Are You Prepared for Hurricane Irene?

Ahhh.  I keep asking my friends in the path of Hurricane Irene to prepare.  Some graciously heed my advice and say thank you, while others joke. ... And I say, especially to ladies who may live alone  ... PREPARE. Better to be safe and prepared, than sorry.

In times, like these I remember the Titanic when it was believed "God Himself Couldn't Sink the Titanic" and with the upcoming 10 year anniversary since we saw the Twin Towers collapse, we were all of the belief that they could not come crashing down, just as they did!  So I believe with all the recent crazy world events, just think .. ALL IS INEVITABLE!


I experienced the Category 5, Hurricane Andrew in 1992 while on my usual South Florida summer vacation with my family.  Back then, South Floridians waited till the very last minute to prepare.  Yet, that area got a rude awakening after Hurricane Andrew flattened South Miami.  ... And it was a sight to behold after that hurricane when people fought for rations of food, even ice!  A disaster either has the ability to bring out the best or worst in mankind.  I saw both extremes; from those who shared what they had to others so desperate, they became thieving bandits. A lawless society ... can you imagine, people arming themselves and military to guard the little that was left after Hurricane Andrew, in all its darkness?  Again, I experienced it!  BTW, I tease ... how you think journalist Rick Sanchez rose to stardom?  LOL!

My husband and his family had to relocate to Orlando cause of the extent of the damage in their area. ... And though, we can laugh about it, he has stories about holding and backing up the doors of the house cause of the strong winds from Hurricane Andrew.  All in an attempt to save their home. So hurricanes ain't no joke, till you've experienced one!


Fortunately, we are allowed time to prepare for a hurricane unlike most natural disasters.  ... And I say do so, even if we all dodge the Hurricane Irene bullet, we can then thank the good lord, or our lucky stars!  .... And then bat a good rum!

There are people who just take every bit of their every day existence for granted ... but let me tell you a lil' experience and a dose of third world, tropical island living has helped me ... why I share with you! 

... And I say, third world but even in this country, the United States of America. You have to be blind, oblivious or dead to see that shit happens here too.  Hurricane Katrina is a good example ... and that was a hurricane.  In the lil' time I've spent in the DC Metro area, the DMV; DC, Maryland, Virginia .... I'll just use this summer as an example, plenty shit that makes you go "hmmm" has happened.  Just last week, D.C had some rain and train tracks had to be closed. A couple of months ago ... a lil storm, downed trees and PEPCO left people without electricity for weeks.  Don't even talk about the recent insatiable summer heat, people ... homes and business, even government agencies  were without electricity. I've seen the Potomac overflow into condo areas, and flood out parking garages with expensive luxury cars. Don't even talk about traffic, always at a deadlock standstill when evacuation calls for it. Another time, people had to evacuate their cars on roadways, cause they just were not moving anywhere. Plus, some just ran out of gas which caused more mayhem and blocked roads.   ... And talking of mankind, there was a recent flash mob of teens and young adults who robbed a  convenience store for the fun of it, not even a disaster!

But if you call me crazy, then I say "THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY TOO." 

HERE'S MY PREPARATION & ADVICE LIST: 
Simply pack a bag or two with the following items for easy availability and access through out any Hurricane season.

1. GET CASH (obviously hold on to credit cards) - ATMs do run by electricity or and sometimes there can be a run on the machine nearest you, as in NO CASH! 

2. FILL UP YOUR CAR TANKS (and early) - You don't want the long lines at the pump, neither do you want no working pumps! 

3. CHARGE YOUR SHIT ... PHONES, COMPUTERS, even CAMERAS. Buy back up battery sources, if you wish. Use cameras ... become a reporter, take pictures or video of damage.  Aye maybe you can use for insurance recovery proof, or just to record the good or bad deeds of mankind!

4. STOCK UP on AT LEAST 3 DAYS to 1 WEEK of CANNED GOODS - During Hurricane Andrew, it was amazing the number of people who got the rude awakening. When the electricity goes, so can all your refrigerated food too! 

5. STOCK UP ON DRINKING WATER - A friend of mine said "You don't need to stock up on anything, just make sure you have water (which you can get from your tap). You not in St.Lucia, if the hurricane does hit in the worst way you good until the Red Cross come in."  WHICH I DISAGREE WITH ... ummm, water service can be cut. It happened during Hurricane Andrew and most recently Hurricane Tomas in St.Lucia. And not to be facetious but,  "do you recall the black people on their roof tops during Katrina, or those who were met by white people toting guns on the other side of the bridge forcing them back into their communities when they needed help? So .... 

6. FILL CONTAINERS & OR BATHTUB WITH TAP WATER .... this can be used for basic hygiene - brushing teeth, baths, sponge baths, flushing toilets. 

 So imagine my shock when I read this this morning: One reporter "Flashlights, check, food, check, and I am being told to fill my bathtub in preparation for Irene to hit ... 'cause there's nothing like a nice bubble bath to help ride out the storm." .... UMMM NO, the filling of the tub is in case water service has to be cut for sometime. The tub is a water reserve for flushing toilets, etc! 

 One person was clueless how to flush a toilet manually ... - Get a bucket of water and dump it into the toilet, not the tank where the water is stored. You will see the suction get everything down. 

7. BUY CANDLES, MATCHES, TORCH LIGHTS / LANTERNS (wind up not battery powered), GAS COOKER, FAN, BATTERIES ... even CAN & BOTTLE OPENERS 

8. BUY A FIRST AID KIT - bandages and antibiotics (neosporin) ... even insect repellent. - After down pours, open containers are breeding grounds for mosquitoes, hence the increase in Caribbean dengue cases. 

 9. BUY A BATTERY OPERATED RADIO (transistor) ... you'll be thanking me later! 

10. HAVE AN EVACUATION PLAN ... know your nearest shelter. 

11. CHECK IN ON NEIGHBORS, particularly ELDERS .. though I admit, gosh, that adds to the stress! 

12. PACK CLOTHING, including RAIN GEAR and STURDY SHOES 

13. BUY ANY OTHER ESSENTIALS - BABY FOOD, DIAPERS, etc 

14. FOR ENTERTAINMENT - BOARD GAMES, CRAYONS, PAPER, CARDS, DOMINOES ... back to basics! 

15. STORE ALL IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS in a ziploc bags or something water resistant - passports, deeds, pictures etc.

16.  WRITE ALL IMPORTANT NUMBERS and EMAIL ADDRESSES on PAPER, in case phones are battery dead, such family and utility service numbers. - Even with this recent Eastern coast Earthquake, it was advised that you text and use social media to contact family members.  Do not tie up the phone lines / networks. Hence the reason for the crashes!  Only dial 911 in the case of an emergency but do call 911 if you smell a gas leak.  And call your electricity supplier in the case of a downed power line.  

17. REMEMBER AREAS TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HURRICANE EYE GETS THE MOST BATTERED IN A HURRICANE.

The point of this post is not to panic.  Just be prepared. At the on set of any hurricane season, just gear up with the aforementioned.

 Read more: 

‎"We've got a lot more people that are potentially in the path of this storm," FEMA Director Craig Fugate told the Associated Press. "This is one of the largest populations that will be impacted by one storm at one time. A little bit of damage over big areas with large populations can add up fast. .... A state of emergency was declared in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Hurricane Irene: Billions in Damage Anticipated 


 Boston friends .... according to this IRENE weather map below, since Boston is to the right of the path of this hurricane path which happens to be the most dangerous of any hurricane, do prepare! Hurricane Irene: Where is the Storm Headed Next?

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