OP, I am utterly baffled that this is being explained to you, over and again, and that you still don't seem to get it.
In a nutshell .... an unprecedented, massive hurricane that hits coastal areas and urban areas is a hell of a lot different than regular winter power outages out in the country. I live in upstate NY, and we experience outages due to thunderstorms, wind storms, ice storms ... and sometimes for no apparent reason at all (an older transformer blows, lines that should have been replaced years ago keep getting bandaid repairs, car accidents, etc.). People don't typically "prepare" for them, we deal with them as they come. Some have generators and/or wood stoves, others manage in the dark and cold/heat for awhile.
The point being, no one could have predicted what hit on Monday, and the aftermath. And, inthat particular situation, there isn't a hell of a lot one could do in a 17th floor apartment but stay put.
Use a propane fueled device without proper ventilation in an enclosed apartment? Are you mad?!?!?!
Originally Posted by AngieB
This is so interesting to me. First I can't believe that the east coast doesn't experience more power outages with all the crazy winter weather like blizzards and ice storms, I'm kind of jealous . I was also wondering for the moms who do live in the storm zone what did you do to prepare? There was a few day notice and lots of warning that there could and most likely would be long term power outages, so you had time to get ready. I understand that gas for generators wasn't an option for many but did you think about other ways to keep food cold or alternative heating methods? Once again I'm not trying to be mean I'm just very interested in how people deal with these emergency situations. Also has this change how you plan to prepare for future emergencies or do you feel like this was such a rare storm that you don't have to worry about more in the future?
I first heard about the hurricane last Thursday. I prepared in much the same way I prepared for Irene - put everything outside away in the shed, made certain that I had batteries, working flashlights, plenty of water (for drinking and for washing/flushing toilets), lots of peanut butter, jelly, bread, fruit, cracker type stuff, and candles, and gassed up my car. I depend on a sump pump so that my cellar doesn't flood (I live in a high water table area, and have a wet dirt cellar), but I can't afford a generator nor would I be comfortable running one on my own. There is no room in my tiny house for a wood stove. I had a trusted friend checking on my basement while I was at work, ready to call the FD for a pumpout if necessary (same during Irene). I'm currently living below the poverty level - "being prepared" at all times, for anything, can be expensive.
Fortunately, we dodged the worst of Sandy's bullet here. But my heart goes out to those in NYC, NJ, LI, and other areas who are suffering greatly. Have some compassion, OP.