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Cyclone debbie.

Post by drop bear » Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:34 am

So i was caught in a cyclone for about three days. No power. no water. dramas and crap everywhere. A bit of wind. The usual.

Anyway stuff that worked stuff that didn't and ideas for the next one.

Good headlamps torches and lanterns were really important for a while. I had heaps and using the smaller AA style batteries lasted for ages. And I had a lot of spares and the shops didn't run out.

Food is crap. canned food is boring. But with the chance of loosing a window at any moment I wasnt keen to start firing up or cooking anything. canned or plastic fruit worked and crap worked. Chips chocolate that sort of thing. Just nice to have something to nibble on.

A gas cooker with a regular sized canister is probably the go. Like one of the barbecue ones I had a smaller one and it worked fine. But if i had run out the guys who fill those cans were much more rare than the swap ones.

A generator. extra fuel and a car with range works well. I didn't have a gen and it was boring. and I was locked in the house for days. My 4 cylinder ute never went of road but did have to get me around for a week or so on one tank. And that was important to take advantage of any supplies available. I do have a gen now.

Supplies were really bipolar. I had to climb this muddy bank to get water from a stream I found. But then was able to buy some fish and chips.

I underestimated water. I probably needed 50litres or more if i wanted to shower or flush a toilet. And some ability to collect water. So next time some big containers and then pallets of bottles.

Sanitary is really important. It was hot and really humid and the risk of getting staf or something awful was a real threat. I bought some hand sanitizer which worked really well. I should have bought one of those camping showers.

A multitool and a spork were about the only tools I used. As well as some tape.

I had a hard hat but didn't need it. But I would recommend it. Hat goggles gloves good boots. If for some reason I had to be out in it. It would have become a life saver.

I needed a big bucket to organise my priority stuff. Scratching around looking for stuff was pretty silly.

An am fm radio with batteries lasted for days that and the internet were the two main sources of information. And information was one of the most important preps.

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Re: Cyclone debbie.

Post by woodsghost » Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:18 am

Thanks! I love preparing for zombies, but I'm trying to shift more towards this kind of stuff. Best of luck to you!
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Re: Cyclone debbie.

Post by taipan821 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:39 pm

Glad you were ok. hope you didn't have any major damage to your home

I was deployed to mackay/Whitsundays for cyclone response.
5 days of driving and chainsaw operations.
Vincent Tornado: 2013
Tropical Cyclone Ita: Category 5 landfall 2014
Tropical Cyclone Marcia: Category 5 landfall 2015
Tropical Cyclone Nathan: Category 3 landfall 2015
Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie: Category 4 landfall 2017

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Re: Cyclone debbie.

Post by drop bear » Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:55 pm

taipan821 wrote:Glad you were ok. hope you didn't have any major damage to your home

I was deployed to mackay/Whitsundays for cyclone response.
5 days of driving and chainsaw operations.
Not much. I put that down to living in cheap apartments with no view. Wind didn't even get into the car port.

The emergency response has been impeccable by the way.

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Re: Cyclone debbie.

Post by taipan821 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:54 am

drop bear wrote:
The emergency response has been impeccable by the way.
Glad to hear that, from an emergency service perspective the response was just terrible, but that's government organisation for you, boots on ground were pretty quick
Vincent Tornado: 2013
Tropical Cyclone Ita: Category 5 landfall 2014
Tropical Cyclone Marcia: Category 5 landfall 2015
Tropical Cyclone Nathan: Category 3 landfall 2015
Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie: Category 4 landfall 2017

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