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Lar3140
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List of things when living on the island. Like what should we always have in our house, we would like to be prepared. I know living here is totally different than stateside

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Topic starter Posted : March 30, 2018 9:39 am
Alana33
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A generator.

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Posted : March 30, 2018 10:29 am
speee1dy
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agree on the generator but we did not have one for the 2 1/2 months we were without power.

but are you talking in general or during hurricane season

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Posted : March 30, 2018 10:53 am
vicanuck
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Money...you'll need lots of it.

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Posted : March 30, 2018 11:10 am
speee1dy
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lol

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Posted : March 30, 2018 11:16 am
Afriend
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Lots of "spare parts" for just about everything. Something is always breaking down or needs to be replaced. (FYI - I consider it a great "win" if I can get through a week without having to fix something).

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Posted : March 30, 2018 12:13 pm
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Bug spray (the kind you spray on your person, as well as the kind you spray directly on the bugs) and a handheld bug zapper are always useful.

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Posted : March 30, 2018 4:54 pm
stjohnjulie
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Patience. And the ability to live without the things you think you need. Knowing where to order things online for the things you can't get here. And the foresight to order them well before you need them if possible. That is on a day to day. Or are you talking about how to prepare for a hurricane?

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Posted : March 31, 2018 8:54 am
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This season, I'll have more than just one 12" battery powered fan. Cause when that generator goes off, I must have airflow...and a little steady noise to sleep.

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Posted : March 31, 2018 10:20 am
AandA2VI
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Generator
Battery op fans
A GOOD battery back up/surge protector
Nice big flashlights
Chainsaw
Bring good sheets from states
RELIABLE stateside suv style cars.
Gift cards from family to rock auto and amazon 😉
Roach spray for your cars

A LOT of money. $20k if you’re a couple to get started - $10 for single.

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Posted : March 31, 2018 11:32 am
Lar3140
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General household thing to have at all times

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Topic starter Posted : March 31, 2018 4:32 pm
Afriend
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General household thing to have at all times

Assuming this is a question, then the answer is the same thing or things you have where you now live.

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Posted : March 31, 2018 4:57 pm
speee1dy
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Bug spray, fans. , generator. Batteries. I don't use bug spray often, but keep it handy just in case , you will need a sweater from time to time. Even a blanket for the bed. But really, just normal things. But during hurricane season you need extra stuff. Sunscreen and lots of it

Pet supplies
Medicine
First aid kit
Lots of water in jugs
Hygiene supplies
Batter powered fans
Car chargeable DVD player
Batter powered lights
Canned food. Meat. Veggies. Fruit. Juices. Snacks
Extra towels
Plastic heavy sheets to cover electronics
Battery back up surge protectors for all electronics
Grill, maybe an extra propane burner
Coolers.
Car chargers for all devices
Books.
Dvd`s
Games puzzles
More than 1 swimsuit
Extra cash. Weeks of cash only this past September
Fill cars up with gas, could be a few days before you can get to a station
Firestick or something like that

If you can't find something here, it can be ordered online. No need to stock up on stuff

Bring your car. Household goods etc.. If you like your furniture bring it too

I hope that helped

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General household thing to have at all times

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Posted : April 1, 2018 12:38 am
Scubadoo
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General household thing to have at all times

Assuming this is a question, then the answer is the same thing or things you have where you now live.

That is the answer to the question asked earlier.

In general, stuff to deal with high humidity, bugs, and salt if you are closer to the water. With humidity comes mold. Power is expensive so most folks go without AC or at least do not AC the whole house 24/7. Bugs will find their way into your food staples. There's a lot of tips about dealing with that in past threads. Lots of zip lock bags and desiccant are good to have on hand to combat mold and bugs. In the case of mold sometimes the question is what not to have, to avoid what gets attacked. Keeping stuff in the fridge is the ultimate bug buster. Salt Away to combat routine corrosion on outdoor stuff, metal door and window frames. A can of WD-40 and a can of dry spray silicone lube. I keep a couple of re-chargeable camping lanterns on hand for the shorter power outages. They can be charged by USB in the car. About $50 at Walmart.com. A spare full propane tank for the grill. It won't go bad.

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Posted : April 1, 2018 1:27 am
ms411
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Whatever solar items you can find. Lights. Chargers. Generators. Radio.

Rechargeable devices. Batteries. Power banks. Lights. Fans. Extra chargers and cables because they seem to stop working on a whim.

Tablet with lots of storage and long battery life so you can download videos to watch when power goes out.

I buy Nido dry whole milk from baby food section but drink it myself and use with cereal and hot chocolate. Not sure if I've made chowders with it, though.

Gas can.

Extra cell phone and another cell phone on another carrier for back up.

Lots of plastic storage containers.

Solid wood furniture.

Tarps to cover your car in case of storm.

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Posted : April 1, 2018 7:11 am
stjohnjulie
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I know this might sound weird, but for the ladies, undergarments. It's hard to order them online because the fit is so different across brands and season/style changes. After 19 years here, it's still one thing that I still routinely buy on stateside trips. If I find something that I like, I tend to buy out what they have and store the extras in a space bag until I need it. Almost everything else I can buy here or order online with success.

Food storage containers a great thing to have. I store almost everything in either heavy air tight plastic containers air tight glass containers. Keeps bugs out, or keeps the bugs in and isolated from everything else should you happen to bring them home from the store (this happens pretty often).

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Posted : April 1, 2018 7:21 am
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You also need large plastic storage containers for clothes, shoes, documents, electronics, bedding, towels. Put some basic clothes in for everybody in household so you have something if everything gets wet.

You can get good undergarments at I. Levin here on St Thomas at msrp. I can usually find something that fits, and I need full support. No matter where I shop, here or in the States, I am lucky if I find one. Very seldom am I able to buy several.

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Posted : April 1, 2018 9:22 am
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The most important thing of all is a good, solid network of friends. Together, you can do anything. Need to borrow something? The network's got it! Need help with something? Network, baby. And, then you pay it forward whenever possible.

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Posted : April 1, 2018 5:05 pm
ms411
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Nugblazer, that's so true and it's the most important thing! I loaned my tv with built in DVD player to a friend who got power days after the storm and with it my collection of DVDs. He was thrilled! We had him host a.viewing to celebrate someone's birthday because none of us had power but him. It was a great way to laugh and take our mind off the storms.

That DVD collection is still circulating because cable isn't available everywhere. The bootleggers are making a killing!????

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Posted : April 1, 2018 8:25 pm
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