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Posted: 8/23/2017 7:49:39 PM EDT
The Texas hurricane thing got me thinking. We all know to be well stocked with canned food, water, batteries, beer, ammo, etc for these things where civilization might take a break for 3 or 4 weeks when the power goes out after a hurricane, etc

What often not thought of things should everyone keep handy?

Fill them propane tanks for yer grill!
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 7:57:08 PM EDT
[#1]
Condoms and whiskey.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 7:57:32 PM EDT
[#2]
gasoline
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 8:06:21 PM EDT
[#3]
Toilet paper. Lots of cans for water.
The last time we had one hit here I filled 2 45 gal trash cans with water up stairs in a 4 bedroom cape.
I ran a hose down the stairs, got a siphon running and had a hose valve on it.
Need to flush the toilet, no problem, want to take a whores bath, go for it.
We were 2 weeks with out power and it worked great. If you have city water then you dont need it.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 8:07:28 PM EDT
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All I need is diesel and evething is good. Had our 750 gallon tank filled up today.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 8:26:37 PM EDT
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Assuming there's a generator in the mix, an amplified HDTV antenna (Mohu Leaf 50 or similar,etc.). Had one in the aftermath of Sandy on Long Island. In the evenings it was helpful for family morale and for simply finding out what was going on in the rest of the world - near and far - for the subsequent two weeks without power from (then) LIPA. Modern LED HDTVs use little power and the amplified antenna uses even less. So, no fear of "wasting" significant amounts of fuel to watch it as the fridge and freezer are powered through the evenings.

Also, a sufficient stock on hand of whatever the appropriate synthetic grade oil is for said generator (along with a good siphon or two).
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 8:28:05 PM EDT
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Bread, eggs, and milk.  Gotta have french toast.  Mmm.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 8:34:01 PM EDT
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The Texas hurricane thing got me thinking. We all know to be well stocked with canned food, water, batteries, beer, ammo, etc for these things where civilization might take a break for 3 or 4 weeks when the power goes out after a hurricane, etc

What often not thought of things should everyone keep handy?

Fill them propane tanks for yer grill!
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I'm in Miami and so I go through this every year, even though it's been quiet since Wilma in 2005.

I put together a car camping/SHTF kit in 2012 and I bought a little 3 man tent, AM/FM/SW radio, sleeping bags, solar chargers, battery chargers, water filters (Sawyer), propane burners/lanterns/table top grill, small cookware set, 12vdc fans, paracord, 1st aid kit...stuff like that.

I've only lost power for 18 hours and 15 hours (Andrew/Wilma) but my GF, uncle and boss were down for 7 days to 3 weeks, so that' s a lot of time if you don't have the cash to go stay in a cushy hotel.

Chris
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 8:38:14 PM EDT
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Box fan to dry clothes (clothesline was in our house; kept raining outside). We also ran a dehumidifier inside the house periodically when Hurricane Matthew knocked us out of power for 5 days. Just have enough gas to keep the generators running and everything is gtg from there. Ample flashlights/lanterns was helpful too. Stash a bunch of water beforehand. 

Also paper plates, napkins and disposable cutlery were good to have. 
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 8:43:51 PM EDT
[#9]
What Hurricane?
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 8:47:33 PM EDT
[#10]
Here's a simple tip many people don't think about.  Freeze at least one case of bottled water.  If you lose power for a couple days they can be used to keep food in the fridge/coolers cold and then You have extra drinking water when it thaws out.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 8:59:21 PM EDT
[#11]
TP, water, tealight candles, bar and chain oil, gas
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:00:46 PM EDT
[#12]
get yourself a hammock , cheap and very useful.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:04:08 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:06:14 PM EDT
[#14]
Make sure your genny works BEFORE hurricane season.

Keep car gastanks relatively topped off during storm threats.

Have one or two tarps just in case.

Power extension cords.

Chainsaws. Neighborhood brigade is x10 faster than ciry/county anything to clear roads.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:06:50 PM EDT
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The one that aint but will be..............................Harvey
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:09:25 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:10:32 PM EDT
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Keep your freezer full. Every time that you take something out, put a water jug in it's place. A full freezer maintains temp better than a half full one does.

As soon as the power goes out, take every spare blanket that you can scrounge and cover that freezer. only open it if you have to. Run your generator until the compressor on the freezer kicks off.  No need to run it after that. About 3-4 times each day,(depending on how hot it is) fire up the generator and get that freezer compressor going.

eta, some board games and cards make the time pass easier too.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:13:35 PM EDT
[#18]
Fingernail clippers
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:16:10 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:18:21 PM EDT
[#20]
Baby wipes. Bug spray and instant coffee.


I have no generator and little need for one.  Same with big freezer.  I'd keep gas for my saw and car on hand but not much.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:21:27 PM EDT
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 Test ( Excercise ) your  backup generator  at least 2 or 3 times per year.
 Things with really long shelf life, like toilet paper and hundred dollar bills should be kept in quantity.
 Gasoline evaporates and loses it's essence  from  small plastic jugs
 Gasoline  will last a long time  in  LARGE  steel  tanks, less surface area per volume.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:23:32 PM EDT
[#22]
toilet paper
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:31:08 PM EDT
[#23]
I have a gas stove and water heater.  So I have all of the hot water I need.

During Ike, the only things I needed were ice, gas and a charge for my phone.  I cooked all of my food as it thawed. I charged my phone while sitting in line for gas.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:54:45 PM EDT
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If you have a propane tank grill, top it off and the back up tank. 

Can't have too many gas cans filled up. Top off car gas tanks

Batteries, lanterns, genny, extension cords. 

Fresh water. Figure at least 1 gallon/person/day. Also fill up your bathtubs right before storm for other uses and backup (toilet flushing for example). 

Saw a special on Walmart once. When a storm is announced, their number one food seller are pop tarts. 

ETA-for a creature comfort, made sure I had a easy way to make coffee without power JIC. French press and manual grinder.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 10:02:31 PM EDT
[#25]
Books, crossword puzzles, basically shit to keep me occupied.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 10:04:51 PM EDT
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Everyone tends to forget the "soft" preps. YOU NEED shit to disengage your brain during a disaster.

Board games, puzzle books, and music can go a real long way.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 10:07:14 PM EDT
[#27]
Beer and water . Gas and food that is grille friendly
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 10:12:04 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/23/2017 10:18:16 PM EDT
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I will say this about the Rainbow hippies who set up in the Fred's parking lot across from the Waveland PD in Mississippi after Katrina.  They understood that kids needed to be kids and set up a kids tent (car port canopy) with all kinds of games, coloring books and puzzles.  They truly needed the distraction.  I bought 6 folding tables and a ton of chairs for them.  I just couldn't help myself, the hippies were doing some good at that point.
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I tend to dismiss hippies but as a whole, they tend to be better equipped to make it through a disaster versus the guy down the street who bought all his preps from NitroPak back in 1999 and is still waiting for a chance to use them. They're used to some pretty austere conditions so if the water is off and the bank ATM is down, life goes on for them.

*Does not apply to the fake hippies with their Subaru's who hold down a job at Amazon and live in Seattle.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 10:20:13 PM EDT
[#30]
Can opener x2 - in case one breaks.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 10:23:36 PM EDT
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I keep water bob's at my house. If it looks like it's going to be bad. Put one in the spare bathrooms (family of 3 with 4 bathrooms at my house so plenty of space for these).  Holds 100 gallons each and comes with a syphon so you can get the water.

water bob

Large propane smoker that I double as an oven (foil oven pans fit perfectly)

this is the model I use

I keep one of these for cooking, 3 burner, comes with a griddle top and wind screen and has 3 30,000BTU burners that get plenty hot. Can easily make large Gumbo pots of all the shit that will defrost when the power goes out.

Denali Pro

One top of that I have my BBQ pit I can grill food on.

I have 3 propane tanks that I use. Almost always topped off.

I keep a machete and chain saw in the garage for when you need it, Tons of ammo and fresh batteries.  I keep plenty of LED flashlights all around the house, one at each entry way, one in the living room, one in the kitchen and multiple in my bedroom.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 10:25:51 PM EDT
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As someone already mentioned - gas.

If there's a power outage, the gas pumps stop working and the stations aren't going to let you dip it out.

Don't wait until a couple days before the storm to fill your cans.  That's what everyone else is planning on doing.

Also, keep your cans in a shed away from ignition sources.

I have ten MFCs, but they sit empty in the garage.  When they get filled, they go out to the shed.
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I keep most of mine filled and out in a shed well away from the house. Rotated the fuel out a few weeks ago.

Link Posted: 8/23/2017 10:26:09 PM EDT
[#33]
manual can opener
spare chainsaw chain
file to sharpen said chain  
bug spray
baby wipes
ear plugs - for when everyone in your neighborhood is running their generators at 2:00am
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 10:38:00 PM EDT
[#34]
Glow sticks make good low light kid flashlights to get back and forth between rooms.

A single plug in hot plate run off the generator was a nice option to have for cooking.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 10:51:47 PM EDT
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A deck of cards, monopoly and dominos.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 10:54:08 PM EDT
[#36]
popcorn.

It's not all limb cutting and ass wiping.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 10:59:37 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/23/2017 11:04:30 PM EDT
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Instant coffee is worth repeating. Also having cleaned and pressed clothes ready to go if you are still expected to show up to work at an office or similar job. Sometimes everybody but you has power on at home and you don't want to be the smelly bearded guy in wrinkled clothes.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 11:09:55 PM EDT
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I bought a snorkel kit for my 3500 generator a couple of years ago to make it dual fuel. Have not run it on gasoline since. Keep about 3 propane tanks for it full all the time. The 4th tank goes to the grill.

The kit was around $100 and pretty simple to install.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 11:10:20 PM EDT
[#40]
Power inverter and a 12 volt battery charger (and a car battery).

Can charge your batteries while running your generator during the day, hook the inverter up and have quiet power at night.

At my old house I kept two car batteries on trickle chargers in the garage.

New house I have a golf cart so I can just run the inverter off that instead.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 11:24:15 PM EDT
[#41]
Liquor ane smokes are great trade tools.

Been through enough hurricanes in FL and the Caribbean.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 11:26:08 PM EDT
[#42]
Water, large chest coolers, ++candles, matches, ++lightsticks, more water, hand wipes, water, hand soap, disposable plates/utensils, paper towels, kitchen trash bags, water, books to read, battery operated radio with hand crank, batteries.

When you are without power for several days - hygiene becomes very important.  Soap, bleach and hand wipes are important - as is hand washing.  Light dims early and dealing with boredom and need for information & entertainment is important - hence the radio.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 11:35:25 PM EDT
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Fingernail clippers
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Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:22:36 AM EDT
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Liquor ane smokes are great trade tools.

Been through enough hurricanes in FL and the Caribbean.
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I think I know about 5 people who still smoke. Maybe less.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:30:04 AM EDT
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A single plug in hot plate run off the generator was a nice option to have for cooking.
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This comes in handy for cooking, and doesn't require electricity
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:46:21 AM EDT
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Booze and wet wipes, bro....booze and wet wipes!!
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:50:43 AM EDT
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Maps

Pens paper

Porn mags.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:57:58 AM EDT
[#48]
Me, I high tail it out of there and go someplace nice.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 1:01:15 AM EDT
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School districts were handing these out to teachers etc. My sister gave me one and it's not bad for emergencies. Better than diggin a hole in the backyard.

Keep it filled with TP and maybe some septic tank fluid.

Link Posted: 8/24/2017 1:01:20 AM EDT
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Lube.
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