Here we go again.
I’m double-checking my hurricane lists this morning, so I thought I’d share them once again. Good luck with your preparations today and be safe if you evacuate. I’m hoping to head to the east coast as soon as they close the port of Tampa.
If you’re hunkering down at home, of course you need plenty of supplies, but it’s also important to have your home ready for family and friends who need a place to stay. If you’re ordered to evacuate, securing your house and packing your car with your most critical belongings can be emotionally and physically draining. Referring to lists helps you focus.
Here are a few things to think about once you’re in the cone of uncertainty:
Catch up on your laundry.
Pay all your bills. Put together important files, insurance, etc.
Start bagging up the ice from your ice maker and freeze bottles of water.
You can never have enough: water, ice, toilet paper, paper towels, tarps, towels, buckets.
These things sell out quickly: fuel, propane tanks, flashlights, C & D batteries, tarps, charcoal, lighters, air mattresses, garbage bags & contractor bags.
A new thing I’ve been using: collapsible, refillable water bottles.
I highly recommend an outdoor propane burner. We also use a trailer hitch cargo carrier for extra fuel and supplies.
Here is my shopping list for hurricane food, which doesn’t include some stuff I may cook before the storm if I have time.
Here’s a pdf to save or print: hurricane food
Good food keeps up the morale. Despite what the official guides say, I buy some fruits and vegetables that don’t require refrigeration, and I stick to the pantry staples that I know we’ll eat when we have no a/c (no canned soup here).
My friend Julie reminded me of another thing you won’t find on any official guides: stock up on beer, wine, or cocktail ingredients you like. She mentioned the sale of alcohol was prohibited after the first of two hurricanes hit the east coast of Florida in 2004. Better safe than sober.
A few quick tasks you can do before the storm hits: boil all your eggs, quick-pickle some veggies, and cook the perishables. As my mom always says, “This bacon won’t cook itself.”
A few recipes we appreciated in past storms:
Alright, back to work! Stay safe friends.