Well obviously many know what we have been up too…Super Storm Sandy!
We lucked out this year, not losing power and living on the outer rim of the storm, there was a part that swept right over us.
I thought last years storm with the snow was much scarier since trees were dropping left and right. Yet, do be fooled, the rain and the wind caused panic all day…..it felt like we were just waiting for hell to break loose and the wrath of Sandy to let her fury out. With the size of the storm, we felt the impact all day and night long.
Our friends south of us in CT, NY and NJ not so lucky as you have seen on the television.
This is the type of damage we had in our community. When trees go down we lose power, and we lose water and sanitation.
The lesson learned…be prepared for emergencies.
We were about 80 percent prepared.
We had food, water, the house cleaned up, the yard (trampoline, halloween, flower pots etc) all put away.
Where we failed again was in the generator department. Every year we say we are going to buy one and every year we don’t. This year we shopped for one but couldn’t find one any where. With 4 major storms in three years they haven’t been so easy to get your hands on.
Our goal is to try and have one in our hand by January. I know it’s a little late that is for sure but we have survived this far….it is a game of roulette. But this is the last time…we are buying one as soon as we can get one.
Brian was supposed to be working in Baltimore on Monday, Pennsylvania Tuesday and Manhattan today…I begged him not to go. In his mind, he thought it wasn’t going to be that bad….But as the storm crept closer, he finally cancelled Sunday night. Thank Heaven!
He leaves tomorrow for work in mid-town Manhattan for two days, that is if the airports open up.
While he was home we worked on cleaning out our storage room and recessing our food storage which is minimal right now. Sure we have long term food storage like wheat, rice and beans. But I hate to break it to you… in a storm like we have had the last couple of years, you are not cooking a pot of chili or cracking open a 50 gallon water jug.
The 72 hour storm pantry looks differently, it is fast and easy and that is where we suffer. It is more bottled water, things you can eat from a box and hopefully still cook on a gas stove. It is the everyday food and we struggle enough with that we need to do better with storing.
We have got to work on that specific area in the next year because the storms cost so much money.
We had a great family night around the fire. Now I want to get up and get outside…I feel cabin fever!