Monday, October 29, 2012

Here comes Sandy

Hurricane Sandy is on her way. Much of the East Coast will be affected, and I hope people are listening to the warnings and getting ready. 

We may get hit with some wind, rain, and maybe snow. We aren't too worried, but we are prepared. 

After the storm this summer, we took some steps to prepare the farm for emergencies. The first step was to make sure the animals would be alright. We worked with NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service) to install a spring development and water tanks. 

We have three large tanks that the cattle can access from different pastures. As long as the spring is running, and it always is, then the tanks will have water. No electricity required!

I'd also gathered some supplies over the summer. We have plenty of water for ourselves, along with some food and first-aid items. If the winds are strong enough, I wouldn't be surprised if we lose power. We are grateful that this storm isn't going to hit during a heat-wave, and we can stay cozy by the wood stove. 

Good luck to everyone in the mountains and East of us. Batten down the hatches and hold on!


  1. Lorraine in WisconsinOctober 29, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Thank you for letting us know how well prepared you are. That will help relieve the worries of all who care about you. You have done smart things to get ready for Sandy, and other disasters that may come in the future.

  2. Wow, those spring fed tanks are a great infrastructure improvement to your land, and I'm sure super nice for the cattle (and nicer for you!). Does this mean no more lugging around the water troughs? Braebank Farm is getting fancy!

    1. *Jennings* Braebank Farm, that is. (Sorry, Jennings!)

  3. Best of luck with Sandy! And hooray for the NRCS, worked for them in High School. -Anna

  4. "Batten down the hatches" for sure! Anyone who knows anything about weather has put out plenty of advance warnings to take care and evacuate if need be.
    I love the photos of the spring development and the water tanks. But what about the "gals" and the guineas?
    Are your dogs and cats acting weird (weirder than usual) sensing the storm?


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