…and that’s exactly what I’m hoping Tropical Storm/Hurricane/General Nuisance Isaac will do – float right on out to sea and leave us all alone.
Unfortunately, it seems as though Isaac has his sets on the gulf coast – MS, AL, LA, FL may all be affected by Isaac and whatever he’s bringing with him. Sigh.
Being 3 hours inland doesn’t make me any less concerned that a hurricane could be headed our way. During Katrina we were plagued with torrential downpours, strong winds, downed trees, gas shortages, and loss of electricity and telephones for several days. So, while we don’t need to evacuate we do have to be ready for loss of services and provisions.
So, in preparation I have…
- Gone to the store and stocked up on enough non-perishable foods to get us through a few days. I try to make sure that the majority of our food is fresh and not processed, but in cases like these, all bets are off. So while we may spend a day eating whatever is in the refrigerator, the rest of our meals will consist of canned fruits, granola bars, peanut butter, nuts, crackers, cookies, bottled water, and the occasional Capri Sun.
- Pulled all our flashlights and batteries together in a central location – the kitchen table. This way I won’t have to stumble around in the dark looking for sources of light. Our weather radio is also on the kitchen table – our satellite (Dish) can’t even manage to stay on during a light rain, I know not to count on them in hurricane force wind and rain!
- Washed clothes. All of them. One of the things I remember most about Katrina – after all of the devastation – was how funky a hamper full of dirty clothes gets after 3 or 4 days. No air conditioning or ceiling fans going to circulate the air and stuff gets stank with a quickness!
- Filled up my car. We’re not evacuating, but it’s always good to be on “F” should the gas stations run out of fuel the way they did 7 years ago.
- Taken some cash out of the bank just in case. Small bills only. ATMs may go down and/or people selling goods will claim they have “no change” and a bag of ice could end up costing me $20 if I don’t have small bills on hand.
- Moved my gun and ammo to a more readily accessible location. Looters beware!
That’s it! Did I miss anything? What sorts of natural disasters is your area of the country plagued with? How do you get/stay ready? Have you ever had to evacuate? Live for days without electricity? Tips, hints, suggestions?
Praying for the safety of all of you (and/or your families) that may be affected by this storm.