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October 13th, 2016 at 11:52 pm

So we're getting ready for what they are calling a post typhoon cyclone coming our way. This will likely be the worst storm to hit the west coast in my lifetime. Actually, it is to be a series of 3 storms to hit in rapid succession which are stemming from a Super Typhoon called Songda that is making its way across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

We have plenty of shelf stable food, I've canned so much, and we have all of the staples I normally keep in food storage. We have our regular two cases of water in food storage and tonight we'll fill one of the bathtubs just in case we end up needing washing water or flushing water. We also have the 3 50 gallon rain barrels for further backup and to water the animals.

We've got a new, full BBQ-sized propane tank and 2 of the smaller propane tanks for the camp stove in case we end up having to cook on that. We've filled up the gas tank in the van. We've got the power station charging. It'll run my c-pap machine and DH's b-pap machine if we lose power. DH and I have been talking about getting a generator as well. I'd like to have something we can plug a couple of heaters into and a lamp and the fridge.

Our batteries are stocked up. Our cameras and cell phones are charged. Our computer batteries are charged. Our flashlights that don't take batteries are charged. Our regular flashlights and candles and lighters have all been rounded up.

We've tied down the garden low tunnels but we are talking about 50 to 70 knots of sustained winds so I am not sure it will make any difference in the end. Hopefully it will though. We've got all the empty pallets stacked in the garage now so they won't get rained on or go flying.

The rabbits have been taken care of early and the shutters are locked on the rabbit shed. The birds are going in early as well with extra food and water in case they can't come out tomorrow. Garage chicken has been secured with extra food and water (she's recovering from an injury) in her cage.

I can't think of anything else we need to do. We don't generally get storms quite this bad. Those of you who go through hurricanes on a regular basis over on the East coast, can you think of anything else I might need to do to prep?

12 Responses to “Storm Prep”

  1. Carol Says:

    You seem to be super well prepared. All I can think of is the hand crank can opener and look around outside for loose stuff to put into the garage-- like flowerpots or decorative things,

  2. Carol Says:

    I forgot-- stay safe and good luck!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    I would fill another bathtub if needed for flushing toilets. We've had neighbors without power for three and four days. Water will be essential. You do sound very prepared. I'd leave all phones plugged in as much as possible until you lose power. Then if you do, I'd only use one (from your families stash) at a time.

    Do you have extra fuel for your van? If power is out for awhile and you do need to drive, stations won't have power either. We saw a lot of long lines at stations after the storm, because some people didn't have power and were filling up for their generators at stations that did have power.

    You might also make sure to have cash on hand, ATMs won't work so great without power!

    Stay safe! Avoid driving through any water covered streets after the storm passes. Roads do deteriorate. Most of the deaths here in the last week have been from drownings. Frown

  4. AnotherReader Says:

    For 4 people I would have more than two cases of bottled water. We keep two cases per person inside the house. Forty one-gallon bottles of Crystal Geyser are in the garage. Our primary fear is earthquakes, and it could be a week or more before the roads are passable or help is available.

    The large refillable water bottles (5 gallon or more) are easy to store as well. In an emergency, plastic food-grade buckets with lids will do. We keep the cat litter buckets with lids to fill with non-potable water for flushing.

  5. AnotherReader Says:

    Also, we keep a battery and hand crank operated radio. Oddly, in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, our power was on and we got better news from the local TV stations than from the radio.

  6. Kiki Says:

    You probably already have these things but:

    A wrench to turn off utilities if necessary?
    Extra prescriptions if necessary?
    cash in case machines or power is down?
    Fire extinguisher? ( I know silly with a rain storm but could be handy.)
    Tarps if needed for chicken coop or rabbit hutch? (or roof?)

    I live in an urban area and prefer quiet generators that don't use gas/propane. I have two goal zero solar generators: one Yeti 1250 and several of the Yeti 400. I like them because they can be left plugged in to a wall source but when power is out can be repowered by solar energy. I use the 400 when we go camping. The 1250 weighs 65 pounds and even though it has a little cart to move it around it stays in my master closet charging until needed. While it would keep my refrigerator cold for about a day I actually have a 3 foot dorm fridge that would plug in that would hold the important perishables from the fridge. I have a back yard that gets lots of sun to charge them.

  7. Pnwmom Says:

    It's pouring here in Portland tonight and more on the way here too....stay safe!

  8. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Stay safe, good luck!

  9. Trying to get ahead Says:

    Everything looks like it was covered with the above suggestions. You may want to each pack a bag for each family member with essentials to have at the ready in case authorities issue mandatory evacuations. If you lose power and it looks like a long time, eat the perishables first. Good luck and stay safe!

  10. Trying to get ahead Says:

    Matthew passed through and as of this morning, 1300 households are still without power a week later. Be prepared for a possible long outage.

  11. Bluebird Says:

    Stay safe LR, thinking of you all!

  12. debt-free by thir-ty Says:

    I second the go-bag and more water (both in the tub and drinking water). I'd also make sure you have board games/craft projects/puzzles or some other form of entertainment that doesn't require you draining your electronics batteries in case the power is out for an extended period of time.

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