction first hand. I've even seen the fabled "pick and chose which homes to obliterate" phenomenon with my own two eyes when, as a child, the home we were in was only one of 4 in the neighborhood that somehow survived total devastation. I've actually survived so many glancing blows by those things, that I can almost "sense" thier presense. I'm guessing my body's just become atuned to the pressure drop. The one that played hopscotch on a line running between West Orlando/Winter Garden and Sanford/Geneva in Seminole county several years ago literally jumped my neighborhood. I listened to it fly over head as my girlfriend and I huddled in the bathtub under the bed's matress I'd stripped and thrown over us.

Nothing to fool around with, that's for sure. In Junior high, had all the glass windows sucked out of an adjacent 10 story glass office building. We could hear the glass raining down on the roof of the school.

At least with hurricanes, we get SOME warning..:rolleyes: That Jr. High event, we didn't know until the glass hail shower and that deafening "train" sound...:eek: Somehow, our glass windows in the classrooms stayed intact.

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Preparation is the key. With hurricanes, you have days to prepare. For other disasters, you may have only minutes. I keep a small survival kit in each of my vehicles [blankets, first aid kit, bottled water, matches/lighter, etc]. The stuff lasts forever and its there if I need it. I also keep bug-out bags for my wife and I on hand. Just a couple of changes of clothes, personal toiletries, a bottle of water, prescription meds for three days, etc. You may never have to use any of this stuff, but it is simple and cheap to put together and it is nice to have if you need it.

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Some good ideas can be found here:


What Is a Disaster Supplies Kit?

Assembling the supplies you might need following a disaster is an important part of your Family Disaster Plan. Following a disaster, having extra supplies at home or supplies to take with you in the event of an evacuation can help your family endure evacuation or home confinement.

Learn more about Disaster Supplies Kits by contacting your local emergency management agency or your local American Red Cross chapter.
Awareness Information

Involve Children in Disaster Preparedness.

Ask children to help you remember to keep your kits in working order by changing the food and water every six months and replacing batteries as necessary. Children might make calendars or posters with the appropriate dates marked on them. Ask children to think of items that they would like to include in their own Disaster Supplies Kit, such as books or games or appropriate nonperishable food items.

Prepare Your Kit

Tips for Your Disaster Supplies Kit

Keep a smaller Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of each car. If you become stranded or are not able to return home, having some items will help you to be more comfortable until help arrives.

Keep items in airtight plastic bags. This will help protect them from damage or spoiling.

Replace stored food and water every six months. Replacing your food and water supplies will help ensure their freshness.

Rethink your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.

Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications. It may be difficult to obtain prescription medications during a disaster because stores may be closed or supplies may be limited.

Use an easy-to-carry container for the supplies you would most likely need for an evacuation. Label it clearly. Possible containers include:

A large, covered trash container.

A camping backpack.

A duffel bag.

A cargo container that will fit on the roof of your vehicle.

Disaster Supplies Kit Basics

The following items might be needed at home or for an evacuation. Keeping them in an easy-to-carry backpack or duffel bag near your door would be best in case you need to evacuate quickly, such as in a tsunami, flash flood, or major chemical emergency. Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members.

Kit basics are:

A portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.

Flashlight and extra batteries.

First aid kit and first aid manual.

Supply of prescription medications.

Credit card and cash.

Personal identification.

An extra set of car keys.

Matches in a waterproof container.

Signal flare.

Map of the area and phone numbers of places you could go.

Special needs, for example, diapers or formula, prescription medicines and copies of prescriptions, hearing aid batteries, spare wheelchair battery, spare eyeglasses, or other physical needs.

If you have additional space, consider adding some of the items from your Evacuation Supplies Kit.

Evacuation Supplies Kit

Place in an easy-to-carry container the supplies you would most likely need if you were to be away from home for several days. Label the container clearly. Remember to include:

Disaster Supplies Kit basics.

Three gallons of water per person.

Three-day supply of nonperishable food.

Kitchen accessories: manual can opener; mess kits or paper cups, plates, and plastic/disposable utensils; utility knife; a can of cooking fuel if food must be cooked; household liquid bleach to treat drinking water; sugar, salt, pepper; aluminum foil; plastic resealable bags.

One complete change of clothing and footwear for each family member, sturdy shoes or workboots, raingear, hat and gloves, thermal underwear, sunglasses.

Blankets or sleeping bag for each family member.

Tools and other accessories:

paper, pencil; needles and thread; pliers, shut-off wrench, shovels, and other useful tools; tape; medicine dropper; whistle; plastic sheeting; small canister, A-B-C-type fire extinguisher; emergency preparedness manual; tube tent; compass.

Sanitation and hygiene items:

toilet paper, towelettes; soap, hand sanitizer, liquid detergent; feminine supplies; personal items such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, comb and brush, lip balm; plastic garbage bags (heavy-duty) and ties (for personal sanitation uses); medium-sized plastic bucket with tight lid; disinfectant; household chlorine bleach; small shovel for digging an expedient latrine.

Entertainment, such as games and books.

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...You may never have to use any of this stuff, but it is simple and cheap to put together and it is nice to have if you need it.
That's it right there. It's one of those "rather have it and never need it, than WISH I had it!" kind of things.

We do so much camping that we've got "grab-n-go" stuff laying everywhere as it is. But, I've gotten so many of those cheaper dome style two man tents over the years from well meaning friends and family that I've included one of those in all three survival kits I keep around, one in both our cars, and one larger more stubtantial "bug-out"/hurricaine/SHTF style kit I keep here at home.

Why not, right? Never know. They're small, light, and quick simple shelter if ever needed in a pinch. They're no Hilton or Ramada, but, they'll keep the skeeters out and, put up correctly, they'll hold some suprisingly nasty weather at bay for their size. :thumsup

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Tornadoes are tough to prepare for because you never know where they will hit. They can hop scotch through an area and level one house and the one next door isn't touched. I have made kind of a safe room from a hall closet at the end of the hall. Small tight room with good support at all sides. Not sure what can be done if you get a direct hit from a tornado. Duck, cover and pray.
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