O/T Preparing for Winter Weather
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December 6th, 2013, 08:04 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Storms like that can be scary, especially if you live in an area that doesn't often get hit. Hopefully it doesn't last long.
Here it is feast or famine. It's not typically a snowy location. It gets cold (not like Canada-cold though) and we get some snow and ice each year. But usually only 2-3 small events that close stuff for a day and then we move on. But about once every 5-7 years, it's like living in a snow globe. We are right on the water and when we get just the right weather conditions (think nor'easter), we get nailed again and again. And since we are basically an island (you have to cross a major bridge to get to us on three sides, the other is the ocean), it can cause some problems with travel, supplies, etc. The last time was in 2009 and we got so much flipping snow. Every time we turned around it was snowing, sleeting, icing, freezing rain, blah, blah, blah. But the part that stinks is that no one is used to it, like up in Canada. So people freak out, the idiots who don't heed the warnings cause all kinds of issues on the roads and the National Guard ends up having to get them out of their own stupidity. It's impossible to buy bread, water, toilet paper, etc. So, we don't love those years. Although it's pretty and generally a year where hubby doesn't have to work much (his office is pretty non-essential all around, so they close even before state of emergency is declared). But we don't have a generator, which kinda sucks. It's just not worth it to only use it one winter every 7 years. Plus getting gas for it before the event would be quite the interesting ordeal. We do keep foods, water, TP, and other essentials in our garage. We have a gas stove in our basement, which heats nicely. And we all can sleep down there comfortably. So it's not too big of a deal for us. We have a camp stove and plenty of lanterns too. But our power goes out regularly, so it's pretty routine for us.
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