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Emergency prep? What do you do ahead of the storm?

As Winter Storm Caly starts its march across the northern part of the country, I am shivering just looking at the temps! And the snowfall! Yikes! 

Down here in Georgia, we're going to get a few coldish nights — temps in the high 20s and low 30s, and maybe some rain. Still, what with all the rain we've had, if there's rain AND cold AND wind, that means ice, and maybe downed trees and power lines — which means we'd better be prepared for the worst, no matter where we live.

There's a blog post on  that gives you tips on how to prevent the cold weather from stirring up your asthma. But don't forget other things as well:

  •  Charge your neb battery – if you don't have a battery operated neb, do you have inhaler versions of your meds?
  •  Be careful of "burning" things in a power outage – candles, wood in fireplace. Not only can it stir up your asthma, but it can be a fire hazard. There are all sorts of battery operated lights out there that give you emergency lighting. 
  •  Pack a "bug out" bag in case you need to leave quickly to go to a hotel or friend/family house. Have all your meds plus extra since you will be in a different environment with different triggers.

So what do you do to prepare for an emergency?

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  • Jen

    Even if the power doesn't go out, sometimes the roads are bad enough that we're stuck at home for a few days.  So…some other things we do:

    • Refill any meds we use regularly that are up for refill.
    • Keep extra food on hand all winter long in case a storm happens before I've had a chance to do my weekly shop.  I recently bought some extra frozen meals (burritos, nuggets/fries, potstickers, etc) and stashed them in my downstairs freezer.
    • Make sure I have a good stash of other things I use regularly:
      • Toilet paper
      • Cleaning supplies – laundry and dish stuff specifically…other cleaning can wait
      • Personal care supplies – diapers (for my son), shampoo, soap, toothpaste etc.
    • Charge all of our devices – phones, tablets, battery packs that we can use to recharge them if our power goes out, etc.

    ***I've been pretty good with most of the above.  What I really need to do is figure out where our snow shovels are.  Pretty sure they're still at our old house.  

     

    Is there anything you've done already to prepare for winter weather?

  • Jen

    No yucky weather yet – well, besides cold.  I  went to Sam's Club the other day.  When I came home, dd2 said, "I think you bought too much."    Yep…started stocking up on more stuff.  Between the big pantry at our new house and an extra fridge/freezer, we certainly have enough space for it, so why not?  

    One thing I need to do is to track down where our flashlight/camping lantern bin is.  It should be reasonably well stocked as we take it camping with us with plenty of extra batteries.  I suppose it would be good to have it readily accessible, instead of buried in the room with all of the other stuff we moved over.

  • Jen

    We're supposed to see our first bit of winter weather mess (not referring to the freezing temps we've had the last 2 days) tonight into tomorrow.  Freezing rain, sleet and snow.  It shouldn't stick around long as it's supposed to warm up tomorrow afternoon.  I need to get out to the store this afternoon to pick up a few things – milk for ds and supplies for candy making.

  • Jen

    It was pretty nasty overnight Friday into Saturday.  MD state troopers responded to hundreds of accidents, including one where a gas tanker fell from a bridge and exploded on train tracks below.    Fortunately, the weather cleared up by noon on Sunday.  Speaking of all the accidents, it's a good reminder to make sure you keep a travel bag of stuff with you (though don't store meds in the car) in case you get stuck in major traffic due to the weather.

    Buckeyes?  If you want them, you better come soon.  Only made one batch for my crew. The rest of the batches went to school staff.

  • K8sMom2002

    Yuck on the weather, Jen! I do keep a blanket in the trunk, as well as some jumper cables, but beyond that and my collection of stadium seats for football games, nada. 

    What do you think would be good to have in an emergency bag? 

  • Jen

    A stash of bottled water and some snacks would be good.  To be honest, we don't have a special emergency bag/kit.  I go with the assumption that my ridiculously messy minivan will carry enough stuff of some sort to sustain us for a few hours. When the weather is crummy, we don't tend to head out anywhere.

  • K8sMom2002

    Anybody else in the path of the cold weather that's going to hit the South this weekend?

    We are moving from 70 degree days to a high that's supposed to be all of mid thirties on Saturday — and with a winter storm advisory. We're expecting rain. Those folks who are north of us are expecting snow — several inches! (And we're in Georgia, where a half inch can paralyze us.)

    I'm more worried about freezing rain, and the timing. Usually I get a heads up in time to do grocery shopping, but this system changed pretty quickly. Combine that with the fact that I usually shop on Saturdays. That means that my cupboards will be the lowest on the day that is supposed to be the worst weather-wise.

    I can't shop this evening … I have to go to a parent meeting that the school hosts in order to pick up my DD's report card, and they're having a big informational presentation on the new state required Capstone project that high school kids have to do in order to graduate. 

    And Friday night the weather is supposed to begin getting worse. Ugh!

    At least I have some supplies on hand from earlier storms.

    What are you guys doing to prepare?

  • Jen

    We had a tease with some warm-ish (50's) weather yesterday.  It's much colder today through the weekend (highs in the 30s today, in the teens over the weekend). We're supposed to get some snow tonight, but only a dusting to an inch or so.  But…the timing may affect the morning commute.  My girls are hoping for the first delayed opening of this school year.  While I won't mind sleeping in a bit, it will nix my gym time.  Oh well…guess I could do some stuff around the house.  The roads are supposed to clear by mid morning and it looks like we're far enough north that we will miss the 2nd storm that's hitting the south.  Thank goodness because dd2 has a lacrosse tournament in PA this weekend and we're planning to leave tomorrow.  Fortunately it's an indoor tournament.

  • K8sMom2002

    It's definitely cooler today than it was yesterday, and tomorrow, it's supposed to dip even further. Maybe it will miss us? I hate it for all of those in North Georgia, and I heard that North Carolina might get a bunch of snow. So I'm thinking that our folks like @GigiGibson may be in for some brrrrr weather. 

    Who else lives in the Carolinas? @Rfinchertaylor, don't you live in the south?

  • Rfinchertaylor

    Yes, I live in North Carolina also.  Right on the Virginia border.  Different news stations has indicated different levels of snow, but they are anticipating anywhere from 1-4 inches of snow in my area Friday night.  If it is just snow that is not so bad, but it is the wintry mix that really causes problems.

  • K8sMom2002

    Renee, that's so true — I have learned to hate the term "wintry mix." Snow trying to be rain trying to be sleet is no fun for anyone. 

    DD offered to drive ME on Saturday if I was too chicken to drive for groceries. Uh … if I'm this old and have driven in wintry mix weather before, why would I want to put a kid with her learner's permit behind the wheel??

  • GigiGibson

    We are supposed to get from 4-8 inches. Enough to paralyze these folks. I lived in VA 8 years so I'm no stranger to it but folks get nuts here. The temps have dropped and I'm fighting mucus. 

  • Jen

    We've had some snow off/on since late afternoon.  It is sticking to vehicles and our deck, but so far, streets and sidewalks are fine (I took dd1 up to the high school for a course selection fair and things were fine). I think we're supposed to get up to an inch, through 5am.  I do worry about black ice.  My kids are hoping for a  delayed opening for school.  We shall see…

  • Kathy P

    Stay safe and warm! We are getting loads of rain which is triggering flooding and land slides. We are not in any impact zones, so I shouldn't have to do anything beyond my usual water and snacks in the car.

  • K8sMom2002

    Ugh, Gigi … I can't imagine dealing with nearly a foot of snow. An inch of snow would paralyze us here in south Georgia! Stay warm and toasty, and bummer on the mucus.

    It looks like they've upgraded our weather forecast to look slightly more optimistic. Now the snow/wintry mix line is a bit further up. Let's hope they have it right! 

    DH is having to take DD to an eye doctor appointment this afternoon. If they get back in time, I may go grocery shopping this evening. The eye appointment is in one town (the town WITHOUT a Kroger) and I shop in another — there's an hour's drive between them, and we're smack in between. If they can get back by 5:30 or so, then we could head toward Kroger and be there by 6 p.m., shop, grab some supper in town, and be back by 9:30 or 10 p.m.

    But the weather is going to be in the 40s until at least midnight, and with no rain, so I'd rather KNOW I had groceries than wait until tomorrow. With my luck, the weather guys will have totally missed the forecast and I'll wake up tomorrow with black ice on the roads and temps low enough that the bridges will still be frozen. If I DO go grocery shopping tonight, that guarantees that we'll have no bad weather.

  • GigiGibson

    State scraper/salt truck just flipped on its side out on my hill. I'm going to sit it out tomorrow. Like an inch of solid ice on the road and -2 tonight

  • Jen

    So…who got snow this weekend? We got a dusting Thurs into Fri and again on Sat.  DD2 and I missed most of it since we were in PA – they got less than MD.  The southern part of our county got around 6 ins and my parents near the DE shore got close to a foot I think.

  • GigiGibson

    We just ventured down my road to see if I think I can get to work. Seven vehicles wrecked and left between us and teeter. That's 2 miles. Lots of solid ice still in the shade but his truck did fine so I will go to work tomorrow. The did get the truck out of the road

  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, man! SEVEN vehicles in two miles?? Are you SURE you want to tackle it tomorrow? 

    And this is why we southerners panic when we are faced with a "little bit" of ice and snow … just no way to learn how to drive in it if you never have it.

    Did you ever get in touch with your ambulance service? If not, it might be a good idea after the storm passes and the roads clear. 

    Be safe, Gigi!

  • GigiGibson

    The main roads are clear and dry. Hubby will take me to meet my friend at the main road. We will be fine, thank you. The fact is no one is able to master ice and that's what we have on the roads. At night there is no slush, just ice. 

  • K8sMom2002
    GigiGibson posted:

    The fact is no one is able to master ice and that's what we have on the roads. At night there is no slush, just ice. 

    So true! 

    Be safe going into work, and I'm glad your DH will get you to the main road. Will you have to go extra early in the AM, or can you wait until it warms enough that at least some of the ice will have thawed on your road?

  • Rfinchertaylor

    Wow.  Hoping you have a safe commute Gigi.  We basically got a lot of snow, about 6 inches in our neck of NC.  

    Edited to insert photos into body of reply – CRR 1/10/2017

  • K8sMom2002

    Gigi, did you make it to work okay today? Thought about you at 6:30 this AM.

    In that famous south Georgia whiplash weather, right now, the temp outside is already over 50. We started out the morning at 30. 

  • Kathy P

    Wow, that is really scary Gigi! Hope you made it safely to work.

    Renee – is that an unusual amount of snow for your area?

    We don't have snow here at the coast (I'm on the bay – the mountains have a LOT of snow), but there have been several deaths related to the rain. Everything from cars skidding and going into the estuary to a woman who was hit by a falling tree. I'm trying to just stay inside!

    There are lots of trees down (including the iconic giant sequoia) since the ground and trees are so saturated. I'm a little concerned with the tree in our front yard which is notorious for dropping limbs. Making sure no cars are parked under it.

    There is a lot of flooding happening around here – thankfully we are on higher ground and close enough to the creek to be concerned. But if flooding is an issue, be aware of mold growth.

  • K8sMom2002

    Ugh on the bad weather, Kathy P. Do you usually lose power if trees start to fall? Are you prepared for a power outage?

  • Kathy P

    Not like we used to! We used to have above ground power lines, but when they developed the farm next to us into housing, the buried the lines. But we do have a tendency to lose internet (cable).

  • GigiGibson

    I noticed CA is having some chaotic weather. What a crazy weather year. After what happened in Australia with that thunderstorm that killed so many folks makes you wonder what other unseen things the weather causes. What is washing into our water supplies? Yikes. Hang tight everyone! I'm at the office, all the main roads are bone dry, yay!

  • GigiGibson

    I'm here! I was awake at 4 and laid there until 445. I imagine I'll be no good by 4pm. Had annoying nausea again from like 8-10. I must remember to buy some otc relief today. Thx for asking!

  • K8sMom2002

    Gigi, I hope 4 p.m. found you peppier than you predicted. Did you remember to get something for the nausea? Have you talked to your doctor about what you could do for it?

  • GigiGibson

    Haven't talked to the doc. Did get some nauzene. Had bad epigastric pain until I ate this evening. Kinda went downhill since getting home. Thick gluey mucus and feeling weird. Just now at 9 figured out why I'm no better, priori was on 0 and I remember it was on 2 last night. I used like five or more times today. Doubt I got ten shots of Ned's so I guess I was running on E. not to worry, I have some more, that was the one in my purse. Doing another albuterol new now to get it under control. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Gigi, do remember that plan of attack from your doc — if you need to brave the ER, don't hesitate. We're here for you! And bah on mucus!

  • Rfinchertaylor
    Kathy P posted:

    Wow, that is really scary Gigi! Hope you made it safely to work.

    Renee – is that an unusual amount of snow for your area?

    We don't have snow here at the coast (I'm on the bay – the mountains have a LOT of snow), but there have been several deaths related to the rain. Everything from cars skidding and going into the estuary to a woman who was hit by a falling tree. I'm trying to just stay inside!

    There are lots of trees down (including the iconic giant sequoia) since the ground and trees are so saturated. I'm a little concerned with the tree in our front yard which is notorious for dropping limbs. Making sure no cars are parked under it.

    There is a lot of flooding happening around here – thankfully we are on higher ground and close enough to the creek to be concerned. But if flooding is an issue, be aware of mold growth.

    Here in the last few years, we usually get one good snow a year averaging 4-6 inches, but sometimes we get 1-2.  By the end of the week it is supposed to be 70 degrees.  Only in NC!

  • Rfinchertaylor
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Renee, for the south that was a LOT of snow! Did any of your family make a snow man?

    No.  It was so cold.  My grandson stayed out a quick minute and wanted to come back in.  Also, the snow was too soft for snowmen.

  • K8sMom2002

    Yikes on the temperature swing, Renee! And a bummer that you didn't even get the bonus of making a snowman. 

    Gigi, hope you're feeling better!

  • K8sMom2002

    Is the weather better for most everyone? I know Kathy P is probably still having horrid weather if she's in the part that's still being affected by flooding, etc. 

    Today the sun was shining, the sky was blue … and it was so warm this AM that I didn't need a big coat to take DD to school. Amazing. 

  • Kathy P

    Today is supposed to be the last of the rain for at least a few days!Whew! and UGH let the extreme mold growth begin!

  • Jen

    Renee – MD sometimes sees similar temperature swings. We had temps near 70 on Thurs. Today?  Freezing rain this morning. If you don't like the weather, wait a minute.

  • Rfinchertaylor
    Jen posted:

    Renee – MD sometimes sees similar temperature swings. We had temps near 70 on Thurs. Today?  Freezing rain this morning. If you don't like the weather, wait a minute.

    Lol!  Yeah, today temps was in the 40s.  ��

  • K8sMom2002

    Renee, still dealing with temperature swings? We must have gotten all your warm weather, because it's been super nice here. I'm glad we're not dealing with floods or tornadoes or freezes for a change!

    Kathy P, let's hope your area dries out super quick before mold can set up housekeeping. 

  • Rfinchertaylor
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Renee, still dealing with temperature swings? We must have gotten all your warm weather, because it's been super nice here. I'm glad we're not dealing with floods or tornadoes or freezes for a change!

    Kathy P, let's hope your area dries out super quick before mold can set up housekeeping. 

    Yep, but at least the lows are not so cold.  We are in the 60s now, but it is cloudy.  I think we will get some rain tomorrow.