Hurricane Survival Guide in Florida
Ok. So, Erika is getting a little too close for comfort for many Florida folk. Personally, I’m not too worried about this one but it’s always good to be prepared. Right? Right now, she is only a Tropical Storm. We will keep a close eye (like the eye of a hurricane) on her. Here’s a little Hurricane Survival Guide to keep your worries away!
It’s been a while since a hurricane has hit South Florida. I remember the hurricane streak like it was yesterday. Being raised in Georgia, North Carolina, and Alabama I didn’t even know what a hurricane was. We quickly found out after moving to West Palm Beach. Frances, Katrina, and Jeanna were not nice ladies.
I even just received a message from the Senator urging people to stay safe, be prepared, and stay indoors. It’s gettin’ real around here, peeps. I remember getting on myspace (yes, I am old) and catching up with friends in state/out of state after the storm. Mind you, this was a while after as the power and internet/phone lines were completely down. There was debris everywhere. Phone lines blocking the roads. People paddling BOATS down the streets in my neighborhood. It was complete insanity. Thank heavens for emergency personnel (SO to my handsome fire-fighting boyfriend) to keep everyone safe and help in a time of need.
Here are a few items we always keep on hand during our South Florida Hurricane “scares.”
1) Flashlights and Candles. If you have a generator, by all means fire that baby up! If not, make sure you have a flashlight and/or candles ready to light up the night. I remember how completely dark it was at night. So eerie!
2) Water Bottles. So, if you ask my boyfriend… there isn’t enough water in the world to quench my thirst. All I do is drink water. All day, every day. Gotta fuel that body! Head on over to the local Costco and buy water in bulk. It’s always good to have more than enough. After all, water never goes bad.
3) Canned Goods and Non Perishable Foods. Make sure you are equipped with food that is easy to prepare. You may not have power to be able to cook and prepare a meal. Luckily, my family has gas appliances. This came in handy a few years back. We literally had steak and lobster in the middle of a hurricane. Now THAT my friends is class.
4) Gas. The local gas station lines are already cray-cray! Make sure you gas up those vehicles. You never know how long it will be before the gas stations will be able to replenish their gas supply. For those of you with generators, fill up those red cans! Again, over-prepare. There’s no shame in having too much! For those of you without a generator, find a friend or neighbor with one. We call this a Hurricane Party. Because there ain’t no party like a hurricane party and a hurricane party don’t stop (unless you’re in the eye of the storm). I’m thinking I’ll be making a call to my lovely boyfriend with a lifted F-350 to come pick us up to share some of his generator lovin’ with the fam.
Be safe y’all! Thoughts and prayers. We’re hoping the storm is just enough for a day off work (maybe?) but no messy yard-work or damages. Be sure to stay indoors during the brunt of the storm. To keep up with Erika’s whereabouts, hop on over to The Weather Channel for more!