The view from my window:
The beautiful Autumn leaves were stripped from most of the trees by
The view from inside:
Our emergency water supply and hand-washed dishes.
Our power was out for 5 days total.
Our generator supplied power to a select few outlets so
the boys adapted their waffle making. Gunner is
surprised to find the toaster on the floor.
We got off pretty easy--our tarps blew loose and one side of the wood pile blew over.
That was pretty much it.
Sam putting the wheels on a second generator we got near the end of
the week-long power outage.
Shane making use of the empty box.
Our hard-working wood stove kept us cozy and warm
through the storm.
As I always tell the kids: "A fire warms you twice--when you haul the wood to
build the fire and again when you enjoy its heat."
We got off pretty easy compared to those in New York City and New Jersey. It was inconvenient to be without power but we were well prepared and the gas stations in our area were open and had power restored pretty quickly. Andy and I both filled up our cars before the storm and Andy had several big gas containers at the ready for our generator. It's heart-breaking to see the devastation along the coastal areas. They are still without power and there is no water or sewer service. They wait in long lines for gas --and that's with gas rationing. The local news channels carry the real stories of the problems and the suffering still going on. Even those who thought they were prepared were caught off guard with how bad the storm was in those hardest hit areas. It was ironic to see on the news a sign in the window of the FEMA office: "Closed Due to Weather"
Our stake is joining with other stakes in the region this weekend to help with clean up. We will be clearing out and disinfecting an apartment building. Most of the residents are elderly and single moms. I am grateful to be part of the church organization that helps and reminds us to be prepared. We have an emergency preparedness specialist who gets up every week in Sacrament Meeting and gives a spiritual thought and a practical preparedness tip. We were all encouraged to have generators and to store water and food. That same church organization gives us an organized and safe way to reach out and help those in need during and after the storm.