Recipe Requests - Community - Allrecipes

the buzz

Welcome to The Buzz

Recipe Request Request a recipe  |  Learn More

Log in to add a comment to the recipe request. Join now to use this free feature.

Requested by:

Photo by Bambam
Bambam is looking for: (12 recommendations)
OT but please put up with me. The ice storm is scheduled to hit us in the early wee hours tomorrow. In the past, we lose power and water. I have plenty of blankets, candles, flashlights, batteries and water. Bread, peanut butter too. Canned meats and manual can openers. When the power goes, so does the well water...meaning we cannot flush toilets or drink from the tap so I filled a tub up with water. All our phones, IPads and computers are fully charged. What am I forgetting? Beside getting on my knees and praying, what should I do?

Recommend a recipe

Last updated: Dec. 8, 2013 10:58 am
Posted: Dec. 7, 2013 4:33 pm
 
Commented by: Bambam
Dec. 7, 2013 4:37 pm
I have dry shampoo spray too just in case I want to look pretty... nevermind.. I cannot look pretty. Im too old for that.
Comments:
Mrs. J.
Dec. 7, 2013 4:42 pm
Bambam - Grandmother B. taught me that beauty is on the inside, and you are beautiful to me! =)
 
Mrs. J.
Dec. 7, 2013 4:43 pm
May God keep you safe.
 
Bambam
Dec. 7, 2013 4:47 pm
Mrs J, I love you! God will keep us safe. Until then, we look forward to seeing seeing Him!
 
Mrs. J.
Dec. 7, 2013 4:53 pm
Bambam - Everyone loves you! I believe that heaven is a beautiful place! I look forward to going, some day! =)
 
Bambam
Dec. 7, 2013 5:20 pm
Mrs j, me too, I want too see my Mom and Dad and my 3 brothers again. And you too!!!
 
Mrs. J.
Dec. 7, 2013 7:52 pm
=)
 
Commented by: Marcella
Dec. 7, 2013 4:38 pm
I believe you can flush a toilet just by dumping a bucket of water into it, so maybe if you have any empty buckets you could fill them and keep by toilet, and it could get you by until water is back by being able to flush a couple times. I would like someone to confirm that, though, about dumping the bucket of water to flush. Also, you could have a cooler ready to download some things from the freezer and refrigerator that might make it if kept cold, maybe set outside if the temp is low.
Comments:
Bambam
Dec. 7, 2013 4:45 pm
Yes! That is why I have filled the tub up with water, so we can flush with a bucket of water. And yes it does work! We have lost power and water here too many times. Thank you for your comments, Marcella.
 
Dec. 8, 2013 10:40 am
The tank behind the toilet is the water that will be used with the next toilet flush. Toilets have a very simple mechanism. Simply refill the tank prior to the next toilet flush. Many also don't realize that you can easily drain water from your hot water tank to use for this same purpose. Typical water heaters hold 30-40 gallons depending on how large they are.
 
Bambam
Dec. 8, 2013 10:45 am
Great ideas, Goodfood! I hadn't considered them before. Thanks.
 
Commented by: gderr the dysfunctional
Dec. 7, 2013 4:40 pm
can you cook a big pot of soup, chili, stew now? if you have a fireplace...maybe some wood. wish you luck!
Comments:
Sheryl
Dec. 7, 2013 4:43 pm
If you have a gas grill you can use that for warming up things or cooking.
 
DebbyJean
Dec. 7, 2013 4:47 pm
We are getting ready to be hit too. Just plugged in my Kindle to charge, all other stuff is charged or else we will get thru without it. We can flush our toilet by dumping a bucket of water into it if the power goes out, so I'm with Marcella on that one. Looks like you have everything else covered..including the dry shampoo spray..hey..we women always want to look good in any situation. :)
 
anninlondon
Dec. 7, 2013 4:49 pm
We have been through this - you sound well prepared. The only other things I would recommend is to make sure that you have a full tank of gas in your vehicle, a portable generator if possible (and extra gas) and hit the ATM for cash in case you need it and they are down later. Make sure you're okay with prescription medication and basic first aid supplies. A cooler is a good idea or putting it outside, if possible - this time of year my garage is the giant walk-in fridge. If you have an outdoor grill that you can get to, make sure you have propane or charcoal. Good luck - I will be thinking of you!
 
Bambam
Dec. 7, 2013 4:51 pm
gderr, We have a fireplace and wood to burn. Thanks.
 
Bambam
Dec. 7, 2013 4:55 pm
Sheryl, Yes we have a grill. Hopefully enough gas to cook anything. We may have survive on peanut butter.
 
DebbyJean
Dec. 7, 2013 4:59 pm
Oh..and I made a big pot of spaghetti on Thursday and chili tonight, so can always heat that up on the gas grill. Do you have one? Don't want to be outside in that kind of weather, but at least you can have a hot meal. Have coolers ready to put freezer and fridge stuff in and put outside if needed too. We also have some kerosene heaters..just remember if you use them to open some windows to let out the fumes. Guess that's about all we can do. Keeping fingers crossed that we don't need any of it.
 
Blender Woman
Dec. 7, 2013 5:08 pm
Oooh, wish I had a fireplace for heat and light. One will be neccessary in a future home. All the tree limbs given to the neighbors every year, I have so much to use too.
 
mimosa ain't no PRO
Dec. 7, 2013 5:09 pm
Since you have a fireplace, you can cook anything you need there and not have to be outside at the grill. Do you have cast iron pans?
 
Bambam
Dec. 7, 2013 5:29 pm
Noooo! No cast iron pans
 
Bambam
Dec. 8, 2013 10:48 am
I have a whole chicken in the slow cooker now. If the power goes, we will use the grill outside. Unfortunately, I didn't think to check how much propane we have left. But we did not grill a lot over the summer so I am feeling we will have enough.
 
Commented by: It's A New Day
Dec. 7, 2013 4:44 pm
I'm in a different part of Virginia (north of you) but waiting just like you. I sure hope it isn't as bad as forecast. We too will lose the well if the power goes out. Tub is full, phones and computers are charged, propane for the grill and a propane fireplace. Keeping my fingers crossed for me and you!
Comments:
Blender Woman
Dec. 7, 2013 4:47 pm
Hey, I heard it is headed this way too. I am in Richmond, VA. I just went out and bought a propane heater. We usually lose electricity during hurricanes, but it is not so cold at that time. Hopefully, it is uneventful.
 
Blender Woman
Dec. 7, 2013 4:51 pm
I remember during the last power outage buying something that would allow me to charge my phone in my car. I have a camping light that works great and a battery operated tv and radio I bought years ago. If you have a generator make sure to have gas for it and kerosine for those types of heaters or propane like the one I got today. They were down to nothing at Home Depot and Lowes, esp. for non electric heaters.
 
Blender Woman
Dec. 7, 2013 5:04 pm
This may seem unimportant in the list of things, but I would make sure to get a bag of ice salt. It is supposed to be a bad ice storm. About 2 years ago, I didn't think it was important. I stepped out onto my front porch and ended up skipping a few steps and fractured a bone. Think I cried for awhile before I got up. I needed to get some anyway, in-case my husband still has to get out of the driveway and into work. They always clear those main roads first.
 
DebbyJean
Dec. 7, 2013 5:11 pm
We have a cat so we always have kitty litter, which works great on ice too.
 
Blender Woman
Dec. 7, 2013 5:13 pm
I didn't know that. I know in Norfolk, VA where I used to live they put sand on the roads instead of salt. Just be sure to use something. I was on the bottom step before I realized I slipped! :o
 
Bambam
Dec. 8, 2013 10:51 am
We also remembered to get the ice and wood for the fireplace. I think I may even have some kitty litter too.
 
Bambam
Dec. 8, 2013 10:55 am
Blender Woman, I hope that slip down the stairs didn't hurt you!
 
Commented by: Jess124
Dec. 7, 2013 4:45 pm
Do you have a fireplace? If so I would get some wood. When a hurricane is going to hit I fill containers with water and freeze them and stick them in the fridge and freezer but since its am ice storm that might not be nessecary. If you have a radio get it out too. After Katrina and Ike our phones and computers didnt work right. We couldn't even make calls. I'm just trying to think of what we do for hurricanes bc we don't get ice storms in Texas. It was 85 last week lol. Good luck! Stay warm!
Comments:
Party Chef
Dec. 7, 2013 4:50 pm
Oh honey you got it covered. Don't worry it's never as bad as they say. I was lost awhile ago when a tornado crossed our path. You deal with it.
 
luv2cook
Dec. 7, 2013 5:01 pm
I live in the "Sunshine" state - so never had to prepare for an ice storm - but plenty of hurricanes. Sounds like you're ready. You can use your cell phone if you need to take any pictures - in case of needing to report damage. And board games and a couple of good books are nice to have on hand. Mostly just keep telling yourself that this too shall pass - - and it will. I'll keep you in my prayers.
 
Bambam
Dec. 8, 2013 10:58 am
PC and luv2cook thanks for your comments, thoughts and prayers.
 
Commented by: Tasha
Dec. 7, 2013 4:55 pm
Get a book and pretend you are living in the old west. I've been in these circumstances myself, take a good shower and be ready to be dirtier then you like. If you have a chance get some wet wipes ... I hate not being able to get clean in the am.. If your laundry is done, enjoy , try to make it an adventure. Start some yeast to make homemade bread. I live fairly deep in the woods and the worst I had was 5 days out and could drive out in 2 days.
Comments:
ellie
Dec. 7, 2013 5:01 pm
Bambam…sounds like you've got it covered well…very prepared..hopefully no loss of power…stay safe..try not to worry...
 
Commented by: Tasha
Dec. 7, 2013 5:01 pm
Not to make light of it, I remember the worst storm we had recently, I had never in my life drove looking up to make sure that I wasn't driving into a power line on the road.
Comments:
patticakes43
Dec. 7, 2013 5:17 pm
Just before the Super Storm hit us last year I did a lot of what you did. I could suggest a few other things though. I filled all our empty soda bottles with water, that way I didn't have to spend money on bottled stuff. Got my hands on lots of canned meats like Vienna sausages and such. The baby food kind works just as well. Those single serving powdered drinks are a good idea. Batteries, batteries, batteries of all kinds are a must. Any dry foods that can hold up for a bit and don't have to be cooked to eat as well. A radio as well as the cell phones are needed. Paper goods, noone ever thinks of this but comes in handy, not just napkins or paper towels but plates, cups, bowls, and plastic utensils too. Won't need to wash any dishes. Powdered milk, dry cereals and any fruits that can be re-hydrated. Don't forget the meds you may or may not need. Especially prescriptions, these should be first on the list. Sorry if I'm making this sound like amegedon but was caught with my tail between my legs during that storm and was one of the lucky ones in the end. Vowed that I would never be that niave or unprepared again. Hope this helps. If I think of anything else will pop in again.
 
Commented by: BigShotsMom
Dec. 7, 2013 5:06 pm
Fill empty containers with water and freeze them. As many as you can. They will help keep frozen food from thawing and will provide clean drinking water if your power is out for more than a short while. Keep safe!
Comments:
Dec. 7, 2013 5:52 pm
What about your liquor supply? It's good to drown your troubles in when you feel lost, trapped and alone in a blizzard...and you can play "spin the bottle" with the empties...Seriously, GOOD LUCK! I hope your weathermen are as wrong as mine always are!
 
Mrs. J.
Dec. 7, 2013 8:19 pm
scootersandi - Good thinking! =)
 
patticakes43
Dec. 7, 2013 9:49 pm
Darnit, Scooter is right. When all else fails, get smashed. Hehe, okay no but still is a good deadener in the time of need. Medically and otherwise. One more thing, may not be the last but still, ear muffs. A pair for you all. At some point those voices that you heard as music will start to eat at you. Again, this all may be just speculation but want u to be more prepared than I was.
 
Bambam
Dec. 8, 2013 10:54 am
BSM, I have done that before but I totally forgot about it this time. And I flattened all my empty plastic containers to be recycled. I will set some containers aside so I can do just what you said. Great idea!
 
Commented by: scrapingran
Dec. 7, 2013 5:42 pm
It looks to me like you pretty much have everything in order for a short term power outage. Do you have a Coleman camping stove that you can cook on (or a camper with a stove you can use)?
Comments:
DeniseY
Dec. 7, 2013 6:04 pm
Sending good thoughts to all of you in Virginia. We got only a little freezing rain and a little snow yesterday. Hopefully the weather people will be wrong and you will have just rain
 
manella
Dec. 7, 2013 7:12 pm
Bambam, do you have pets if so food for them and a Coleman camping stove, extra batteries. You got it covered. We lost power for a week a few years ago, not fun but we have a wood stove so we had heat. Saying a prayer for you, keep safe and please check in.
 
Volleyballmom
Dec. 7, 2013 7:57 pm
Yes, please check in Virginia peeps! Try not to worry Bambam. It will be alright.
 
Commented by: Lin-DUH
Dec. 7, 2013 9:02 pm
Bless your heart, and good luck. I know you already said you have some, but have you thought about stashing even more water? It seems like there could never be enough water if the toilet won't flush and you can't run your shower. Maybe fill your bathtubs with water if you think something is going to hit? Also, maybe a battery-powered radio? Perhaps while everything is "well and good," you can find cards/games/books that will keep everyone entertained? Here's to making it through the storm and hoping that it won't hit at all!
 
Displaying results 1-10 (of 12) recommendations
We do our best to make sure that Allrecipes user contributions are appropriate, but if you see anything questionable, please let us know so we can address the issue.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Go Pro!

In Season

Speedy Weeknight Meals
Speedy Weeknight Meals

We’ll help you get dinner on the table in no time flat.

Back-to-School Eats
Back-to-School Eats

Get recipes that work for your busiest days.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and helpful cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for just $7.99!

Most Popular Blogs

Recently Viewed Recipes

You haven't looked at any recipes lately. Get clicking!
Quick Links: Recipe Box | Shopping List | More »
 
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States