Evacuate when told to do so. Period. End of story. This is How to Survive a Hurricane in 10 easy steps.
Seriously, my son lives in Port Charlotte and he stayed at the house with the pets while my daughter in law went up to Ohio. The trip had previously been scheduled so she did leave because of the Hurricane Ian, the timing could not have been better though! My son should have taken the camper with the pets and left the area, going further south, towards Naples or even across Alligator Alley toward Miami. He would have been better off.
He did not suffer any damage to the house, thank God. The road he lives on had trees fall across it, but nothing he couldn’t fix with the chain saw. The neighbors veranda roof ended up in his front yard, then it moved across the street.
I live in the Charleston, SC area and we did not evacuate, we did watch the storm very closely for days on end! We also live inland 25 miles, and we did not feel that it prudent to evacuate. In the 20 years I have lived here, we have NOT had an event that would cause us to evacuate.
Steps you can take to ensure you know How To Survive a Hurricane
Being prepared for any severe weather heading in your direction is not a suggestion. More people will die from not being prepared compared to those that ‘prep’ before. What are some things you can do to prepare?
Below is a quick list of things to have on hand in case of a weather emergency. This is by far NOT a comprehensive list. Follow your local emergency protocols. When you are advised to evacuate, please evacuate, it is in yours and your family’s best interest.
- Have a portable weather/emergency radio – get one here
- Water. You will need 1 gallon per person per day
- Dry food storage. Make sure you have foods that can be cooked over open fire or your grill.
- Frozen jugs of water. This will help your fridge stay cold longer.
- Make sure your gas tank is FULL
- Make sure you charge all of your cell phones, tablets, and what not. Have a backup battery charger. You can find one here.
- Make sure you have an emergency kit, you can find several to choose from here.
- Find the safest area in your home to protect you from getting fatally wounded
- Prepare a list of contacts for family and emergency officials, fire, police, etc.
- Make sure your family not living in your area know where you are.
As I stated above the list, this is not a comprehensive list, but a good starting point for everyone. Whether you live in the Midwest or on either coast, it is a good idea to be prepared for any type of emergency.
My own emergency prep
I like to make sure that I have a blanket in the car. Not that it gets freezing down here in SC very often, but, one never knows! If you have an electric car, well, good luck on freezing cold days if your battery dies and you can’t get a charge!
I carry a small battery pack in my purse to recharge my phone if I am ever caught in an emergency and my phone starts to die. We have also filled glass bottles with water and store them under the house in our crawl space. Our freezer has many plastic jugs with water frozen to help the freezer stay colder should the power go our.
In the End….
I hope and pray that you all are safe and sound. That if you live in an area that was hit by Hurricane Ian, that you are able to get back up and running quickly.
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Until Next Time…
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