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Preparing for Hurricane Season
06-01-2011, 12:38 PM (This post was last modified: 06-03-2011 08:59 AM by mavidal.)
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Preparing for Hurricane Season
Hello everyone:

Well, here we go again, the start of another hurricane season. I wanted to put this list together and would hope the the site admin will make this a sticky. I learned a few things after Andrew that I did not have prepared and has to go through the hassle of getting some of the items on this list. The idea here is that you can stock up during the early part of the season for all these items and you'll be good to go when it hits.

Many of us that live in the tropics do not seem to bother to get ready for the season until a storm start to approach and then watch out! The idea here is to get yourself ready without breaking the bank so here goes:

1. Food: If you are not going to evacuate, then plan on stocking up on canned goods for at least two weeks worth for your family. Take an inventory now of what you need to buy and in not to break the bank, the way to do this:

Starting today, every time that you go to the grocery store, purchase a few of the items on that list. If you go to the store every week, by the time the height of the season hits you will be all set.

Items to get: Foods that do not require refrigeration.

2. Prescriptions: Make sure you have a supply of any prescribed meds available. These may be hard to get after a storm.

3. Water: I never understood why people go out and buy water when there is an easier method. Start to save all the plastic milk jugs and juice jugs that you get with your regular groceries and wash them out when you have finished and store them. When you are threatened by a storm, now is the time to fill the jugs up with your tap water (assuming it is fit to drink), and you don't have to go buy water!

4. Batteries: Same rule as food. Start to buy a pack every time you go to the store till you have enough for your needs.

5. Candles/Kerosene Lamps: Take stock and replenish during one of your grocery outings. Get fuel for the lamps if needed

6. Ice: If you have a freezer or an extra fridge, throw a bag or two of ice in it. Helps to keep things cool when the power goes out, and until you can get your generator going or more ice supplies. You can also take a couple of your gallon jugs of water and freeze those. Cold water and ice to keep the coolers cool.

7. Documentation: Get a hold of your deed, your insurance for the house and cars, place them in a re-sealable baggie and place those in a case or box to take with you should you have to evacuate. Now is the time to review your insurance and change any coverages as needed. When a storm goes in the "BOX" your insurance is frozen and no changes can be made. The idea is to make a bug out bag if you need it.

8. Evacuation plan: If you have to evacuate, make a plan now. Get your contact list together and decide where you will marshal together if your family is separated and you need to evacuate.

9. Fuel containers for the generator, chain saw/propane: If you have them, good for you, if you don't get them now. As for propane, fill your tanks, as sources can get hard to find after a major storm. For the two cycle equipment, make sure you have enough oil for them and container(s) to keep the fuel in.

10. Generators: Now is a good time to take them out of the shed/garage an fire them up to make sure they work. Make sure the oil is fresh and they are ready to go should you need it.

11. Vehicles: Now is also a good time to have your vehicles serviced to be ready to bug out if needed.

12. House preparations: Make sure you can easily get to your shutters and it would be a good idea to test fit a few of them. To this I would ad a role of visqueen to cover furniture etc, several rolls of tape (I prefer duct tape).

13. For the pets: Food for them, water should be taken care of with the jugs.

14. Bug spray: yes the beasties will be out in full force, so a good bug spray is recommended.

15. Weapons and ammunition: Make sure you have your weapons clean, and in readily available, and a supply of ammo. Looters are an issue after a major storm and nothing stops them from bothering you more than seeing that you are armed and ready.

If anyone else can think of things to add to this list, please do so!

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06-01-2011, 01:01 PM
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Dang, this reminds me that I need to pick up a couple sheets of plywood to replace the ones I used during duck season.

Good list.

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06-01-2011, 01:09 PM
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Don't forget food/water/medicine for your pets! Also be sure you have a carrier for EACH pet, in case you have to evacuate.


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06-01-2011, 02:10 PM
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Thanks Dianne, edited the list and added pets.
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06-01-2011, 04:57 PM
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You can store your jugs in the freezer by filling 'em up with water. This help keep stuff in the freezer, frozen longer and when it melts, you'll have water.

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06-01-2011, 05:16 PM
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Good Suggestion, thanks!
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06-01-2011, 05:26 PM
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bleach and bug spray...chain saw oil and gas. pick up propain if you have something to use it with..and charocle an lighter to cook with if you have no gen.. or cooker..

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06-01-2011, 07:12 PM
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Good suggestions Bammama, I will add those to the list.
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06-01-2011, 07:23 PM
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BAMAMAMA1964 Wrote:bleach and bug spray...chain saw oil and gas. pick up propain if you have something to use it with..and charocle an lighter to cook with if you have no gen.. or cooker..

Get yourself one of these:[Image: 310LVyvM%2BYL._SL500_AA300_.jpg]

and you won't need that smelly charcoal lighter fluid. Fill the chimney up with charcoal, wad up a sheet or two of newspaper, light it, and in 15 minutes or so, you'll have red hot coals to cook with.

Linky: http://www.amazon.com/Weber-7416-Rapidfi...862&sr=1-1

I believe that Home Depot or Lowes, or maybe both, carry this chimney. Try it, you'll like it!:wink_smile:

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06-01-2011, 08:11 PM
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A warning on using a chimney to start your fire. Do not set it on the concrete, it will get the concrete hot enough to vaporized the moisture in it causing an explosion.
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