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Hurricanes: Before The Storm September 6, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Nature, People.

BFF & I are busy preparing for Irma . . . back soon!

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Goofy-SurprisedUnlike tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes (which often wreak havoc with little or no advance warning), hurricanes generally don’t sneak up on us.

Weather experts monitor each storm’s approach, predicting the expected track and gauging the level of wrath, giving residents time to prepare and, if necessary, evacuate to remove themselves from the path of destruction.

What to do before Hurricane Season arrives:

(1) Decide where you will go if you are ordered to evacuate ~ you may go to a hotel or motel, stay with friends or relatives in a safe location, or move to a Red Cross shelter.

(2) Make a list of what to take with you, and pack a survival kit.

Pluto-Happy(3) Plan for your pets. Pets are not allowed in most public shelters and should not be left behind to fend for themselves. The book, Pets On The Go, lists thousands of pet-friendly hotels, motels, and inns from state to state. If you can’t find a copy of the book, visit PetsOnTheGo.com for information on pet-friendly places to stay in the event of evacuation, or vacation.

(4) Register with your local emergency management agency if you will need assistance during evacuation and there is no one else to help you.

When a storm approaches:

Timon(1) Listen for weather updates ~ remain informed. Make sure you understand the terminology.

Tropical Storm: named cyclone with 39-73 mph winds
Hurricane: tropical cyclone with 74 mph winds and up
Hurricane Warning: hurricane expected w/in 24 hours
Hurricane Watch: hurricane possible within 36 hours.

Storm Surge: a large dome of water (often 50-100 miles wide) that sweeps across the coastline near where a hurricane makes landfall. Along the coast, storm surge is the greatest threat to life and property.

In the event of a hurricane warning, local radio and television stations will have continuous coverage until the threat has passed. Tune in!

Donald-Duck-Driving(2) Confirm that you have public or private transportation available. If you plan to drive yourself to safety, make sure your car is ready ~ check gas, oil, water, and tire pressure.

(3) Check your emergency supplies, including your evacuation supplies.

(4) Secure your residence with hurricane shutters or plywood to protect against flying glass and debris. Secure or remove any outdoor furniture, trash cans, or other loose objects from outside your home.

(5) Call family and friends to let them know what your plans will be in event of an evacuation. Keep phone calls short to avoid jamming telephone lines.

(6) Pack a suitcase with a week’s worth of clothes for each member of your family. Remember the 5 T’s (toiletries, toothbrushes, towels, tissues, and toilet paper).

(7) Fill empty spaces in your freezer with containers of water which will freeze and keep contents cold in the event of a brief power outage. Fill your refrigerator with bottled water to take with you in a cooler.

(8) Have non-perishable staples on hand to eat if you’re without power. Some examples: canned fruits & veggies, bottled juice or juice boxes, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, nuts, raisins.

If possible, set aside a specific shelf to store these food supplies ~ so you can see at a glance if something needs replenishing, and so you can quickly pack everything on the shelf to take with you in the event of an evacuation.

Pluto-Rollerskating(9) Do the same thing for pets ~ food, water, medicine, leashes, bowls, rabies certificate & tag, carrier or cage, poop bags or litter box, toys, etc.

(10) Store important files in a way that allows you to “grab and go” in the event of an evacuation ~ financial and health records, computer passwords, checkbooks, credit cards, cash, and traveler’s checks.

(11) Have a central number for family members to call in the event you are separated ~ choose a contact person who lives outside of hurricane alley.

(12) Pack a survival kit: spare eyeglasses, sunglasses, medicines (2 week supply), special dietary needs, flashlight with extra batteries, portable radio with extra batteries, whistle or other noisemaker, candles, matches, lighters, basic first aid supplies, heavy work gloves and boots (for when you return home), and disposable eating utensils and plates.

(13) Prepare a list of important phone numbers: family members, physicians, neighbors, and utilities.

Other thoughts, suggestions, and ideas . . . please comment below!

Related posts: Hurricanes: Weathering The Storm * Hurricanes: Evacuation & Homecoming * Hurricanes ~ Other Tips & Resources



1. Kate Crimmins - September 6, 2017

Good luck and stay safe.

2. Joanne Sisco - September 6, 2017

I hope you weather this storm with little or no lasting effects. Be safe!!

3. Jill Weatherholt - September 6, 2017

Please be safe, Nancy. Do you plan to ride out the storm? She’s a whopper.

4. Rainee - September 6, 2017

Hope you will be okay Nancy. I will be thinking of you! Take care.

5. philosophermouseofthehedge - September 6, 2017

It’s a monster. Take care (and best suggestion here is to keep stuff omniscience’s a shelf so it’s grab and run – there’s always much to do and too little time to think.)
We’re thinking of you guys!

6. joyroses13 - September 6, 2017

Sending prayers and thoughts your way! Stay safe!

7. L. Marie - September 6, 2017

Hoping for the best for you, Nancy. As everyone has said, please be safe.

8. Tippy Gnu - September 6, 2017

Hope you dodge the bullet. Take care.

9. Patrick Dykie - September 6, 2017

Thanks for great tips. Please be safe. Do they know yet, exactly where Irma’s going to hit? I saw some predictions of southern Florida, and moving up the western coast toward the panhandle. Take care.

10. Morgan - September 6, 2017

Blessings of safety and a storm that completely fizzles out!

11. granny1947 - September 6, 2017

Take care NR. Thank heavens we do not get your type of storms here! We, desperately, need rain.

12. William D'Andrea - September 6, 2017

Everyone in my Church is praying for all of you in Florida, Texas, and everywhere that a hurricane has or will strike.

13. javsimson - September 6, 2017

Best Wishes from Charleston, SC. Look forward to your next post – post-hurricane!

14. diannegray - September 6, 2017

Good list, Nancy – from one who lives in a cyclone area I know the stresses of waiting for that storm to hit and then sitting there hoping it will pass quickly. Because I have a condition known as storm trauma I usually take a travel sickness tablet to calm me down (but not make me drowsy) when things start to ramp up otherwise I’m physically sick and that helps no one. I’m thinking of you and sending you love and luck and big hugs from Australia xxxx

15. Behind the Story - September 6, 2017

Wow! That’s an excellent list. When we moved to the Philippines, I knew nothing about tropical cyclones. Fortunately my husband had some experience. Still our preparations weren’t nearly as good as what you describe. For one thing, no one considered evacuating. What I remember is that we moved everything away from the windows and collected water in huge tubs for when the electricity went off.

The Philippines gets hit by more tropical cyclones than any country in the world besides China. It’s most powerful typhoon, Yolanda, had winds of 195 mph at landfall. I’m glad we weren’t there for that one. The typhoons we experienced were frightening but didn’t cause us much personal damage.

Take care and stay safe.

16. anotherday2paradise - September 6, 2017

Good luck, Nancy. Thanks for the helpful tips. Hope we don’t need to leave in a hurry.

17. Debra - September 6, 2017

I’m so glad to hear from you! I’ve thought of you all day as I’ve heard news reports and presumed you were VERY busy in preparation. You are definitely in my circle of concern, Nancy! We are all hoping that when we wake in the morning perhaps by some miracle this storm will have been downgraded. Your excellent preparation will pay off, I’m sure!

18. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - September 7, 2017

I’ll be sending you some good energy as y’all weather the storm. Our news gave some prep tips the other day, and it included making sure all of your computer documents were uploaded to a cloud server – and take your phone, and even if you just screen shot the contacts, to upload those pictures to the cloud in case your phone is damaged, and you lose the hard copy… you have the on the cloud. It sounded like a good idea to me!

19. LisaDay - September 7, 2017

Sounds terrifying. Be safe.

20. Tammy - September 10, 2017

Sure would like to hear that you ok.

nrhatch - September 11, 2017

We are OK. More later . . .

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