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78. If you have a fish tank
Get extra ice. A tank in a hot house raises the water temperature and you may need to add ice. If fish are lacking oxygen, they will swim near the surface. To help add oxygen to the water, use a slotted spoon to circulate the surface water. During Ike, I had a battery operated hand fan hanging over the tank to help circulate the water.

Feed your fish minimum to help the water stay fresher while without a filter.
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  -A list I made during the TWO WEEKS that I was without electricity after Hurricane Ike hit Texas Tx4obama  Aug-25-11 11:38 PM   #0 
  - Thank you - I know how to prepare for a snow storm, but i never  hedgehog   Aug-25-11 11:40 PM   #1 
  - AND DON'T FORGET TO CHARGE YOUR CELL PHONES!!!  FourScore   Aug-26-11 12:29 PM   #71 
     - Saving my computers UPS battery back up for this  Betty88   Aug-26-11 03:44 PM   #99 
     - even a small 300 watt ups  w0nderer   Aug-26-11 03:51 PM   #101 
        - COOL thanks for the confimation  Betty88   Aug-26-11 04:24 PM   #110 
           - i actually used that trick too during a few hurricanes  w0nderer   Aug-26-11 04:27 PM   #112 
     - Charged cell phones will not work  NOLALady   Aug-26-11 05:22 PM   #125 
     - Can't tell you how important this one single point is!!!  calimary   Aug-26-11 07:08 PM   #139 
  - K&R and bookmarking!  Rhiannon12866   Aug-25-11 11:40 PM   #2 
  - And put that generator some place where the exhaust doesn't fill the house!  hedgehog   Aug-25-11 11:46 PM   #3 
  - And lock your generator down.  X_Digger   Aug-26-11 10:37 AM   #60 
  - Great list! I'm also washing my people before the storm gets here.  GreenPartyVoter   Aug-25-11 11:46 PM   #4 
  - "I'm also washing my people"? Eh?  Ruby the Liberal   Aug-25-11 11:56 PM   #9 
  - LOL Well, I figure if we're going to be stuck in a warm house for a while, it would be nice if we  GreenPartyVoter   Aug-26-11 12:02 AM   #15 
  - !  Ruby the Liberal   Aug-26-11 12:16 AM   #24 
  - True dat. Our saving grace after Ike was that we still had running water.  gkhouston   Aug-26-11 12:54 AM   #39 
  - I love that tip!!! I'm so using it at my shore house. That is, if I still have a shore house.  msanthrope   Aug-26-11 04:01 PM   #107 
     - I am very close to you. I see Mayor Nutter is closing off SEPTA Saturday night  Ruby the Liberal   Aug-26-11 05:25 PM   #126 
  - All my neighbors laughed at me when I showered under a rainspout  Curmudgeoness   Aug-26-11 09:03 PM   #158 
  - This is great.  Renew Deal   Aug-25-11 11:49 PM   #5 
  - I look back at the two weeks of no power after Ike as a good time now.  texanwitch   Aug-25-11 11:52 PM   #6 
  - The zip lock bag/ice pillow tip is great, thanks!  Tx4obama   Aug-26-11 12:14 AM   #23 
  - It really works.  texanwitch   Aug-26-11 12:32 AM   #28 
  - I was using one of those thin white cotton flour sack kitchen towels that you can find at Wal-Mart  Tx4obama   Aug-26-11 12:49 AM   #35 
     - This ice pillow works really fast.  texanwitch   Aug-26-11 12:52 AM   #38 
        - Agree 100%. I use the small bottle  ChazII   Aug-26-11 03:53 PM   #104 
  - The zip lock bag/ice pillow tip is great, thanks!  AlbertCat   Aug-26-11 02:15 PM   #84 
     - I am better prepared now.  texanwitch   Aug-26-11 03:21 PM   #96 
  - Solar the kind you stick in your yard? nt  Honeycombe8   Aug-26-11 03:53 PM   #103 
  - Yep.  texanwitch   Aug-26-11 04:04 PM   #108 
     - Thanks. I'm hearing to discount store after work (I don't have an emergency coming....  Honeycombe8   Aug-26-11 04:36 PM   #115 
        - Watch out you will get hooked.  texanwitch   Aug-26-11 04:41 PM   #116 
  - pancake mix, needs water only: Hungry Jack! n/t  nickyt   Aug-26-11 05:05 PM   #122 
  - after breaking my foot years ago, I've kept a water-soaked bandanna in the freezer....  wizstars   Aug-26-11 07:19 PM   #143 
  - we do that with sponges at the preschool where I work for boo boos  proud patriot   Aug-26-11 09:57 PM   #169 
  - A lot of camping equipment stores now carry a fold-up solar panel  wizstars   Aug-27-11 11:54 AM   #187 
  - Also, now is not the time to learn how to use a chainsaw.  hedgehog   Aug-25-11 11:52 PM   #7 
  - You'd be surprised at how much you can do with lopping shears.  gkhouston   Aug-26-11 12:49 AM   #34 
  - Store lots of water!  PoliticAverse   Aug-25-11 11:56 PM   #8 
  - Absolutely. Can't have enough. nobody laugh at the bathtub - saved me in FL in the 70's once. -nt  democrat2thecore   Aug-26-11 12:13 AM   #22 
  - trash can too  w0nderer   Aug-26-11 03:55 PM   #105 
  - Fill it even if you don't think you have to. I've done this many times,  gkhouston   Aug-26-11 12:51 AM   #37 
     - You will need that water to flush the toilet. n/t  RebelOne   Aug-26-11 12:33 PM   #72 
     - Bucket Flushing Toilets!!  Kevin Cloyd   Aug-26-11 03:11 PM   #93 
  - 3 to 5 weeks without power  Tallulah   Aug-25-11 11:56 PM   #10 
  - You can wash clothes in a 5 gallon bucket.  texanwitch   Aug-25-11 11:59 PM   #12 
  - A container with a solid screw top lid makes a very good washing machine.  TheMadMonk   Aug-26-11 01:36 AM   #44 
  - "You can wash clothes in a 5 gallon bucket."  pnorman   Aug-26-11 02:28 AM   #46 
  - A dollar store toilet plunger works nearly as well in a pinch  FedUpWithIt All   Aug-26-11 10:34 AM   #59 
     - That should work satisfactorially (sorta)  pnorman   Aug-26-11 11:44 AM   #68 
        - A mop wringer works really good for wringing large and heavy items.  FedUpWithIt All   Aug-26-11 12:45 PM   #74 
           - These washing instructions remind me of the old tub washer (manual of course)  JDPriestly   Aug-26-11 04:46 PM   #117 
  - a 5-gal. bucket w/ a lid, and a bathroom plumber's helper  wizstars   Aug-27-11 11:47 AM   #186 
  - Someone else here reported the same issue after Andrew ('92)  Ruby the Liberal   Aug-26-11 12:00 AM   #13 
  - How about a small home fire extinguisher?  hedgehog   Aug-25-11 11:57 PM   #11 
  - A few good jigsaw puzzles.  JDPriestly   Aug-26-11 04:47 PM   #118 
  - And tuna, tuna, and more - tuna. Be careful w/ peanut butter in case water is in short supply -nt  democrat2thecore   Aug-26-11 12:01 AM   #14 
  - I always have canned meat on hand.  texanwitch   Aug-26-11 12:04 AM   #16 
  - and dont forget  SwampG8r   Aug-26-11 12:06 AM   #18 
  - Mayo/MiracleWhip that is in a jar MUST be refrigerated.  Tx4obama   Aug-26-11 12:10 AM   #21 
     - Not true for commercial mayo or miracle whip.  politicat   Aug-26-11 01:06 AM   #41 
        - :-) good for killing off the mayo food poisoning myth, thanks n/t  w0nderer   Aug-26-11 04:24 PM   #111 
        - It is always best to READ the LABEL. My jar of Miracle Whip says 'refridgerate after opening'.  Tx4obama   Aug-26-11 07:46 PM   #150 
        - If the jar of mayonnaise has never been opened  SheilaT   Aug-26-11 09:38 PM   #166 
  - Buy a box or two of powdered milk. Don't be drinking it if you don't like the  kestrel91316   Aug-26-11 12:06 AM   #17 
  - Instant coffee  Tallulah   Aug-26-11 12:09 AM   #19 
     - I've already brewed a couple of pots and refrigerated them  dddem   Aug-26-11 10:19 PM   #174 
  - You are a prince! Most of this I know from past experience, but the memory jog is priceless! nt  MADem   Aug-26-11 12:09 AM   #20 
  - A cooler with extra thick walls that will keep things really cold for severa days.  texanwitch   Aug-26-11 12:17 AM   #25 
  - Get plenty of ice!  onestepforward   Aug-26-11 01:45 PM   #77 
     - if the filter is biological  w0nderer   Aug-26-11 04:22 PM   #109 
  - that's a decent list  hfojvt   Aug-26-11 12:19 AM   #26 
  - We get blackouts during thunderstorms here a couple of times a year  Lydia Leftcoast   Aug-26-11 10:43 AM   #62 
     - yeah last Saturday the power went out at 1 am  hfojvt   Aug-26-11 02:42 PM   #91 
  - I have a 350 watt inverter that will run TV, computer and refrigerator (barely)..  Fumesucker   Aug-26-11 12:24 AM   #27 
  - Those are great.  texanwitch   Aug-26-11 12:49 AM   #36 
     - Where do you get those? nt  Honeycombe8   Aug-26-11 03:57 PM   #106 
        - I got mine from Radio Shack.  texanwitch   Aug-26-11 05:16 PM   #123 
  - Also, collect all of your water bottles...  CoffeeCat   Aug-26-11 12:35 AM   #29 
  - milk jugs can be iffy  w0nderer   Aug-26-11 04:35 PM   #114 
     - Clean them with hot soapy water as soon as you empty them, and don't put the top back on.  kcass1954   Aug-26-11 07:25 PM   #144 
     - i use gatorade gallon ones instead  w0nderer   Aug-26-11 07:45 PM   #149 
     - We have at least 50 used, gallon, plastic milk jugs with their little snap on lids  bertman   Aug-26-11 08:46 PM   #157 
        - Wait ... re bathtub water for flushing John -- do you put the water in the tank ... or in the bowl??  defendandprotect   Aug-26-11 09:22 PM   #160 
           - A long time ago I had to do it and I put the water into the tank.  Tx4obama   Aug-26-11 09:27 PM   #161 
           - Thank you -- from NJ--!! Presume some here from NC may be reporting soon ... !!  defendandprotect   Aug-26-11 09:33 PM   #163 
           - Just dump it directly into the bowl. You get a lot of GLUBS and a weak flush  bertman   Aug-26-11 09:28 PM   #162 
           - Thank you -- !! Never experienced a hurricane before that I remember ... !!  defendandprotect   Aug-26-11 09:36 PM   #164 
           - I bucket flush the toilet  Kevin Cloyd   Aug-26-11 10:39 PM   #179 
  - Here's a link below to another DU list with some excellent info on it  Tx4obama   Aug-26-11 12:41 AM   #30 
  - I save the empty milk jugs with the lids for hurricane season.  texanwitch   Aug-26-11 12:46 AM   #31 
  - lol you post a list at peril on DU  SwampG8r   Aug-26-11 12:47 AM   #32 
  - Cash  DURHAM D   Aug-26-11 12:48 AM   #33 
  - Smaller denoms too.  Hardrada   Aug-26-11 01:32 AM   #43 
  - I went through Hurricane Ike in Houston.  Manifestor_of_Light   Aug-26-11 01:01 AM   #40 
  - I'm in Houston too. My house is the opposite of yours.  Tx4obama   Aug-26-11 01:07 AM   #42 
     - We have a camp stove for hurricanes  tkmorris   Aug-26-11 02:14 AM   #45 
        - Yeah, we've got one of those, too. Sat in the top of a closet,  gkhouston   Aug-26-11 01:22 PM   #75 
  - A lot on this list is applicable to other disasters besides hurricanes.  calimary   Aug-26-11 02:37 AM   #47 
  - Also remember that newspaper is a good insulation for cold/frozen stuff..  nenagh   Aug-26-11 03:17 AM   #48 
  - If you have a generator....a turbo fan. Not a little wimpy thing  Lochloosa   Aug-26-11 04:57 AM   #49 
  - And print out the list before the power goes out.  JBoy   Aug-26-11 09:42 AM   #50 
  - A few tips I just thought to mention -  TBF   Aug-26-11 09:52 AM   #51 
  - Rita was just a big media hype to make everybody panic.  Manifestor_of_Light   Aug-26-11 11:47 PM   #185 
  - Make sure your Pot stash is loaded up from your "guy" beforehand  snooper2   Aug-26-11 10:03 AM   #52 
  - Add trail mix and lots of cereal  malaise   Aug-26-11 10:05 AM   #53 
  - Little individual size boxes of rice milk or soy milk can be used on cereal  Lydia Leftcoast   Aug-26-11 10:45 AM   #63 
     - LOL  malaise   Aug-26-11 01:30 PM   #76 
        - But it's what makes Thai/Vietnamese coffee so delicious  Lydia Leftcoast   Aug-26-11 02:07 PM   #82 
  - Thanks, Posted a link on my fb page for friends on east coast.  mnhtnbb   Aug-26-11 10:20 AM   #54 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Aug-26-11 10:24 AM   #55 
  - Kick  hedgehog   Aug-26-11 10:31 AM   #56 
  - This is the most helpful post I've seen in days.  Chorophyll   Aug-26-11 10:32 AM   #57 
  - Get a car charger for your cell phone n/t  malaise   Aug-26-11 10:33 AM   #58 
  - Crank radio / shake flashlights.  X_Digger   Aug-26-11 10:40 AM   #61 
  - Outdoor solar yard lights work better and are safer than candles.  FedUpWithIt All   Aug-26-11 10:55 AM   #64 
  - A little about food when living without power for a long period of time.  FedUpWithIt All   Aug-26-11 11:09 AM   #65 
  - Just to clarify...the outdoor path lights make great indoor lampsin the evening  FedUpWithIt All   Aug-26-11 02:15 PM   #85 
  - Outdoor solar lights  Flora   Aug-26-11 02:19 PM   #88 
  - good list n/t  w0nderer   Aug-26-11 07:10 PM   #140 
  - solar flashlight, solar charger ad rechargable batteries  Alameda   Aug-26-11 11:16 AM   #66 
  - Spare Internets so you can retrieve this list.  Gold Metal Flake   Aug-26-11 11:22 AM   #67 
  - Thank you for reminding us. I forwarded it to my folks in Ct and Fla  w8liftinglady   Aug-26-11 11:47 AM   #69 
  - Great List. Just Sent It To A Relative In Philly.  Paladin   Aug-26-11 11:53 AM   #70 
  - Cellphone Battery Charger. The Energizer XP1000 works for most cell phones  LynneSin   Aug-26-11 12:36 PM   #73 
  - If you have a fish tank  onestepforward   Aug-26-11 01:55 PM   #78 
  - they make the battery operated air pumps  w0nderer   Aug-26-11 07:14 PM   #141 
     - Good information. Thanks! n/t  onestepforward   Aug-26-11 10:04 PM   #172 
  - Windup radio and a hose to siphon gas for the generator from the car.  nolabear   Aug-26-11 02:00 PM   #79 
  - K&R (n/t)  a2liberal   Aug-26-11 02:00 PM   #80 
  - Get those prescriptions filled, folks!  nolabear   Aug-26-11 02:03 PM   #81 
  - I always make sure the propane tank is full before storm season starts  LiberalArkie   Aug-26-11 02:12 PM   #83 
  - Excellent! This is useful in tornado country, too. nt  SusanaMontana41   Aug-26-11 02:16 PM   #86 
  - kick  hedgehog   Aug-26-11 02:18 PM   #87 
  - We went over a whole list of stuff last night  Peacetrain   Aug-26-11 02:22 PM   #89 
  - Black plastic solar shower bag or three, solar oven=stuff I used at Burning Man  diane in sf   Aug-26-11 02:39 PM   #90 
  - When there's an emergency like this  Tallulah   Aug-26-11 03:08 PM   #92 
  - This is what we did as well.  NOLALady   Aug-26-11 05:39 PM   #128 
  - This is a wonderful help!  yellerpup   Aug-26-11 03:16 PM   #94 
  - Tip for powdered milk  ThoughtCriminal   Aug-26-11 03:20 PM   #95 
  - EXCELLENT suggestions! nt  gateley   Aug-26-11 03:24 PM   #97 
  - K&R!....nt  Enthusiast   Aug-26-11 03:37 PM   #98 
  - You DU'ers are VERY BORING - I hope not to get trapped in a hurricane with you  Submariner   Aug-26-11 03:49 PM   #100 
  - ONE box of Kirspy Kremes? Lightweight. nt  gateley   Aug-26-11 04:58 PM   #120 
  - Those don't need a list.  Ruby the Liberal   Aug-26-11 05:29 PM   #127 
  - Heh heh. You can share a bottle of rum or good red wine  DinahMoeHum   Aug-26-11 05:56 PM   #129 
  - K&R. ADD: camping drip coffee pot. (Make sure your freezer is FULL...  Honeycombe8   Aug-26-11 03:52 PM   #102 
  - Also, make a list of phone numbers that you 'might' need after the storm passes.  Tx4obama   Aug-26-11 04:34 PM   #113 
  - Most Excellent List !!! - Thank You !!! - K & R !!!  WillyT   Aug-26-11 04:48 PM   #119 
  - If you have a generator and want to run your electronics or a computer....  jeff47   Aug-26-11 05:02 PM   #121 
  - I had a generator the last week of my two week electrical outage....  Tx4obama   Aug-26-11 05:21 PM   #124 
     - Things with motors are basically unaffected  jeff47   Aug-26-11 10:16 PM   #173 
  - meds for your pets. n/t  trud   Aug-26-11 06:04 PM   #130 
  - I was in Ohio, without power for 8 days...  MellowDem   Aug-26-11 06:17 PM   #131 
  - Yep, we had half the countries power people down here.  texanwitch   Aug-26-11 07:05 PM   #137 
  - I'm surprised nobody mentioned ammo  C_eh_N_eh_D_eh   Aug-26-11 06:21 PM   #132 
  - I believe this is the first time I've ever rec'd one of your posts!  DeSwiss   Aug-26-11 06:54 PM   #133 
  - This is such a valuable resource. Thank you for all of the great ideas,  blue neen   Aug-26-11 06:58 PM   #134 
  - A few more to add...  Godot51   Aug-26-11 07:02 PM   #135 
  - Did anyone mention charging up their I-Pods?  blue neen   Aug-26-11 07:05 PM   #136 
  - And charging cell phones and iPads if you are rich enough to have those. n/t  totodeinhere   Aug-26-11 07:32 PM   #148 
     - Many people have the capacity to help in times of emergency:  blue neen   Aug-26-11 11:27 PM   #181 
  - I hope you don't mind - I posted your thread in the Natural Disaster Survival Group here.  calimary   Aug-26-11 07:06 PM   #138 
  - A VERY COOL LIST...for folks of us who've been through impart to those who HAVEN'T!  KoKo   Aug-26-11 07:16 PM   #142 
  - I have total electric so I keep a gas single burner  oldbanjo   Aug-26-11 07:25 PM   #145 
  - That's a good list. And I'm sure that you posted it with good intentions. But...  totodeinhere   Aug-26-11 07:31 PM   #146 
  - Well there is something called borrowing, not everything has to be 'bought'  Tx4obama   Aug-26-11 08:04 PM   #154 
     - I always try to buy stuff when it is like 50 per cent off like solar lights.  texanwitch   Aug-26-11 08:36 PM   #155 
  - Get money out of ATM. Atm's dont work if electricity is out.  jerseyjack   Aug-26-11 07:32 PM   #147 
  - Thank you! Great list.  Bluesbreaker   Aug-26-11 07:47 PM   #151 
  - cash  prete_nero   Aug-26-11 07:55 PM   #152 
  - I'm washing clothes and dishes right now.  rbnyc   Aug-26-11 08:00 PM   #153 
  - To everyone ....  Tx4obama   Aug-26-11 08:44 PM   #156 
  - If you have an old rotary dial phone (or can find one to buy) they work when the power is off.  bertman   Aug-26-11 09:07 PM   #159 
  - A good list! As a Houstonian, I wish I'd had it when Ike struck.  man4allcats   Aug-26-11 09:37 PM   #165 
  - Hey, me too, I wish I had had a list too before Ike hit ;)  Tx4obama   Aug-26-11 10:00 PM   #170 
  - A stock of toilet paper and/or paper towels is also good to have.  sad sally   Aug-26-11 09:51 PM   #167 
  - And paper plates and disposable cups too.  Tx4obama   Aug-26-11 10:02 PM   #171 
  - BTW, might want to add a car charger for your cell phone to the list.  man4allcats   Aug-26-11 09:55 PM   #168 
  - Thanks for the great advice.  Beacool   Aug-26-11 10:24 PM   #175 
  - GOOD ADVICE FOR EARTHQUAKES TOO!  Left Coast2020   Aug-26-11 10:33 PM   #177 
     - Yep, I work on the 31st floor and the building shook plenty that day.  Beacool   Aug-26-11 10:53 PM   #180 
  - Candles that operate on batteries are useful for any emergency.  Zoigal   Aug-26-11 10:30 PM   #176 
  - Good ideas!  AnnieBW   Aug-26-11 10:36 PM   #178 
  - I have Aladdin mantle lamps  BiggJawn   Aug-26-11 11:30 PM   #182 
  - This is fantastic - thank you for sharing  Catlover827   Aug-26-11 11:32 PM   #183 
  - bookmarked  shanti   Aug-26-11 11:44 PM   #184 
  - This tme of year is a good time for buying hurricane related stuff.  texanwitch   Aug-27-11 12:22 PM   #188 
  - In NC and VA there are 670,000 without electricity.  Tx4obama   Aug-27-11 02:29 PM   #189 

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