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Old 08-25-2011, 04:50 PM   #1
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with the coming of Mrs. Irene, I want to cover my windows with sheets of ply? wondering if there are any alternatives, and also if using screws is the way to go? Thanks

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I'd use at least 1/2" plywood and secure it with 2" screws. You are going to be facing the east side of the storm and probably 115mph winds. If you don't have a hurricane kit, make one.

Good luck, it's going to be a rough ride...

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Yup, 1/2" ply well secured with screws. Two story house? Move stuff upstairs if flooding is likely. Secure or stow away anything outside - chairs, tables, swing set, etc. If told to evacuate - do it.

I lived in New Oreans for 20 years - these storms are no fun.

Hope all goes ok for you!
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Depending on the direction of the the eye of the storm, it is very possible that you could have a major longer term power outage. I lived in Chesapeake for about 5 years and the power system was not a reliable as I was accustomed to. We had a 2 day outage just from a minor ice storm. - Those tall trees do a real job on any above ground power supplies and can be as slow to repair as those old systems in the NE. If that is your case, make preparations for an extended outage.

Empty the freezer and refrigerator in the case of a power outage. After the storm it will be warm and it takes very little time before the food goes bad and the appliances are worthless. This was a very common problem after Katrina where new refrigerators and freezers were as hard to get as shingles and drywall.

If you can expect only a one or two day outage, a full freezer and refrigerator will do fine if you don't open the door to see if the light works.

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Also Marty, why is it, when there is a hurricane or major snow storm, people have to run out and buy up all of the bread, milk and eggs. It is not like you are going to be fixing French Toast.

Jpc, get Water, Granola bars, Peanut butter, some crackers, also some dried fruit, and make sure that the flashlights work, also if you do not have a car charger for your cell phone, get one, so that if you lose power, you can still charge the phone. Also, if you have a chainsaw, make sure that it is up and running, so if any trees fall during the storm in your drive or yard, you are able to get a path clear. If any elderly neighbors, may want to check on them to make sure that they need help securing the windows.

I think that this storm may die before it even reaches Pennsylvania. From the current path, it looks like it is going to hook going out to sea around North Carolina/Virgina, then come back towards Newfoundland.
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Thanks for the chainsaw suggestion. I'm gonna add that to my list for today.
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Also Marty, why is it, when there is a hurricane or major snow storm, people have to run out and buy up all of the bread, milk and eggs. It is not like you are going to be fixing French Toast.

Jpc, get Water, Granola bars, Peanut butter, some crackers, also some dried fruit, and make sure that the flashlights work, also if you do not have a car charger for your cell phone, get one, so that if you lose power, you can still charge the phone. Also, if you have a chainsaw, make sure that it is up and running, so if any trees fall during the storm in your drive or yard, you are able to get a path clear. If any elderly neighbors, may want to check on them to make sure that they need help securing the windows.

I think that this storm may die before it even reaches Pennsylvania. From the current path, it looks like it is going to hook going out to sea around North Carolina/Virgina, then come back towards Newfoundland.
LOL yea, everyone runs out and buys perishables. I fill my spare bathtub (for water to flush), prep the generator, get CASH. We just finished cleaning gutters and getting all of the loose stuff buttoned down. Now the cars in the garage (2 of the 6), stack the others up against the garage and we should be good to go.

We have a ton of non-perishable now, just need to get gas for the generator. It doesn't look like we will lose power that long, so I will fill the tank and get a spare. But, I may go fill my Dodge B250 van and it's 36 gal tank.

The forecast here is for about 2.5" rain, sustained 45 mph winds, gusts to 60mph. It really isn't that bad considering we were forecast in the eye 3 days ago. I am sure we will lose power...
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Leah, get a Stihl Farm Boss with a min. 18" chain. When the guys see you using that sucker, you can impress them with it.
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Someone posted this over on another forum http://www.cpogenerac.com/generac-lp...Fc465QodFCcZNg

Generac's LP3250 is the first portable propane generator to bring together the benefits of liquid propane with an easy-to-transport design. The result is a surprisingly compact and easily maneuverable portable generator ideal for a variety of uses.
Features:
  • Integrated fuel tank holder secures 20 lbs. liquid propane tank (not included) to unit for easier and safer transportation
  • 20 lbs. LP tank (not included) provides 9.0 hour runtime, comparable to runtime of same size portable gasoline generators
  • Conveniently located fuel line quickly connects to standard size LP tanks
  • Hardened-steel tube cradle is a rugged 1-1/4-in diameter
  • Low-oil pressure protection safeguards the engine from damage
  • Covered outlets are protected from the elements
  • Circuit breakers provide overload protection
  • Unit not for use or sale in California
Includes:
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  • Wheel Kit
  • Instruction Sheets
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Leah, get a Stihl Farm Boss with a min. 18" chain. When the guys see you using that sucker, you can impress them with it.
Been there. Done that. It was actually my first purchase when we bought the house. Got it tuned up in the spring, I've got gas and chain oil. Just hope I don't have to use it
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I just want to make sure it's gassed up and in the house.
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Update: Irene is gone. We didn't feel much here since we were about 130 miles from the center. Friends down at the coast made it through as well, even got power back in the same day. No damage for me or ones I know. But, plenty of damage around the coast.
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You'll probably have 3 waves of the storm.

1. the hurricane
2. the looters
3. the storm chasers knocking down your door to collect your insurance check.
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In our area, during Fran, 2 and 3 were the same people. Some folks were being charged $10k for removing a tree...

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