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Learning from Sandy

It’s time for a post-disaster compendium of lessons!

First, via Three Letters Re: Hurricane Sandy After Action Reports, people who survived Sandy relate lessons learned – what worked, what they wish they’d done, etc.  Tough to summarize, but basically: You need power, shelter, and food.  It’s best to have it before the disaster strikes.

Next up: Money!  If the power’s out, you can’t use electronic money, so you’d better have cash on hand… because the banks will quickly run out of it, via Cash Economy in Wake of Sandy:

The bank has taken all its cash out of closed branches and moved it to open ones. It believed it had enough cash on hand to get through Monday, though it has not re-upped its cash holdings. No ATM’s are online. It did not know when it could expect its next cash delivery.

And lastly, another on surviving for a week without electricity in the freezing cold, via Surviving Sandy: A Few Life Lessons by William L. Anderson:

So, on Monday night, we went to bed in the dark and woke up in the dark. Thank goodness, we had somewhat prepared. We had flashlights, a gas grill (with a separate gas burner) in the garage, and large bathtub full of water to enable us to flush toilets. My wife had bought lots of drinking water and we hoped that the lower-lying places like nearby Cumberland would recover quickly enough for new supplies to be made available, if need be. As for heat, we have a wood stove and a large pile of firewood to serve a relatively small and well-insulated house.

It turned out that our preparations still were not enough.

HOW DID HE SURVIVE?  Read the story and learn, my friends.

And then do something about it.

And lastly, Vehicle Everyday Carry by Aaron Moyer — Understanding what to carry in a car for emergency situations.  He discusses multiple types of severity and duration of car emergency, with examples of kit (with pictures!) for each.

Phone smarts: 5 tips for keeping in touch during emergencies

ZDNet writer James Kendrick gives 5 tips for keeping in touch during an emergency:

1. Designate a family member or close friend outside your home area as a communication hub for your family.

2. Text messages will often be the best way to communicate in an emergency.

3. Use the phone camera to capture important information.

4. Get a second battery for your smartphone.

5. Teach your kids proper phone use in an emergency.

I’d add:

6. Just like your car’s gas tank, keep your phone’s battery charged.  Although, battery snobs might argue this will harm your phone’s battery life.

Read the story for full details at Phone smarts: 5 tips for keeping in touch during emergencies | ZDNet.

How to Survive a Natural Disaster

Mark Sisson, the Primal Guy, gives some good tips for surviving disaster, primally:

I won’t go into the standard disaster preparedness checklist. That’s pretty basic stuff that you can find anywhere. Everyone knows the material items they’ll need to survive, the things you can buy at the store and keep in your basement or garage and forget all about until the day arrives. But in the event of a real disaster, whether it’s modern fast zombies, old school shambling zombies, or an unprecedented subtropical storm, there is one essential – and totally Primal – factor that many of us are in danger of overlooking:

Read it all, via How to Survive a Natural Disaster | Mark’s Daily Apple.

The Real Lesson of Hurricane Sandy: NYC is Ill Prepared for a Real Disaster

During an emergency, the government may or may not take care of you.  But one thing’s certain: Nobody cares more about your well being than you do, so you should put the most effort into prepping!

Via EconomicPolicyJournal.com: The Real Lesson of Hurricane Sandy: NYC is Ill Prepared for a Real Disaster.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most severe, Hurricane Sandy can be ranked somewhere between a 2 and 3 as far as an emergency for New York City. There were very few deaths or injuries as a result of the hurricane, though property damage will be in the billions of dollars.

What is important to recognize, however, is that the low level emergency revealed just how unprepared the city is for a major catastrophe that includes the loss of power.

It’s clear now that while the Mayor of NYC holds press conferences on the size of cups that should be allowed for sugary drinks, no one has been checking on the capabilities of NYC hospitals to survive a power outage during an emergency.

Winter and more bad weather are coming — be prepared!

Winter Prepping

Some good tips for house and car via What Are a Homeowner’s Must-Do Tasks Before Winter Hits?

Answer: Check Your Car

Give your car a once over:

1. Check fluid levels (oil, coolant, brake, steering, transmission)

2. Make sure you top up the washer fluid

3. Check the tires

– Check tire pressure, and adjust as necessary

– Check the treads. If you insert a penny in the tread, and can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then you are due for new tires.

– Double check your spare is in good shape, and is properly inflated

4. Check the battery. If you have any indications that the battery is weak, it will only get worse when the cold hits. If your battery is older than about 5 years, you likely need a replacement.

Pack a winter emergency kit for the trunk

– Blanket/boots/gloves/hand warmer packs

– Collapsible shovel

– Salt/Sand/Kitty litter

– Flashlight

– Snowbrush/Ice scraper

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