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Sewage Backup. Insurance Questionable.

We had a sewage backup - we live in a townhouse, on a slab. (Two neighbors got hit, too.) My homeowners insurance covers rain, flooding, and roof problems, but not sewage. However, the cause of the backup was not our toilets - a branch dislodged on our shared roof and sent down a swimming pool full of water, which overwhelmed the sewer. Insurance is... confusing, demoralizing. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Jun 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Wet electronics

I just gave all of my personal electronics an (accidental) bath. Are they all ruined? [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on May 30, 2014 - 21 answers

Landlord dropped the ball, how can we get him to pick it back up?

We are scheduled to move into a significantly renovated unit in less than a week; not one renovation has actually been done. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on May 25, 2014 - 25 answers

Daylight Savings Time Change Disaster - Early Morning Flight Guadalajara

Currently in Guadalajara, Mexico. Daylight savings time (spring forward) is at 2 am local time. Ipad and iphone for alarm clocks. iPhone is not connected for local service - is on Sprint in U.S. Will these Apple devices self update? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Apr 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Songs to sustain my euphoric panic

Just lost my job yesterday. On the one hand I'm shitting because, now what? But on the other hand WHEE!! I don't have to deal with that anymore. I found that turning the volume way up for Reckoner, recommended by queseyo earlier, is working well to push down the bubbles of panic. I'll have to deal at some point, but what else can I listen to to carry this, I dont give a fuck right now, vibe?
posted by Hash on Mar 7, 2014 - 16 answers

How to prepare for disaster without going all Doomsday Preppers

I think it's not too tin-foil-hatty to say that we're getting more extreme weather because of climate change. Let's say you're city dwelling DINKs with a cat and you want to kit out one of those under bed storage boxes with supplies (food? candles? batteries? whiskey? tiny cat hard hat? I really have no idea) in case of extreme weather. What would you include? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Dec 31, 2013 - 33 answers

But ... I thought you loved me

I'm one of 25,000 or so people who lost their homes in a recent natural disaster. The silence from (some) people I thought were my tribe is deafening. How do I move past/heal from this? [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Dec 9, 2013 - 64 answers

Chocolate frosting emergency!

I am making a birthday cake to serve to a bunch of kids, and I just did the first stage of the frosting recipe: I melted 125 grams of chocolate with 75 grams of unsalted butter. Then I realized the next step involves raw eggs, which I'd rather not use in a recipe for young children. (Especially because it will probably sit out for a while before serving.) But I hate to waste the chocolate and butter. Without using raw eggs, what can I do to transform this melted butter/chocolate mixture into a delicious chocolate frosting? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Nov 21, 2013 - 19 answers

Any recommendations on how to donate labor to disaster recovery?

Lacking money but possessing skills, I'd really like to pitch in, and Illinois isn't too far away. How can I volunteer labor and time? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Nov 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Looking for Disastrous or Cursed Performances

I know that Macbeth is a cursed play. I know there were riots at the first performance of the Rite of Spring. I know that when you read the script for the King in Yellow you go insane. Are there any more examples of performance art that has a disastrous, cursed, or otherwise spooky reputation? Theater, dance, opera, paintings, etc all okay.
posted by hishtafel on Oct 1, 2013 - 32 answers

This is Our Emergency

How to create a comprehensive and effective emergency plan? (NYC Edition) [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus on Jul 19, 2013 - 15 answers

Government of Mexico's Disaster Risk Management Strategy

I know this is a long shot, but does anyone have information on how the Government of Mexico was able to convince it's citizens that investing in disaster risk management (DRM) insurance/cat bond schemes was worthy of their tax money? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 on Mar 8, 2013 - 2 answers

NO CARRIER

Let's say you have a global disaster where the traditional web is no longer available (all ISPs are down, or a virus/cyber-attack incapacitates the web for entire regions of the world). What are the data communication alternatives in this sort of context? Is anyone still running a BBS? Does anyone even have a dialup modem anymore? Is there something better than this? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Feb 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Positive religious spin on Katrina

There's a quote from Criminal Minds that has stuck in my head: Gideon: After Hurricane Katrina I read some essays by religious scholars. One writer said God was punishing America for its immorality; New Orleans was a wicked city, like Sodom and Gomorrah. Another one, a priest from New Orleans, he thought the hurricane was proof of God's love. Those levees didn't break until after the storm was over; if they'd broken sooner, thousands would have died. Sooo...is there any truth to that quotation? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Feb 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Let's come up with a recipe

Cheese lovers and good cooks, how do you suppose he did this? It looks straightforward - and amazing! But I want to be sure I'm not missing something.
posted by tizzie on Dec 29, 2012 - 18 answers

Buy a whole house generator?

Whole house generator: Good planning, or overkill? [more inside]
posted by Marky on Dec 11, 2012 - 30 answers

Cake disaster

Please help me fix my cake disaster. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Nov 30, 2012 - 36 answers

Cool disaster gadgets

Building the best emergency kit -- gadget time! [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Nov 24, 2012 - 25 answers

"You have been logged on to a temporary profile. You cannot access your files and folders. You must fiddle with system reg in the dark now. Please hold while we wipe your computer clean. Thank you and have a nice day."

Windows 7: "You have been logged on to a temporary profile. You cannot access your files and folders ..." Whoa. An empty slate. But I reboot and my old profile is suddenly back up and running. So, what just happened there? What can I do to make sure this doesn't happen again? Several related questions inside. [more inside]
posted by ruelle on Nov 4, 2012 - 7 answers

how to help?

Aside from donating money, is there anything that I can do to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Sandy Relief Organizations?

Please help me donate to Sandy Relief! [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon on Nov 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Stormy Tuesday?

What if there's a natural disaster on election day? Are there state and/or federal contingencies?
posted by j_curiouser on Oct 28, 2012 - 4 answers

I spent a long time looking at those empty plastic bottles, wondering if they could save me.

If I was in a life threatening crisis, how much time would the oxygen in a soda bottle buy me. [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Sep 5, 2012 - 13 answers

When the Big One Hits

Best way to store contacts online for a headcount during a natural disaster? [more inside]
posted by Lettuce_Leaves on Aug 28, 2012 - 8 answers

How to get paid to work in disaster relief with a BA in English (or programs teaching abroad)

I would like to find would in disaster relief so I may travel and begin to pay off my student loans for my new BA in English. I'm also interested in teaching English abroad and have been trying to find programs in both of these fields, so if anyone has information on anything where one can travel, doesn't matter how terrible the pay just as long as there is one, again, I'm in debt. [more inside]
posted by Nighthawk3729 on Jun 5, 2012 - 27 answers

Help me quell my tornado anxieties...or not

What happens if your house is damaged by a tornado? What happens to your stuff, what do you do about the immediate moment, etc? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Apr 16, 2012 - 5 answers

From how far away could the Challenger explosion be seen?

From how far away could the Challenger explosion be seen? (Did you see it? Where were you?)
posted by avocet on Apr 7, 2012 - 15 answers

Chinese bootleg sensationalist dvd/vcd about 9/11

Does anyone know where to download any of these Chinese sensationalist pseudo-documentaries made of 9/11 that mix real news footage with clips from blockbuster films? They freely mix fact and fiction, using news footage and illegal clips from Hollywood films. There were three made, with the titles: 1) "The Century's Greatest Catastrophe" (I've also seen it called The Century's Great Catastrophe") and 2) "Surprise Attack on America" and 3) "America's Disaster: The Pearl Harbor of the Twenty-First Century"--all made in 2001. There is a report on them in an article that was in the New Yorker. Also mention of them made here. Since they are illegal mash-ups of existing source material, I don't mind if I have to download them from 'questionable' sites. But I'd really like to consult these films for a study I am writing, and would appreciate any pointers as to where to find them.
posted by cmp4Meta on Apr 4, 2012 - 1 answer

Have I ruined my boots with leather conditioner, or is this how properly-conditioned boots are supposed to feel?

Have I ruined my boots by using Lexol conditioner on them? Is this how they're supposed to look/feel? Or have I done something wrong? [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Jan 10, 2012 - 14 answers

Need a little relief

Seeking ideas for the types of professional & social resources or services (organizations, agencies, providers, etc.) that would be included on a list of potential referrals to help people across the social spectrum deal with various forms of trauma, catastrophes & highly stressful situations. [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Dec 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Can you advise me on making a wine rack?

I'm going to make a wine rack. Do you have any advice? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Dec 8, 2011 - 11 answers

I've made a huge tiny mistake

Should I run away from the job I just got because a to-be-coworker's wife is sending up danger signs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 - 36 answers

Justice For The Ninety-Six

I'm in the USA. How can I watch the House of Commons debate the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster which is scheduled to begin at 2PM EST, 1900 BST today? [more inside]
posted by Edogy on Oct 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Can I trust Comcast to host my business data?

Can I trust Comcast to host my business data? [more inside]
posted by buzzv on Oct 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Attention, MeFi Sewers and Seamstresses!

Attention, MeFi Sewers and Seamstresses! Please help with advice for altering a knitted dress. [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Sep 21, 2011 - 16 answers

Hurricane advice for a friend in Staten Island

With Hurricane Irene approaching, what's the best course of action for someone still on the Staten Island shore? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Aug 27, 2011 - 23 answers

Disk restoration

I just reformatted a disk using Disk Utility - Mac OS X 10.5.8. I chose the wrong disk. Is there any way to undo it? [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Aug 5, 2011 - 19 answers

reasonable price for tree removal?

Is this a reasonable price for tree removal? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 on Jul 5, 2011 - 22 answers

Tsunami Videos

Has anyone put together a collection of videos from the recent tsunami in Japan? I am sure there are new ones surfacing as time goes on. I may be morbid but the videos are fascinating. I'd like to find a webpage that is keeping a current list of what is appearing.
posted by zzazazz on Apr 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Post-quake survival: pet edition

DisasterFilter - What steps can I take to ensure my pets survival in the case where a disaster strikes and I can't get home? [more inside]
posted by MShades on Apr 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Emergency crisis intervention/mental health services for a Japanese citizen in NYC

Are there any emergency crisis intervention/mental health services for a citizen of Japan with mental health issues whose family has been missing since the earthquake? [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper on Mar 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me help Japan

I'd like to send aid to Japan, but I'm not sure where to donate. Suggestions? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 on Mar 13, 2011 - 5 answers

How can I volunteer in Japan?

Japan has suffered an unprecedented disaster. I have no job, no money, no insurance, no college degree. Is there any way I can volunteer to go and help rebuild, in any way? Some organization that will send me?
posted by ifthe21stcentury on Mar 11, 2011 - 15 answers

I want to check some predictions

I'm looking for a short film I saw in a computing class about 10 or 15 years ago. It was set in the "close future" demonstrating the use of computer technology by a disaster recovery team after an earthquake in California. Notably, all the computers and devices like printers were wireless. [more inside]
posted by WhackyparseThis on Feb 24, 2011 - 2 answers

Arroz con blechhh

How can I salvage my failed rice pudding? [more inside]
posted by jaynewould on Jan 12, 2011 - 12 answers

It's raining in my living room. Help!

It's raining in Philadelphia and in the living room. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by coppermoss on Dec 12, 2010 - 13 answers

Ideas for a Boston Molassacre party?

My housemates and I have decided to throw a party/memorial on the anniversary of the Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919. Help us with ideas? [more inside]
posted by andrewpendleton on Dec 1, 2010 - 34 answers

Howto: rebuild my life & home after a disaster?

I lost pretty much everything I own when my apartment building burned down about a week ago. I had been putting most of my energy & time into job search. Now I've had to take a big step backwards & deal with some basic problems involving recovering from a disaster & rebuilding my life from scratch. That's where I'm turning to you, the Hive. I'm looking for ideas, tips, stories & practical suggestions for starting over after you've lost everything in a disaster. I'm somewhat at a loss & anything you can do to make this process easier would be greatly appreciated.
posted by scalefree on Nov 30, 2010 - 31 answers

Want to read about fiascos

Looking for books and/or movies about fiascos and disastrous but avoidable situations [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 22, 2010 - 25 answers

What can I learn from disaster?

What steps can I take to reduce the risk of, or prepare myself for, common disasters in life? The first time my hard drive crashed, I learned to back up my data regularly; when a friend's dad had a heart attack when I was younger, I learned how to eat healthily and exercise; it took a root canal for me to realise that brushing my teeth isn't enough. I've also learned the hard way that just because a young woman asks you out, doesn't mean that you can skip the step where you ask, "Hey, uh, you don't have a boyfriend, do you?" I'd like to learn more of these vital lessons without having to go through the disaster part first. Have you learned things from surviving a disaster, that you can pass on? I'm most interested in things that happen to nearly everyone: having a hard drive crash, losing your parents, stuff like that, but if there are other things I should know, I'd like to hear those, too. [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem on Oct 7, 2010 - 51 answers

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