Lessons Learned from IRMA

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armorer
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Re: Lessons Learned from IRMA

Post by armorer » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:41 pm

Lessons I learned from Irma / Maria:
I was in Tampa Bay for Irma.
I was in Comerio, PR (the eye passed over us) for Maria. I was at about 1,300 feet on the East face of a steep hill (higher wind speeds).
During the storm it keeps getting stronger and stronger and you have no idea how much stronger it will get.
You can not do anything after the storm starts. What ever preparations you have done is what you get. There is no going outside to add more protection. If you prepared for a Cat2 and it's a Cat4 it's to late everything has to be done before the storm.
Anything you leave outside will work against you. It can not help you. A tool you need in the shed - gone. A hose coiled up in back will dam the water and flood your house. That patio table you turned upside down tucked behind the house and put three twenty pound flower pots on will break out your car window on the opposite side of the house. Sterilize the kill zone around your house.
It was an incredible experience, glad I was there.
Oh yeah I learned that Irma was a joke.
- Allen
You don’t run your tailpipe into the cab of your truck do you?
Direct impingement is just wrong.

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Re: Lessons Learned from IRMA

Post by tcpip95 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:59 pm

Biggest lessons I learned:

1. Plan for your earliest day of bugging out - then leave a day earlier.
2. Take at least 10 gallons of fuel in cans with you for the evacuation.

We bugged out with the travel trailer Wednesday evening - thinking we'd be well ahead of everybody. Went I-75 to GA. By the time we got to Ocala, it was bumper-to-bumper. There are only two ways out of Florida: I-75 and I-95. 3-days wasn't early enough.

I "almost" ran out of diesel. Got down to maybe 2 gallons left before I found a station that still had any. The gas at the station was long gone; people were just hanging out at 4:00 am waiting for The Truck. No gas anywhere to be had. Fortunately there was one pump with diesel.

I now have 2 x 5 gallon diesel cans that will go with me in the back of the truck, and will try to never get below 1/2 tank.
I was part of the SOLUTION, were YOU?

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Re: Lessons Learned from IRMA

Post by zeebaron » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:05 pm

Lesson learned: buy RV to live in constantly, so you're always bugged out.

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Re: Lessons Learned from IRMA

Post by pushead » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:10 pm

I think I am a prepper compared to these post and I found more things I wanted.
what I have:
-A mixture of 5 and 6 gallon gas cans. In total about 100 gal all filled priorto storm.
-10 7 gallon water containers for cooking
-4 5 gal buckets filled wit water for toilet
-2 bathtubs full of water for toilet
-chainsaw with extra chain and oil
-hand ax
-generator
-extra plugs and 100' of romex to make cords if needed
-standard push button plug in the wall phone (this can be plugged in outside of any home at the box coming in the house to call 911)
-jeep on standby with 35" tires, lockers, winch and recovery gear.
-60 pounds of propane and adapter for camping gear
-window AC
-medical kit
-cargo rack for the back of vehicle to hold my gas cans in case of Emergancy departure
- I can go on for a bit more

What I forgot was extra plugs and oil for my generator
-Will be purchasing a propane adapter for my generator.
-Go to store and buy all the meat and milk on clearance. Can not beat one dollar a gallon milk or ground beef as well as other meat products.
-A new safe to hold all the cash I can make selling my extra supplies to my stupid neighbors that do not know how to prep
-noise dampener box for generator
-slidefire bumpstock to fend off the same neighbors that will be storming my house for supplies
-better way to secure my generator
-carbon monoxide alarm
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Re: Lessons Learned from IRMA

Post by tcpip95 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:13 pm

zeebaron wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:05 pm
Lesson learned: buy RV to live in constantly, so you're always bugged out.
Working on that. Will be full-time RV within 2 years.
I was part of the SOLUTION, were YOU?

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