Bob Owens

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Written By: Bob - Jul• 01•12

It has been incredibly hot the last few days here in central NC, with the outside air temp in the movie theater parking lot yesterday hitting 111° according to the thermometer on our truck. It has been at least 104° since Friday, and is expected to hit 105° today before cooling to an even 100° tomorrow and then dropping back down into the 90s for the rest of the week. Is this when I’m supposed to say “at least it’s a dry heat?”

At least week got through the storms the other night with just momentary power outages. Some have had it far worse, and millions are still without power.

Millions across the mid-Atlantic region sweltered Saturday in the aftermath of violent storms that pummeled the eastern U.S. with high winds and downed trees, killing at least 13 people and leaving 3 million without power during a heat wave.

Power officials said the outages wouldn’t be repaired for several days to a week, likening the damage to a serious hurricane. Emergencies were declared in Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, the District of Columbia and Virginia, where Gov. Bob McDonnell said the state had its largest non-hurricane outage in history, as more storms threatened. “This is a very dangerous situation,” the governor said.

In West Virginia, 232 Amtrak passengers were stranded Friday night on a train that was blocked on both sides by trees that fell on the tracks, spending about 20 hours at a rural station before buses picked them up. And in Illinois, storm damage forced the transfer of dozens of maximum-security, mentally ill prisoners from one prison to another.

In some Virginia suburbs of Washington, emergency 911 call centers were out of service; residents were told to call local police and fire departments. Huge trees fell across streets in Washington, leaving cars crunched up next to them, and onto the fairway at the AT&T National golf tournament in Maryland. Cell phone and Internet service was spotty, gas stations shut down and residents were urged to conserve water until sewage plants returned to power.

Excessive heat is not something I’d ever specifically thought about trying to prepare for with my family emergency plan, other than making sure we have access to plenty of fluids. I may want to revisit that, and invest in a larger cooler or two to hold multiple bags of ice, perhaps a week’s worth.

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  1. twolaneflash says:

    I fill plastic boxes with water and put them in my freezer. The blocks of ice weigh probably 40 lbs each. The boxes were chosen to just fit in my freezer and also inside my large Yeti cooler. The blocks also takes up dead space in the freezer, making it cheaper to run. I freeze gallon jugs of drinking water to put in my drink cooler – that’s 8 pounds of ice per gallon. Having just returned from the GA coast and never taking my Yeti out of the van for 2 weeks, which was always in the sun, I can swear by their ability to keep ice for 5-6 days, and still have ice cold water for a couple of days after. I could extend the ice by adding a small chunk of dry ice from the grocery store, which I have done when transporting fish. I use the Yeti to keep the bulk of my cold items, only opening it to refill a smaller cooler with often used items. Buy the best cooler you can afford, and/or a freezer devoted to blocks of ice, which melt into drinking water. In just my downstairs side-by-side refrigerator, I have 160# of ice (4 blocks), which is 20 gallons of cold drinking water. In heat wave survival situations, after eating the ice cream, water is first priority, always.

  2. Jeff Hoser says:

    I too keep a supply of ice in my chest freezer, (mostly because I’m too lazy/cheap to go thru the steps to hook up the fridge ice maker), but also because a hundred lbs or so of ice guarantees my freezer stays cold in minor outages and runs cheaper. I also second the storage/use of dry ice – especially on hunting/fishing/camping trips as its lighter than water ice. A stock of dry ice in your chest freezer lasts a long time, too !

    As our population increases , (and concentrates), with the consequent load on the infrastructure, “self-sufficiency” takes on a whole new meaning than our ancestors knew. If, like us, you’re “drug dependent” (its hell getting old), providing for alternative storage of perishable drugs is vital. I submit remembering the “rule of threes” – three minutes without oxygen, three days without safe water, three weeks without food – is even more vital today than “back when”. >MW