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Started by Hoofer, May 21, 2021, 09:49:52 AM

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Hoofer

Had a call at work, the usual call we have every week.

"We had this conversation with the higher ups...  In preparation for Hurricane season, and with the recent events..." (paraphrasing), "we want you guys to start stocking water and food in the Central Offices (main sites), in case someone needs to remain at work for a few days. (again, paraphrasing).

All generators need to be 95% full.   I know some of you ex-military guys are probably sick of MREs, so find something you like and get a little bit of it, for that occasion when you'd need to stay-on-site."


My tax return came in this week.  I bought RICE, NOODLES, Corn Beef Hash, Beef Stew, TP, in large quantities for the home pantry.  Many other misc items, spices, soups, a few other dried goods.  We already got several days of frozen food in the work fridge & bottled water.

20years at the same place, we never had an order, suggestion, or so much as a "hint" we might need to camp-out in a CO.  I passed it on to my kids (scattered all over the place), put a few extra things in your pantry, under the bed, where ever.

Of course the question is, "Do they know something...?"[/i]  While we're just simple farmers, so our pantry has the usual stuff we GROW, and a few things we cannot grow, I have not heard of ANYTHING, that might put us in an emergency situation - but, it would seem like the  Colonial Pipeline hack (yeah right...) got more attention than I expected. 

Nobody is panicking, just taking among ourselves - it makes sense, but... that lingering question, "Is there SOMETHING we OUGHT to know about???"
All animals are created equal; Some just take longer to cook.   Survival is keeping an eye on those around you...

walkstall

Quote from: Hoofer on May 21, 2021, 09:49:52 AMHad a call at work, the usual call we have every week.

"We had this conversation with the higher ups...  In preparation for Hurricane season, and with the recent events..." (paraphrasing), "we want you guys to start stocking water and food in the Central Offices (main sites), in case someone needs to remain at work for a few days. (again, paraphrasing).

All generators need to be 95% full.  I know some of you ex-military guys are probably sick of MREs, so find something you like and get a little bit of it, for that occasion when you'd need to stay-on-site."


My tax return came in this week.  I bought RICE, NOODLES, Corn Beef Hash, Beef Stew, TP, in large quantities for the home pantry.  Many other misc items, spices, soups, a few other dried goods.  We already got several days of frozen food in the work fridge & bottled water.

20years at the same place, we never had an order, suggestion, or so much as a "hint" we might need to camp-out in a CO.  I passed it on to my kids (scattered all over the place), put a few extra things in your pantry, under the bed, where ever.

Of course the question is, "Do they know something...?"  While we're just simple farmers, so our pantry has the usual stuff we GROW, and a few things we cannot grow, I have not heard of ANYTHING, that might put us in an emergency situation - but, it would seem like the  Colonial Pipeline hack (yeah right...) got more attention than I expected. 

Nobody is panicking, just taking among ourselves - it makes sense, but... that lingering question, "Is there SOMETHING we OUGHT to know about???"

Let's see I am not 100 YET.  But I have been through 4 earthquake, one volcano and 10 wind storms at 70 to 85 mph.

Had 9 tress blown over in my yard and 3 hit the house just last year.  So you can not possible be over-prepare.  Just rotate your food storage, water. gas and  diesel.
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Hoofer

Quote from: walkstall on May 21, 2021, 12:16:16 PMLet's see I am not 100 YET.  But I have been through 4 earthquake, one volcano and 10 wind storms at 70 to 85 mph.

Had 9 tress blown over in my yard and 3 hit the house just last year.  So you can not possible be over-prepare.  Just rotate your food storage, water. gas and  diesel.

We've been thru several big winds and rain from band edge Hurricanes - and near tornadoes... I'd like to say it's no big deal, but going without power is a real HASSLE.

The Colonial Pipeline effect on Virginia was a sort of wake-up-call.  Several places, away from us, were having gas issues, outages - probably from idiots hoarding.  Unfortunately, our company isn't going to SHARE any real intel they have, just start keeping emergency provisions in your offices in case you're asked to "remain on site".

The week before, I was asked about a remote site, near my home - we were all scratching our heads over that one...  I keep bottled water there, because it's 3 miles back to town.  What is nice, we have a 100mbit connection (up/down) at that site, within our network, I got a place to "land".


Has anyone heard of *anything* coming...?  I have not.
All animals are created equal; Some just take longer to cook.   Survival is keeping an eye on those around you...

Rick

Currently, hyperinflation, with a side of stock market/bank failure.

Warming up are the UFO/space alien's.

Then there's the "rona is a biological weapon, anyone who got the jab will be dead by Christmas,".

There are some others but that's what I'm watching.
I dream of the day a chicken can cross the road with out it's motives being questioned.

Hoofer

We got more clarification - they are super paranoid about the Hurricane season.   Makes sense.  We're covering (our group) from the east coast, well back into Virginia, some pretty low lying areas, prone to flooding.

So stocking some snacks, maybe a cot to snooze on, plenty of water, and babysit the communications gear.
This is Internet backbone stuff, undersea cables/traffic, not your momma's local ISP, we serve them, your phones, TV, Cable, Radio... the whole shebang goes over the backbone.  It's very noisy in these places, lots of FAN noise, why I have Tinnitus in one ear... sounds just like a fan on a 7600 series Cisco Router...

It's all good with me, actually, about time they got more serious, than scramble around the day before the heavy rains come in - while our families are wondering if we're gonna make it home OK.   I need a carrying case for my Chain Saw, it's ridden around in the back of the truck a few times - those carbide tipped chains aren't cheap, but, they sure last a long time.

Probably a good time to run through my battery banks, retorque connections, test cells, and maybe get that darn generator running again... sigh!  I can go 2 days without power, under the current hookup.  Now I gotta get the well pump set up for UPS power...  Wifey and I got ideas on emergency water storage in one of those big pallet tanks - for flushing toilets.  If anyone has a good solution for toilets - I'd love to hear it, carrying buckets of pond water, sucks.
All animals are created equal; Some just take longer to cook.   Survival is keeping an eye on those around you...

winterset


Why not move somewhere without hurricanes?

Quote from: Hoofer on May 25, 2021, 03:30:20 AMWe got more clarification - they are super paranoid about the Hurricane season.  Makes sense.  We're covering (our group) from the east coast, well back into Virginia, some pretty low lying areas, prone to flooding.

So stocking some snacks, maybe a cot to snooze on, plenty of water, and babysit the communications gear.
This is Internet backbone stuff, undersea cables/traffic, not your momma's local ISP, we serve them, your phones, TV, Cable, Radio... the whole shebang goes over the backbone.  It's very noisy in these places, lots of FAN noise, why I have Tinnitus in one ear... sounds just like a fan on a 7600 series Cisco Router...

It's all good with me, actually, about time they got more serious, than scramble around the day before the heavy rains come in - while our families are wondering if we're gonna make it home OK.  I need a carrying case for my Chain Saw, it's ridden around in the back of the truck a few times - those carbide tipped chains aren't cheap, but, they sure last a long time.

Probably a good time to run through my battery banks, retorque connections, test cells, and maybe get that darn generator running again... sigh!  I can go 2 days without power, under the current hookup.  Now I gotta get the well pump set up for UPS power...  Wifey and I got ideas on emergency water storage in one of those big pallet tanks - for flushing toilets.  If anyone has a good solution for toilets - I'd love to hear it, carrying buckets of pond water, sucks.

dickfoster

Quote from: winterset on May 25, 2021, 07:21:02 AMWhy not move somewhere without hurricanes?
Earthquakes, fires, floods etc. Name your poison, in reality there are no safe spaces.
Crazy but not stupid!