On a more serious note, let's talk Hurricane Preparedness. I don't know about you, but our little family was NOT prepared for the intensity of the storm, and the week that followed without power. With hurricane season upon us, we have taken action to be more prepared if this should happen again. The American Red Cross has put together a preparedness guide for hurricane season. Also check your local weather station for more great tips.
My best advice:
- Have a good solid plan
- List of important phone numbers, yes including work numbers...I know that is a bummer!
- evacuate if necessary (Have your bags and important documents packed and ready to go)
- Invest in a good generator for the time after the storm and the power is STILL not on!
- Stock up on nutritious food, as best you can, and of course plenty of water.
- Make sure all the laundry is done before the storm hits, the bath tub is not a fun place to wash your clothes by hand!
- Stash away some cash to have on hand if needed.
- Analogue phone ("Old fashion", plug directly into the wall), cordless phones will not work with the power off.
- BUG Replant
- Fans and even a window air unit (if you have a generator)
- Charge all cell batteries, etc. before the storm
- MOST IMPORTANT! Take care of the little ones. A hurricane is scary, unfamiliar, and extremely uncomfortable with the HEAT (if without power). Our sweet baby was 10 months when Ike hit. This was an added stress for sure, but with some innovation and help from our family and very generous neighbors, we made it through. Prepare an activity kit, and try to make the time as normal as possible. Remember to stock up on baby supplies.