Things To Do Before The Storm Hits?

Hiking By Brian Norton |

Before we begin, let’s define storm as any event which disrupts everyday life.  For the sake of this article, a storm can be a literal storm, hurricane, tornado, wildfires, earthquakes… etc; whatever affects the readers geographical location.

In the following personal example, on the evening of March 28, 2017 a line of severe thunderstorms rolled through southeast Texas.  The storms stretched from New England all the way to the Texas-Mexico border.

Knowing severe storms were on the way, there were things I wanted to take care of.

Clothes and Dishes

Because I have a water well, and have not taken time to rig up a generator plug for the well, all of the dirty clothes were washed.  Also, all of the dirty dishes were washed.

I figured the power would go off for a little while. So why not go ahead and wash all the dirty clothes before it did?

The kitchen was also given a sanitary wipe down with a bleach water solution.

This was meant to cover hygiene – clothes, dishes, eating area.

Drinking Water

For convenience, the Royal Berkey water filter was filled up. Being full, the Berkey gave my wife and I around two gallons of water on tap.

When the power stays off for extended periods, I use a bucket, get water out of the creek, then refill the Berkey.  Since I knew the storms were coming, the Berkey was filled from the faucet rather than waiting until the power was off.

What about bottled water?

Why buy bottled water when I have a clear running stream and:

Royal Berkey
Sawyer PointONE
Sawyer Mini X 2
Katadyn Vario
Katadyn Hiker

Just the Sawyer Mini is rated at 100,000 gallons and I have two of them.  The Royal Berkey is rated at around 12,000 gallons, and the Sawyer PointONE is rated at around one million gallons.

Electronics

This could have been done using solar power after the power went out, but why wait?

Items recharged:

Phone
Flashlights
LED lanterns
Battery packs
Batteries
Final Thoughts

The only thing different between this seasonal store and something like a hurricane, I did not fuel up the gas cans like I do for hurricanes.

When a storm comes along, it is nice to have the preps organized and ready to go.

When the storms arrived, my current reading material was close at hand, and so was an LED lantern.  Sure enough the power went out.  I called the power company, reported the outage, turned the lantern on, and started reading.

Things went better than expected and the power was back on in a couple of hours.

Ok reader, have there been any storms which caused you to use your preps?  Care to share the story?

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