Zip Lock has come out with large and medium sized storage bags. the large one will hold two rolled sleeping bags and two standard pillows. A dry place for pictures, albums, a set of clothes and whatever else needs protection.
Instead of many batteries, think of a portable power pack. Mine has a air compresser, light, and a power outlet (cig lighter plug ) that I can re-charge my cell, run my radio, and other 12v stuff. RV, camping, and boating stores are full of stuff to help make life easier, they work fine for emergencies too.
A rotating 12v t rucker's fan and a power pack worked well through 4 days after Jeanne. All the loose nails and trash on the roads afterwards made the air compresser a security feature used often. Seems like wheelbarrel tires found much of the junk on the road during clean-up.
I had two, took one to work, where there was power, and charged it as needed till FPL provided.The one I got was about $70.
I saw one this weekend in an ad for $ 50 that an auto parts store has on sale for Father's Day. Remember to check the gage and keep it charged. I'll have another this year, with a 12V portable cooler for meds..
If buying new, the LED lights take less power and run much loger in portable lights than bulbs. Home Depot has one less than $20 that will run 5 hrs. daily for a month on 4 d's.
6 mil visqueen is cheaper than tarps and take less space and lets light in. A 100 ft. roll 15 wide will do a lot when used with that old standby duck tape. Keep a box of tabbed roofing nails to attach things as needed.
Our town used emergency organge spray paint and sprayed the street names on the road- when the signs where gone it helped emergency crews orient themselves. We'll spray paint house numbers on the streets in front of the house this time , if needed.
Biggest aid is neighbors- get to know yours. Find out what talents can be used to help each other. Find out who has what tools and knowledge. We developed "shared refrigerators - helped with gas for running generators, and ran cords where needed for light.
You need to also check on the singles, elderly, and others that live in your area. Depend locally if at all possible, It might be awhile before outsiders get to you. everyone can do something to help, even the children. Use that teen energy for clean up. helping others takes your mind off you and iIt makes each feel less powerless. Be prepared to help each other.
Last year we bought FMR walkie-talkies to check on each other when the telehones went down. It helped. We choose a "neigborhood channel" so we would be there for each other. You'll get through it better, and feel better when you help each other.
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