I went to college and grad school somewhere that gets slammed with hurricanes and well it kind of happened for the six years I was in school. We got hit left and right with storms. I swear I moved there and they started coming and didn't stop year after year. I learned VERY quickly how to get myself through these storms and made lots of mistakes on the way.
First and foremost.. If the hurricane is headed your way please stop reading my blog and please,
please, please get prepared. I know that it is overwhelming when you are listening to the TV, etc., but they are right the earlier that you are prepared the better you will be. I hope it doesn't hit and you have an overload of water and batteries....that would be the BEST scenario and I promise you if that happens you will eventually use the things. Better to be safe than sorry. This is not the time to be frugal.
Okay so here are some other important tips:
1) Please bring some sneakers with you when you are evacuating. Flip Flops, and heels aren't going to help you when you are dealing with no power, hurricane shelters and walking through debris.
I remember a category 5 was headed directly at me. Most of the school ran home and I ran to my Aunt and Uncles house. I was told to get my own non-perishables and water and to come directly over to their house.
Yup, I had the nonperishables and water but guess what I was wearing platform flip flops. My Aunt and Uncle were so mad at me. They kept exclaiming..."Why would you wear those things when there is a category 5 hurricane headed at us". That storm skirted us but after that I always wore sneakers when I evacuated.
2) Don't leave your car parked on a waterway.
yup, did that too. I can't remember the size of the storm but it was fairly big and headed at us. I was living on the beach so I was under mandatory evacuations. However, I had to go to work. So my husband, who was my boyfriend at the time, was in charge of finishing things up and leaving. He left my car parked right on a body of water. GREAT.....
I wasn't allowed back over the bridge to get it. So there my car sat lonely. I ended up calling a towing service and paying an arm and leg to get it towed over to their lot. It survived, and my husband barely did.
3) When you are in the grocery store DON'T PANIC. Seriously you get this overwhelming feeling when everyone in the world is getting their food and water and it makes you get this panicked feeling inside. Just go in for what you need (bring a list with you). Stand in line, and get your stuff.
I remember going to the store with my sister in law before a storm. She wanted a certain kind of water. I told her to stop and just get some water and lets go. We got our things and I got into line. She saw that the kind of water she wanted was being put on the shelves so she left me. She was seriously standing next to me and she started screaming my name because she didn't see me right away...I'm telling you the panic gets to you in the store. It made me laugh so hard and I hit my head on a magazine rack.
4) Don't fall asleep during the storm.....We got hit with a hurricane once and the front part of the eye hit us and we didn't have much of a problem. So as the eye went over us my husband figured he could just go to sleep....what he didnt know was that the back part of the eye was sooooo bad. I was really scared and things were flying outside of our house. He slept through it and was shocked how scared I was.
5) When in doubt turn around. This is very serious.
I got hit with a tropical storm once at college and for some reason the amount of rain that we actually received was about 10x worse than what they were predicting. I got into my car and started driving out of school. There was a big flooded area that I thought I could make it through...well it was much higher than I thought and thankfully the only thing that happened was that I lost the starter in my car. You can die doing this...so PLEASE just turn around if you see a flooded area. No reason to take the chance!
So yes some of these stories may make you snicker. However, the point of this post is that it is important to get prepared early. A panicked feeling kind of comes over everyone as the day gets closer and if you are ready you are in the best possible position. You won't make the mistakes I made.
Here are some very important links for those of you in the path of the storm. Please get prepared. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers and I really hope that it misses everyone! Listen to authorities and the tv.
National Hurricane Center Hurricane Checklist
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