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#1 Postby USCG_Hurricane_Watcher » Tue Jan 17, 2006 6:59 am

Came across this website last week, I've already started to work on this in preparation for my upcoming PCS transfer, but I could see how this would apply to those affected by all mother nature throws at us...

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#2 Postby Billy Anderson » Sun Feb 05, 2006 3:52 pm

WOW!
thanks for the link, these ideas and recipies really make sense.
Hope we never need to use these for anything more than a drill.
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#3 Postby Jagno » Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:33 am

This is invaluable to someone like me who is still trying to remember and log each and every item destroyed in my home from Hurricane Rita. I vowed as each new item is being brought into my rebuilt home to maintain a current inventory with copies of reciepts and such. This will make it much easier to keep my promise to myself.
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#4 Postby HurricaneJim » Tue May 16, 2006 12:39 am

I'll repost this here to as it seems pertainent...

I have seen it before overseas and I saw it again in Katrina...family photo albums scattered around in the dirt. It's a heartbreaking sight.

You can get a new bank statement. You can get a new SS card. Bureaucractic hassles, yes, but doable.

You CANNOT replace images for which you have no negatives (grandad in WW1 for example) or when the negatives wind up in the muck with the rest of it.

My solution for it is three fold if you can't take them with you.

1. Prepare a Rubbermade tub with several things. A white paper tag with your name, adress, contact details and ALTERNATE contact details (out of town family or friends). Tape it down securely to the tub with clear packing tape. Seal it on there... This way, wherever it winds up, someone will be able to get it back to you.

2. Wrap albums, etc in three to four heavy duty garbage bags, sealing each bag with duct tape before you put the next one on and seal that up. Twist and tape up the last one very tightly and put it in the tub. Then duct tape up the tub as best you can. You're not looking to seal it, as the lips on those things might make it impossible. You're just looking to keep the contents securely inside.

3. Stow it in the most secure place you can think of in your home.

Properly done, you've given these objects as much protection as you can and a way for someone to identify it if it gets loose and off property.

There are also waterproof kayaking bags, etc available, but pricey for a preparedness use like this.

The other thing I recommend is CONDUCT A PREPAREDNESS DRILL. Take a weekend and do a dry run. Pretend that you've got 24hrs on friday and make it happen...button down or pack up and go somewhere for a night or two, just as you would if it were the real thing. All the little snags and screw ups will be exposed and can then be thus remedied. You will have sorted through all the things that need to be sorted through and can place them in appropriate locations in an organized fashion for when the real thing comes along.

Time spent on recon and rehersal is never wasted.

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