If you think you know all this then just delete or ignore this e-mail. Here are things Chuck and I have learned by surviving thru numerous hurricanes:
Fill up your car with fuel. If you lose power you cannot pump gas at gas stations.
Get Cash from the ATM. Again..if you lose power…you cannot get cash and stores and banks might not open.
Fill your tub up with water. You will use this (with a bucket) to flush your toilet if the power is off. After a period of time there isn’t enough pressure in the lines to flush your toilet.
Battery operated radios with batteries can help you keep tuned in to info.
Purchase Drinking water because if you lose power and you lose water pressure the water in the lines becomes contaminated. Easy to heat up items too.
Candles can help you see too.
Can be an increased risk of tornadic activity so be prepared to head to the basement adn keep some supplies there.
You might lose cell phone service. try to text if necessary. If you have an old fashioned phone that does not require electricity….then you can at least talk to each other. Most phone lines are underground now so you might not lose your phone even if you do lose power.
If you evacuated your home and want to know if your power is back on:
Call your house. If you get your answering machine you have power. If not…..stay away longer. Purchase alcohol.
Watch out for downed power lines and stop lights that aren’t working. Everyone thinks they have the right of way when the stop lights quit working so treat every intersection like it has a stop sign.
We grilled a lot when we lost power. But keep ice and coolers for refrigerator items. Don’t buy too many items. Ice can get scarce after a while.
It is probably too late now to purchase a generator. You must do this when there is no threat of a storm on the horizon. (weeks ago or even last week would have been good)
Also, please note that your homeowners insurance and your renters insurance policies can cover the cost of groceries lost if you lose power for several days and your refrigerator items go bad! Just call them and tell them you stocked up on groceries items just a week or less ago.
Here is hoping you don’t need any of this information. Feel free to pass this on to anyone else.
We have some great hurrican stories. Most memorable was Hurrican Opal from 10/4/95. Couldnt’ get Chuck up to evacuate. Told him me and the kids were going without him. He was exhausted from being up all nite…He finally got up out of bed around 4:00am, looked at the TV and the weather channel had the red radar burning a hole thru the screen and showing it was a Cat 5 and coming right up the shoot. He yells “Get in the car NOW!!!!!” I had been trying to tell him how bad it was but he kept thinking I was overreacting, as usual!