First and foremost-my heart goes out to all those tragically affected by both hurricanes Harvey and Irma. My story is not that bad.
However, living on the east coast of south Florida and experiencing this hurricane has not only given me a new perspective on life, it’s also helped me understand how best to prepare, should another one work its way over here during my lifetime.
5 Hurricane Safety Tips You’ve Probably Never Heard
To begin with, I definitely learned a few things from this one that I’d like to pass along to others.
- If you think your power isn’t going to go off, think again. When the track shifted further and further to the west in the days preceding landfall in the US, I definitely let my guard down a little. I really thought our power would stay on. It did for Hurricane Matthew last year so why would Irma be any different? Well, it was, and we lost it for two full days. The days themselves weren’t so bad but the two nights we had to sleep without air conditioning were brutal. (Again, I really can’t complain as some still don’t have power and a nursing home about an hour south lost eight patients due to the sweltering conditions. May they all rest in peace!)
- If you have a generator, make sure you have gas and an air conditioner! Sure, we have a great generator that can not only power the necessities in our house, we can also run the refrigerator, and critical medical devices for our 90-year old neighbors. However, not having a lot of gas nor a portable air conditioner made the generator seem much less like a godsend. Of course, we went out to fill our three (borrowed) gas cans roughly a week before Irma hit (and had to wait on LONG gas lines to do it), but 15 gallons of gas will only get you so far. Try finding gas on the day AFTER a hurricane…pretty much impossible. My suggestion to you is to try to store at least four empty 5-gallon gas cans in your garage and fill them up the second you hear about an impending hurricane!
- Have a garbage disposal in your sink? Who doesn’t? Again, if you have one and several people in your family, insist that they run it every time they put food down it. Otherwise, when the power goes out, whatever’s hanging out down there in the bottom will not only start to smell a few hours after the electricity blows, your sink won’t drain very well either. Even better, get yourself one of those little mesh drain covers and put it in your sink drain even while the power is on. It will catch all of the food your family washes off their dishes and if the power’s still on, you can incinerate it accordingly. If not, you can dump it in the garbage can! Problem solved.
- The Secret to my success. It’s Secret antiperspirant…luckily I had already bought a case of it from Amazon, so I had plenty of it. When your power goes out, you’ll find you’ll need to apply it regularly…like every ten minutes, so make sure you have a ton of it available! Oh, and get used to taking cold showers (which shouldn’t be a problem because you’re so hot you’ll do anything to get cool).
- If you have a back-up plan, expect that it might not work. Yup. We thought we had the BEST back-up plan of all. My parent’s have a house one mile from us with a built-in, propane-powered generator that runs just about everything in the house INCLUDING one of the AC units. The trouble is, due to unforeseen circumstances, the regulator blew and it wouldn’t turn on! Drats-we would have had it made had our back-up plan worked.
So, I hope you never have to experience a hurricane first-hand, but if you do, let’s hope these tips will help you be better prepared!
Keep running to the beat!