One of those consequences is being on storm alert every year summer & fall. I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to Isaac because I didn’t think it was headed this way. Wrong. I haven’t checked on it today but last night it looked like it was coming head-on for us.
What that means is doing some things to get ready for power outages we know are going to happen. With Katrina, we were without power for about 5 days. After the 3rd night of stifling heat, DH got up early (as if you could sleep in that heat) and stood in line at Lowe’s with a number in his hand to buy a generator. After that, life was bearable because we had a window air conditioning unit in the kitchen and our bedroom and we could stay somewhat cool, watch TV and cook. We still have the window unit in the kitchen to supplement the central system so we can hunker down in the kitchen/den.
We can plug up the fridge and freezers alternately to keep them charged so for that part, we’re pretty much covered. Don still has to get more gas for the generator but he’ll do that this afternoon. We have a 2 burner hot plate, an outside grill and a propane cooker so we can prepare meals.
Now…what kind of things do you think we do to get ready for storms? Here’s a list of some of the things I do.
Make sure all the laundry is washed & dried.
Put all the potted plants, outside chairs, etc. under the back porch.
All vehicle gas tanks must be full and ready to evacuate if we’re told to. We don’t evacuate unless the parish government instructs us to do so. We just board up the windows and get ready.
Have plenty of flashlights, batteries, candles, and matches on hand.
Portable, battery operated radio.
Non-perishable food items stocked—crackers, nuts, canned soups & fruits, Vienna sausages (yep…a neccessity), snack stuff, bottled water….etc.
This is just part of what I do to get ready. Options has already activated the evacuation/shelter plan so I’ll go pick Chris up and we’ll probably stop by Lowe’s to pick up another couple of flashlights and maybe stop by the dollar store to get a new portable radio. We’ll put together our hurricane box and start doing the outside things that need to be taken care of.
Some people have a generator installed to run their house and we may do that in the future. It always helps to have someone on stand by in case you have to evacuate. Judy has already called to check on me and we can go there if we need to. We have family that we could go to…problem is with this storm….it’s projected to head straight up into their part of Mississippi. I’m not expecting to have to run though.
I’m not blowing this thing off by any means, but we’ve been through this a few times in the almost 30 years we’ve lived here. We do what we need to do to get ready and we start watching the local coverage so we can stay in the know. We’re far enough inland that we don’t usually get the impact that those on the direct coastline do.
So, please keep those of us who live in these storm areas in your thoughts & prayers.