It’s the first week of September 2017 and we have 2 systems lurking in the Atlantic. This morning we woke up to the news that Hurricane Irma could possibly impact Florida. Definitely not the words any Floridian wants to hear.
So, what do we do when we hear those dreaded words? We prepare.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being in stores or even outside of my home when panic sets in. People get frantic and carry a nervous energy that I cannot deal with. I’m too sensitive and it affects me tremendously. My husband, on the other hand, is another case all together. He is cool as a cucumber under all scary circumstances- (something I must learn from him).
Because of this, I try to get ahead of the game sort-of-say. As soon as I hear of a possible hurricane in the Atlantic, I go grab several cases of water, some extra chicken and dog feed and make a grocery shopping run for canned goods.
Another item that I always have in hand is buckets of emergency food.
I bought these 4 years ago at Sams for like $70-$80 dollars a piece, if I remember correctly. They last for 25 years and the container is waterproof. I chose this particular one because it comes with 30 days worth of food/300 servings, fire starter and a water filtration bottle.
Other hurricane preparedness essentials are:
- Extra food for pets & animals
- Non perishable food
- Extra diapers, wipes, formula and baby food
- Vitamins and make sure to have enough of your prescription medicine. Refill if needed.
- Lighters/ matches
- Charcoal/ wood
- Propane gas
- First Aid Kits
- Battery Operated Radio
- If you can afford it, get a generator with several containers of gasoline
- Make sure the gas tank in your car is full, in case of emergency evacuation. Believe me,you don’t want to wait till they announce evacuations to get gas. The lines at the pumps will be ginormous and you will waste precious driving time.
There are tons of other things that can be added to this list- please help me by adding what I forgot in the comments.
It’s also very important to know your evacuation routes and local shelter locations.
My advise to everyone in Florida or anyone who will face a hurricane in the future is, be prepared! Have a plan well ahead of the storm. Take an hour of your day today to sit your family down and go over your plans. Include your children in your discussion so they feel a sense of calm, responsibility and preparedness.
These storms tend to have a mind of their own and can be very unpredictable, which ends up putting lots of people in harms way if they’re not prepared. We just saw what happened in Texas; let’s not be a repeat of that here in Florida.
I wish everyone good luck this hurricane season. Be ready and stay safe!
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