In Response to Re: WHICH WEATHER DISASTER OF 2011 AFFECTED YOU THE MOST????????:
GRANA here; Fortunately we (NewEngland) were not affected as badly as other areas of the country . Groundhog day blizzard was bad for many here: homes lost power( wellsdid not pump; filtratiion systems failed; no heat; hot water or cooking fuel for several weeks.Many in the POWER COMPANIES lost their jobs( for the ovelylong length of the power outage POWER COMPANY investors lost their investments due to lawsuits& fines. l POWER COMPANY employees lost their lives trying to restore the power. Some residents lost their homes trying to heat w/ indoor fires ( not in fiireplaces ) Too many elderly & disabled lost their homes of independant living & had to move to nursing homes Many pets were lost(litterally or to death) during the storm Priceless & irrepaceable art objects & paintings were damaged beyond repair While I was inconvenienced ( stuck indoors; cooking became a chalenge; colder han usual; I suffered more from inconvenience than to any real depravation in my own life.We were well stocked w/matces & candles, nearly ready to eat foods; blankets & pet supplies. we use gas for cooking &only needed to srike a match to light the burners on the stove(electronic ignition, of course was lost) I'm aware of no neighbors experiencing greater discomforts or loss.I was prepared to offer extra matches & helpfull tips to any needing it. we all stayed inside our own homes & saw nothing of each other (typical of New Englanders) But hearring of what those in drought; flood tornasdo & wildfire areas endured; was a different type of suffering for me. I could do nothing to help excpt p pray. We donated to theRED CROSS flood relief &later found that ur donation was kept & sed /in our state.I guess it helped others here, but not thhose for whom we intended the help. We donated to pet shelters in disaster areas( they too needed to repair/ rebuild & much time & $$$ was spent trying to reunite lost pets w/theirowners or transporting them t other(un-affected)areas for placement/adoption. Plese learnfrom this year"s(2-11) history& beprepared for othersch disasters in the future: . *** Have your pet(s)fitted w/ identification in case their colar is lost; stock your pantry w/ edibles tht don't need cooking. *** Have a MANUAL can opener in case you cannot operate your electric one. *** Have extra drinking water; clean dry blankets& warm clothing on hand. Have all life esential medications on hand( insulin ) heart meds; asthma & allergy meds; oxygen ; whatever you must have to sustain & maintain life , **** Have first-aid kits for your family & your pets and be sure items are till fresh & useable! *** a cellphone( fully charged ) might be usefull (if affordable? to you?)
Posted by ann h
Ann,These are all important things to have on hand.I have a cordless phone that needs electricity,so I went out and bought one that doesn't need it .I have used this often when the power went out.Have batties on hand,buy a wind up alarm clock so you can tell what time it is and to remind yourself when to work or just to take your meds.This is imortant to be able to find lost pets I had both of my dogs microchipped,the cost was about $ 40 a piece.For those of you that don't know about microchipping I had this done when I had them spayed and nuetered.A small chip is inserted between their shoulders, it is about the size of a grain of rice.The needle they use is a large one so I chose to have this done when they were under anesthesia.My niece had her dog microchipped by her breeder and the dog was awake,he did have some pain.You register the dog with the maker of the microchip and leave contact numbers with them.I have a gas stove so I'm prepared to use this or our outside grill if we lose power and I also have a French press coffee pot that requires boiling water.I wouldn't want to go without coffee and I'm sure the people around me wouldn't want me to go without my coffee either. lol lol lol !