Thanks in part to my experience learned from living through Hurricane Dolly years ago and also thanks to this Blog my family and I were mainly prepared by the time Harvey hit. ( We live in the Houston Metro Area). We shared our knowledge with neighbors and like everything else, some listened, some asked for help and info and some…well…they already knew everything. We came through everything very well. However a few things stand out:
- This has been posted a million times but I will say it again. Life is simpler by far if you have preps in place. We have a “Hurricane” box with flashlights, batteries, hand crank emergency radio, ponchos, et cetera. It was in good shape except the D cells were dead. We went to buy D cells. However a local store had only one package of D cells left, which I bought. This leads me to a tip. I was able to get D Cells from a local drugstore. Because people went there for meds and stuff and never thought to check for batteries. All Grocery stores and hardware stores were picked clean of D cells and had only limited AA and AAA batteries.
- Need groceries but your store just ran out? (Cause you weren’t prepared, or you mostly were but just needed one more thing?) My wife discovered that in our neighborhood almost no one remembered that Super Target has groceries. They had groceries after everyone else was out. They were also the first store stocked after the storms passed for the same reason. People mobbed Walmart and Kroeger., but didn’t think about Super Target.
- A save your life tip. If you are going to bug out, go! If you are going to stay, stay!! It is a bad things to ride the storm out on the highway or worse be swept away. This is what those who left during the middle faced. People traveling for whatever reason after the storm hit were by far the ones who died! Get out! Or stay! If you have to climb on top of your table because you have 3 feet of water in house do it! Just don’t go anywhere until the storm is over.
- If you stay remember to fill bathtub with water. Cause you may lose water.
- Have Cash! Credit cards often don’t work!
- The one tip that is not life and death but could make you a lot more comfortable? Get some 8-10 inch battery powered (Camping) fans! If you lose electricity it will get hot! However, even a couple of fans can keep things bearable. (I was born in the summer and no one had air-conditioning. We had fans. For days or even a week or so you can go back to that if needed). A generator and all is nice but not everyone can afford one. But most can afford at least one or two fans.
- Something that has been said before but was proved time and again. Have protection for your home and family! Please have a gun or two. If not at least have pepper spray and a ball bat. There have been several cases of people going door-to-door claiming to be from police, FEMA, or whatever. They weren’t! They were strong arm robbers. Some rushed in when you opened the door. Some noted you had just evacuated “thanks to their Help” and came back an hour or so later to rob knowing you are gone. Lock your doors. Should “police” show up dial 911! If they sent an officer to your home they can verify. If not…well you already have them on the phone to report the thugs on your doorstep.
We were blessed! Power only blinked once and water went out but for less than an hour. However, As Irma approaches the East Coast…stay safe. If you aren’t ready yet…what are you waiting for? – GL