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Re: Heavy Lake Effect Snow for Western NY Tonight and Tomorrow
« Reply #30 on: November 22, 2014, 06:09:40 PM »
-100's of pumps ready
-50 boats
-176,000 sandbags

"We expect 5 to 6 feet of water in some areas in a short period of time," Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said. The risk of flooding extends into Tuesday.

The 86 inches that fell in some areas in three days is a year's worth of snow



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Re: Heavy Lake Effect Snow for Western NY Tonight and Tomorrow
« Reply #31 on: November 22, 2014, 11:08:42 PM »
Man buried alive, family shares story of loss

Man dies likely believing help was on the way

Very troubling to think these things can happen and what these families are going through.
And it can happen in many places besides some undesirable place like NY.
Like along Route 2 in northern Montana/Idaho or even along many roads where someone could go off/over an embankment. It doesn't have to be snow.   You think you have things together....cell phone, emergency number, food/water etc.  Mistakes can always be made. Hopefully I can learn some thing from all of this.

Unfortunately, sometimes events like this are a wake up call that comes to late; for preparedness, for planning and for hazard mitigation. It's not just about the tools you have with you, it's also about taking severe weather forecasts seriously and sometimes changing plans even of that spells a very serious inconvenience, like spending a night or three away from friends and family. It means having plans in place to insure they're safe, happy and comfortable at home so you don't convince yourself you have to make it home.

You're right, this could have been a flash flood in Phoenix, a wildland fire in Idaho or a large power outage in Dallas that stopped traffic or otherwise kept families apart. If your family doesn't know your preps and you're not home, are you going to be compelled to risk your life to get home for them?  Maybe it's time to plan for not being a part of the plan.

A three ring binder with tabs on essential information can be priceless. Instructions on resetting circuit breakers, shutting off the gas, relighting pilot lights, how to set up the generator, where and how to shut off the water, a list of phone numbers to the doctors, dentist, vet, furnace guy, utility and phone companies, cable company, instructions on procedures for blackouts, instructions on severe weather actions... All that with some basic familiarization might save your life, especially if you're 30 miles from home and travel might put you at risk.