Hurricane season (Read 21637 times)

Q

Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #20 on: June 26, 2015, 01:33:19 AM »
Did Costco yesterday to replenish canned goods (veggies, spam, CB and CB Hash, Pink Salmon etc...) 150 rolls TP,  90 rolls PT, razors, toothpaste, soap, shampoo Q-tips (not to be confused with tips from Q) gallons of bleach, dish soap, laundry detergent, Clorox Clean Up, nitrile gloves, 15 gallons non-ethanol gas with stabilizer, big ole bottle of Makers Mark, carton of butts and I'm all set.  :thumbsup:

   Seems the system is pretty good.
All old supplies either used/rotated out and nothing beyond expiration.   :geekdanc:

I can't wait to watch the news where everybody is scrambling  :shake: for gas, water, canned goods and TP while I be sipp'n my Old fashion or Mint Julip.   :crazy:

This is the confirmed list of stuff to pick up / prep for next month:

- several packets of 78% calcium hypochlorate to make my own bleach solution

- beans and rice from the LDS supply

- bucket of MH dehydrated food

- 3 to 5 bottles propane

- 5-10 cases of water

- shower stuff / toiletries

- ingredients for homemade laundry soap (makes 10 liquid gallons)

- rebuild my emergency washing machine (5 gal bucket, plunger dowel, potato masher)

- 100 to 200 wax firestarters

- 5 or so bic lighters and some naptha gas to refill my zippos




May update later

whynow?

Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #21 on: June 28, 2015, 12:51:34 AM »
Recently bought a Midland WR-120EZ radio from Amazon and  a Eton Zone Guard  radio from a local Radio Shack.  Both are NOAA weather radios.
Plan to get another 3 pack of butane fuel late summer to cook indoors if need be.  Can't do that with my propane and white gas Coleman stoves.
Also like to get those quick dry flood barriers, but don't know if sold locally.
 Consider with the summer heat, to stay cool (while sleeping) in event of a power loss, putting up a small dome tent in the living room and operating a small battery operated desk fan (at the tents opening).  Due to the round interior shape the air from the fan blew all around making a nice cooling breeze in the tent.  Better than just using the fan to try cool a room and the air only blowing one direction.  I did this one hot summer early afternoon and was good for me to sleep in. 

Rocky

Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #22 on: June 28, 2015, 07:04:48 PM »
Recently bought a Midland WR-120EZ radio from Amazon and  a Eton Zone Guard  radio from a local Radio Shack.  Both are NOAA weather radios.
Plan to get another 3 pack of butane fuel late summer to cook indoors if need be.  Can't do that with my propane and white gas Coleman stoves.
Also like to get those quick dry flood barriers, but don't know if sold locally.
 Consider with the summer heat, to stay cool (while sleeping) in event of a power loss, putting up a small dome tent in the living room and operating a small battery operated desk fan (at the tents opening).  Due to the round interior shape the air from the fan blew all around making a nice cooling breeze in the tent.  Better than just using the fan to try cool a room and the air only blowing one direction.  I did this one hot summer early afternoon and was good for me to sleep in.

Funny, I've been using my PROPANE 4 burner stove / oven in my kitchen for 8 years.  :wacko:
Propane is propane.

« Last Edit: June 28, 2015, 07:42:31 PM by Rocky »
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Q

Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #23 on: June 28, 2015, 08:41:53 PM »
Funny, I've been using my PROPANE 4 burner stove / oven in my kitchen for 8 years.  :wacko:
Propane is propane.

I'm planning on building a 5 gallon rocket stove, given the indefinite wood source behind the house

passivekinetic

Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #24 on: June 29, 2015, 01:21:49 PM »
Here is a good page to keep track of storms.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/hurricane/east-pacific

Hey, why not use this highly expensive satellite technology for your own use?! They didn't have this sh*t 50 years ago for folks to look at.
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whynow?

Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #25 on: June 29, 2015, 01:41:18 PM »
Funny, I've been using my PROPANE 4 burner stove / oven in my kitchen for 8 years.  :wacko:
Propane is propane.
Online discussions about propane indoors seem to run 50-50.   People say they used it for years indoors and no issues.  Maybe bottom line is you have good ventilation for indoors.   Others say that for safety the tank need to be outside.  Guess it's up to the user to decide since there's no definite right answer.
But for me I use the single burner butane stoves with the canister indoors.   Heats up water, and food pretty quick.  When there's a hurricane warning issued, I stage the stove/cannisters, along with portable radios on the dining room table and LED lanterns in each room
 I have 2 burner propane stoves and a lantern but use it outdoors for camping.

Day Day

Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #26 on: June 29, 2015, 09:00:32 PM »
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Jack daniels
Cigars
I'll bring da lighter and shot glasses!

Rocky

Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2015, 03:00:16 PM »
Online discussions about propane indoors seem to run 50-50.   People say they used it for years indoors and no issues.  Maybe bottom line is you have good ventilation for indoors.   Others say that for safety the tank need to be outside.  Guess it's up to the user to decide since there's no definite right answer.
But for me I use the single burner butane stoves with the canister indoors.   Heats up water, and food pretty quick.  When there's a hurricane warning issued, I stage the stove/cannisters, along with portable radios on the dining room table and LED lanterns in each room
 I have 2 burner propane stoves and a lantern but use it outdoors for camping.
I'm talking about my store bought (Sears) LPG (liquid propane gas)v Bosch Kitchen range and yes, "Others say that for safety the tank need to be outside." which is where my 250 Gal tank is.
I do know of someone who does use the 5 gallon Bar-b-que propane tank for his kitchen stove.
He is smart enough to keep the tank outside piped into his house but dumb enough top have it directly on the outside wall of his range on his coveredd deck.
Too close IMHO
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Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #28 on: July 06, 2015, 08:51:54 PM »
Seems a little early in the season but news said another "disturbance might form in our hood.  IMHO the recent high temps also have been early here, normally get that in Sept/Oct.   Don't know if that's something significant or just flukes.
Trying to get off my okole and look into a good solar battery charger for AAA, AA and D.   Gotta stop buying reloading components and accessories and go to Battery Bill's for Goal Zero stuff.
Anyways everyone stay alert and plan to get your extra supplies early to avoid Costco/Ciity Mill crowds.

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Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #29 on: July 06, 2015, 10:02:30 PM »
It's a good reminder that I gotta empty, flush and refill the water storage. It's been over a year now.

Q

Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #30 on: July 07, 2015, 01:37:15 AM »
just picked up a colman single burner for $20, and will go green can shopping tomorrow.

Picked up a ecozoom dura rocket stove as my primary cooking device because in Hawaii it will cost you 4 times as much to make your own rocket stove  :wacko: Nice pile of firewood that needs to be stacked this week

Pool guy still out of 78% hypochlorate...might have to settle for 73-75%, which is good enough.

Batteries should be on lock, but might need another head lamp.

Was gonna pick up a water BOB, but decided to bleach the hell out of the trash cans again and just let the Gods of rain fill up my containers for free.

Just gotta make sure first aid is replenished and I should be good to go.

zippz

Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #31 on: July 07, 2015, 04:27:30 PM »
Was gonna pick up a water BOB, but decided to bleach the hell out of the trash cans again and just let the Gods of rain fill up my containers for free.

Water heater is a good source for drinking water.  Holds 30-50 gallons which will sustain a family of 4  for a week or so.
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Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #32 on: July 07, 2015, 04:44:37 PM »
Water heater is a good source for drinking water.  Holds 30-50 gallons which will sustain a family of 4  for a week or so.

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Q

Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #33 on: July 07, 2015, 04:46:09 PM »
Water heater is a good source for drinking water.  Holds 30-50 gallons which will sustain a family of 4  for a week or so.

Yeah, I have been encouraging the property owner to install a more permanent water catchment system, but the green trashcans are about 90 gallons, and the blue is about 50-60. They are heavy duty, made of dark plastic and  have the potential to be portable (to an extent). I learned this water catchment technique from a water conservation specialist during the last hurricane.

 I also have a few 55 gal drums but they are too cumbersome to move around and I don't have them joined in series, so trash cans will be the way to go.

Another trick that guy taught me (if you have the property space) is to simply just buy those soft wall kid pools and let them fill up during the storm. You can easily catch several hundred, if not thousands of gallons during a heavy downpour in the pools alone, depending on the size of the pool.

Given our property space, I calculated that we can easily catch at least 2000-5000 gallons during a heavy down pour, which is more than enough for us.

whynow?

Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #34 on: July 07, 2015, 06:17:00 PM »
Water heater is a good source for drinking water.  Holds 30-50 gallons which will sustain a family of 4  for a week or so.

Water storage is No.1.   A good thing to have is those 48 qt. or bigger coolers with wheels to get to the water wagon IF it gets to your street.   Another thing which is a real last minute buy is to fill up big coolers with 20 lb bags of ice or block ice if available.  When it melts, you have water.
I have water bobs but thing is you have to be pretty sure that electrical/water will go out since it's mostly one time use.   Can just fill the bathtub instead.  West Marine  sold HD 5 gal. potable water cans (think made by Scepter) for about $24 each.   These smaller containers are more portable around the house and last longer than the thin kind sold at Walmart.
If a big one is coming  the refuse containers to catch rain water (after the winds) is a good idea for gray water.
To minimize water use, I plan to use paper plates or stuff that don't need washing.  Also bought the stainless steel surgical bowl that this lady sells at the gun show to wash face and give yourself a quickie bath when the stink gets to you.

Rocky

Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #35 on: July 07, 2015, 09:32:49 PM »
Hardware Hawaii Kailua had 6-1/2 gal WATER jugs (tan in color) similar to gas cans for $17.00
Funny thing is that's the first time I've seen the jugs actually marked WATER !  ???
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Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #36 on: July 07, 2015, 09:57:41 PM »
Hardware Hawaii Kailua had 6-1/2 gal WATER jugs (tan in color) similar to gas cans for $17.00
Funny thing is that's the first time I've seen the jugs actually marked WATER !  ???

Does it look like this?
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macsak

Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #37 on: July 07, 2015, 10:19:34 PM »
duck season!

mauidog

Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #38 on: July 07, 2015, 10:21:35 PM »
I tried Hurricane Season, but I think the Grill Master Steak Rub Season is better.
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Q

Re: Hurricane season
« Reply #39 on: July 08, 2015, 01:10:37 AM »
just picked up a colman single burner for $20, and will go green can shopping tomorrow.

Picked up a ecozoom dura rocket stove as my primary cooking device because in Hawaii it will cost you 4 times as much to make your own rocket stove  :wacko: Nice pile of firewood that needs to be stacked this week

Pool guy still out of 78% hypochlorate...might have to settle for 73-75%, which is good enough.

Batteries should be on lock, but might need another head lamp.

Was gonna pick up a water BOB, but decided to bleach the hell out of the trash cans again and just let the Gods of rain fill up my containers for free.

Just gotta make sure first aid is replenished and I should be good to go.

A few changes after tonight...

- Cancelled the order on the coleman and rocket stove; figured they wouldn't get here in time (being that the storm arrives over the weekend  :shake: ) and luckily found my old camper stove. I have tons of cinder blocks, so I will just make a makeshift rocket like this:



Only change I will make is add another block on top to increase the chimney to 12in, as you want the length to be 3x the diameter of the hole.



- Still no luck finding 78% hypochlorate, and all they have is 63%. Was disappointed to hear that they have no idea what the EPA suggested minimum % is for purifying water is, but I guess it's not something everyone should know, thoughh everyone should know it  that works at a pool chemical supply :crazy:



- If any of you are planning on going to Wally World to restock your first aid, may the odds be ever in your favor. Essential medical stuff was completely wiped out in Ke'eaumoku, and water was nearly gone.