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About kimba

  • Birthday July 21

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    South Jersey
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    my family, cooking, volunteering with local fire rescue dept, blogging, dogs

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  1. It's $2.59 in South Jersey
  2. Thanks for sharing this tip! I have Raynaud's and my hands and feet are always cold!!!!
  3. A little update here. I do have what I call my emergency binder. Basically it's a zippered 3 ring binder. In it are copies of all important documents. From birth certificates to social security cards to titles to our vehicles. This binder is to be grabbed in an bug-out/evac situation.The originals are in a fireproof/waterproof safe that will most likely remain here. We had a fire meeting tonight, the chief discussed this and said that should this or any hurricane head for us we will be having meetings there to discuss prep and evacuations. Also spoke with the guy who rented this house before me (he's in the fire department too). He said that he has never had water in the house. The road out front and the front yard have been covered but no water has come in. The wind however is awful. I will be contacting the landlord about what hurricane precautions she has if any. My dad was here today and said he has plywood if I need it for the front sliding glass doors. My daughter and I came up with a shopping list of what we need at both our houses. I mostly need more water, flashlights for the kids that are not on their phones lol and duct tape. I made a list of what I need to bring to my daughter's in the event we need to evacuate. I helped her with her food/prep list as well. They just moved in to a brand new house this past December so she's not fully prepped yet. Very good idea!!! Might grab an extra box of trash bags and baby wipes. Thanks for all the good advice everyone!!
  4. This could be my first hurricane on the island. Going over our hurricane plans with the kids that live with me and the one whose house we'll evac to if necessary. I've never had to evacuate a house before....it's kinda daunting. What to take, what can we move to the upstairs. What about the actual house - I mean it's rented but if there are precautions to take I'd like to do it. Going to talk with the locals that weathered Sandy and see what advice they can give.
  5. kimba

    Hello Again

    Thanks Everyone!! The island is nice....but we do get some flooding. Besides the normal high tide stuff, the storms can sometimes keep my kids small cars trapped. My truck can pretty much go through whatever we get. But I do keep plenty of food and water on hand in case we do get flooded in for a bit. Water is my biggest prep concern. I may look into a good water filter, I am surrounded by water...salt water though. A good thing about the island is that I'm in the local fire department which has a station here on the island and one off-shore. They're like family to me so I do have them if I need anything. I'm actually surprised at how creative I'm becoming with the how and where to store things. I'll have to make a post once I figure it all out. Downsizing really helped put things into perspective. The only things that got moved to the new house was stuff I really need or really love! This is definitely a new adventure for me! But it's kinda fun too
  6. kimba

    Hello Again

    Hello everyone!! It's been awhile! Finally made it through a rough divorce, which included losing my home of 14 years to foreclosure, along with being diagnosed with 2 chronic illnesses along the way. My kids (25,22,19) have been wonderful! My oldest daughter is getting married in November so we've been quite busy with that. Myself and the 22 (son) and 19 (daughter) year olds have rented a small cottage on an island near my oldest. It's a two year lease and a nice fresh start. To be honest we all need it. We downsized.....ALOT! So finding homes for preps has become quite a challenge. I'm hoping to get some advice on prepping in a small space among other things. So Hello to all of you!! I'm glad to be back and looking forward to learning more! ~Kimba
  7. I was in the grocery store with my 17 year old daughter. We were in the egg aisle, I see her looking from price to price with this shocked look on her face. She turns to me and says "Was there a chicken apocalypse or something?????" I couldn't help but laugh. I explained to her what was going on. It's crazy!! I do know of an older gentleman that lives nearby who often sells his extra egs. May be stopping by there soon.
  8. Thank you everyone!!!! It's great to be back!!!
  9. Hello Again dear friends I've been away for a few years...divorce is a nasty, soul crushing process. But I have begun finding me again. I had let my house go, my preps go and so much more due to sadness and illness. Since he left I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis plus a few other things. Throw in a hysterectomy for good measure and that's been my past couple of years. Thanks to my amazing children and a few really good friends I've found my way out of all that. Taking control of my life and my house! Just wanted to say Hi and tell you all I'm planning on diving back into things. ~Kimba
  10. We had some Mountain House Beef Stew, Chicken Breast w/ mashed spuds and scrambled eggs and bacon. All were tasty and none had any adverse effects on any of us
  11. Checking in from South Jersey. Sandy was one hell of a storm! Thankfully my house made it through with only some downed trees. However my community suffered many losses. I feel so badly for my friends and neighbors. I drive by and see half of houses missing or in ruins, the streets that once were paved are now dirt/sand roads. Debris is everywhere. Boats are in fields, shed are in the marshes. Alot of people with no power. A whole section of town we can't even get into yet! Many residents have a boil water advisory. So many people weren't prepared. They didn't believe it was going to be "that" bad. That is until the waves were coming up to their second floor! I am a part of our local fire company and the Swift Water Rescue/ Dive team. We had several calls for people trapped at the height of the storm. Also for people trying to leave at the worse possible time. Roads were completely flooded out, trees and poles/wires down, bridges that were ready to be breached or ready to give out. For some of the rescues the swift water swimmers had to ride down the road in the bucket of a huge front end loader. Then walk the rest of the way in. It was CRAZY!! And now they are saying we have a nor easter coming......God help us! So lessons learned by me....well don't go camping two days before a major hurricane then have to race home to lock down the houseWe got everything secured but it wasn't easy or fun. Keep an inventory list of what I really have and where it's at. I have always meant to do this but just never got around to it. Like I knew I had some pancake mix but where it was that was a mystery! Teenagers are harder to entertain then toddlers!! And boy do they eat when they are bored!! Teenagers steal batteries..... other then those things we were actually quite prepared. I have some pictures of my town, I'll post once I figure out how
  12. Another big fan of Jack here! Been listening since the beginning! My teens love listening to him too!
  13. Last night I participated in RERP training at a nearby firehouse. RERP is Radiological Emergency Response Team. I am a team member for emergency personnel monitoring. Basically we are set up to monitor and decon emergency vehicles and emergency workers. As part of our training exercise we do a background reading. About a month ago our reading was 30cpm, last night it was 40cpms inside the fire house and 30 outside (my hubby is on the vehicle monitoring team - outside crew). We redo background readings every 30 mins. We were told that if our background number doubles we have to stop what we are doing and decon our work space. I should mention I am in south Jersey...like almost all the way south, but not too far from a nuclear power plant. I'm not sure what conditions can effect the readings (short of a nuclear problem). I learned alot by participating in this. I'm a member of our local fire department and we have a team that responds in the event of an emergency There are 2 other departments that participate as well and everyone has there specific job to do. We got evaluated by FEMA last night and we did very well. Things went quite smoothly....for the most part. I'd be happy to answer any questions about what I learned/was told .
  14. Hmmmm....my household set up is a bit different then everyone else's so far. I homeschool my kids so I have 3 teenagers at home with me all the time. So here's how it would go here: First -Tell DS16 to make sure the dogs are in (they usually are), lock all the doors and make sure the truck is locked (can do that from inside the house). As he is doing this I will get the shotgun while calling my good friend and neighbor to warn her. (She is a concern, her hubby has guns but she doesn't know how to use them. I have begged her to have him teach her . She could come here,But I would stand watch with the shotgun and watch her come from her front door to my house. She has 2 small children in the local school - which I assume would be on lock down, and a baby) Next call DH tell him the scoop and decide if he should come home. This would depend on where he is working that day. Sometimes he's 2 hours away and well that's just too far to be of help. The dogs I have are VERY protective and one is downright mean. I have no doubt that they would go for any intruder and go for a kill. They are my first line of defense. I don't have a room that would be a safe room. I would probably just have the kids set up at stake out points to be my eyes. They know how to do this discreetly because they used to spy on my old neighbors all the time -lol...don't ask..they were interesting..... The house across the street from me is abandoned and I think that would be ideal for bad guy to hang out in. So I would pay close attention to that house. I would give oldest DD the phone- she'd be the designated 911 caller. She's a firefighter/first responder and is very familiar with the 911 protocol and dispatchers. Plus she NEEDS a job to stay sane. DS16 could back me up with our secondary weapon. He knows where it is and how to use it. If anyone should come in I would not hesitate to use deadly force to protect myself and my children. I have had an incident - I was out front planting flowers with my mother and kids (they were much younger at the time) and a state police car pulled up at the front of my house (State Police are my local police). I walked over and he asked if I had seen a man that fit the description he gave. I hadn't. He says "ok, thanks". I say "Wait - is this guy dangerous? I have kids here!" He says "well you might want to go inside and lock the doors"..... MIGHT?!?!?! Gee thanks Mr.Police officer
  15. Hubby is a kayak-er too - he's the only one on his water rescue team that can stay up in one!! lol The thing that made us mad was that the guy ignored the warnings and closure signs that were posted. I hope the rains just give us a nice misting and bring cool air....that would be nice
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