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Monday, May 31, 2010

New Hurricanne Season




Coastal Louisiana residents have hardly taken their eyes off the Gulf of Mexico for the last month, as the disastrous BP oil spill spewed millions of gallons of crude oil into the water and onto our fragile coast.
But ­as of Tuesday, there's another reason to focus on the Gulf. It's the official start of hurricane season, and watching for the formation and approach of storms during the summer months is an intrinsic part of life here.

Preparing for the possibility of a tropical storm or hurricane also should be part of living on the Gulf Coast. While the most intense weeks of hurricane season won't come for months, now is a good time to get ready. The most important part of that process, making an evacuation plan, should top everyone's to-do list.

Last year's quiet season was a welcome respite after four major storms in three years. A strong El Nino pattern suppressed hurricane activity, and only three storms reached hurricane strength. None threatened Louisiana.

But forecasters are predicting that the 2010 season will be anything but tranquil. El Nino is gone, ocean temperatures are at record levels, and we are still in a cycle of more active seasons. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is projecting an "active to extremely active'' season with 14 to 23 named storms. Of those, the agency predicts that eight to 14 will be hurricanes, with three to seven reaching Category 3 or greater.

"If this outlook holds true, this season could be one of the more active on record,'' said Jane Lubchenco, NOAA administrator.

It's hard to fathom another season as disastrous as 2005, which brought killer storms Katrina and Rita to Louisiana and exhausted the Latin alphabet.

But the uneventful 2009 season shouldn't lull anyone into complacency. We still have one more hurricane season to sweat out before the Army Corps of Engineers finishes 100-year protection for the metro area. That means being ready for whatever comes our way, from Alex to Walter and possibly beyond.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Energy savings & alternative lighting in a shtf situation


When the storms come rolling thru & the power goes out it is a drag if you haven't prepared.I thought that I would post what works for me & maybe give some of you some ideas.First I purchased some battery operated lights from big lots.They have 6 led's & take 3 AAA batteries.One thing I really liked is that they come with a mounting bracket.I purchased 4 of them & placed them over the doors of the living room.2 bedrooms & main entrance door.By being in a set place you being familiar with your environment can probably find them easily in the dark.Once you get one of them lit you are on your way.I don't know how long they last on a set of batteries.Make sure to check them whenever you do your battery maintenance for your smoke detectors and of course at the beginning of hurricane season. Second I have a back up generator,just a cheapo 5000watt one but I have it hardwired into a dedicated breaker in the main panel so when the time comes to use them I'm back online fast.I also keep at least 30gallons of stabilized fuel on hand.
And any prepper worth a damm will have a backup for his backup plan right? I also have a 1500 watt inverter with a nice size battery I got from work that we use to start our huge fire pump,something like you would see on a 18 wheeler.Any way I have a cord to bring in the house with multiple outlets, I have ran a small chest freezer on it for days to keep my meat frozen .I also have a couple of lamps with some led bulbs I got from Sam's.They are pricey $20 for 2, but at least I will have light that draws almost no energy. Any way that's my energy plan for hurricane season & those pesky storms that will have ya sitting in the dark when you least expect it
Prep on.........................

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Monday, May 24, 2010

6/01/10- Offical start of Hurricane Season


It's that time of year again,Even though the late summer is when the storm season seems to peak it seems something is always popping up. Get your ass in gear.Make sure you have what you need for short & long term disruption of supplies.The stores don't keep big inventories on hand & what they have will go fast if a storm get's on the map.
Food,Water & Water purification, Fuel, Batteries, Daily Medications,Equipment prep(cars & Generators) etc.If you don't have it you will suffer hardship.If your from around here you know what I mean.Get to prepping...........
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A trial run under pressure

Last week we had an occasion to test our preps without notice.I was taking a shower at about 9:30pm when a passing storm knocked out the power. I felt my way out of the shower to the door.I was sure happy that I took the time to mount multiple battery powered led light strips above the doorways throughout the house.(I purchased these from Big Lots for $6 ea)I got dried off and went to the living room.As it turned out a large area in the parish was out.When we tried to call the utility company to report it we couldn't get through due to the automated system not recognizing our house phone(CABLE phone)so I said the hell with it. About 45 minutes later the rain slacked & the humidity was 100% & it was getting pretty uncomfortable.I noticed that no one else in the neighborhood had lights at all. My deuce bag neighbor pulled his car up to his front door & turned on his lights.So I told the ol lady the hell with this let's get this show on the road,We went out side ,Turned off the main breaker to the house & started the generator.(I have it hooked to a dedicated breaker) flipped on the gen circuit & the house came to life.
Everything up & running but the large appliances.With a ceiling fan in every room,& those low watt spiral bulbs in every fixture ,the house lit up like a beacon.I found it amusing that my Rabbits had more light than any one else on the block! They think I'm a nut but who was comfortable now . HA HA !!
Anyway a couple of hours later the cops pull up to the house.The dogs were cutting up so I went out to see what was up. He told me that The neighbor called up & complained that I was running my generator,when I ask if that was illegal he said that he didn't know but the hell with the neighbor,with the neighbor on his porch I'm sure he could hear the policeman & I getting a good chuckle.As the cop was getting ready to leave the lights came back on in the neighborhood.He said ,well i guess that will be that & I advised him that I would probably run it another 20 minutes or so as the machines need to be load tested from time to time,he agreed& I told him to have a safe shift. The cop told him to get over it and left.
About 20 minutes later we went out to transfer power back to the grid & secure the generator.As I was walking up the back stairs of the deck the wife told me to wave to the neighbor,I looked over to see him on his porch glaring at us, well not to let a good opportunity pass me by,I dropped my shorts slapped a cheek & told him to pucker up..Oh well at least I had a chance to test my equipment when it counted & got a couple of laughs to boot, PREP on,Hurricane season is almost here........

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

oil spill will put strain on food supply

Well as most know the oil spill has the seafood industry at a standstill.This is already putting many in a bind with money.but more than that ,one of my ol standby food supply would be seafood.Since I am surrounded by water it only makes sense.Lucky for me it hasn't effected the lake but I will no longer count on it as much.Just goes to show ya you can't put all your eggs in one basket.Hurricane season is just around the corner,get your preps in order,Prep on...........

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