I highly recommend a generator. As you say, it lends a great deal of comfort to an extended power outage. My landlord turned his on twice a day for an hour or so - we always had hot water and we able to charge our devices, etc.
We called the alarm company and sorted out the alarm. I, of course, took notes for the next occurrence and have great hopes that I can curb that problem immediately.
Glad all is well with you and your family. I am now in the stage of feeling a bit guilty when I watch the news and see how others have fared. That could have been me...but it wasn't...
I am glad that you have fared relatively well, although it sounds like a very close call.
You could not get me to buy waterfront property for love nor money, as much as I would appreciate it when things were good. Sooner or later, a nasty storm will hit. And nowadays, sooner seems to be the rule. Is your wife (sorry, I totally forget what your acronym stands for) still as thrilled about living where you do? If not, you might consider selling in a couple of years, when people have forgotten Sandy and real estate prices have risen again. I'm sure selling now would be a very bad idea financially.
@Siobhan and Judg, Yeah, we've been discussing generators all morning. We are intending to do a fairly big kitchen addition in the next two years (it's been put off because of SWMBO's tentative work situation which is now resolved). As part of this renovation we will buy and have installed a large generator that will power the whole house. These are permanently installed units that look like central air conditioning units and they run on natural gas, so there's little maintenance, no need to refill with fuel, and they're quiet to operate. But for the short term I'll get just the typical portable type. I'll pay more (substantially more) for a smaller but very quiet one made by Honda.
Oh, SWMBO stands for "She, who must be obeyed." Its from the old BBC series [I]Rumpole of the Bailey[/I].
So far I've been unable to convince her to move, though each storm weakens her resolve somewhat.
Could the permanently installed one be hooked up to an alternate source if natural gas lines are severed? Just thinking worst-case scenario here? Although if you also have a smaller portable one, it's perhaps not an issue, as you have a second fall-back position.
LOL@ SWMBO. Happy wife, happy life, is my husband's line. Implementing that in real life has been a bit more of a challenge, but he is getting better at it as the years go by. ;)
Although you could certainly argue that waterfront property is more apt to suffer storm damage, such things can strike anywhere. The one time in my life that my home was flooded I was far, far from any water. An underground reservoir gave way and caused havoc. One thing about having waterfront property, not that I know much about this, is that you are much more likely to be insured against loss and also more likely to be eligible for government assistance, FEMA or such. So I guess I am saying I am on SWMBO's side. As long as you are happy there and really want to live there, moving would come under the category of letting fear rule your life. Of course I am just talking through my hat as I am far away, have never seen your home, and don't even know the people involved.
And with regard to your comment about being a good landlord, I try to be the kind of tenant that I would like to have. I take care of everything I can but I report anything I think will cause damage or needs expertise, i.e. plumbing issues, structural issues. And I keep the place reasonably clean, avoid damaging things, ask permission for things that have some permanent effect or show on the outside of the home. I owned rental property myself once, not a happy experience. I never did manage to get a good tenant.
I like the house well enough and the property. What I don't really care for is how small the lot is, about 0.2 Acres with neighbors on all sides. When I am washing dishes, I can clearly see what program is on my neighbor's ginormous TV. Sweet as she is, SWMBO somehow makes it her business to piss-off all of the neighbors, one by one, in every place where she has lived, at least that I've been witness to. It's bizarre, really, she likes to live near the beach where you are guaranteed to have close neighbors, but resents having neighbors. I've always tried to get along with neighbors, but things are tense here because of various disputes we have had over the years, that I'd have worked harder to avoid. It makes it less comfortable for me.
I like woods or better, farmland. For what we paid for this house we could've bought 25 Acres with a recently restored and beautiful farmhouse with a big barn up in the meadows, North of Rt. 1. With no neighbors in sight. But she wouldn't have been happy there and it wasn't important enough to me to risk that sort of unhappiness.
But the house is paid for, and worth well more than we bought it for, so when it does come time to move, for whatever reason, we'll have options.
One thing these recent storms have done, is to make me rethink the value of having beautiful trees within striking distance of the house and power lines. Ours (all but two) have now been removed as result of last year's storms of the century). I'm sad that they're gone, because they were beautiful. But I have to imagine that were they still here, the damage to our house would be far worse.
It is always hard when people want different things. I had a similar situation in my marriage years ago, but it was the opposite situation - I couldn't be happy living so closely to other people, having lots of ridiculous homeowner association rules. But the spouse loved the place. I wanted my own yard, however small, and no stupid rules. I can deal with rules, but not stupid ones.
Anyway, your place sounds lovely. My landlord has removed all the trees near the house...except for the one that fell...
It's a nice old house, a Dutch Colonial, built in 1938. We really lucked out in getting it. I've done a bunch of renovation (in my past lives I was both a painter and a carpenter) which were badly needed and the reason the house was inexpensive). SWMBO is a gifted gardener and has beautified the property. If it weren't for our poor relationships with the neighbors it would be a great place to live.
When we got it, I assumed we'd fix it up and then sell it and find something else. But then Boy came along, and then SWMBO was laid off, then the economy collapsed. At 52, I've sort of run out of steam to do major renovations, so moving to another fixer-upper is pretty much out of the question. I've reconciled myself to staying here mostly, but three major storms in the past two years has soured me. Of course last year's freak snowstorm would've affected me no matter how close to the coast I was, but Irene and Sandy wouldn't have been such an issue if our elevation was 150' ASL instead of 20' ASL.
I do believe in global warming, I do believe the recent increase in storm activity is linked to climate change and rising sea levels, and I do believe this will be the trend for the future. So it's prudent to make preparations now or to move inland, or both.
Life is returning to normal here, I went to the grocery store yesterday to resupply and I wasn't the only one. The store was packed with folks, many of whom were still without power, and were trading horror stories. The store was also filled with suppliers, restocking shelves with fresh goods. Everybody was pleasant and friendly, it was really nice.
I had a good primal day, mostly using up food that was on the verge of going bad. I had cleared the upstairs freezer of food and filled it with ice, so it kept most everything, even in the refridgerator, passably cool, we really lost very little.
Today Middle Boy and Eldest Boy, from my first litter all come to visit with us at the Outlaws for dinner. It will be good to see everybody. Of course they will be having lasagna...sigh.. I actually didn't even care all that much for lasagna before going Primal. So I'll eat a big lunch and have the smallest socially appropriate serving.
It's the first really cold morning. I feel bad for all of the folks suffering in NY/NJ/LI, but it is a beautiful day here.
We have a natural gas generator that will run all of the important stuff if another Ike hits our area. We had the pad and line run when we built then added the generator before hurricane season. May never need it, but its nice knowing its there. I highly recommend one. Watching the news, I've made a note to self to start collecting empty gas containers to fill if it looks like something is coming our way. I stock a storm box at the start of the season, then we empty it when the season is over.
I'll be interested to see if, after a year of primal, you feel the same about tackling renovations. A primal 53 may have more steam than a non-primal 51.