How would you cope?

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mikefranks
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How would you cope?

Post by mikefranks » Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:48 pm

Hi everyone.

Sorry if this is in a wrong section?
Just wanted to know if anyone was preparing for natural disaster in an urban area? How would you deal with a heavily populated area and bugging in?


Mike

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Deeps
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Re: How would you cope?

Post by Deeps » Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:40 pm

It would depend on what the natural disaster was Mike, plenty in the country have had to deal with flooding for example. I'm generally of a mind that to stay put would be better than becoming a refugee but in some scenarios you might not have the choice. What sort of scenarios were you thinking of ?

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Re: How would you cope?

Post by mikefranks » Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:49 pm

Wind knowing power lines out. Floods to a certain extent. I know year on year the climate is getting worse and worse. My biggest fear is power being out and for more then 24 hours. We are too dependant on electricity and the internet. No power, no charging of mobile phones, laptops or tablet devices. Knock on effect goes on. So being prepped for those in an urban area where I can just bunker down and not worry on having power

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Re: How would you cope?

Post by Deeps » Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:01 pm

A stand alone battery either powered by solar and/or wind could keep the phones and power banks charged, it would cover the basics. I've been meaning to put a solar panel on my shed for a couple years, got most the stuff, just need to get my finger out.

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Re: How would you cope?

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:21 pm

Loss of mains power for a few days wouldn't really affect me... I'd get a book out.......

It's ok been able to charge or power Mobile phones but it wouldn't be long for the gsm towers back up power to fail at which point it would only be good as a torch....

Where as the generic land line would stay up longer bt exchanges have back up gen sets but the broad band side will fall on its bottom.....

We would loose a bit of food from the freezer that would be the biggest issue. That and shops shut due to no tills
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Re: How would you cope?

Post by jansman » Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:04 am

Flooding is a no- brainer: if your house is full of water, then you have no option but to leave. In normal circumstances, my home insurance will find me accommodation. If the power goes out, it goes out. I would sooner be in my own house in that circumstance than somewhere strange.
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Re: How would you cope?

Post by jennyjj01 » Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:12 am

Depends how extraordinary the event was and how long I expected it to last.
If power/gas/water/sewerage were in danger, they would be my priorities. I'd expect the shops to already be closed or failing so...

Probably, pretty well...
Pour two stiff drinks.
Out myself fully to MrJ to get him on board.
MAYBE One last trip to the shops and fuel station.
Clean the wheely bins and fill them with clean water.
Rig standby lighting from what's available in my stash:
Charge up anything with a battery, while power is available.
Curse myself for not having a large solar panel.
Prepare grab bags.
Secure the home and car from any immediate risks. Prepare materials for longer term boarding up.
Hunker down. Scan the news constantly.
Talk to immediate neighbours frequently about teamwork defences (while not revealing my stronger position)
Assemble my rocket stove.
Pour two stiff drinks.
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Re: How would you cope?

Post by diamond lil » Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:21 am

Mikefranks, where I live the power goes out often. Our longest powercut was nearly a week and we often get 48 hour ones in winter. The phones go out right away and are useless. You can live without them :mrgreen:
You would need calor gas for heating and cooking, and some cash to use in wee corner shops, they would probably stay open. My nearest shop is miles away so I keep a full cupboard. Some kind of lighting either solar or battery, loads of candles, and those wee Ikea lanterns are very handy. The freezer will go so don't keep too much expensive meat in there. The only thing that is unbearable about a long powercut is no internet :evil:

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Re: How would you cope?

Post by jennyjj01 » Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:32 am

diamond lil wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:21 am
The only thing that is unbearable about a long powercut is no internet :evil:
Lol. Yes. Disaster=Facebook and smartphone not working 24/7.

But seriously: True crisis and rioting could unfold just with the loss of banking internet to shops.

We preppers would be like 'Yeah, whatever" as we just get on with life.

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Re: How would you cope?

Post by Arzosah » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:29 am

With the power going out, in the first few hours people would be complaining about online banking and facebook etc. But anywhere where the sewage system depends on pumps to get the black water where it can be processed would be in a world of trouble very quickly, and facebook would be the least of the problems.
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