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97. EXCELLENT suggestions! nt
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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 lights...like 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 it..to 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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