Hurricane Sandy
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By Nadia - 11/7/2012 12:45:11 AM
How did everyone survive Hurricane Sandy?

In the Poconos, I had no power for 1 week and that meant no running water, electricity, could not flush toilets and I used firewood for heat in my woodstove instead of electric heat.  What made it difficult were several things:

1.  Gas stations running out of gasoline.

2.  Stores being closed in my area, eating out was a daily task.   I hated it.

3.  Stores ran out of water.  Had to go on a water hunt.

4.  The house smelled due to not being able to flush toilets for a week despite using Clorox in the toilet bowls.

5.  My mood became depressed and I slept a lot.

6.  Maneuvering and zigzagging thru neighborhoods of fallen trees and downed lines was another expedition!

Things are much better now and are returning back to normalcy.  My thoughts and prayers go out to those in NY that are without heat, food, shelter, etc.
By Meg - 11/7/2012 4:14:45 AM

I'm so sorry you were without power for that long, however sounds like you made out a lot better than some others. We were lucky enough not to lose power at all so some of our family members stayed w/ us for 2 days until theirs came back on! But it was a good excuse to spend quality time w/ the family. Got a few games of Scrabble and catch Phrase going! We have a beach house in Jersey which surprisingly fared very well with no damage at all so I thank God for that! But my prayers do go out to those who were less fortunate during this time!

Thanks for sharing Nadia, hope you are keeping warm now!

By Carey303 - 11/7/2012 5:51:28 AM

I was in the same situation as you. No power, no running water, and I had no heat. We are fortunate enough to have a gas stove, so I was still able to cook. I was grateful for that. A tip that I learned last year from Hurricane Irene was to fill the bath tub with water the day before the storm hits. This way you can use a bucket to flush the toilet. We did however after a few days have to go to family members houses to sleep because our house got so cold. I am thankful that we were able to get to a house with heat, power and running water. I am glad that we only had to go a week without power. I feel for all of those still without. Thanks for sharing. I am happy to see that our area is getting back to normal.
By Nadia - 11/7/2012 2:53:21 PM
Thanks for the support.  I needed to hear that I am not alone.  Normalcy is restored this week.