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Are you prepared to shelter in place?

bcabrobinbcabrobin Posts: 238 ✭✭✭

We are hoping/planning that you can shelter in place (not leaving your home).

Do you have a way to keep your family warm? Have you thought of an other heat source? A way to cook your food. Has anyone checked out any of the solor heat, cooking and chargers?

Basic medical supplies and how to use them.

Make sure you have cash on hand, banks and ATMs may be closed or not working.

Have a plan to contact and know the #'s of out of state family and friends. Many times the local phones are down but long distance still work. You may want to think of having an other way to contact locals. Remember cell phones will most likely not work.

City water and sewage will not work when the power is down. Have a plan of what your going to do for water and if the sewage starts to back up, what can you do.

Try to keep your supplies together so you know where to find them when you need them. Do not keep batteries in flashlights etc. Make sure you have lots of everything.

Have a plan of what you need if you have to leave. Remember if you have babies, sick members, elderly. Have items ready and have Grab and Go bags packed and ready.

Remember to restock your supplies when the event is over so your ready for next time. Remember to look online and get much more info. Stay safe out there!


  • I think sheltering in place is almost always better than bugging out, if it's safe to do so. I even have my dog and cat covered for both instances.

  • judsoncarroll4judsoncarroll4 Moderator Posts: 3,604 admin

    I grew up part time in the mountains of NC and at the coast... about half and half. So, whether a snow/ice storm or a hurricane, we were often without power for weeks, unable to drive... etc. I also lived on my grandparents' farm... root cellar, canned stuff, garden, livestock., etc. Preparedness is just a lifestyle. I honestly don't know another way. How could I not have fuel, food and water on hand? How could I not have tools and know how to use them? How could I not care for my own medical needs? How could I not have guns and ammo? etc, etc, etc....

  • ines871ines871 zn8APosts: 1,290 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hello @bcabrobin

    OToneH, it is Kind of you to CARE about other people, so much, that this past week you started no less THREE threads about Preparedness: on 11/9 https://community.thegrownetwork.com/discussion/842348/are-you-prepared#latest in which however you did not further participate. Then the very next day 11/10 https://community.thegrownetwork.com/discussion/842350/are-you-prepared-food#latest in which you also did not further participate. And now today 11/13, yet a 3rd. time https://community.thegrownetwork.com/discussion/842369/are-you-prepared-have-you-thought-of#latest Are you gonna participate in this thread? - or is EVERY single day gonna be yet another !!! "prepper" thread.

    Surely we all Agree... Preparedness (all bazillion facets of it) is wise.... - Yet you could be Combining... all these threads into the SAME topic.

    okay ?

    Please Think about it. Thank you !

    And have a Safe & wonderful Autumn... week with each day yet more Rewarding...

  • ines871ines871 zn8APosts: 1,290 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi @Mary Linda Bittle - Half of us want to "shelter in place", for obvious reasons: How do you GO anywhere else, when the only thing you can currently MOVE is your head+mouth+eye-lids. ??

    Me, otoh, at the 1st. sign of serious trouble: I have always "RUN-away...." iow (have changed addresses 140x+); iow the very thought of STAY freaks me out ! - And to cope with that, most of the time, I refuse to even think about it; because driving myself crazy! does no one in the family any good.

    So for PREP:

    1.in my heart is the Bible & Thank God I can chat with my Bestest-friend 100x daily & more.

    2.I have taught CPR & First Aid with the Red Cross since a teen.

    3.From nursing have a bazillion Supplies...

    4.Water & foods... to last like 1/2 year, or longer. And continually Add yet more.

    5.we have lots of ways to keep foods cold.

    6.we have a little outside Cookstove we could use, but I think I need some coals ?

    7.Sleeping bags, & Down-comforter, & a bazillion Warm clothes (to save $ in winter, only 1 room is heated).

    8.just last year, I paid for a Brand NEW roof.

    9.Money ?? - what is that?

    10.the car needs maintenance, (see# 9 )

    11.Cell-phone? - we've lived sans 1 for 66 years. Tho we could call 911. Don't even go there, as the last time that was used, they nearly killed me, & I'm still trying to heal from 2 acts of medical malpractices.

    12.obviously there are a bazillion more preparations going on, on a continuing basis.

    Here's the essential Relationship : God says: Do your part to the best of your abilities..., & then I will DO the rest. That is all that can be expected of any of us.

    So when someone merely posts like FOUR HUNDRED MORE ! things that MUST be done, I want to throw up !! Those LISTS are Totally overwhelming, especially to someone who already Daily faces Formidable... odds.

    Can anybody understand ?

  • OhiohillsLouiseOhiohillsLouise Posts: 121 ✭✭✭

    Shelter in place at my house is definitely preferred. I have the necessities including an outhouse lol. If I need to leave I have a bug out bag for a quick get away. But I also have a bug out bucket for a not-as-quick get away. The bucket contains important but not as critical stuff that I can throw in the car. And the bucket itself can be handy as a seat, toilet, to keep things dry, etc.

  • bcabrobinbcabrobin Posts: 238 ✭✭✭

    I hope after the last 3 + months people see they need to think, be prepared, have a plan for "what would you do?" when this happens.

    Have more than 1 package of toilet paper (hidden if you have to)

    Have enough food put back that you do not have to go to the store for at least 2 weeks, 4 would be even better. I understand not having enough money to buy a lot, can you buy 1 extra can of soup or beans or better yet a bag of beans or rice, (store in a can or plastic container, so the bugs/mice can't get it) each time you shop and put it back. Start somewhere, may not be the food your family eats all the time but if their hungry enough they will eat it.

    We didn't have wide spread power outages during this time but what would you do if we did?

    Please have a bag ready to grab and leave. A bug out bag - leave in a minute, you don't have time to pack bag. a couple of great resources are: https://www.thebugoutbagguide.com/family-bug-out-bag/ or https://www.fatherly.com/gear/best-bug-out-bag-emergency-kit-go-bag-family/ or https://www.thebugoutbagguide.com/bug-out-bag-list/ to post a few.

    Do a internet search, look at the lists, but only put in the items that fit your area. If you live in Florida you probably don't need winter gear.

    Do think about you have to carry this bag, how far are you going to get with a 50# bag?

    Good luck stay safe!

  • flowerpower *flowerpower * Posts: 254 ✭✭✭
    edited November 2020

    I live in a home where I require electricity and natural gas to heat. The area also has little food production capacity in the winter except for hunting. The people in my small town are very focused just on their family group. I don't think I have a lot to work with here and wonder if I should move to a climate where it is warmer and easier to grow food, say by next winter.

    To survive here with the power out independently I could do winter camping in my home - pitching a tent or hyper insulating one small room, arrange a way to cook. I could possibly move into the home of someone with wood heat, but I do not have that arranged so far and I would find that very challenging.

    I would like to see a community solution. I can figure one out but getting buy in on that at the last minute seems a bit daunting. I can imagine a solution but getting miscellaneous people to join in is not one of my gifts so far.

  • monica197monica197 Posts: 875 ✭✭✭✭

    Something I have considered is the importance of disseminating information about what to do with personal sewage (bathroom waste) should plumbing go out to those in my neighborhood. Having those around me on the same page and knowledgeable will save many from sickness.

    Additionally, I have considered how to also conserve wood. If cooking or heat is an issue, diving into the woods and willy nilly putting down trees could be devastating as opposed to first using fallen branches, smaller brush that needs to be thinned - making wise choices...which most don't do in a crisis.

  • TaveTave Moderator In the AndesPosts: 673 admin

    There's so much focus on the bug-out bag, and that's important in an evacuation situation. But we do need to think about what we'll do if we have to stay and the grid is down. Besides a food stash, I have a week's worth of water stored and a 5-gallon bucket to make an emergency composting toilet if the need arises. Because of being in an area where there is a water shortage, we also have a holding tank on the roof that holds enough water for two days.

  • SlippySlippy Posts: 117 ✭✭✭

    Living on a "Homestead in Progress" 1 mile down a private gravel road, off of a small county road about 3 miles from a 1 stoplight town, 40 miles from the closest city...YES!!, we are prepared to stay at home should circumstances call for that.

    The sign on my gate says, "This Gate Is Locked For YOUR Protection Not Mine". I found that pretty sums up my situation! 😉

  • stephanie447stephanie447 Ayurvedic Practitioner Annapolis, MDPosts: 337 ✭✭✭

    We are on a septic system so don't have to worry about city sewage but if the power goes out for an extended period of time, that would be bad. Have a fireplace if things get cold though.

  • lewis.mary.elewis.mary.e Posts: 199 ✭✭✭

    We are prepared to shelter in place for probably a month or two. We actually had a minor test run a couple of weeks ago, because my husband had a Covid scare. We all stayed home for a week.

    The one thing we don't have is Solar panels, but we are actively looking into making that happen.

  • karenjanickikarenjanicki Posts: 712 ✭✭✭✭

    I believe being prepared is very important.

  • flowerpower *flowerpower * Posts: 254 ✭✭✭

    Prepare for how long is always the question. If the power goes out at night and its warm, most of us can just sleep through it. I would like to unplug from the grid as an option. A list & some thoughts follow. Heat. Cooking Food. Water. Water Sanitization. Food. Medicine herbal. Medicine for drug replacement. Lighting at night. Emergency Lighting. Consumer goods. Money & Barter. Communication. Safety. Clothing. Animal care supplies. Food production supplies like seeds.

  • Gail HGail H Posts: 359 ✭✭✭✭

    I think we would be fine for a month food-wise. Our house is passive solar and we have a wood burning stove, so we wouldn't freeze.

    We actually prefer to lose power in the winter because we don't have to panic about the food in the freezer. I have finally learned to pressure can, so hopefully our food storage won't be so freezer dependent in the future.

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