Nov 1 2012
03:50 pm

As most of you know, I've been in touch with all my relatives living in Sandy's path, especially the mid-Hudson Valley of NY, except my mom.

Well, glory be! I finally was able to get in touch with her, just a little while ago. She's still without power, so very cold. But, she's okay. Not much damage to her house, either, which is a good thing.

She wasn't' able to go out, because she couldn't get the garage door open, but a neighbor stopped by with his kids last night for trick or treating and asked if he could help her in any way, so he opened her garage door and she's parking in the driveway for the remainder of her time without power.

Power, for her, could take another week before it's turned on. She's stubborn and won't go to a motel, even just for one night, to get warm.

She said the gas lines are horrendous, so didn't even try to top off her car's gas tank. It was too cold to sit and wait for her. And the one store she did get to today didn't have any water.

Hopefully, power will be on sooner than later.

Tamara Shepherd's picture


Thank goodness, CE! I know you're relieved...

I wonder, could you possibly purchase one of those portable propane heaters for her at Home Depot, like this Mr. Heater Tag-a-long, and arrange for it to be shipped to her?

I haven't tried this sort of thing with Home Depot, but I know Walmart can get things to us in just a couple of days?

That Mr. Heater product came to mind because I've wanted to get one for our household. They're reputed to be very safe and I see that the product has received good reviews at the HD site?

(Afterthought: If gasoline is scarce up there, those gallon cans of propane might be, too. HD sells those, as well, I think.)

Tamara Shepherd's picture


Also, since I mentioned having used Walmart's ship-to-store service previously, they carry the Coleman Black Cat and Sport Cat propane heaters, which are less pricey and may also be used indoors.

I KNOW Walmart could have one with her name on it, in her local store, in just a couple of days (or less).

Rachel's picture

Glad she's ok. Sorry she's

Glad she's ok. Sorry she's having to deal with so much ick.

CE Petro's picture


Tamara, it was a HUGE relief getting through. I forgot to mention that she has been keeping her cell phone off most of the time, only turning it on for a short time, to conserve the battery. Only problem with that is no one knew her on/off schedule!

thanks for the links, Tamara. I will definitely check it out. If it can be delivered, that would be awesome.

Thank you, too, Rachel.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

Sounds like...

...she needs a phone charger for her car, too!

Another Walmart ship-to-store order???

R. Neal's picture

Thanks for the report and

Thanks for the report and happy to hear your Mom's OK.

Read somewhere they were rationing gas at one gallon per customer. That may have been in NYC, though.

CE Petro's picture

I haven't heard

Read somewhere they were rationing gas at one gallon per customer. That may have been in NYC, though.

I haven't heard if the gas stations are rationing, but this gas bag man says there should be gas rationing during disasters. Link

CE Petro's picture

Actually, Tamara, she just

Actually, Tamara, she just needs to move down here, and then no problems! (okay, I'm sure a different set of problems will manifest itself, but hey, she'd be warm, have a working cell phone, etc!)

Tamara Shepherd's picture


I keep a five gallon can in the garage. Once a month, around mid-month, I'll pour it into the car and promptly refill it.

Of course, I also have bottled water in in every closet of the house, propane and batteries and matches and lighters to last through Armagedon, candles and oil lamps and crank-style flashlights, four tents, ten or twelve sleeping bags (including "zero degree"), umpteen thermal coolers and jugs, charcoal and propane and Sterno grills/stoves, firewood laid in to last a winter, and yes, guns and ammo.

The "emergency box," a Rubbermaid bin stored in the laundry room closet, is boldly labeled as such. I have a Zip Lock bag attached with strapping tape to its outside front which contains an index card for each room of the house on which I've detailed what sort of emergency supplies may be found where in that room.

I can't very well tell you where the cash stash is, but each of my family members knows.

I just can't abide ill-preparedness, can you?!

redmondkr's picture


I have a plan too. I'll just put my kids on leashes and trudge the half mile or so to Tamara's.

Tamara Shepherd's picture


I've already got dog food stashed away for you, darlin'.

Also your 81 mg aspirin.

redmondkr's picture

Oh if there is nothing else

Oh if there is nothing else in this house, there will be plenty of kibbles.

Tamara Shepherd's picture


It's like Fats Waller used to say, "one never knows, do one?"

Factchecker's picture

Good to hear!

I had a feeling mom was OK. Rest easy.

fischbobber's picture

UPS is running again

If the roads are open UPS is moving packages to affected areas. The local terminal was jamming tonight after two days of relative inactivity. In the event an online purchase were to be delayed, you can buy whatever you think is needed and ship it from the Callahan drive location or any UPS store. I would be more than happy to help you with any logistical needs you may have down to finding out if a UPS delivery vehicle can and is getting to your mother's house on a daily basis. I believe it is two days from here to New York lag time.

Feel free to contact me in my inbox if you need any help along these lines at all. I'm here. It's what I do.

bizgrrl's picture

Glad your Mom is okay. I hope

Glad your Mom is okay. I hope she gets electricity back soon. One or two days might be okay for some people. But, I'm guessing it gets cold up there at night.

Never been a fan of portable propane heaters. For some of us, what can go wrong will go wrong.

Tamara Shepherd's picture


Never been a fan of portable propane heaters. For some of us, what can go wrong will go wrong.

My family enjoys tent camping, right up through the cooler fall months.

We own one of those Coleman Black Cat heaters--albeit an older design--and have used it overnight in both of our 9 x 12 family-sized tents many times without incident.

I do find that both the older design and the newer design appear to be a tad easy to tip over (although, like I say, ours hasn't), which is why I'd like to "upgrade" to something a little pricier and a little more stable-looking like that Mr. Heater Tag-a-long.

The casing on that Mr. Heater product also appears to protect the unit's heating element a little better than the Coleman design does (although we haven't experienced burning ourselves touching the Coleman product, either).

We've used our Coleman product for over ten years, at least.

CE Petro's picture

No Gas

Randy, spoke with mom again today, no gas rationing that she knows of or has heard, just NO GAS period. Sandy damaged the refineries in NJ, and they are shut down.

When it rains it pours, and I mean really pours...according to weather channel, a N'or easter is bearing down on the area next week. Meanwhile, I'll be heading up there in a couple of days, bringing supplies to mom, and hopefully just bringing her down here for at least a few weeks. I have no choice but to make this trip, as BIL was diagnosed with an aggressive lung cancer 4 weeks ago and is now in the hospital dying...organs had started shutting down earlier this week.

I'd really like this week to just not have happened.

Pam Strickland's picture

Prayers for you, your mom and

Prayers for you, your mom and your BIL. Traveling' mercies.

bizgrrl's picture

Oh, wow. I do hope your

Oh, wow. I do hope your travels are incident free. Best wishes.

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