Hurricane Season in Florida

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:

  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • 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
  • Candles
  • 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!

Blessings, Michelle

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7 thoughts on “Hurricane Season in Florida

  1. Bandora says:

    Good advice,

    Having grown up in Puerto Rico my parents trained me to be a hurricane prepper and I have rubbed off on my husband. The moment anything is cooking in the tropics that has the slightest chance of threatening us we check our inventories and stock up on anything needed. We actually did our shopping last week the moment Irma formed.

    Like you, I can’t handle the chaos and panic at the stores at the last minute. I made the mistake of going to Walmart in Miami right before hurricane Wilma in 2005 and I still have PTSD from it 12 years later, lol.

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    • The House of Jackson says:

      I hear ya, sister! I got water and food for the animals on Saturday. I hear from friends that SLW Walmart is already out of canned goods. PTSD os something that affects you and I both. I’m not leaving the house if I don’t have to.

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  2. Michelle says:

    I know this seems paddy, but one thing I make sure I have done in addition to everything you have listed is make sure all the laundry is clean including sheets and my house is clean. Because if we lose power there’s nothing like not being able to have clean clothes.
    we too got almost everything we need to ride out the storm, yesterday. And everywhere is already out of water and the canned goods are following suit

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  3. Michelle says:

    I’m a little jealous. I lived in P.R. for a few years, but I was pretty young so my parents just made sure I understood about having enough water and lighting. They did the food prep all themselves. I’m a little lost on what to have on hand…I assume a lot of canned goods? If Irma hits at least I’ll have a good excuse to eat the sarchichas straight out of the can haha.

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    • The House of Jackson says:

      Definitely salchichas! lol Just get canned vegetables, fruits, canned meats, water, juices. And of course make sure you have a can opener! I’ve heard stories of people buying everything canned and not having a can openner. Not sure how a person doesn’t have a can opener in their house now a days lol

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