We typically do not put a new blog so soon to the last one, but as Hurricane Dorian bears down on the US, we have boarded up our condo at Carolina Beach and headed back to our home in Rougemont, NC. It is always best to be prepared ahead of the hurricane. in 1996, with a 2 year old and a 4 month old, Hurricane Fran roared through central North Carolina. We are 180 miles from the coast but had massive damage. 22 trees down and no power for 2 weeks. Thank God for friends that got power back on and let us move in with them. A few things we learned. After a hurricane, it is hot, humid, and the mosquitoes are ridiculous. Prepare now and if it completely misses us, we will be thankful. If it doesn't miss us, we will feel much better knowing we have things ready.
Have cash on hand. If power goes out, your debit/credit card will not work
Fill up your car. As the storm gets closer, prices may rise and stations may run out of gas
Have non perishable food and plenty of water on hand. Rule of thumb is 1 gallon per person, per day, for 3 days.
Get gas for generator and chain saw
If you are on a well, fill up your bathtubs so you can use that water to flush your toilet
Have propane or charcoal for your grill
Matches, Lighter, Flashlight, Candles
Over the counter pain reliever and antibacterial ointment
Charge your devices
Moist toilettes or hand sanitizer
Baby formula and diapers
Manual can opener
Pet Food and water for pet
Pet’s info written on collar with sharpie marker. Consider microchip
If trees are down, be very careful and make sure there are no downed power lines. Always best to assess damage during the day.
Be safe everyone!