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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Track Power Outages

Just found this neat little website by MLG&W where you can track power outages in the Memphis area:

MLG&W Outages

Don't know if there are similar website for other utility companies in the state, but I thought this was informational as I was watching the winter weather the past few days!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Winter Weather Watch - Are You Prepared?

Those of us here in West TN and in various other areas of the Mid-South are well aware of the watches and advisories that we've been seeing for potential hazardous winter weather that could hit us in the next 48 hours.

Are you prepared?

Remember what happened to Western Kentucky recently? There were places there without power for weeks on end after they got hit with their ice storm. Remember Memphis in '91 when the ice storm hit - again, places without power for weeks.

We have the "potential" for that kind of severe winter weather later this week - are you ready? Because if we have a significant weather event, believe me you're going to need more than a quick run to the grocery for milk, bread, chips and beer.

Things to Think About

If we get hit with 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice, which is what they were considering earlier this evening, followed by 2 or more inches of snow - power outages are a real possibility. Weather forecasters are also concerned because here in West TN we're supposed to have wind gusts around 40 m.p.h. - which could cause ice covered tree limbs to fall, causing power outages.

~ Do you have a generator?
~ Do you have treated, stored gasoline to power it?
~ Do you know how long it can run on a gallon of gas? How often you have to change the oil in it? What you can safely run on it?
~ If you do not have a generator - what is your alternative?
~ Do you have plenty of batteries? Alternatives for lighting?
~ What will you do for heat?
~ How will you cook? Do you have stored cooking fuel? Utensils to cook over a fire in the fireplace?
~ What will you do with your fridge and freezer items if the power is out for an extended time?
~ Have you thought about water? Do you have water stored? Do you have places you can store water inside so it won't freeze? Do you know how much water you need for your family just for basic cooking?
~ If limbs come down on your property, do you have a way to remove them?
~ If, heaven forbid, limbs come down on your home - do you have contingency plans for a place to stay? Do you have extra cash on hand for unexpected emergencies such as this?
~ Do you have battery powered emergency radios or weather radios or hand-crank radios so that you can try to find out the status of events in your area?
~ Do you have activities to keep little ones busy during the day?

This is not anywhere near an all-inclusive list, but it is a start - ways you need to be thinking to prepare - because we just don't know what we might get this week.

Stay safe, stay tuned to the weather and be ready!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Add to Your Preps AND Help Haiti!

Okay all you preparedness friends out there - if you need to add something to your preps and want to help Haiti at the same time - please go to MRE Depotfor your shopping - they are offering 3 different ways to help:

1) 10% off any purchase and they will send the 10% to Haiti - PROMO CODE IS HAITI, and/or

2) place an order of goods and they'll pay to ship it directly to Haiti and/or

3) make a cash donation and they'll match it.

This is a very reputable company we've used them a lot for our purchases - they have great prices, good shipping and fantastic customer service.

If the item is on their website, they have it in stock.

We can personally recommend (meaning we've tried these ourselves) the Red Feather Butter, the Yoder's Canned Bacon, the Costa Rica Green Coffee Beans, and the Canned Taco Meat.

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