As if you don’t already know right?! Pfft! I rolled my eyes when I read the topic too!
Last year was the first time in over ten years we’d experienced a real life Hurricane! That’s probably why they came with such a vengeance! Cat. 5, with increasingly threatening winds reaching unprecedented speeds? Yep, that bitch had a vendetta.
It was also my first time experiencing one as a full-sized adult. I was living on my own, in my own place with my own responsibilities (yay me). Before then, all of the hurricane preparation fell squarely on my mom and all I remember, is having lots of fun and food to eat.
Fast forward September 2017 and warning of a mammoth storm approaching, I was on my face, over spending on what I thought was a pretty solid hurricane prep plan!
Luckily, we were spared, and for good reason. After bearing witness to the complete obliteration of neighboring islands, I quickly realized how ill-prepared I really was for this or any other storm for that matter.
The aftermath; no electricity for weeks, no potable water, no food, dang! I still believe my pathetic excuse for readiness, was the reason Irma spared my little island.
Well, the hurricane season is once again upon us and everyone is on high alert! Especially with reports that more intense storms are likely to develop.
The season has already been predicted to be slightly above average with 15 storms and three major hurricanes.
As for me? I got this! In no particular order, here’s how I am readying myself.
Do you have Home Owner’s Insurance? Is your policy up to date? While most people hate the idea of paying tons of money for a ‘what if’ occurrence, it is still a great idea to get insurance on your property. There is nothing more daunting than having your house leveled without the wherewithal to rebuild it.
Stock up on food and water like you are preparing for the apocalypse! Of course, non-perishable items like the can foods pumped with preservatives and all the things that aren’t good for you. Crackers, biscuits, basically any dry food that has a disconcertingly long expiration date (can you imagine the chemicals they used to achieve this longevity?!).
First Aid Kit
Ensure your first aid kit has all the necessary items; pain killers, band aids, parachute, vodka, sleeping pills, defibrillator, oxygen masks, life boat. Keep it in a handy place in the event of an accident.
Get away plan
Plan your escape strategy! When you hear those rafters lifting, it is probably a good time to skedaddle! Ensure that all family members are aware of what they should do in the event of an emergency. Know where your storm shelters are.
I have one memory of running through rain and the storm force winds of hurricane Hugo when I was an itty-bitty. Our roof was getting ready for lift-off, so my mom grabbed us and we had to make a quick escape.
I was crying like a kid (I know) and we had to scale a tree that had been uprooted and was blocking our path, now this was a big tree! Thank heavens I was ignorant to the risk of missiles then, (the tree would have been the least of my concerns). It was terrorizing!
Tips and Other essential things to have
Generator– because electricity is cut as soon as the sky turns gray.
Tarpaulin– Because sometimes your roof has a hole in it and you don’t notice until you begin getting wet.
Rain-cloak– see previous
Boots– because rescue workers always have boots on.
Flashlight– Because you never bought that generator
Batteries– because the flashlight won’t work without them.
Candles– because they are trusty.
Machete– If my mom had a machete, that tree probably would have been easier to scale.
- Fully charge your phone and keep an extra battery handy.
I am missing a few things, I just know it! Help me prepare, let me know what else I am missing in the comments below!
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