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Hey folks...with the Southeastern US likely to experience significant impact from Matthew I thought it would be kind of informative to start a thread on what folks have in their emergency kits. Always good to get different opinions.

I realize now is a bit too late to build one (though not necessarily...still plenty of time to collect some necessities), but I, like alot of other folks, am largely guilty of not thinking about it until disaster is imminent. At any rate, what do y'all keep on hand for these scenarios, assuming maybe 3 days without power? I'm not talking fuel for generators and things like that, I'm talking maybe a bag you keep around for when the power goes out.

Ours has:
Candles
Flashlights
Batteries
First Aid Kit
Few bottles of water
Matches
Lighters
Some canned food and an opener
Radio
Batteries

I know there are some prepared folks on here, so what y'all got?
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All of that and:

Replacement mantles for my gasoline burning Coleman lantern
Powdered milk
Whiskey
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chainsaw with fuel and oil in case a tree falls across driveway or on to house. We usually clear the road too
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All of that and:

Replacement mantles for my gasoline burning Coleman lantern
Powdered milk
Whiskey
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Excellent. I have a Coleman lantern and a stove that run on 87 octane. Bought at the flea market...invaluable.
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That reminds me...I need to get a new chain for the husky.

I'm surrounded by pine trees and Bradford pears....
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After Alicia in 83 we were without water, electricity etc. for 2 weeks. The hurricane a couple years ago we were without electricity for 3 weeks.

I fill big tubs/containers and all the bath tubs with water ever time a storm threatens.
We fill about 15/5 gallon gas cans for the generators, get chain saws running. Ice is a big deal after a storm. I don't have a whole house generator so I use a window unit so we can sleep at night.
I do back-feed my electrical panel through the dryer so we have lights and fans throughout.

Buy your food before the storm gets close because the super markets empty fast.

I also get a few rolls of plastic or big tarps for emergency repairs.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Hey folks...with the Southeastern US likely to experience significant impact from Matthew I thought it would be kind of informative to start a thread on what folks have in their emergency kits. Always good to get different opinions.

I realize now is a bit too late to build one (though not necessarily...still plenty of time to collect some necessities), but I, like alot of other folks, am largely guilty of not thinking about it until disaster is imminent. At any rate, what do y'all keep on hand for these scenarios, assuming maybe 3 days without power? I'm not talking fuel for generators and things like that, I'm talking maybe a bag you keep around for when the power goes out.

Ours has:
Candles
Flashlights
Batteries
First Aid Kit
Few bottles of water
Matches
Lighters
Some canned food and an opener
Radio
Batteries

I know there are some prepared folks on here, so what y'all got?

Do I really have to say it?


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Large tarps
Several rolls of roofing felt (if you have a shingled roof)
Bucket of felt nails
4 or 5 flats of shingles
Bucket of roofing nails
You will be able to make temp roof repairs that can make a huge difference in the damage level to your home. It might rain for a week after the storm opens up small places on your roof.
If you have a gas grill, get 3 or 4 bottles of propane.
3 large bottles of liquid dishwashing detergent. Think about it.
Water in tubs, barrels, buckets, kiddie pools, anything and everything that will hold fresh water. Living without A/C and lights is doable, but not being able to take even a whore's bath for a week or longer simply b-l-o-w-s.
Plan as if you will be without power and water for 14 days. You will thank yourself.


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Excellent. I have a Coleman lantern and a stove that run on 87 octane. Bought at the flea market...invaluable.
Yes, I have one of those, too. A two burner model. I heated water on it for 10 days after Hurricane Hugo back in '89. Still works great.

I am old enough to remember when we had to either buy gas from Coleman for those things or by gasoline from the Amoco station because all the other regular gas had lead as an octane booster.
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Inverter that plugs into the 12v in your vehicle(s)/boats, outputting 120v.

Extension cords, long and heavy ones.

Some lumber & plywood and plenty of screws. You simply don't know what you will have to construct/repair afterwards.


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I live on a mountain,with fresh springs(kinzel springs)I have a river full of trout at bottom of said mountain,Power out no sweat,bar b q smoker to cook ,and get a few Brooklyn lanterns(leds run on
batteries,and radio,and propane heat,and fireplace,Iv'e been out of power for a week in the summer 104 degrees,and power out in winter snowstorm a full week,no sweat.I'm an ole Chicago boy who led high pressure water blasting crews in U.S. steel ,and others in -20 before there were wind chills.You need 3 things WATER,SHELTER,AND FOOD).in that order
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Originally Posted by willie g View Post
After Alicia in 83 we were without water, electricity etc. for 2 weeks. The hurricane a couple years ago we were without electricity for 3 weeks.

I fill big tubs/containers and all the bath tubs with water ever time a storm threatens.
We fill about 15/5 gallon gas cans for the generators, get chain saws running. Ice is a big deal after a storm. I don't have a whole house generator so I use a window unit so we can sleep at night.
I do back-feed my electrical panel through the dryer so we have lights and fans throughout.

Buy your food before the storm gets close because the super markets empty fast.

I also get a few rolls of plastic or big tarps for emergency repairs.


Don't forget your water heater if you don't have a tankless one. that is 30-60 gallons of fresh water just sitting there.
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Also if you have outdoor solar lights like the walkway type, they can be brought inside for light and returned outside during the day to charge
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
That reminds me...I need to get a new chain for the husky.

I'm surrounded by pine trees and Bradford pears....
Good luck with them. In Isabel we lost 18 to 20 Bradford Pear Trees.
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We have plenty of boozeahol

Side story some of you may be familiar with Mitch's Tavern in Raleigh. If not, if you've ever seen the movie Bull Durham, it's the bar they were in. At any rate the admiral bartended there for a bit while we were in college amd she was working the day of one of the hurricanes that came through during my time at State (can't remember which one it was somewhere around 2007). As a college student living in the dorms with my truck safely tucked away in the parking garage, I had no concerns whatsoever. Spent the day at Mitch's having a hurricane party until the wee hours of the morning. It was great...all hell was breaking loose outside but we had a good time inside that old rickety bar.
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Good luck with them. In Isabel we lost 18 to 20 Bradford Pear Trees.
Fortunately none are mine. They are the neighbors but they line the dirt road on one side leading to our houses.

I'll never have one of those damn trees on my property!
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Plywood, plywood and more plywood. At least thats what I hear everyone running out to buy whenever their is a hurricane.
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I am in the process of building a garage for the boat. It's finished as a pole barn but has no sides yet. All the material is there though...60-70 sheets of OSB sitting under a tarp in the backyard.

If anyone gets in a pickle I'd be willing to part with some of it if need be.
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Originally Posted by willie g View Post
After Alicia in 83 we were without water, electricity etc. for 2 weeks. The hurricane a couple years ago we were without electricity for 3 weeks.

I fill big tubs/containers and all the bath tubs with water ever time a storm threatens.
We fill about 15/5 gallon gas cans for the generators, get chain saws running. Ice is a big deal after a storm. I don't have a whole house generator so I use a window unit so we can sleep at night.
I do back-feed my electrical panel through the dryer so we have lights and fans throughout.

Buy your food before the storm gets close because the super markets empty fast.

I also get a few rolls of plastic or big tarps for emergency repairs.

For the electrical idiots here, like myself., what the hell does back-feed through elec panel and dryer mean.?

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