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Bad Memories

I'm having trouble reading my friends list because so many of you are in the path of this terrible storm and it brings back all the memories. And I'm feeling like a shitheel because if you are actually going through it, I should damn well be capable of reading about it. My thoughts, prayers, and slack are with you all.

Everybody knows the obvious things to stock up on: water (fill your bathtubs), canned goods, pet food, gas, flashlights, medications. One thing that may not be obvious, and that we desperately needed after Katrina and the federal levee failure, was CASH. Most ATMs weren't working, and most of the stores that were open at all couldn't take credit or debit cards for several days. Also, if you have a land line, get a non-cordless phone to plug into it. These worked for many of us when power was still out and cellular networks were down.

Be as safe as you can.


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Aug. 27th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Don't forget the candles, matches, and lamps/lamp oil.
Aug. 27th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
and toilet paper.
Aug. 27th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
Lots of toilet paper.
Aug. 27th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
i keep telling folks on twitter, don't forget the tp. some have thought i'm insane, but others have thanked me. lol
Aug. 28th, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
we know all about storm tp in New England. it's just usually a blizzard supply.
Aug. 28th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
we get ice and snow here in ky. tp is right up there with the bread and milk. :)
Aug. 29th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
We call it a French Toast Emergency (eggs are also on the list).
Aug. 27th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
as i said on twitter, you've been in my thoughts. i've worried about you and how you've handled all this. {{hugs}} i know it's rough.
Aug. 27th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
I know this must be tough for you, it's awfully close to the same day and everything. But it's gonna be cool. We'll be good.<3

Aug. 27th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'd been wondering how you were faring. I've got a lot of friends in the path too, but they all seem to have their prep well in hand (and quite a few of them are pretty self-sufficient types who already have their own back-up generators and supplies etc). Pretty much the only thing I can do from over here is wish 'em all good luck, keep 'em in my prayers, and look forward to them reporting in OK afterwards.

There's no "should" where reading this stuff is concerned though. That's like me saying that because I had to personally deal with 5 one-unders when I was working for London Underground that it shouldn't bother me to read about one or watch CCTV footage - it's pretty much bullcrap, Doc. You can handle what you can handle, and traumatising yourself over stuff isn't going to help anyone, is it? So read what you can, skip the stuff you can't, and be there for your friends in the ways you can handle.
Aug. 27th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you for putting up with my constant tweeting and posting about it, Billy. I don't know how I can get across to these people how bad this probably will be, and I've stopped trying because now it's sink or swim time. =/

Also, I'm working on switching you to Billy in my head instead of Doc. Give me time, been calling ya Doc for years, lol.
Aug. 27th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
I'm in the path, but at the far Canadian end so it will be down to just an intense storm by the time it gets here. But I do thank you for the tip about cash!

This hurricane is harder for you than it is for me.

All it means for us is that we do need to look at securing items that are outside and we did do a run to the store for a few comfort foods like cereal. Because we deal with winter storms here on a regular basis, everyone tries to maintain a '72 hours' kit.
Aug. 27th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
It's not a bad thing to be aware of your triggers. Take care of yourself.
Aug. 27th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Because I lived in New Orleans in 2005, I always get weepy and crap this time of year (which doubly sucks since my husband's birthday is August 29). But I've found that, since I live in Maryland now, laughing at my neighbors and at the news now is actually helping my PTSD.

So far (where I am), it's just a bit of rain. Not even much wind.
Aug. 27th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
I'd tell you it was safe to read my posts, since I'm in Kansas, but I almost never make anything, which would be mighty boring reading :)
Aug. 27th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the tips! It hadn't occurred to me to fill the bathtub. I will have to watch the cats...
Aug. 27th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
You need to take care of yourself, sir, and we all understand that. Thank you for the tips.
Aug. 28th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
And I feel like I can't look away. I hated everyone who looked away. Maybe I'm afraid of being a hypocrite. We do what we gotta.
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