We sure wasn't 100% prepared! Ten months ago our generator was stolen and just a week prior to this awesome storm, Dana and I were talking about needing to by another one. Something called a "Derecho" hit us, (Click here for a definition)! Well as my nephew said, "When Jesus sneezed, He blew everything down." So we were not prepared, at all!! The few gas stations that were open had up to 3 hour waits in line at some of them. Ice was like liquid gold, you couldn't find a generator any where! Temperatures were at a record high at 104 degrees and my spoiled self didn't like not having any A/C! We tried to make it through one night of it but my wife and daughter were to miserable and so was I! They packed up and went to my moms in North Carolina, while I stayed here and worked. The Toyota Plant that I work at had power and was cool, had a shower room, and a cafe', so I had everything I needed. As of yesterday July 3rd, we finally have power, after 5 1/2 days with none (Some people will not have theirs on for many more days). My family should be back today and I can't wait, I missed them!
We did learn a few things we need for these type of emergencies and plant to start preparing for emergency type situations. I will NEVER be caught with my pants down around my ankles again, lol!
I think this would be a great opportunity for us all to help each other realize the things we may need in case of these types of emergencies. So feel free to leave your suggestions that you have! Well off to clean up the yard and other areas.
Oh, my garden believe it or not came through this whole thing unhurt! I really couldn't believe it, because there where power poles and trees as big around as 55 gallon drums that were just snapped in half. God's power was shown but His mercy was as well! God bless you all!