Friday, August 26, 2011

How To Survive a Hurricane In Three Easy Steps

As Irene makes her way to the East coast, I can't help but think back to the last two hurricanes we weathered in Texas - Rita in 2004 and Ike in 2008. Now seems like an appropriate time to share some important lessons from those storms.



1. Stock up on the essentials. This will vary with each person. For us it includes wine (no refrigeration required!), peanut butter, dehydrated camping meals, a few gallons of water and dog food. But mostly wine.






2. Be organized. Yesterday we gathered up our indoor survival gear (batteries, medical supplies, flashlights, radio, gun, etc) and put them in a central location. That way, if the power goes out or looters show up, we won't have to waste time searching for things in the dark.

3. Pack your bags. We don't plan to evacuate prematurely, preferring to hunker down, get drunk and guard the homestead, but we're not stupid. If the county has a mandatory evacuation, we're out. We have packed bags with three days worth of clothes, gathered our important documents and promised to bring along a car-less friend.

That's pretty much it. Stay indoors, drink wine and keep an eye on the weather reports. I'm actually looking forward to being trapped indoors for 24 hours - reading by candlelight is a pretty sweet way to spend a weekend.

If you find yourself in the path of Irene, stay safe! See y'all on the other side.

8 comments:

  1. Staying hunkered down is our preference too. I'll be sending good vibes y'all's way and hope the wine doesn't run out. :)

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  2. omg, the gun photo totally cracked me up :)

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  3. The gun photo cracked me up too :)  Our fires are gone so you are more than welcome to come here!  And I'm no wine drinker, but that Alamos wine is delicious :)  Stay safe and keep us updated!

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  4. I'm down with your hurricane plan :)  Good luck weathering it!!!

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  5. Is it wrong to say I miss hurricanes? I mean, not the devastation, obviously. One of the reasons Rita (which was in 2005, by the way) was so bad for some of us in Texas is that is that it came shortly after the rains we got from Katrina. And then Ike. MAN. Talk about devastation. South Texas got hit HARD and got almost no assistance. There are still little tiny places along the coast that haven't been able rebuild.

    I guess what I really miss are the days when everyone says, Okay, you know what? Let's not try and brave the day. The weather doesn't want us to. Let's all stay home.

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  6. Sitting in awe witnessing the power of nature. Taking the moment to appreciate that what we have could be gone in a second if the wind makes a tree fall the wrong way or if the rain falls too fast. That's what I miss.

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  7. I like your wine plan!  I'm totally down with that.  The hurricane is a good excuse to have an indoor picnic :-)

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  8. Be safe and have fun!

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