Please share your experiences on how u coped up with any of nature's fury..
Ugh! I wasn't stuck as per se, but I was stuck in a bus for a long time after a moderate earthquake hit our country. I was in a public bus and it has just stopped in lights. As soon as the driver turned the engine off, there was a violent shaking. It was more powerful than the normal engine shaking.
Every pedestrian ran towards the middle of the road in hope to be safe from any object (or building) falling on them. It took me an hour to reach home when on a normal day, it would have taken me just ten minutes from that stop. My phone battery was dead, and my family was furious (and worried) when I reached home.
In 2011, Hurricane Irene filled my house's cellar with water and knocked out our power for about eight days. This was followed shortly afterwards by a freak snowstorm a few days before Halloween which brought down a lot of power lines, so we lost electricity for another three or four (very COLD) days.
Then in 2012, Hurricane Sandy knocked out our power for another ten days.
I was very grateful when the storm seasons of 2013 and '14 passed without any major incidents.
Oh this question took you back to memories I guess, its time to thank God last two years were safe. Hope you be safe and happy always my friend.
Yeah, in both instances we tried to treat our forced electricity-free lifestyle as an adventure at first, but it reeeeeeally started to suck by the third or fourth day... Haha. But we survived with our sanity (more or less) intact, that's the important thing!!
Yes. In 1964 we lived in Anchorage, Alaska when the Great Earthquake struck. We were extremely fortunate. It was my first day on a new job. The quake struck 30 minutes after I left work. The office building we had just left fell into a hole and a roof beam broke my desk in half. I had just arrived at the babysitters and had bundled up my baby for the outdoors. I had on a good coat, boots, and mittens. Just as we walked out the door, the earthquake happened. The streets and roads lifted and buckled and great gaps opened up. Almost all the homes in our neighborhood were damaged. Our home was unlivable. The gas lines, water lines, and electrical lines were ripped out, our refrigerator fell on its face, etc. The city would not let anyone return to their home until these dangers were remedied. We lived with a neighbor for over two weeks. I mixed up baby formula and stuck the bottles in the snow. We melted snow on a camp stove for water. We slept huddled together on the floor, mothers and babies, over 30 people in a tiny home. Our husbands were stuck in lock downs on the air force base or the army post, unable to come home or even know whether or not their families were alive. There were hundreds of strong "after shocks" and each one filled us with fear.
I live in an area which tends to have alot of wild fires (Northern California), it seems like just about every summer something is burning down. More then one occasion I've seen large bombing planes drop fire retardant only a few miles from my house. I've seen giant flames crest the top of ridges and watched as large pines were completely engulfed with flames.
I remember once I was working for a tour company and was just finishing a tour, taking a group of 60 people out of a cavern that was on the top of the mountain. A lightning storm began to pound the area with lightning bolts (luckily only on a nearby mountain instead of the one my group was on). We watched as lightning would arc across the sky and strike the nearby mountain, incidentally the mountain area it was striking was were the main facility was and the parking lot. That particular storm caught a tree on fire right next to employee parking. I managed to get the tour down the mountain and into the bus..unfortunately the bus trip was only a 3 miles trip before the customers were supposed to get aboard a ferry to take them back to the main land, but due to the lightning storm we had to wait out the storm. Instead the bus. It lasted for about 45 minutes before we could ferry a bunch of angry customers over to the main land. They were upset that we wouldn't run our ferry over the water during a lightning storm.
That storm started over 100 fires. For us in Northern California wild fires are just something that happens. It sucks...but what are you going to do.
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