In the winter, when we are most likely to be without power, a
snowbank or the garage works fine for refrigeration - heck, the house
can be cold enough. If it looks like the power will be out long enough
we just drain the water, lock the doors, and head up to the (friend's)
farm. Wood furnace, a few hundred gallons of fuel oil to run the
tractor on the genset if required, 6 cords of wood out beside the
barn, and lots of food in the cellar and freezers.
When a storn is forcast, BOTH vehicles have full tanks - so does the
snowblower and the generator - and both jerry cans are also full. If
we have to empty one vehicle to keep the generator going the other one
still has enough to get us a few hundred miles from home if we have to
- and the farm is only 20 miles - if the power stays out that long.
Generator was a bit hard starting, even after cleaning the carb and
putting in fresh gas this week - had a sticky intake valve so I just
fixed THAT this afternoon. Second pull starts the 1950s era Onan now.
Woodstove for heat. If it is winter, no worries about refrigeration, just
put the stuff out in the snow. Last time in summer was hurricane Gloria and
we held things for the two days we were out. Beyond that, I'm SOL unless I
borrow a neighbor's generator to run the freezer for a couple of hours.
City dwellers take most everything for granted, rural dwellers not so
much. While those in the city run around helpless wondering when the
transportation they rely on will be running, where they will get their
TP, etc. Rural dwellers are already out cleaning up the mess, cutting up
the fallen trees, etc. and otherwise taking responsibility for
Well, no. Patients have to bring their own.
When our concealed handgun license law was passed (thank you Governor Bush),
it originally contained a prohibition against licensed carry in hospitals
(and churches and a few other benign places).
Due to popular demand, however, a subsequent session of the legislature
repealed the no-carry-in-hospital provision (and churches).
They have 3 diesel powered pump trains. They basically pull up to a
flooded area and run discharge hoses up vents to the street and start
What cracks me up are all of the people who think all you need to deal
with storm damage of this magnitude is a sheet of bounty..
That's good, as long as the storm drains on street level can handle it.
No doubt. Water is always the biggest problem in a storm like this,
many think it's the wind.
I talked to a friend outside of Yonkers, NY. He says the train just
started running again, clear into Grand Central.
In 1972, I worked for a company that got a contract to do the cleanup in an
industrial plant after Agnes stalled out and flooded the Chemung Valley of
NY, including Corning and Painted Psot. We needed two or three rools of
Bounty... 6 feet of muddy water on the production floor doesn't do much for
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