How to Prepare for a Hurricane|| Island Life

How Islanders prepare for hurricanes (1)

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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An awkward 'adulter' navigating life with a vagina in her teenie tiny corner of the world.

29 thoughts on “How to Prepare for a Hurricane|| Island Life

  1. So much better to be prepared. I’d suggest more than one first aid kit or to double or triple what’s in it because you never know how long it will be until things return to a more normal state. It also leaves you enough to share with your neighbors.

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  2. It is really scary that we seem to be getting to a peak in crazy storms over the last few years! I really hope all your preparedness is not needed, but it is good that you are ready.

    You have reminded me that I need to put an earthquake kit together. Eep.

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    1. girl…! I am on that… Ive already begun storing my bottles (empties) for those purposes…thanks so much… being without water on a good day is dreadful, imagine weeks… oh boy… thanks for reading…

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  3. I’d recommend a radio – battery or the wind up type and also to take any pets you have into account. Keep cat carriers handy and extra keashs for quick access.
    I’d also recommend a fireproof, waterproof safe for important papers and a waterproof pouch for id’s, pet vaccination records etc in case of emergency evacuations

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    1. haha… really… it is terrifying… esp. listening to the weather man describe the wind speeds and how much of an anomaly they are… who wants to hear that…!! lol thanks for reading and your input…

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  4. Last time I lived through a hurricane was Hurricane Sandy (I live in New Jersey) Your list was pretty much good, just don’t forget the bottles of water as the above comment mentioned.

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    1. 🙂 thank you so much…and thanks for stopping by… yes early preparations are the way to go… you don’t want to have anything to do with the supermarkets on say the day before the storm is predicted to hit… it’s chaotic… picture black friday-Walmart…

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  5. Well after being hit by cat 5 hurricane Maria I had first hand experience into hurricane essentials. Dominica was severely battered by this monster hurricane and most of us hardly had what we needed to survive comfortably post hurricane. I actually recently was restored with electricity and internet. Can somebody say torture.
    Anyway I had created this list of post hurricane essentials that I shared on my blog so I will share it here as well. Enjoy and be safe. We go a few more months to go in the season so I’m praying that all our islands are spared.

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    1. Learning about D’ca was heartbreaking, we were so scared for you guys… almost a year after and into the hurricane season again you are just receiving electricity. Wow… if we were more sensitive to the experiences of others then we wouldn’t be taking things for granted… glad to know things are getting back to normal there… thanks for reading…

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