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Old 11-08-2012, 12:14 PM
Location: California / Maryland / Cape May
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Originally Posted by tripmom View Post
I am a three month resident of NJ and experienced my first hurricane. Our power came back on tonight after nine days. These are someof the lessons that I learned

1. Fill cars up with gas. I filled mine, but dh did not. It was a problem several days after the storm.
2. Double check battery supply. We have lots of batteries, but I did not check what type of batteries each of the different flashlights used. We did not have extra D batteries. Stores ran out of D batteries several days before the storm hit.
3. Purchase a battery operated radio.
4. Have a supply of paper plates, paper bowls, plastic cups and plastic utensils. Clorex or Lisol wipes and Wet-Ones are necessary.
5. Make sure there is a way to get cars out of the detached garage.
6. A generator is probably well worth the expense if power is lost for more than 24 hours.
7. Keep up with laundry as the storm approaches.
8. Flashlights. One of my boys has a lantern style flashlight that he uses for Boy Scouts. It was used a lot during the power outage. We plan to get a couple more.
9. Reading lights that attach to books for each family member. Extra batteries too. I'm going to buy some for stocking stuffers this year.

We were lucky in that we could walk to numerous restaurants to get coffee and food. I'm not sure what we would have done if that had not been the case.
Good list. Remember that batteries expire and/or can run out, just like gas did. I'd opt for hand-cranked, solar, etc. options, too.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:25 PM
Location: California / Maryland / Cape May
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Originally Posted by annerk View Post
Do you know that candles are being officially named as the root cause of the Breezy Point fire? (And one of the house fires my husband responded to in NJ.) Don't use candles in an emergency, they are a critical fire hazard. Buy a battery powered lantern and an extra battery, it will last 10 days with prudent use and you'll safely have all the light you need.
Exactly. I don't use candles for that very reason, in addition to the fact that some cause reactions for some of us in the home. I have them as a super last resort, but have never had to use them since I have other forms of light to use instead.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:52 PM
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Anyone looking for generators? Looks like people are already dumping them, Craigslist is flooded with them some really bad deals but seen several that are good deals. Good time to pick one up.
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