I grew up in the Snow Belt east of Cleveland, OH. We wore our 100+” of “lake-effect” snow like a badge. From there I moved to Idaho where it got so cold that my gasoline Dakota actually has a block heater, and it wasn’t uncommon for your power steering fluid to feel like pudding when you first started the car. The floor mats of my old Wrangler were in a permanent frozen state for months at a time.
The fact that Knoxville comes completely unglued the because “it might snow tomorrow”, preemptively cancelling everything and leading to a “Lord of the Flies” reenactment in the bread aisle of the grocery store never ceases to amaze me. Usually it amounts to nothing, or at least nothing of note to any self-respecting Yankee.
It looks like the Weather-Guessers might have gotten it right this time. For once, the weather is unfolding as they predicted… Sleet, changing to rain, changing to freezing rain, followed by some amount of snow. I say bring it on.
Ice is nothing to take for granted, but if I seem to have a cavalier attitude, it is because this is the specific situation I “Prep” for. I don’t think we are about to enter a complete breakdown of society in the foreseeable future (despite the doom and gloom in the news). I don’t live in a particularly seismically active area, and Tsunami are not a frequent occurrence on Fort Loudon Lake.
A hurricane remnant turning inland or another tornado is a possibility, but nothing that we would face in that situation differs dramatically in terms of preparedness. An F-0 touched down in spring 2011 about a half mile from us (which we weathered comfortably in the basement of our masonry house) . But we made it through 2 5-day power outages (even with a 3 month old) without incident.
I don’t expect that this will be the apocalyptic event I am preparing for (an ice storm that knocks out the entire 865 area code for multiple weeks). But it gave me an opportunity to reexamine my preparedness situation. We have the better part of chord of wood, with more easily accessible (working on a downed oak about a quarter mile away), plenty of water. abut 17 gallons of gas for the generator (which will run the blower on the woodstove, give us lights, hot water (optional, but nice if it is neighborhood outage), phone charging, and entertainment for the kids. We have about a month or more of food stored (lots of canned beans), and most importantly a plan for “sheltering in place”, or a more apt description might be “we can camp in our house comfortably for a month or more”.
We have discussed my early efforts at setting up a “bug out” kit. I admit it isn’t where I would like it, but bugging out with a 6 and a 4 year old is not my first choice situation permitting. Frankly, other than heading into the mountains, I really don’t have a good place to go. That is a TEOTWAWKI situation, that I am not quite ready for yet.
I feel prepared to face our current challenge. I tested the generator, and the fires are going. I am settling in with my family to watch the snow and ice fall outside.
The kids are ready:
What are your thoughts on bad weather? Are you like the Norwegians who say that there is no such thing, just the wrong clothes? Or do you want it to go away?