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  • Hurricane Sandy

    Who is getting ready for it and what are you doing.

    I have been putting horses in secure areas for now and setting up clean water for them and today hit the feed store for good 7 day supply of feed. Have bought extra fule to run a generator for water use. House has food, charcoal for cooking on a grille and batteries. Generator helps with recharging things. In NJ so expect a direct hit here.

  • #2
    We used to live in Keyport, NJ and experienced a hurricane there. Because our house was near the beach, we were asked to evacuate. My DH talked to our next door neighbor, who had lived in his house for 50 years. He told us that he had seen many "blows" come through and he was staying put. Our house was a 108 year old converted beach cottage. My DH decided to stay. I huddled in the house listening to the howling winds, while my DH went out on our flooded street to take photos of the storm. He even went down to the beach to get photos of the waves.

    I think that you are wise in your preparations. Try to get plenty of bottled water jugs and fill up your bathtubs and sinks with water. If you have coolers, you might want to fill them with as many ice bags as you can. Fill several gas cans with fuel, so that your generator will not run out. Make certain that all of your vehicles are full of gas, too. Have a chain saw available, just in case you need to remove any trees from your road, your fences or, God Forbid, your home.

    Good luck! Sending jingles and prayers that folks in the North East stay safe!
    When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


    • #3
      Agreed get clean trashcans and fill them with water for the horses. As well as I'd get more then a 7 day supply of food for the horses. Also put break away haters on them with a plastic luggage tag attached with your contact info. That or the stuff they use to write on livestock and write your contact number on your horses.


      • #4
        Breakaway halters with phone numbers, a few weeks of grain on hand, lots of extra sawdust, all water troughs and buckets filled, and possibly digging ditches to help water drain.

        ^^ that is what we did last year with Irene and had no issues weathering the storm, same plan this time! Although now I have an apartment to stay in a few hundred feet from the barn instead of sleeping on my tack trunk. Thank god for friendly, absentee renters. Remember to have a generator on hand, a battery powered radio, several flashlights with extra batteries, a full tank of gas and a car charger for your phone, and a fully charged laptop, iPad, etc.

        Listening to the radio right now, they're calling it the "perfect storm" and will possibly be rated top 5 of all time. Starting to get nervous.
        come what may

        Rest in peace great mare, 1987-2013


        • #5
          I'm on the shore in NJ as well. Getting nervous here too - ocean a mile away on one side of us, Manasquan River 2 blocks away on the other side. Hoping we won't be using the flood insurance we're required to have!

          Horses 7 miles inland - I do self care, so if I'm evacuated (possibility), I'll take a bunch of blankets and sleep in the feed room.


          • #6
            Don't forget an inflatable mattress incase the feed room is flooded . . .


            • #7
              Lots of good advice on this thread ~ Jingles for All !

              Jingles for ALL ~
              Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


              • #8
                Our horses are on the N. Shore of Long Island so our main concern is keeping them comfortable. They're all getting out tonight/tomorrow morning and we're giving them an extra bran mash on Sunday pm. They also get mash on Mondays.

                There was a fatal colic overnight at our barn so I think we'll all be there to check on our horses (and give them extra kisses) while we can.
                Born under a rock and owned by beasts!


                • #9
                  Good idea re: the mattress, Tom. Thanks!

                  Tomorrow AM I'll be writing my cell phone number on my horse's (white) foot with a Sharpie marker. Don't want to risk a tag braided into the mane or tail getting blown away.


                  • Original Poster

                    News says NJ is under a state of emergency. Casinos are being shut down per The Gov. All out of Atlantic City by 8 am Sunday no one goes in or out after 4 pm. All barrier islands evacuated. This full moon is not going to help. Spent most of today drilling up plywood on one shelter so it has 3 1/2 sides to it wondered if I should do some on my run in sheds too. Stocked up on meeds today and cat food /kitty litter. Putting any thing that can blow away tomorrow all sheds get extra clips on them so they don't blow open. Hubby put the generator out of the shed and set it up to be used. He direct wires it so we can use the water pump to water the horses run frig.

                    Friday at Lowe's place was selling every generator they had. Feed store was taking orders for some coming in late Monday. Trying to set all up so can get a few days rest here from the storm. You can not find a gas can around here to buy or a siphon pump. Lots of friends should all have the day off from work.

                    Love the idea of the luggage tags on horses. Was going to zip tie a few with my cell on it on halters.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by tarynls View Post
                      I'm on the shore in NJ as well. Getting nervous here too - ocean a mile away on one side of us, Manasquan River 2 blocks away on the other side. Hoping we won't be using the flood insurance we're required to have!

                      Horses 7 miles inland - I do self care, so if I'm evacuated (possibility), I'll take a bunch of blankets and sleep in the feed room.
                      My sons girlfriend is visiting her parents in your area. Hope all goes well. We are in coastal NC and it is already nastier than we expected here. Tomorrow evening is supposed to be the nastiest for us.


                      • #12
                        Please do not underestimate the danger of storm surge flooding. Lots of old timers on the MS Gulf Coast thought they would stay through Katrina - and a lot of them were washed away right along with old places that had survived Hurricanes Betsy and Camille - they and their houses are just GONE. You can look up Bay Saint Louis, MS on Google earth and look at the landscape before Katrina and then right after. It should scare the beejeesus out of anybody!

                        People will die in this storm because they are focused on the wind speed and focus on the fact that it's ONLY a Category 1 storm.

                        If you are going to evacuate and will be hauling a trailer; you need to get out BEFORE the wind gusts start up.

                        If you live in a place that will potentially be "cut off" by high winds &/or high water; EVACUATE. Emergency responders cannot come rescue you once the storm hits if you stay and then change your mind or have a medical emergency. You will be on your own until winds and waters recede.

                        This is a huge storm, so you need to make your plans early. The time the eye makes landing is the halftime show. The location where the eye makes landing matters because anybody north of it is going to have the worst storm surge; but you cannot wait and base your decision to evacuate on where the eye is going to make landfall. Please make your plans based on the worst possible scenario for you and your animals.

                        I grew up on the Gulf Coast, and I am not sure who I worry about more -- the old timers who are convinced they'll be fine or those that have never dealt with a hurricane and are innocently curious. This one is going to make a big mess; and people will die -- please don't be one of them. Probably worse than a quick death is to be somebody who stays and gets injured and then has to wait forever to be found.
                        Disclaimer: Just a beginner who knows nothing about nothing


                        • #13
                          I was in Charleston in '89 when hurricane Hugo hit. We lived on the main power line and did not have power for 2 weeks. The folks a half mile away were without power for three weeks. A former co-workers husband is a lineman with Kansas Power and Light. Crews left Kansas today for points east to assist with repairs.

                          We always keep the cheapo Walmart jar candles on hand for spring and winter storm power outages. They can be a primary light source or a back up for the flashlights in the house and of course, never leave them unattended.

                          It might be too late now but you can always get that livestock chalk- which is really a grease paint stick- to help ID your horses as a back up to tags, etc.

                          Good luck and hope that the storm tones down before landfall.


                          • #14
                            Anyone right on the coast that is evacuating, I have 2 stalls available. The weather is still supposed to be bad where I am, (Schwenksville PA) but my land isn't prone to flooding. Just an offer in case someone had no place to go.

                            As the storm gets closer, more people in my area are panicking. Personally I think it's overdramatic, but time will tell.
                            come what may

                            Rest in peace great mare, 1987-2013


                            • #15
                              I'm up in MA a good ways inland. Our biggest thing here is power outages, with Irene last year we had 10 days without power and the Halloween storm in October was another 4 days without power. It's a big deal for my family especially since we have well water and horses and dogs at home.

                              We've spent Friday through today preparing, the barn's all prepared for any flooding and we have more than enough hay, grain and shavings for at least a month. Anything that can hold water is being filled and the truck and trailer is hooked up and ready to go god forbid we need to get out.


                              • #16
                                Saying prayers that everyone gets through this safely.

                                Generator is hard wired to run our fridge, freezer, microwave and water pump, and was fired up this morning to test. DH says we have enough fuel to get through 5-6 days without power, but I will be filling the 70' gal tank tonight as well as the muck buckets and 2 water buckets per stall. Our power company has a great record for getting this back up quickly, but this is going to be about the worst storm we've ever seen in this area. Picked up extra bedding yesterday and have 2 weeks feed on hand. Horses will be locked up during the worst of it. They're in more danger from flying debris and downed fences than from the barn being blown over.

                                This is one of the many reasons I'm glad horses are at home and the barn is only 100' from my back door. I always treat any situation like this as a worst case scenario. Better to be over prepared than find yourself unable to care for yourself and loved ones because you didn't think it was necessary.
                                Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
                                Witherun Farm


                                • #17
                                  Goodness, news says Sandy is going to make landfall right about smack dab on top of us. Spent the last few days preparing and battening down all hatches best as can be. 6 days of fresh water lots of food for the horses. Plenty of spirits for us two legged Done everything we can do at this point and all we can do is hope from here on out.

                                  It will be interesting to see what the eye of a storm really looks like when it passes right over us.

                                  Good luck everyone!
                                  Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.


                                  • #18
                                    They're predicting 12+ inches of rain now. Awesome, really, I can't wait.
                                    come what may

                                    Rest in peace great mare, 1987-2013


                                    • #19
                                      We are in VT, and while the horses are not in a location that will flood (we are HIGH...if we flood, everyone in the state is doomed!), the high wind concerns me. I usually leave them out because I feel they know best and will go where they feel safe. Being inside buildings makes me nervous for them.

                                      I have plenty of water stocked up in case we lose power. I have plenty of feed available also. I filled their 150 gallon water tub (only 2 horses) and also put smaller water troughs instead of buckets in their stalls so plenty of water in their stalls too, in case I put them inside.

                                      At home, the most that will happen is power loss. We're filling the tub with water, turning the freezer temps down as far as they'll go so the cold will last longer if they go out. Our neighbor has a HUGE generator that will run their whole house, and we're welcome there with the dogs if we lose power. So we at least have a place to go!

                                      I hope everyone weathers this safely. I can't imagine living where there is risk of flood. I'd be doubling up my anxiety medication right now.

                                      The good news for me is that my work conference in Indiana for tomorrow (i'd be flying out tomorrow) is cancelled so I won't be worrying about what's happening back home with my family and my horses (my mom was taking care of them).
                                      "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."


                                      • #20
                                        We are in Ithaca, NY and here is what we did, even though we are a few days out from you folks closer to the coast:

                                        I went and got a lot of extra shavings and stripped and re-bedded stalls a bit deeper than usual. My friend dig a ditch (by hand!) through shale to make sure the barn does not flood. We filled all buckets, and got every empty bucket and trough we could and set them up inside and filled them. I went and got extra feed. Today was rainy in Ithaca, but we left them out all day because tomorrow they will be in all day. I also set up to clean stalls onto a tarp in our indoor (attached to our stalls) rather than going outside.

                                        Some people are suggesting "keep their routines familiar" but the reality is that 40-75 mph winds are not part of a routine. A panicked horse will run through a fence.

                                        We also are securing our doors with extra hardware and using one door only as passage.

                                        Everybody is getting closed inside in the barn.

                                        Be sure and think about your barn animals also_cats and dogs. If you have barn cats, be sure they can get in when you close it up.
                                        Last edited by Iberiansyes; Oct. 29, 2012, 08:35 AM. Reason: wrong word choice