How to Survive After a Storm

So a big line of thunderstorms just trashed your town and you have no power. How do you survive the coming weeks?


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    Have a disaster kit with the basic supplies in your home. It's a good idea to keep one in your car and another at your place of work. The basic disaster supply kit should hold you for 3 days, but to survive the long haul, you will need much more.
    • A good kit would have the following: 5000 watt generator which will run for 13.4 hours on 6.5 gallons (24.6 L) of gas. Four 5 gallon (18.9 L) gas cans for the generator. Four 100 foot (30.5 m) extension cords. Small 25cc gas powered mini-water pump. (to remove any flood water from house or yard) several cases of canned goods. (soup, stew, beans, etc) powdered milk and eggs. Fifty 1 gallon (3.8 L) jugs of drinking water. (1 gallon per day per person) a week supply of clean dry clothes sealed in plastic bags placed into large plastic totes. charcoal, lighter fluid, and waterproof camping matches. (enough to grill 7-10 times) A 2 burner Coleman propane camp stove and extra bottles of propane. Light choices, pick more than one. Coleman battery powered lantern, propane powered, and camp fuel powered. Extra batteries for everything. Energizer battery powered cell phone charger. Military MREs (meals ready to eat, bought at army surplus store,,,civilian level bought at academy sporting goods) Chain saw. Plastic painters drop cloths. Large plastic tarps. Elastic straps and nylon rope to tie down/secure things. NOAA weather radio. First aid kit. Sanitation and hygiene items and BABY WIPES. Large Igloo maxcold cooler packed with ice (should keep ice for 7-10 days) 20 extra gallons of gas for your vehicle. Extra supply of Deet insect repellent. A large camping tent, sleeping bags and an air bed w/pump. Camera, cash, loose change, medication, pet food, something to read and some board games.
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    Right after the storm, avoid driving if at all possible. With flooded streets, downed power lines, and no traffic signals, it's just not safe.
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    Explore your property and avoid any unsafe conditions. Look for downed power lines, trees, or unstable building conditions. If it's something as simple as tree branches on your house or vehicle, use the chainsaw to cut up and remove the branches, and then the tarps to patch the damage.
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    If there was some flooding, use the small gas powered water pump to clear your house. Remember that mold may soon follow so you may have to go to the tent.
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    Now that you know you are safe at home, get ready to hold up there until power comes back and water service is restored and safe to drink. You must keep that generator away from your home when it's running. Carbon monoxide poisoning kills, and even if it's outside, but near an open window, it's deadly. Because you have a few hundred feet of extension cord, get that generator nice and far away. With the double male ended cord you can plug into the generator and then into any outlet in the house. This will power every circuit connected to that wall plug. You can also keep power to your fridge, but you do not have to have it going 24/7... it will keep everything cold enough if you only leave it running for an hour every few hours. Now we have meat! Although you have the ability to use an electric range/stove, why not get out there and grill some of that meat. you have the choice of charcoal, propane, or electric.


  • Do not use the gas generator to try to live in total comfort. You only have a few days supply of gas, so make use of it as needed.


  • Avoid driving as much as possible until it is safe to do so and never try to drive through deep water.
  • Never use a generator in your house or outside near windows. carbon monoxide poisoning will kill you.
  • Be on the alert for snakes that may have come near you with flood waters. DO NOT try to catch them. If you are bitten, remember what it looks like as the hospital will want to know what kind of snake it was.
  • Use caution around power lines, trees, and unstable buildings.

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