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Old 08-27-2011, 02:38 AM   #31
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I hope everyone stays safe and does what they are told to do.


thanks, bolas. what a caring and cohesive group of people we have here at dc.
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Old 08-27-2011, 03:02 AM   #32
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Vit mate I have been watching on the bbc, they stated that this is the biggest evacuation ever.
We watch these things carefully because apart from the people here we have a lot of friends at sea.
They will be running for safety and should be OK thanks to your coastguard info but having been in the middle of the Atlantic in a force nine gales and high sea's it not fun.
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Old 08-27-2011, 03:03 AM   #33
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:23 AM   #34
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I hope everyone stays safe and does what they are told to do.
I'm a little late to this, been a busy few days, but I completely agree with Bolas. Stay safe everyone. Also (kinda late again) I thought this article How to prepare for a hurricane – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs had some good advice and even more of it in the comments section.

I especially liked a post by user brend, about third or fourth post down. She listed a lot of good ideas..
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:38 AM   #35
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We're starting to feel Irene here in VA. Lots of rain gusty wind. One tornado spotted in Norfolk. Still have power. Fortunately our house is on the same circuit as a fire station so we rarely lose power and are a priority to get it back. Irene downgraded to category 1 last night so that really eased my mind. Isabel was a cat.2 and that was bad enough. I said then I'd evacuate for a cat.3 for sure. Thought I'd post JIC the power goes later. Thanks for all the thoughts.
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:45 AM   #36
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I'm glad to hear it has been downgraded.
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:50 AM   #37
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Please, please, please remember that it is far better to be over-prepared than not prepared. If this turns out to be much ado about nothing, then, you're out not much. On the other hand, try going weeks without electricity, food, water. Been there, done that, and not fun. Better to evacuate than have rescue workers threatening their own lives to save your sorry, unprepared ass. I understand even public transportation is taking pets with evacuating people. So, if you go, you have had a great adventure, if you stay and some poor cop, EMT, fireman, etc, has risked his life because you thought you were stronger than Mother Nature. Get your body and your loved ones out of harm's way. Then you can go home with your loved ones and do the best you can to fix. But don't DO NOT risk other peoples' lives out of foolish pride.
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:59 AM   #38
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Another tip:

Fill large ziplock bags with water and fill your freezer with as many as it will hold. Do it now, before you lose power and to give them a chance to freeze so you may not lose anything already frozen.

great idea, selkie, but my freezer takes forever to make a few ice cubes.making one last store run before the storm hits--i will buy a big bag of ice--if they haven't sold out already. thanks for your good tips and good vibes.
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:12 AM   #39
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Even if it isn't frozen, any water you save is a good thing. I lived in hurricane-heavy areas, and always made sure my fridge and freezer were totally full, period, before a storm hit. I filled bottles of water in mid-summer, and tossed them in the freezer (at that time I had a big freezer). When it would get to the point where we were at crisis mode, we filled very sink and tub in the house, aftter scrubbing the tubs/sinks with a bleach based cleaner. I've lost electricity for extended periods of time, but luckily, never took a direct hit. So I lost a couple of tubs of water. Better safe than sorry.

As the saying goes, You cannot fool mother nature.
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:45 AM   #40
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Due to me not being around much I just now read this thread from beginning to end. I am humbled beyond words.

My dear DC friends who are affected by all these natural disasters, you have my thoughts, my prayers and most of all my admiration for how you are not only getting prepared but taking the time to come and report here.

As others have said, please be safe, don't try to be a hero (get out if you have to) and know that you are loved here.

I wish I could do more.
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