The MOST important thing is to be safe. All you can do is prepare for the worse and hope for the best, really. So what should you do?Here is a roundup of things I’ve shared over the past few days:
#1 DO NOT PANIC – panic leads to fear and most often to poor financial decision making.
#2 Assess YOUR situation and make financial decisions based on YOUR financial situation.
#3 Cut expenses rather than add to debt.
*deductibles (KNOW how much they are)
*supplies (flashlights, batteries, generator, etc)
*hotel (evacuating or not, what if your house is unlivable?)
*gas for cars (especially extra if traveling)
*CASH (get CASH for expenses)
*extra medicines or medical supplies
*Anything else extra you would spend money on because of the storm.
*Pets: do you need to buy a crate? Extra food? Board them at your evacuation location?
Technically, a Hurricane is NOT an emergency. Hurricane season happens every year, just like the Holidays. However, if needed, the emergency fund could be used.
Of course, its only available if you HAVE an emergency fund.
Go through your budget and see what you can cut or reduce to free up money for Hurricane Prep. Don’t panic and max out a credit card or accrue a lot of debt for things you didn’t really need.
Taking the time NOW to prepare is the difference between a crisis and an inconvenience.
IF you are evacuating and taking pets, make SURE you call the hotel and confirm their pet policy. Most hotels will only allow Service Dogs, not personal pets.
A video prayer from my friend, Matt Ham: (by the way, totally endorse Matt!)
Helpful link with ALL kinds of information
My buddy, Mike, shares this advice. Some hurricane advice: instead of buying up ALL the bottled water…simply fill a bathtub, and buy several Home Depot or Lowes buckets with lids,and fill them with water. Use the bathtub for flushing and the buckets for drinking water. Then, you’ve got some extra buckets when it’s all over and not a bunch of empty plastic water bottles.
Shared by Ed Salau
Melanie Tilly Beebe: Also think outside the box….purchase frozen bread dough, bake it now and freeze the loaves.
1. Have 72 hours worth of food and water, and a change of clothes in a back pack. Include a flashlight and batteries. Be prepared to grab it and run.
2. Get cash out of bank. Enough to live off of for 2 weeks.
3. Have a plan. Like now. Know where you are going to go. Map out routes, make phone calls, confirm a spot to go. Even if it is a campground far away. (Most take dogs)
4. If the beaches call for an evacuation, leave! Do not put the lives of the first responders in dangers bc you want to stay with your house.
5. Get right with Jesus
Posted by: Alecia Geddings
IRMA I understand you and HARVEY had some ups and downs and then he left you and his son.
But you never chase a man honey.
Why don’t you and little JOSE just chill and enjoy the Atlantic…We don’t want to be in the middle of y’alls mess. HARVEY already went bipolar on us.
Don’t bring anymore drama…..
(Stolen from a friend who also stole it from someone who probably stole it too!)
This is just a little PSA in case you too are having problems finding water. Buy you some gallon ziplock bags and freeze them standing up. It will not only help keep your freezer colder in case power outage, it also gives you good drinking water. It’s also cheaper than a case of water at the moment. Please feel free to share it might help someone else out in need. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 photo credit goes to Robert Haire Srand Julie Ensley Haire 😘💜 — feeling helpful.
This is the most comprehensive list I’ve seen on preparing.
While everything won’t apply to you, it’s worth reading AND sharing in the event it helps someone think of something they might miss and need.
1. Charge any device that provides light. Laptops, tablets, cameras, video cameras, and old phones. Old cell phones can still used for dialing 911. Charge external battery back ups.
2. Wash all trash cans, big and small, and fill with water for flushing toilets. Line outdoor trash cans with trash bags, fill with water and store in the garage. Add bleach to sterilize.
3. Fill every tub and sink with water. Cover sinks with Saran Wrap to keep it from collecting dust. Fill washing machine and leave lid up to store water.
4. Fill old empty water bottles and other containers with water and keep near sinks for washing hands.
5. Fill every Tupperware with water and store in freezer. These will help keep food cold longer and serve as a back up water supply.
6. Fill drinking cups with water and cover with Saran Wrap. Store as many as possible in fridge. The rest you can store on the counter and use first before any water bottles are opened. Ice is impossible to find after the storm.
7. Reserve fridge space for storing tap water and keep the sealed water bottles on the counter.
8. Cook any meats in advance and other perishable foods. You can freeze cooked food. Hard boil eggs for snacks for first day without power.
9. Be well hydrated before the storm hits and avoid salty foods that make you dehydrated.
10. Wash all dirty clothes and bed sheets. Anything dirty will smell without the A/C, you may need the items, and with no A/C, you’ll be sweating a lot. You’re going to want clean sheets.
11. Toss out any expiring food, clean cat litter boxes, empty all trash cans in the house, including bathrooms. Remove anything that will cause an odor when the A/C is off. If you don’t have a trash day pickup before the storm, find a dumpster.
12. Bring in any yard decor, secure anything that will fly around, secure gates, bring in hoses, potted plants, etc. Bring in patio furniture and grills.
13. Clean your environment so you have clear, easy escape routes. Even if that means temporarily moving furniture to one area.
14. Scrub all bathrooms so you are starting with a clean odor free environment. Store water filled trash cans next to each toilet for flushing.
15. Place everything you own that is important and necessary in a backpack or small file box that is easy to grab. Include your wallet with ID, phone, hand sanitizer, snacks, etc. Get plastic sleeves for important documents.
16. Make sure you have cash on hand.
17. Stock up on pet food and fill up bowls of water for pets.
18. Refill any medications. Most insurance companies allow for 2 emergency refills per year.
19. Fill your propane tanks. You can heat soup cans, boil water, make coffee, and other stuff besides just grilling meat. Get an extra, if possible.
20. Drop your A/C in advance and lower temperatures in your fridges.
21. Gather all candles, flashlights, lighters, matches, batteries, and other items and keep them accessible.
22. Clean all counters in advance. Start with a clean surface. Buy Clorox Wipes for cleaning when there is no power. Mop your floors and vacuum. If power is out for 10 days, you’ll have to live in the mess you started with.
23. Pick your emergency safe place such as a closet under the stairs. Store the items you’ll need in that location for the brunt of the storm. Make a hand fan for when the power is out.
24. Shower just before the storm is scheduled to hit.
25. Keep baby wipes next to each toilet. Don’t flush them. It’s not the time to risk clogging your toilet!
26. Run your dishwasher, don’t risk having dirty smelly dishes and you need every container for water! Remember you’ll need clean water for brushing your teeth, washing yourself, and cleaning your hands.
27. Put a small suitcase in your car in case you decide to evacuate. Also put at least one jug of water in your car. It will still be there if you don’t evacuate! You don’t need to store all water in the house. Remember to pack for pets as well.
28. Check on all family members, set up emergency back up plans, and check on elderly neighbors.
29. Remember, pets are family too. Take them with you!
30. Before the storm, unplug all electronics. There will be power surges during and after the storm.
31. Gas up your car and have a spare gas container for your generator or your car when you run out.
If you can, take a video of your house and contents….walk room to room–open cabinets/drawers and closets. This will help if you need to make a claim later. It will show proof of items and help you list all the items (help your memory, so you don’t forget anything)…I highly recommend!!!
I also heard you should freeze a cup of water, place a coin on top after it is frozen…keep this in your freezer to help you gauge the temperature if the power goes out. If the coin stays on top, the food is staying frozen. If the coin falls into the water, the freezer thawed out and most food will likely need to be thrown away. This is super helpful is you have to leave and come back, as it may appear everything is still frozen, but if the coin is in the cup–you will know!!
Finally, anything that you want to try and preserve, but you can’t take with you—place it in a plastic bin and put in your dishwasher, lock the door—this should make it water tight in case of any water intrusion into your home. But of course, take all the important/irreplaceable items you can!!
Stay Safe everyone!
*ANYONE PREPARING FOR IRMA*
EMPTY YOUR DISHWASHER AND PUT ANYTHING YOU WANT TO PRESERVE IN THERE. It’s waterproof and secured to cabinets so it’s more likely to survive a storm. TELL YOUR FRIENDS.”
Great idea be safe out there
The dishwasher is waterproof & can be used to store documents or it can be used as a cooler if you put ice on the bottom. Old tricks: start freezing blocks of water in ziplock bags & tupperware, fill containers with water, fill bath tub with water for flushing, washing machine can also be a cooler, flashlight against a water bottle illuminates like a lantern, aluminum dish pans protect furniture feet from shallow flooding, take photos BEFORE the storm for insurance, ziplock bags for photos & documents. Anymore ideas?
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