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  • Hurricane preparation: what would you do differently next time?

    Just wondering what you learned. We were well-prepared for what we got, but didn't really have a contigency plan for the nearby tornado warnings. Next time I will put ID on the horses (as suggested) as they would have had to have left the barn to go into a pasture if a tornado had actually headed our way.

  • #2
    I put breakaway halters on the horses with my name, cell phone number and address written on them in permanent ink.

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    • #3
      I would not count on your generator working and would fill up more water tubs than We did. We lost our power and the generator did not work right... Some circuit went bad. Another thought is to have parts on hand to repair a generator.

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      • #4
        Cut the grass. I did intend too, but this storm came in 12 hours earlier than expected. With everything else needing done it was my last thing to do and just ran out of time.

        Now I have leaves everywhere. Saw another thread about red maple leave and thought well we are surrounded by woods and who knows what kind they are and where they came from.

        Next storm grass gets cut so the leaves can blow on by!!

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          #5
          In that same vein, if you don't use your bathtub--check it to make sure the drain is tight. Mine was leaky so I had to rig something up.

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          • #6
            Take out more cash & set it aside. I don't carry much cash, normally, but when the power goes out, you need cash for those stores/suppliers that do open with generators.

            Buy some camp lamps or oil lamps. We had plenty of flashlights & candles, but they don't throw a lot of light for those long, dark evenings. Or maybe a headlamp for reading!

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            • #7
              I had a spare carbuerator for the generator, which was good, but I hadn't checked to see that it would bolt right on. It took a half hour to get the pressed in right angle fuel inlet out to press in the straight one that we needed for our model. We hadn't used it since Isabel, and even though I had run the fuel out of it, the old carb was clogged.

              We fueled, oiled, and sharpened the chainsaws, but I didn't fill the tractor and it ran out while I was pushing the last tree out of the road right after it went through. No one in our neighboring developments could get out. I knew it was close, and just as I was pushing the last three out of the road that had probably 20 families blocked in, the tractor gave me warning by the way it was running that I had the choice of moving the tree out of the road, running it completely out of fuel, or driving it over to the side of the road and not have to bleed the lines. I chose to move the tree, walked home and got Pam to come pull me back to the house with the truck. I knew I didn't have any fuel at home either. We bled the lines today after I went and bought some fuel.

              So next time, EVERYTHING gets topped off.
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              • #8
                I would rent plenty of movies, since it got stressful listening to the 'weather'.

                I don't know why I thought of this, but I'd make coffee to drink as in iced coffee. I just had a craving and thought it would be hard to make if electric went out, which it did.
                I have a generator, but thought, now if I had an iced coffee, it would help motiavate me.

                I did fill up tubs, had extra buckets of water on hand.
                Also, topped off all vehicles, and had plenty of gas on hand for the generator.

                I felt pretty prepared, but then again, it was really just a rainstorm here.
                Vermont is in sorry shape. Some roads in my town are washed out.
                I can always ride a horse thru the woods and trails if need be to get to town, or take the atv if feeling lazy.

                I feel lucky that we had it easy. But, next storm...its going to be movie time for me.
                save lives...spay/neuter/geld

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                • #9
                  We have been through David Fran Isabel and Ivan and probably some I have forgotten so we have the system down pat. Also Agnes but we didn't have a farm then

                  I need to weatherstrip the garage door on the hay barn though. Water got in under the door and it would have been a disaster if I had more than 200 bales in there.

                  We have a whole house generator that self tests weekly.

                  Before we installed that we had a portable generator but also used power inverters. They are not particularly expensive and will run off a diesel tractor or even a spare car battery. My daughter keeps marine fish tanks and they can't go long at all without power. She would keep a charged battery in her apartment for emergencies recharging it with a battery charger after use.
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                  • #10
                    Not a thing, we had ice in freezer, cooler cleaned and sitting right there, fuel in everything, if it held water it was full and in wash stall, every pasture had filled trougths and sheds packed w/ alfalfa, herds sorted to be drama free. Barn horses left out until last minute double bedded stalls, bought extra feed, closed windows on windy side, cleaned gutters put extensions on down spouts to keep water away fro all buildings, hired skid loader to tweek drive buidl water diverson berms, took jump rails up and stored, took anything that would fly in and stored, trash cans put in garage, dumpsters end of drive pulled up into trees, took solar lught off driveway, put all potted and hanging plants in safe place. we took 2 days to prep 30 acres 18 horses 6 dogs and 11 cats (barn cats0.
                    I charged my kindle, bought mag's, newspaers, charge computer batteries, I washed all our laundry and cleaned the house. We found those big tubs you use for storage fit in bath well filled w/ water and set a pitcher by each. w/ three bathrooms 2 people were felt prepared. Put double wick candles in bathrooms w/ lighter, and boxes of generic wet ones. I cleaned the little pool and chlorined the water. after a clean up day of chain sawing had a place for a quick dip n soap up. Gas for grill filled and grill ready food bought. Probably the most prepared I've ever been. Today dumped massive amounts of water down the drains, but no flooded stalls, no wet anything. Just alot of bottled water in garage and 9lbs of ice still left. Some fence lines still to clear bur everyone and everything came thru in tip top shape.....

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                    • #11
                      No really prep, but I see people draging lawn sweepers around picking up leaves. I want one and will try to get one before next time. I'm in the process of trying to pick them up and keep reminding the horses goats eat leaves...horses eat grass. Go figure plenty of nice grass and they are trying to beat me to the leaves.

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                      • #12
                        Get cattle ear tags at the feed store and write the following on tags:

                        1. Horse's name
                        2. Your name
                        3. Best phone/contact number
                        4. Vet/Clinic name and number

                        The ear tags can be zip tied to a halter, and as our vet recommended, braided into the mane in case halters break/come off.

                        The tags come in a variety of sizes and colors and a sharpie works great on them.

                        As a bonus, I used the extra tags in the bag to label the sheets and blankets so I know which belongs to which horse.


                        ETA: I would put home and cell #'s on tags. Our home phone is not working, but cell are. During Isabel our cell didn't work, but the land line did.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by judybigredpony View Post
                          Not a thing, we had ice in freezer, cooler cleaned and sitting right there, fuel in everything, if it held water it was full and in wash stall, every pasture had filled trougths and sheds packed w/ alfalfa, herds sorted to be drama free. Barn horses left out until last minute double bedded stalls, bought extra feed, closed windows on windy side, cleaned gutters put extensions on down spouts to keep water away fro all buildings, hired skid loader to tweek drive buidl water diverson berms, took jump rails up and stored, took anything that would fly in and stored, trash cans put in garage, dumpsters end of drive pulled up into trees, took solar lught off driveway, put all potted and hanging plants in safe place. we took 2 days to prep 30 acres 18 horses 6 dogs and 11 cats (barn cats0.
                          I charged my kindle, bought mag's, newspaers, charge computer batteries, I washed all our laundry and cleaned the house. We found those big tubs you use for storage fit in bath well filled w/ water and set a pitcher by each. w/ three bathrooms 2 people were felt prepared. Put double wick candles in bathrooms w/ lighter, and boxes of generic wet ones. I cleaned the little pool and chlorined the water. after a clean up day of chain sawing had a place for a quick dip n soap up. Gas for grill filled and grill ready food bought. Probably the most prepared I've ever been. Today dumped massive amounts of water down the drains, but no flooded stalls, no wet anything. Just alot of bottled water in garage and 9lbs of ice still left. Some fence lines still to clear bur everyone and everything came thru in tip top shape.....
                          Impressive!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by judybigredpony View Post
                            Not a thing, we had ice in freezer, cooler cleaned and sitting right there, fuel in everything, if it held water it was full and in wash stall, every pasture had filled trougths and sheds packed w/ alfalfa, herds sorted to be drama free. Barn horses left out until last minute double bedded stalls, bought extra feed, closed windows on windy side, cleaned gutters put extensions on down spouts to keep water away fro all buildings, hired skid loader to tweek drive buidl water diverson berms, took jump rails up and stored, took anything that would fly in and stored, trash cans put in garage, dumpsters end of drive pulled up into trees, took solar lught off driveway, put all potted and hanging plants in safe place. we took 2 days to prep 30 acres 18 horses 6 dogs and 11 cats (barn cats0.
                            I charged my kindle, bought mag's, newspaers, charge computer batteries, I washed all our laundry and cleaned the house. We found those big tubs you use for storage fit in bath well filled w/ water and set a pitcher by each. w/ three bathrooms 2 people were felt prepared. Put double wick candles in bathrooms w/ lighter, and boxes of generic wet ones. I cleaned the little pool and chlorined the water. after a clean up day of chain sawing had a place for a quick dip n soap up. Gas for grill filled and grill ready food bought. Probably the most prepared I've ever been. Today dumped massive amounts of water down the drains, but no flooded stalls, no wet anything. Just alot of bottled water in garage and 9lbs of ice still left. Some fence lines still to clear bur everyone and everything came thru in tip top shape.....
                            Yep, that's pretty impressive all right. It's unlikely I will ever have to be in a hurricane or big storm (the weather here is relatively drama free thank goodness!) but if so I want to be this prepared.
                            where am I, what day is it, am I still having a good time?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ddb View Post
                              Next storm grass gets cut so the leaves can blow on by!!
                              I learned something similar from Hurricane Floyd - be sure to get the honeysuckle and morning glory vines off the fence. If you don't, when the ground gets saturated and the wind can't blow through your fence? Yeah. It will topple over.
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                              • #16
                                I wasn't in this one - but from previous experience:

                                Have a generator that can run your well. And make sure your well is wired up such that it can be run into your generator (and isn't hard-line wired into your house).

                                Have plenty of gas for said generator.

                                Make sure the people you are evacuating to know it may not be just a few days. (And make sure you know/understand that, too!)

                                Now I've forgotten the other ones...a rgh.
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                                • #17
                                  I want to add, that the people in Vermont who are stranded certainly weren't included in the warnings, and even if they were...they were talking today that it could be weeks to months before bridges and roads will be repaired. They are hoping they can put in an emergency road into some of these towns for emergency use only. Its really just awfully devastating. They think it will take a long time to repair.
                                  Vermont is mountains with valleys with rivers and towns. So imagine the rivers surrounding your town taking out the roads....you can't get out or in for that matter.
                                  They are bringing in emergency supplies by helicopter.

                                  I don't think anyone can be prepared for that. I think quite a few folk are going to have to relocate. Its really a crisis there.
                                  save lives...spay/neuter/geld

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by fivehorses View Post
                                    I want to add, that the people in Vermont who are stranded certainly weren't included in the warnings, and even if they were...


                                    I don't think anyone can be prepared for that. I think quite a few folk are going to have to relocate. Its really a crisis there.
                                    I recall that one of the towns I have lived in had been cut off for weeks some years before we lived there and the townspeople had gotten together using the Grange and the Volunteer Fire Department and created a disaster preparedness plan for the next time this happened. There was a lot of money in this town and many retired professionals so the money was there and the desire and the expertise, and access to the commercial fishing fleet and at least a dozen large boats with big generators capable of running shore operations, desalinators and the ability to head off to points elsewhere and bring stuff back. But this was an unusual case.

                                    More likely is like where we bought our house - we were at the end of a canyon with no way out and no ability to get fuel or food if the river flooded the town and took out the bridge and the main drag at a couple of critical locations. We were pretty prepared to tough it out but as far as getting to work and having an income - not going to happen. There were alternate routes that you could use on foot or with a motorcycle but if the river took out certain critical spots on the main road you'd be days hiking out of there.
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                                    • #19
                                      I was really happy with everything. I had 4 days water stored up and I was only without power 10 hours. I had everyone in a special pen, and I was up half the night checking them every hour; everyone was fine. I spent this summer finally fixing the grading & drainage around the barn, so water vanished as soon as it ran towards the barn. I parked my vehicles away from big trees, and no vehicle was damaged. Horses had breakaway halters & all horses are chipped just in case. No injuries, loose horses, or problems. I am so glad I had days to prepare!

                                      In a perfect world I would say not have big trees right along a fenceline, because those trees tend to fall and damage fencing. But horses were not out when it happened. And the damage is not the end of the world. Trees can fall in any storm; it doesn't take a hurricane.

                                      I know some people are gung-ho over generators. But, although I didn't have power overnight, I still have $2k - $4k in my bank account (cost to have a properly sized one installed). My friend bragged hers up, and it sounded great until I found out it takes up to 3 gallons of propane an hour and doesn't run the whole house. Sorry, it's just not a priority for me.

                                      I am grateful my family, pets, and horses were not hurt. No damage was done to house or barn. Overall, I felt like with all the notice we had plus good information online, I was well prepared.
                                      Veterinarians for Equine Welfare

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                                      • #20
                                        While we were well prepared at my place, with extra water and everything put away etc.... Horses, house, and barn faired very well no damage.

                                        While I thank God everyone is Ok, we are going on Day 5 with no power in western Morris County NJ. Water is starting to run low, but I can drive and refill 5 gallon jugs if needed.

                                        I am currently on a quest for a standby generator. I would like it to run my well and one refrigerator. I mind you I live 60 miles from NYC, on a county road, not the middle of nowhere. 5 days and not one repair truck seen!

                                        In our area when we lose power it will typically take 12 to 24 hrs to be restored. So it will not be a waste of money, I was always on the fence about spending the money on a generator, but now I regret not doing it!

                                        I will have one installed in the next month!

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