Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Things we learned...

These last few days were definitely "learning" days for us. There were many things we thought we should do prior to the tornadoes hitting our area, but for one reason or another we never did. Now all those things became priorities and WILL BE taken care off.

1 Have a battery powered small radio - not one using 6 or even 10 C batteries. (Our neighbor thought she'd help us out and gave us a small TV/radio combo that needs 10 C batteries!) Trust me, when it gets bad and you don't have power, you will feel like a sitting duck.

2 Have a flashlight for every person in the house or one for every room that gets used a lot. If you only have two flashlights, it gets "hairy" at night when you're trying to find a bathroom in the dark. Crank or wind up flashlights are great!

3 Batteries, batteries, batteries! Make sure you have plenty on hand.

4 Oil lamps are great, but you have to make sure they actually have wicks in them and you have oil to refill them with.

5 A full freezer, fridge or pantry will do you no good if you don't have a way of cooking the food. Make sure you have an extra propane tank or extra bags of charcoal on hand.

6 Little camping stoves work great to boil water for dishes. Just make sure you have some extra little propane canisters stashed away.

7 If you even think your area might get hit by a tragedy such as this tornado, buy at least a small generator. They will be very hard to find once the power goes out.

8 Get a clothes line! I know some neighborhoods don't allow for clothes lines, but at least have some rope or something in case of an emergency. Luckily we have one for outside and a drying rack indoors, but we saw many people using all sorts of things for clothes lines. Zip lines, downed power lines, jump ropes...

9 Hopefully you already know your neighbors, but if you don't, get to know them. These are the people who will share with you! We shared information, generators, freezer space, meals, some adult beverages... It brought us a lot closer!

10 Even without power, you can have a fun 11th Birthday! Thankfully I had baked the cake on Tuesday before we lost power, so all we had to do was buy some frosting.
In den letzten paar Tagen haben wir sehr viel gelernt. Wir hatten schon oefters darueber nachgedacht was wir wohl alles benoetigen wuerden wenn hier in Unglueck passieren wuerde, aber getan hatten wir deswegen nicht viel. Das wird sich aber nun nach diesem Ereignis aendern!

1 Kauft einen kleines Radio das man mit Batterien benutzen kann. Nicht unbedingt ein Teil das 6 oder sogar 10 "C" Batterien braucht. (Unsere Nachbarin wollte uns etwas gutes tun und hat uns einen kleinen Fernseher/Radio gegeben - leider haette dieser 10 "C" Batterien benoetigt.) Ohne Strom, Radio oder Fernseher ist man waehrend so einem Unglueck total ausgeliefert.

2 Jede Person im Haus sollte seine eigene Taschenlampe haben, oder man sollte eine fuer jedes Zimmer haben. Glaubt mir, es macht keinen Spass wenn man nur 2 Taschenlampen hat und dann in der Nacht im stockdunklen ins Bad muss.

3 Batterien, Batterien, Batterien! Habt genug im Haus!

4 Oellampen sind klasse, aber sie sollten auch alle einen Docht haben - und Oel zum nachfuellen.

5 Ein voller Gefrierschrank, Kuehlschrank oder Speisekammer nuetzt herzlich wenig, wenn man das Essen nicht kochen kann. Wir werden uns in Zukunft einen extra Propan Tank fuer den Grill und extra Kohle fuer den Kohlegrill auf Lager legen.

6 Kleine Camping Grills sind klasse um Wasser zum Abspuelen zu kochen. Man sollte jedoch auch einige kleine Propan Tanks hierfuer auf Lager haben.

7 Wenn auch nur die geringste Chance fuer so ein Unglueck besteht, wuerde ich mir einen Generator zulegen. Wenn das Unglueck passiert ist, sind sie sehr schwer zu finden.

8 Legt euch eine Waescheleine zu! Hier in den Staaten haengen sehr wenige Leute Waesche auf und in manchen Nachbarschaften ist es sogar verboten. Wir haben gluecklicherweise eine fuer draussen und einen Waescheturm im Haus, aber viele Leute hier mussten sehr erfinderisch werden.

9 Hoffentlich kennt ihr eure Nachbarn schon, aber wenn nicht, lernt sie kennen! Eure Nachbarn sind waehren so einer Situation die Leute die euch aushelfen werden. Wir haben mit unseren Nachbarn Information, Generatoren, Platz im Gefrierschrank, Essen, Getraenke geteilt und es hat uns viel naeher gebracht.

10 Auch ohne Strom kann man einen schoenen 11 Geburtstag feiern! Gluecklicherweise hatte ich schon am Dienstag den Kuchen gebacken und so musste ich ihn nur noch fertig machen.

17 comments:

  1. We learned some of those lessons when we had an icestorm a few years ago. Thankfully we heat with wood on a stove that you can cook on if needed. The thing that worries me in this house is if no power no water.. So I have been trying to get water stored up and find some tanks for outside for the animals so if needed they will have water. One thing though we are right next to the main power lines so we would be some of the first to have power restored.
    Good Neighbors are always nice to have!

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  2. Anke, can I hope that I never have to use any of those helpful hints? I mean, I want to be prepared but I really hate thinking about it.
    Happy Birthday to you little one. She's lovely. My Johnny turned 11 on April 20th.
    Take care.
    Your Friend, m.

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  3. Great tips Anke, especially getting to know your neighbours. They can be your most invaluable resource during times like this.

    Be well
    ~Andrea~

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  4. Great post, especially going into hurricane season soon!

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  5. Good reminders for those of us who live in tornado country. Glad you have such wonderful neighbors. Happy birthday to your little girl!

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  6. My problem is trying to survive the tornado because we have no basements here to hide in...

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  7. I am glad to hear that you made it safely through this tragedy. I would add a weather radio to your list. When the power goes out it switches to battery and it is really helpful to keep you updated. We got one after we quit our TV service.
    Happy Birthday to your daughter!

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  8. Herzlichen Glückwunsch für eure Jüngste nachträglich! Diesen Geburtstag wird sie in ihrem Leben nie vergessen !
    schön das du wieder da bist.
    Sei gedrückt
    Doris

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  9. That is a great list for any of us really. We were without power for four days late one fall when we had an ice storm. We did our "cooking" on top of the wood stove.

    Nadia looks as happy as if she were living in normal conditions. :-) Guess that's the way it is when you are 11. ;) A belated happy birthday to her.

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  10. I am so happy you and your family are well. Glad you thought to make that cake ahead....that saved the stress of not having a 'nice' birthday. Love your list...wise stuff.
    xo

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  11. Oh! my goodness!

    I am so behind in blogs, once again, and had no idea of the ordeal you went through - whew, so glad you're all ok!

    from the looks of that happy smile behind the cake, you guys managed very well!

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  12. Anke, this is a really helpful post! Be sure to link it up Saturday to the Preparedness Challenge! People need to read this!
    Blessings,
    Amy

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  13. Liebe Anke!
    Ich sags dir so schön wie jetzt nach diesem Unglück(und Glück für Euch)war es noch nie Nachricht von euch zu lesen und zu wissen das es euch gut geht, nachdem ihr so knapp davon gekommen seid.Diese 10 Tipps und Vorsätzte die du hast sind echt Gold wert.Leider ist es echt so das mann erst in der Not merckt was mann hätte für Vorkehrungen treffen können.Gott sei Dank ist ja nochmal alles gut gegangen. Schön das Nadias trotz allem eine Torte bekommen hat.Wir sind in Gedanken bei Euch und Drücke mir die Mädels ganz festChristine

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  14. Stopping by from the challenge. This post has been very helpful and given me a couple of things to add to my list. Glad to know your family is safe.

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  15. Glad you linked up, Anke! Have a blessed Mother's Day!

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  16. Good advice!! I will be following this list and making sure I am prepared in those areas. Always good to head the advice of someone who has been there! Oh my gosh 11 years old!! Awwww:) nice the cake was cooked already:)

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  17. Very good lessons to share as sometimes you think you might have enough, but really don't. so happy though that you guys made it through ok, and were able to share a birthday!
    Take Care,
    Ulrike

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