The power grid is one of those things that most of us take for granted, but it's time to acknowledge that it's getting older, reaching capacity and under attack. In the article “Bracing for a big power grid attack: ‘One is too many'“, USA Today states “About once every four days, part of the nation's power grid — a system whose failure could leave millions in the dark — is struck by a cyber or physical attack.” Without a preparedness blueprint in place, most of us would be in bad shape with an extended grid outage. [Read more…] about When the Power Grid Fails – 10 Things You Need to Prepare
This post is #3 of 3 in The Common Sense Hurricane Guide Series. Please see “Before the Hurricane” and “During the Hurricane” for more information. In this post, we'll talk about returning to your home after evacuation, safety concerns, and cleanup after the hurricane.
Note: Once the hurricane has passed, you still need to be prepared to evacuate if flood waters are threatening. Even after the hurricane is over, flooding can get worse and force an evacuation. Rivers, bayous, reservoirs and lakes can overflow banks and crest quickly, even if the sky is clear. [Read more…] about After the Hurricane – The Common Sense Hurricane Guide Series (Part 3 of 3)
The Common Sense Hurricane Guide Series has three posts: “BEFORE the Hurricane”, “DURING the Hurricane” and “AFTER the Hurricane”. This post assumes you have read through the Before the Hurricane post. This post focuses on what to do as the hurricane approaches and during the hurricane itself. We'll walk through a timeline starting roughly a week before landfall and continuing through the hurricane, covering food, water, shelter, communications and other hurricane preparations.
If you have not prepared for a hurricane, we strongly recommend that you EVACUATE when a hurricane is likely. If yoube cannot evacuate, there are sizable risks. Seriously consider evacuation before you choose to shelter in place.
The Common Sense Hurricane Guide Series has three posts: “BEFORE the Hurricane”, “DURING the Hurricane” and “AFTER the Hurricane”. There's a lot of information, but a hurricane is a lot of storm. We found most hurricane guides to be superficial or flat out wrong, so we set out to create something better, with feedback from our friends who have been through hurricanes. [Read more…] about Before the Hurricane – The Common Sense Hurricane Guide Series (Part 1 of 3)
Flooding from heavy rains and coastal flooding due to storm surges combined with heavy rains have been a common occurrence in recent years. In this post, I'll share my flood experience, focusing on the flood preparedness items I didn't realize I needed – until the storms hit. We also talk about dealing with floodwater contamination in the yard. I want to share this flood preparedness checklist with you so you can avoid the mistakes I made.