It’s been over 10 years since South Florida has had a hurricane impact the area. I’ve lived through most of them and seen the damage it can do.
Waiting for the storm to pass can be difficult, especially with children. But it’s after, that is the hardest part. If you have never been through a hurricane, it’s not something to take lightly.
I’ve been without power for 14 days wondering whether we would have Thanksgiving with electricity.
I watched the neighbors shed fly into the air and into our backyard as I prayed my new addition to the house would withstand the shingles slapping our beautiful new windows.
We’ve raced back to town so we wouldn’t miss curfew and get taken to jail.
I’ve dodged power lines driving on Federal Highway home from an “Empty The Freezer, It’s Gonna Go Bad” cookout.
I’ve seen the devastation of Homestead, Florida completely leveled and stopping at a mobile home trailer that had been turned into a make shift CVS (Eckerds).
This one has me watching and waiting. This time I have kids.
I thought I would share some scoop on how to prepare for a hurricane.
Here are a few tips on how to prepare for a hurricane.
What To Do First
-Follow nhc.NOAA.gov For Tracking a Storm
-Follow Your Local Television Station for local updates
-Make A Plan In Case You Are In An Evacuation Zone
-Be Careful About Heading North or South to Avoid A Storm. Sometimes the storm follows you.
-Get Gas for your car
-Get Cash from the ATM
-Get Gas for your Grill
-Bring In Anything That Could Fly In The Air (Lawn Furniture, Water Table, Pool Toys and so on)
-Turn Your Refrigerator to the Coldest When The Storms Starts So Food Will Stay Cold
-Make A Plan For Your Pets
-Get A Portable Safe For Any Valuables You Can Grab and Go
-Take Photos Of Your Property
-Prep Your Generator If You Have One (Don’t Wait To See If You Lose Power)
-Charge Your Cell Phones, Laptaps and iPads
-Freeze Water bottles and Make Ice
–Fill the bathtub with water
–Wine, Booze, or WHATEVER YOU NEED to get through it.
What Supplies Will You Need?
-Portable Cell Phone Chargers (Charged)
-Bottled Water (Enough For 3 to 4 days, 1-2 Gallons Per Person)
–Canned Goods and Non-Perishable Food (Soup, Granola Bars, Fruit and Veggies)
–Flashlights and Battery Powered Candles
–Yeti Cooler (food stays cold for days in this cooler)
-Important Personal Documents In A Ziplock Bag (medical information, Insurance Cards, proof of address, deed to the house, passports, insurance policies)
-Medications (Birth Control Pills, Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Neosporin, Band Aids, Cold Medication)
-Baby Supplies (Formula, Bottles, Baby Food, Diapers, Wipes, Medicine)
-Pet Supplies (Water, Dog Food, Leash, Medicine)
–Insect Repellent and Sunscreen
-Tools For The Home (Rechargeable Cordless Drill)
-Extra Car Keys and House Keys
-Hand Held or Crank Radio
-Phone Book and A Paper List Of Important Contact Numbers (Office, Boss, School, Family and Friends)
–Maps (GPS may not be available)
-Portable DVD Player (Kids Can Watch Movies. Don’t Forget To Charge)
–Treats To Bribe The Kids During The Storm
What Do You Do After The Hurricane, If You Lose Power?
-Take A Deep Breath and Make Sure Your Family Is Alright
-Realize The Nice Weather Will Not Last (It’s Going To Get Hot or May Rain)
–Inspect Your House For Damage
-Get Ready For A Major Cookout from Your Freezer
-Stay Away From Fallen PowerLines
-Don’t Start Driving Around Town (Lights Will Be Out And Traffic Will Be a Nightmare)
-If You Evacuated, Wait to Come Back To Your House Until You Can Find More Information About Your Area
-Put A Hefty Black Garbage Bag Filled With Water Outside In The Sun (Your Hot Water Heater Runs On Power and Cold Showers Are The Worst)