Hurricane Season Preparations

Last night, Chris and I were talking about the upcoming hurricane season and the things we need to do to get ready for it. Since we’re about 60 miles from the closest coast line, we don’t have to be as prepared as my parents do, who are less than 5 miles away from it. But there are still a few things that we need to purchase to feel really comfortable during the upcoming season.

Along with the standard bottled water, food and batteries for flashlights, we also need to purchase a battery operated radio – we had one but it’s disappeared. We also need to purchase some plastic sheeting, not so much because we’re worried about having to “shelter in place” as much as we are concerned about something breaking a window. Plastic sheeting would allow us to cover up the broken window (we aren’t close enough to the coast to warrant boarding up windows before a storm). We have a manual can opener, of course, but I’ve been thinking we might need an upgrade, since I’m pretty sure this can opener has been around since about 1952. It still works, but it’s a pain in the backside to turn. We keep medication on hand, though this year we need to make sure we keep a couple bags of ice in the freezer at all times in case we lose power, because Chris takes a medication now that has to be kept refrigerated. Additionally, we need to restock our supply of matches, disposable plates, cups and utensils. Also on the list of things to check for resupply is the propane for the camp stove – a very important piece of equipment in the aftermath of a storm. Unfortunately, we don’t currently have a gas grill because ours died, but we do have a smoker and a charcoal grill, so we’ll be keeping lots of briquets around just in case, and finally, we have decided to buy a propane burner, which will be useful for a variety of cooking needs.

The last couple of days, we’ve been experiencing some bad weather in the form of thunderstorms, which means I can’t really do any sewing. I unplug my machines when the thunder starts, like so many other sewists do. That got me to thinking that I should consider prepping a hand pieced quilt project, which I’ve talked about several times before but I haven’t actually done yet. I think it’s a good idea because you never know when you’re going to be without power. When Hurricane Ike came through Houston in 2008, we were without power for more than a week, and sometimes there just wasn’t anything to be done. I don’t really worry too much about being hit by a storm this year, but I think it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If you live in a hurricane prone area, what are you doing to prepare for the possibility of a storm?