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Post Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:09 pm

24 hours with no electricity

"Hurricane Irene" (which actually should be called "Hurricane National Grid") moved through RI and did some moderate damage to people's property and infrastructure. For all you survival nutjobs or anyone else looking for a couple minutes of entertainment... allow me to share the experience.

First of all, heres what you should absolutely do:

1. Buy enough food water for 3 days. I recommend canned food and bottled water for maximum portability.
2. Fill the gas tank in all your vehicles.
3. Buy enough cigarettes to last you... and buy lighters.
4. Leave your cell phones charging until power goes out to give you maximum battery lifespan.
5. Get a flashlight and batteries. HID lights are better. You can use them to blind someone if needed.
6. Keep a pocket knife on you, and have weapons for self defense.
7. Buy 12 hour glowsticks. Do not use candles, they can cause fires. Glowsticks are awesome, you can carry them and throw them around. You can find these at Walmart and other such unethical product hustling institutions run by minimum wage slavery. You won't find these at places like Eastern Mountain Sports because they claim the glowsticks contain toxic chemicals harmful to the environment (lol).
8. Get something to occupy yourself so you don't go completely fucking insane. A book by glowstick-light, bored games (lol), etc etc. Buy a 6-pack of beer to take the edge off.
9. Get a watch. Time is of the essence! (G-Shocks are cool)
10. Carry $100 cash in ones... yes ONES.
11. Get a radio to know whats going on. I recommend one with a headphone jack for discreet listening. Someone in distress might hear a radio and want to come closer to listen... no thanks!

Overall, the experience was interesting, especially at night. I live on a small island which was completely without power. I had never seen such pure darkness in my life in a residential zone. It was eerie... the stars were extremely visible and I could see the milky way galaxy band across the sky. Lots of people walking around with flashlights out of pure boredom until it got to be around midnight when silence was all you could hear. Some interesting things to note should you find yourself in this sitaution:

1. Police officers will do nothing but drive around with a search light looking for people. They will stop you, and harass you. I wasn't caught, but witnessed this first hand. They're bored, looking for thieves and vandals... and have every excuse to detain you under suspicion. Think about it, with a complete power loss, there are no security cameras or alarm systems. Prime time for thievery in a once in a lifetime opportunity. They will mainly patrol around high value areas like shopping plazas and main roads. Should you need to move around at night, stay off the roads as much as possible, especially main roads. Dress in dark, nonreflective clothing. Carry a weapon. DO NOT CARRY A GUN.. you WILL go directly to jail unless you can pull a conceiled carry permit out of your ass on the spot. You will also run the risk of scaring people if you walk through their neighboorhood close to their house... tread lightly.

2. People seemed to be well behaved minus one pack of black people who decided to go outside at 1 in the morning and fire up the grille while simultaneously shouting and blasting lil wayne. Cops took care of that one. Three cop cars showed up. After the cops left, those people didn't make even the slightest peep. I happen to live in a low crime area near a Naval installation, but my advice to you us to just assume someone will be trying to break into your house and kill you or steal your shit. Leave the windows cracked so you can hear local ambient noise. People are fucked up, so you should be just as fucked up in the head to be ready for it. I can't even imagine living in a shitty neighboorhood during a power outage like this one... I probably wouldn't sleep that night.

3. Currency. I actually went to a gas station that was open without power, they were selling everything in the store for rounded up dollar values to cover taxes. I bought a pack of cigarettes for $8.00, and a bottle of water for $1.50. Gold? Gold is useless. In the event of a real major disaster you may be able to get away with buying stuff for dollars and coins for a little while before it degrades into pure trade. I still don't see gold as being useful in any situation. Theres the reason for carrying $100 in ones... a small camera film case of quarters wouldn't hurt either.

4. The stuff in your fridge will go bad.

5. Hope you like cold showers. ;]

Aside from that... my life is on computers and the internet. I was going INSANE without them. Find something to keep you busy... I was picking Medecos. I guess thats it. Just a little taste. I learned some things. You can just amplify the quantity of prep items depending on how long the power is expected to be out.
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Post Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:52 pm

Re: 24 hours with no electricity

Well I did some of those things. I played cards with my fiancee by flashlight on Saturday night... Kicked her butt... In fact she owes me some $$$ :D ... But anyway.... We will be far better prepared next time.

Remember, there WILL be a next time! Now it's time to read all these survival guides!

Thanks Xeo!!
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Post Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:56 pm

Re: 24 hours with no electricity

I'm glad you guys are ok and didn't have more trouble than you did. I saw on the news that over 5 million people were without power up the coast. I saw pics on the news of so many that were wiped out from flooding. I'm down south, we were hit hard back in 1995 by Hurricane Opal, we were without power for 2 weeks, it was Fugly! Trees fell all around us but fortunately not on us. I know your glad to be back online, those internet withdrawals are a bitch!
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Post Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:24 pm

Re: 24 hours with no electricity

Having had the good fortune of dodging the bullet from Katrina, but being nailed by Hurricanes Rita and Ike over the past few years, I can fully understand your predicament xeo. I'm glad you survived it.

As far as safety goes, I was lucky in that most of us in our neighborhood were/are very well armed and kept an eye out for each other. We had no problem with "wandering strangers". As they say, an armed society is a polite society.

During Hurricane Ike, we spent at least three weeks w/o power and it was a bitch. Luckily I had 6 deep cycle batteries that I could tap into with an AC power inverter and use a small fan to keep cool and keep the cell phone and laptop charged up.

Hope things get better soon xeo. Stay well, and stay alert.
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Post Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:30 pm

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macgng wrote:... In fact she owes me some $$$ :D ...Thanks Xeo!!


This is a good example of a time when the art of BARTERING can be handy!
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Post Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:45 pm

Re: 24 hours with no electricity

I think we are gonna get a go bag ready and stock up on supplies for next time. Cause it could have been a lot worse. We had a basement full of water but the house is okay and no one was hurt
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