February 2, 2009

Lessons from the Kentucky Ice Storms


As I've read articles about the recent ice storms in Kentucky (and other areas from Texas to Maine), Govenor Steve Beshear has called it "the biggest natural disaster that this state has ever experienced in modern history." Troops from the National Guard are going door to door in the entire Graves County area to determine how residents are doing. Even though this disaster is far from my doorstep, it is interesting what one can learn. Could I live without power for as much as two months, which is predicted in some areas? Do I have a relative willing to house us if we could get out?

And do we have equipment, fuel, clothing, and blankets to handle the cold? Some of the deaths that have occurred were because of an "improperly vented generator, and another person died after using a charcoal grill as a heater for the house."

We need to remember that it is dangerous to take generators and grills inside a home. More information on generator safety can be found in my January 5 post. Ten of the deaths were from carbon monoxide poisoning and at least nine others from hypothermia.

If you live in this area, please send me an email and share what lessons you have learned about disaster preparedness.

2 comments:

  1. Love your blog! I have searched many preparedness blogs and yours is my favorite. Keep all the good stuff comin'!! I've given you an award... http://bakinglikebetty.blogspot.com/2009/02/oreo-cheesecake-pops-my-first-ever-blog.html All my other awards are baking/cooking... you are the only preparedness recipient... ohhhh special jk!!

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  2. With the ice storms, we weren't prepared at all! No food, no phones that weren't cordless (so they did not work with no electricity), no minutes on our cell phone, no stored water, no way to heat the house. Someone from church came by and woke me up to see if I was ok. I had no idea the power was out, since I was in bed, 8 1/2 months pregnant and sick. My husband was finally able to get home and take me to his mom's, 2 hours away. He had to sleep in our car so he could be close to work, since driving was not a good idea either. So, we also needed (but didn't have) some savings, so he could have stayed in a hotel. We had just moved here (South central ky) from Northern KY.Back home, power was always back on within a day (it only took that long once). Here, since it is more rural, it took a week. And our town was a priority because of the large number of college students. I was embarrassed at how unprepared we were!

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