OK, that’s hopefully an exaggeration, but we small dollies tend to get seriously worried about major storms and threats of major storms that might be headed in our direction. We watched TV and saw all that Harvey did to TX and LA, so when Irma became an Atlantic threat, we took her seriously. We still do.
We have family who lives in Charleston, SC, and extended family and friends in FL. Here in VA, we have weathered several serious tropical storms and hurricane remnants ourselves, so we know what it’s like. We don’t want it, but instead of worrying, we are prepping. A FB friend of the Bean posted a great list of things to do, in case a hurricane heads your way. We think it’s worth repeating, so thanks to Bean’s friend and to her friend.
1. Start running your ice makers now and bagging the ice in freezer bags. Fill as much space in between your freezer items as you can.
2. Freeze regular tap water for pets, cleaning or drinking in tupperware-type containers. REMEMBER to leave a small bit of space between the top of the water & the lids so the ice expands but doesn’t crack the container.
3. Start using up your perishables to make more room for ice in the freezer.
4. Fill up all vehicles & check tires & oil. Fill up any gas containers you may have.
5. Cash from ATM, at least enough to get you through tolls and gas out of town. Call your bank if you plan on leaving the state so they don’t freeze your card for out-of-area “suspicious” transactions.
6. All important docs screenshot & send to your email. Take originals in sealed bags or plastic bins.
7. Pet & livestock food & supplies. Vet records in case you need to shelter them at a storm-safe facility.
8. Evacuation plans and share with family members so they know where you’re headed.
9. Consider putting heirlooms & photos in plastic bins in a high place, second floor, or safe room if you don’t plan on taking them with you.
10. SECURE ALL FIREARMS & AMMUNITION PROPERLY.
11. Old rags & beach towels on your windowsills. Even with the best windows & shutters, water seeping from the wind pressure happens. A few damp towels is better than soaked drywall or floors!
12. Shutter windows and doors and bring everything outside into your garage or house NOW. Do not wait until the day before. Better to get done early and relax than wait until its too late, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE MANDATORY PERSONNEL (hospital employee or first responder).
13. If you don’t already have your hurricane supplies, you might want to get them now. Shelves are already empty in most places.
14. Stock up on dry goods, bottles of water.
15. If you have a grill, stock up on propane.
16. Fill your tubs with water to flush your toilets with.
17. Lower your pool water to prevent flooding from that.
Although we are nervous – after all, Bean can’t save us all – we will rely on our instincts, our preparedness, our generator (Rumbles), and make it through Irma’s wrath. It’s not going to be all that severe here, but may all others who read this and those about whom they care weather the storm and emerge safely on the other side.