As I write this post, I have just finished preparing for the storm that will hit our coast on Friday. The storm is a hurricane named Ian and it has packed quite the punch for Florida. It is now moving in my direction and expected to land between the South Carolina and Georgia state lines.
Been Here Before
This is not the first time a hurricane has made landfall in this specific area. I live far enough inland that storm surge won’t be an issue for me. However, my daughter lives in Savannah, so storm surge and flooding is certainly on the radar for her. Fortunately, she lives in a second story condo made out of cement/industrial materials, so she will be safe.
I have lived in this area for 13 years and have learned a few things about preparing for the storm. While unpleasant, it has become second nature to know what to do. That is not the case for my new neighbor from the Pacific Northwest. Although I had to learn the hard way, I shared my best do’s and don’ts with her so she would be ready.
Things To Do
In case you have never prepped for a hurricane, here is my list of things to do:
- Purchase groceries that don’t need to be refrigerated. Canned meat, soup, and fruit; meal bars, snacks, bottled water, soda, coffee, and of course plenty of wine and toilet paper!
- Wash all of your laundry and dishes the day before the storm hits. Depending on water and power outages, you want all of your “house business” taken care of before the storm arrives.
- Bring all of your lawn chairs, pool things, garbage cans, and yard decor that could “fly away” into your garage or house. I can attest that if it isn’t heavy enough, it will wind up in the next county!
- The last two things are very important. You must charge all of your devices the evening before the storm. In addition, make sure you have charging cords available to use in your car and plenty of gas in the tank. If the power goes out, that will be the only way to keep your phone charged so that you can stay informed and let family know how you’re doing.
- Finally, just in case the water supply is interrupted, fill all of your bathtubs with water. You can use this water to flush toilets, wash your face and basically maintain some kind of personal hygiene. Some folks even take a shower and wash their hair the night before storm.
- Oh yeah, candles, flashlights and batteries are valuable to have on hand in case you need them.
Preparing for the storm doesn’t have to be stressful, provided that you have a plan of action. I typically maintain a good supply of OTC meds and other essentials so that my hurricane shopping remains simple. I’ve learned not to fill my yard with too many lightweight items, as that can be a real chore to get everything inside. I regularly charge my devices, so a little extra charging isn’t hard to remember. Remembering to collect water for toilets is probably one of the most important things you can do. You can manage without power far better than you can without water! Just a Southern gal keeping it real simple!
Praying for the safety of all those in the path of this storm.