I’ve received some questions about how we came through Hurricane Sandy here on Long Island, instead of answering them piecemeal I figured I’d consolidate them into a single post.
On the night of the 7th we got about 2″ of snow here in Mid-Suffolk County.
Luckily Tami, we may have been with out power but we never lost water so we always could flush. If it came to it my plan involved a 5 gallon bucket and water out of the neighbors pool. Since I was already supplying him with power he was on board with this. The only place wher sanitation has been a problem on Long Island is the areas that had the worst flooding. The floods helped to overflow the cesspools and from a first hand account the smell is pretty bad along the south shore communities.
Damon, I felt pretty vulnerable with only 17 gallons of gas on hand. My future plans call for keeping the 17 gallons on hand and rotating it through my Jeep to keep it fresh. I’ll also be buying 3 more 5 gallon gas cans, I’ll only fill them if a storm is imminent. My long term plan is to convert my generator to a Tri-Fuel set up where it can run on Gasoline, Propane, or Natural Gas. I feel that will give me the flexibility to handle my power needs for at least a month. A battery bank is also on the list, so I can handle the overnight with the power off.
Linda, we were “lucky” enough to have the power go out during the day so getting to our stuff wasn’t a problem. I had gotten the flashlights out ahead of time since we were pretty sure we were going to lose power. I have these little plug-in LED lights that turn on when the power goes out, they were helpful at night for getting around when the generator was off. They wereuseful during Irene since we lost power during the night for that storm. This is where I think a headlamp is priceless, the ability to have light and have hands free isn’t to be taken lightly (no pun intended).We have candles on hand but didn’t use them since we had the generator running until bedtime. I felt we were pretty well setup for a Hurricane, a few more batteries would have been nice.
Brian I know the Red Cross is very active in my County, especially in the Mastic Beach and Bellport areas, they are helping to run the shelters. FEMA has been on the news a lot dealing with the power situation but I personally haven’t seen any. I do know through work that they have been helping to get fuel to the utility crews and the crews clearing debris.
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