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Getting Ready For TS / Hurricane Fay

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by FLA2760, Aug 16, 2008.

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  1. FLA2760

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    Here we go again. :rolleyes:The whole state of Florida is in the "cone of uncertainty". Right now it looks like it can be Tue PM thru Wed PM in my area.

    We are getting ready with the supplies and gas for the cars. I am about an hour north of Tampa. We went through two of these in 2004 on two consecutive Saturdays. One was a category 1 when it hit my town the other was a tropical storm. We got some wind driven water under the front door with the tropical storm but nothing with the hurricane. Go figure. My wife's nephew and his wife just had a baby and they live in the Keys. It is their first year in Florida and I told him you will have to evacuate. He thinks he can ride it out but he changed his mind when I educated him on storm surge and the fact that the keys will be hit hard. Governor Crist has already declared a state of emergency for the whole state. We recently got some liberal neighbors that are nice enough but when they saw my NRA decal I caught a little flack. I just talked to them this morning and they are now worried about their safety concerning looters and such if we get a big hit. They remember the news reel footage of post Andrew Miami-Dade. We told them they can come over if they want. All of a sudden the guns were a bit of a comfort. :D
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  2. bragood

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    Hey maybe you can convert them!
     
  3. jdc1244

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    I’m taking a wait-and-see here in Polk – I always have supplies ready because we often loose power with a heavy thunderstorm. The ‘cane guns (AKs and SKSs) are also ready. :)
     
  4. Nimble1

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    We live on an island just west of Ft.Myers between the mainland and Sanibel. We made it through Charlie (hit 13 miles north of us) with minimal damage, just hoping this one misses us. Spent the afternoon tying the boat up and starting on the rest of the stuff tomorrow and Monday.
    Sure hope it misses us but it has to hit somebody!:(
     
  5. myrockfight

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    Hey there FLA! I am in south St. Pete. It certainly sounds like you have a couple possibles in the works.

    I was wondering if we were going to get pasted or not. My fingers are going to be crossed for the next 36 hours. Do you guys have any plans to get out of Dodge if need be? I may be traveling a bit north at least.
     
  6. Dave P

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    On the east coast barrier island, I don't think I will do anything except tie down some plywood in the back yard. OK, I will gas up.

    Unless it shifts some more...
     
  7. onebigelf

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    Up in Gainesville. Fairly well set. I'm mounting the backup pump on the well tomorrow. Water is really the only limitation we have. I've got food for 3 for 6 months anyway!

    John
     
  8. FLA2760

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    We are expecting the storm Tue night into Wed am. Forecasting Cat 1 but that can change. My buddy is a patrol deputy here and they are calling everyone in to work.
     
  9. D.C.

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    I'm in Pensacola. We're watching closely to see what it's gonna do. I'm getting my family prepared anyways. I'm a corrections officer and will probably be on the compound when the storm gets to our parts. This is almost as much fun as a root canal!
     
  10. iwilc2

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    just moved to central Florida last week, this will be our first BIG storm, have a bunch of food and water, will be waiting to see what happens. LEN
     
  11. Bill2e

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    I too went throught the Hat triclk of 04. Charley, Francis & Jean.

    My uncle live in the keys, tell your nephew to get out early if they are gonna leave. It is a Pain to get out, everyone waits till the last min & the traffic is bad.
     
  12. FLA2760

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    Len welcome to Florida. We have been here 11 years now and we were in the Poconos for a while before moving here. Stock up on batteries and water and foods that need no refrigeration. If you and yours take any prescription meds make sure you have enough. In 2004 when Frances came through power was out for a week here.
     
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    Hey FLA2760, thanks for the welcome, we also bought batteries, and a portable weather radio and a few other thing to hopefully make it through in case it gets a little rough. LEN
     
  14. rayman

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    I just moved to Jacksonville. I hope this one isn't too serious. The kids start school tomorrow...
     
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    Been in South Florida for almost 24 years (since day 1), so I've seen it all, calm quiet years on to Andrew and Wilma. Prepare adequately but this one shouldn't be anything to worry about.
     
  16. FLA2760

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    Hey Rayman Jacksonville should be ok.
     
  17. rayman

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    thanks FLA2760
     
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    Good luck and God Bless!

    Hope everything comes out OK for you guys.

    I have never understood the logic of people like that. I focus on the word "recently", which means that they just moved in near you. So, the first thing they do, instead of trying to be neighborly and get the "lay of the land" is the criticize your membership in the NRA. Conversation these days always degrades to the lowest common denominator because manners are dead, courtesy is a lost art... He opened his pie hole was critical of you, but had you turned around and said "SHUT UP HIPPY" you would have been the rude one... :banghead:
     
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    Len, I moved to Florida from Pa. also. NW Pa, Warren to be exact. Then we took Charley right up the pooper. Don't let it get to you.

    I'm as ready as I'll ever be. I spent 3 hours getting the generator running. It hasn't been run since Charley and was locking up at the top of it's stroke. Figured it was a ring of rust so I dumped some oil down the spark plug hole and turned the crank over with the impact. That did the trick. Pulled the bowl off the carb and it was a rusty mess. Cleaned the carb all up, threw in a new spark plug and she fired on the third pull.

    The 8:00 am reports put it right back on track to hit Port Charlotte...
     
  20. 230RN
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    ^ Change out the fuel in the tank. Slosh the old fuel around when you dump it. Or at the very least dump some gas drier in there.

    Change out fuel filter, too.

    You've probably got rust in the tank and engine vibration will stir it up and it will get into the feed line.

    Don't ask me how I know.
     
  21. hso

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    Folks, try to keep it gun related. As the OP said, it is certainly interesting with Anti neighbors suddenly look to the "gun nut" for reassurance. Don't miss the opportunity to re-educate these folks.

    The FEMA website has good information on storm prep, but they don't talk about firearms issues at all.

    We've had members loose their whole collection to Mother Nature and we've had others preserve theirs. We've had members find out their insurance company wouldn't cover their guns and we've had others find they did, but under specific circumstances. While getting ready try to find out if your insurance company does cover your collection, video/image the whole collection for recovery/insurance reasons, work up some storage options to secure your guns against wind/water and figure out what you want to take if you have to evacuate.
     
  22. divemedic

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    This one is mild. Don't worry about it. They are not even activating the Emergency teams. We got a prealert yesterday, but we are not expecting to be called in.
     
  23. Old Guy

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    Mild?

    We moved to Orlando Dec 2003, had no damage in the storms, but MILD! is OK as a wish, but not as an instruction.

    Back on track, the pick up truck boys will be out and about, plywood on windows? No vehicles? the thieves will be active, if you are home, and dressed, good foot wear is a must while at home, go armed all the time, gun, extra mag, flashlight on belt. Lock blade on clip, we all carry them all the time anyway!

    Copper is the big new precious metal, your A/C has a load of it! Keep an eye out.

    We have a marked Security Vehicle (Jeep) when not working the odd drive around brings to light "Just looking for Auntie May" replies to "can I help you" comments. Only one way in or out helps as well.


    Did I mention carry?
     
  24. eric.cartman

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    Hi! South East Florida Here! Fort Lauderdale to be exact, and right by the ocean... so first ones to go :uhoh:

    Anyways, got full tanks of gas in both cars (filled up last night).
    10 galons of water. Canned food for 5 days. 100 rounds of .45, 100 rounds of 9mm.

    Should be ready for anything :cool:
     
  25. Fish Miner

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    Better safe then sorry- I think the schools will close so more folks will be out and about. Have your gear and BUG bags high and dry.

    I just picked up a .410 SxS from a forum member on Friday so the wife now has her hurricane emergency shotgun. (and I have my new small game gun :)

    Stay safe and vigilent, watch for folks crusing your street looking for damage-and opertunity....
     
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