Fishman wrote:Afterwards let us know how this will change your short and long term preps. As bad as this is for you, help us to learn from it.
I'm still in the middle of the flood (water isn't rising but it isn't dropping, my RV is still surrounded), but here are some thoughts thus far:
--Having lots of stored food/water and a good gennie with some fuel makes me a feel a whole lot better; turns the situation from a serious problem to a minor annoyance
--I feel comfortable with my ability to power lights, cooking, heat, etc. for at least a week if electricity goes out (which I'm expecting); this also makes me feel a whole lot better
--I wish I had A LOT more propane stored; I've been looking into options for how to store more propane but haven't done anything yet; I wish I had just bit the bullet and spent the money for a couple 100# tanks, one of which I always keep filled and set aside for emergencies
--I could use another good pair of Muck boots---had to wade through water that went over my boots, so they're soaking wet now---a pair of waders and a boat would also be nice
--While I think I did a good job of recognizing the impending flood before it became a serious problem (my boss said it'd be fine but I moved my truck and the tractors just in case, thankfully), I wish I had moved some of my crap to higher ground before it got soaked---I did at least top up my food supplies at the grocery store yesterday, I had an inkling things might get bad
--I need to finish my battery cart project (a big deep cycle batt, inverter, and charger installed semi-permanently on a garden cart with a waterproof enclosure); I've got it half built, but haven't finished it (ironically due to the crappy weather)---it'd be real nice to have that ready to go if the lights go out for a couple days---also need to build a waterproof generator enclosure
--Need to save phone numbers in my cell phone that I can call for local emergency information in case my internet access goes down (which it does all the time); local radio has been helpful, and I have a couple battery powered radios and plenty of stored batts in case power goes out
--Thankfully I've been quite wary of putting my RV in the flood plain---last month I hacked out a place to move it but decided against doing it this winter because of my fear of flooding; I'm glad I did, the site I was considering is under some serious water right now
--Need to fix my RV's fridge so it doesn't turn into a freezer when run off propane (bad thermostat?)---but if worse comes to worse I can make ice and use a cooler as a fridge
--Last and not least, I wish I had more beer squirreled away
A garden will make your rations go further.