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October 24, 2016

Safety and hygiene during a storm

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  • IHOG posted at 9:39 am on Sat, Apr 26, 2014.

    IHOG Posts: 2486

    Living in TC since 1941 many hurricanes have come and gone. Not once has city water service or sewage been out. A freezer full of food and a generator to keep it cold takes care of eating.
    Better preparation is getting out of the way when a hurricane is coming.
    How do you prepare for a tornado?

  • gecroix posted at 11:33 am on Sat, Apr 26, 2014.

    gecroix Posts: 6261

    Newbies, I gurantee that when you hear the sound of 100+ mph wind roaring and see things flying through the air that you had no idea that wind could lift, your LAST worry will be about fresh undies, although the sound/sight way very well encourage one or more toilet trips...
    IHOG is right - so far around here, so good - considering.
    In theory, power outage would kill the sewer lift stations and the pumps to refill water towers, but no doubt the city has backup power gens or sources. Still, you'd be able to flush for a while. Fill your bathtub and get a one gallon bucket to dip the water out with.
    If you can - leave -
    In line with that, know who you're voting for, because some idiot elected representatives of the folks back in Rita time decided that closing roadways was a good way to evac millions of people.
    One can hide idiocy, but it, like simple stupidity, is an unfixable life time affliction, even if supressed...

  • dschuler posted at 3:50 pm on Sat, Apr 26, 2014.

    dschuler Posts: 57

    After Ike city water was out, sewer was out, gas was off, electricity was off, there was no internet or cell phone coverage, no mail, no access to gasoline. If you stay, you need a lot more than canned goods and large plastic bags. But that's a start.

    And remember to balance the risks of staying with risks of getting out on the road with millions of other idiots.

    Finally, for proper perspective, the way that Davene prepared for tornadoes (during Hurricane Carla) was to take my brother and i to the Crockett Elementary School auditorium to 'hunker down' - even though the phrase had not yet been invented.

  • IHOG posted at 5:04 pm on Sat, Apr 26, 2014.

    IHOG Posts: 2486

    Yes. Life was difficult on the Island. Permant evacuation would be my hurricane preparation if I lived on a flood prone sand bar.

  • IHOG posted at 5:11 pm on Sat, Apr 26, 2014.

    IHOG Posts: 2486

    I evacuate for hurricanes because I enjoy a vacation in Fredrecksburg.
    My kids move into my house because it's well stocked, has a generator and being in TC they know there will be no flooding. I'm glad they make sure to restock and clean the house after the hurricane is over. I've been a little disapointed there has been no hurricanes lately. I missed playing a few rounds of golf on Lady bird CC.

  • Jake Buckner posted at 6:07 pm on Sat, Apr 26, 2014.

    Jake Buckner Posts: 2240

    Hey IHOG -- People play that course even when there's no hurricane...


  • carlosrponce posted at 7:01 pm on Sat, Apr 26, 2014.

    carlosrponce Posts: 6337

    In tornado prone areas they have storm cellars. I saw them build a "safe-room" in someone's garage on "Ask This Old House" which was supposed to be tornado proof. If you have the fear and the money I suppose a contractor will build one for you around here.