I remember back in 2004 when Hurricane Charlie took Orlando for a whirlwind. My mom rushed to the store to get a supply of nonperishable foods and water. We had ended up with a supply that would have lasted a couple of months. I may be exaggerating a tad bit but, trust me, not by much! I remember thinking my mom was crazy and over reacting. Well I wasn’t a mom back then. I lived in my own little world and had no responsibilities plus I had never experienced a hurricane before or tornado warnings. I can’t help but think about Hurricane Charlie as I’m preparing for Hurricane Irma.
Today I find myself in my mothers shoes 13 years later. With a million thoughts as to how to prepare for this storm and how to keep my family safe. I think about everything that could go wrong or happen. Not that I’m happy to feel this way, but I finally understand what was going through my mothers mind as I run like a mad woman scrambling to prepare as much as possible for the unknown. So for any of you who are feeling overwhelmed right now, like I am, here is a list of things to put on your list of things to do as you are preparing for Hurricane Irma to arrive.
Preparing for Hurricane Irma
- Water Supply: Store enough water for a two week period should the water supply be contaminated. You can use a water supply calculator to find out exactly how much water you need to have store for your household.
- Fill your bathtub(s) with water to have for bird baths, if you know what I mean, and to flush the toilet.
- Fill your freezer with water bottles so that you can kill two birds with one stone. Water storage and ice to keep perishable foods cold should the power go out.
- A flash light for each person in your household and backup batteries
- First Aid Kit
- If you aren’t a strong swimmer, have a life jacket handy in the unfortunate event your experience flooding.
- Waterproof vacuum sealed storage bags for your important documents.
- Fill your gas tanks
- External Battery Packs for cell phones fully charged.
- Charge your cellphones, and any wireless internet capable devices such as aircards and Ipads . To have backup ways of communicating and staying up to date with the news.
- Have a bag ready with 2 change of clothes for each member in the house just incase you need to evacuate.
- Board up your windows
- Bring in any items that can become hazardous flying debris during a storm
- Check your insurance for flooding coverage.
- Make copies of important documents and upload them to a secure cloud or email them to yourself.
- Know your evacuation plan
- Food Supply
I know I’m a Type A personality, but lists help me stay organized and calm. We pray that this list helps you prepare for Hurricane Irma and any future emergencies. Stay safe!