Hey everyone welcome to another Friday and let’s make it a great one! June 1st was the official start of good old hurricane season once again and since I heard on the radio this morning that over a million people have moved to our sunny shores since the last time we had a hurricane, I thought I’d take a couple of minutes and give you some do’s and don’ts when it comes to one of the most destructive forces on Earth.
I speak from experience as I was here for Wilma in 2005. Imagine if you will some areas went over two weeks with no electricity, trees down everywhere, shortages of gas because the stations had no power and more stuff that falls into the no fun category. We have made some advances since then, like now all gas stations have back-up generators. A small home back-up generator is a great idea if you don’t have the whole house option. If you do pick up a portable generator, remember it is for outdoor use only, do not under any circumstances run a portable generator in any type of indoor or enclosed space.
A couple weeks ago I chatted with you about water, and this is a big one for hurricanes. You should have enough water stocked away to last a week. Not only for drinking, but no power generally means no running water, so that water stockpile is going to be very useful. Batteries galore please and a battery operated portable radio, along with multiple flashlights are a must. I don’t want to sound like a doomsday person when it comes to hurricanes, however, as I said earlier it gets pretty ugly with a major storm. Make sure you have any prescription med’s you may need and please don’t forget our furry children, have a good stock of food and treats.
Finally, if you are lucky enough to have a gas grille, get extra propane and store it somewhere safe. During Wilma the gas grills were our only means of cooking and a real lifesaver. We were hot, sweaty, and somewhat miserable, so a hot meal certainly helped.
The last thing I want to leave you with is please don’t wait until the day before the storm is going to hit to get ready. It makes all the longtime locals crazy! My mother-in-law’s favorite phrase is, “it is better to have and not need than to need and not have.” Every year since Wilma, I start getting ready at about this time and thank goodness I haven’t needed any of the supplies. Here’s hoping that 2016 is another in the record book with no major storms, however, if there is a storm I’ll be ready. Hodor!!!
House Whisperer out!
PS. Hit the ATM and have a couple hundred in cash around the house — you’re probably going to need it.
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