Hurricane Preparation Tips

When folks ask me how to prepare for hurricanes one thing I generally tell them is after they've done what they can to get ready:

  • Take a Shower, leave the water in the tub to scoop out to flush the toilet with or put a wash tub in the shower and stand in it to shower. I usually also tell them to put a bucket of water in their tubs for flushing too and save it for Nasties, not just a little piddle. A person will seldom regret getting clean before a long power outtage.
  • Keep a squirt bottle or 2 of water in kitchens and bathroom for hands and personal areas. When in bathroom squirt these areas over the toilet to dilute a little piddle. Don't jump if the water is cold.
  • Watch out for snakes and fire ants. Both of which tend to come up out of the ground when there's a heavy rain.
  • When you buy flashlights and batteries it is wise to get extra bulbs as well.
  • Don't forget the emery boards to go with the batteries, you can often get more life out of the batteries by using the emery boards on the ends.
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  • A hand operated can opener, a battery operated fan and a wind up or battery operated clock, preferably one that glows in the dark are important to have. Those battery operated candles do great in front of mirrors too. They make a really big glow and are much safer than real candles whether or not you have pets (and especially if you do have them.)
  • Grab a battery operated TV, it really helps to see the outside world. I know during IVAN last year it was one hint of Normal Life. The Black & white ones cost about $20 so are certainly affordable and usually have am/fm radios too.

Lots of hints gathered in 50 years or so. But Nobody is "Prepared" for the Big Ones. They scare the Bleep out of you, period plain and simple.


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