I used to live in Florida, but now in Wisconsin. In late fall, I bring out all the cold weather gear (boots,hats,gloves,etc and shovels, buckets of salt).
We’re inland, but I now know we’re at risk for flooding.
Everyone needs to be prepared all the time for any kind of weather.
I prepare by having water stored as that is the one thing I would need most due to having a well.
We get a few gale force winds and snowstorms. It is always a good idea to have supplies year round.
Another reason to prep… even for us northern folk (Minnesota).
In AZ so We have a Week supply & Lots of water stashed
We have scans of all our important documents and pictures. etc…… on usbs and we keep one section of the attic packed with special personal things should we ever have to evacuate for any reason. We keep the extra usual suspects around during hurricane season from batteries to water jugs to hurricane tape. A few years ago we picked up a couple of camping toilets. When there is a storm brewing out there we get extra gas for the generator as we don’t like having to much just sitting around [ wife’s family had a bad house fire when she was little and she just doesn’t like flammable things around unless there’s a immediate reason. ]
I’m not really in the path but we still have to worry about power outages from the strong winds from hurricanes. We usually prep by having plenty of batteries for the flashlights, phones charged, and food on hand that doesn’t have to be cooked.
Lots of duct tape for the windows and lashing things down. If it’s something the wind can pick up, it needs to be put up.However much water you think you need, double it.Invest in a solar powered light, you won’t regret it.Did have one hurricane though where there was a small plastic planter in the from yard. 2 oak tress went over but that little planter didn’t move a single inch. maybe it was the holes in the bottom redirecting to air or something but it was pretty funny seeing it there the next day.
I have been through several inland hurricanes since moving to NC. I make sure I have cash, water, gas in tank, matches, charcoal and food for a week—-just in case
When we had a big flood in Colorado in 2013 the water pump station went out. I was glad that we had Emergency Essentials mylar water storage containers to meet our water needs!
When I was a kid, we lived on the Gulf Coast. One thing I remember my folks doing when a hurricane was approaching was to fill the bathtub with water. They also filled all our drink pitchers and big stock pots. This was in case the water supply was contaminated during flooding, I believe. One time the hurricane was headed too close to our area, so we left town and went to stay with friends, and good thing, too. Our house was flooded and destroyed by the hurricane. If you’re in the path of a hurricane, please listen to the officials. Don’t try to ride it out if they suggest you leave.
We have a storm area in the house with items to ride out a storm/disaster and a backup sump pump. best purchase ever!
I’m not in the path, but having food storage and emergency supplies makes me feel better no matter what comes.
I prepare by making sure 72 hour kits are updated on a yearly basis.
I have a 72-hour emergency kit in a backpack ready to go.
we arent really in a huricane zone but i tried to be prepared buy having allergy safe non perishible items and backup meds.
Living in southwest oklahoma, we aren’t really in hurricane territory. we get the occasional rain from remnants. we do however live in the heart of tornado alley. we prepare by having our go bags ready with water, food, flashlights, radio, batteries, blankets, back-ups of important documents and some cash.
I don’t live in a hurricane area but I am currently working on 72 hr kits for everyone in my family.
I am in Southern California, not a hurricane zone.
We have wildfires, and earthquakes.
I prepare by having a set of clothes and shoes next to my bed, a firearm with plenty of ammo, a backup supply of food and water, first aid kit including more in depth medical treatments and care, small bills. I keep my vehicle fueled up. My family has a plan to meet up. And have taken many others steps to be prepared.
I didn’t know hurricanes could come this far inland. I’m glad I found this. I will be prepping more furiously now. Thank you!
We are constantly keeping an eye out and preparing since we are in prime hurricane region (Houston, TX). We keep gas cans and car tanks full during hurricane season. We have flood insurance, did, water, batteries, flashlights, a generator, a window ac unit, etc. All ready to go, if needed.
We don’t get hurricanes but we do have extra food, supplies, and a natural gas generator. Only thing I’m worried about is damage to the gas lines, and lack of water. I know how to filter and clean water but it won’t be super easy to get. I need to store more…
I guess I can’t relate to not being ready for what’s real. Though preparing for the unknown is certainly important, vital and mandatory for me….I can’t understand why “everybody” doesn’t see the need to have the what-ifs…. Nobody on this planet is immune from the unexpected. We always have enough of everything (from TP to food to cars filled at least half way to extra gasoline for a generator to stored water). That’s not meant to be a superior statement….it’s just pure logic to me. We DO get hurricanes in our region….and some nasty ones here and there (Virginia).
Power outages are my biggest concerns where I live. We are prepared to be without power indefinitely if need be. We do what we call Weekends Without, we pick a modern convenience and live without it for the weekend.
our area doesn’t flood, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need to be prepared.
We have snow storms and stay prepared with emergency and first aid kits as well as an alternate heat source.
Although I don’t live in a hurricane area now, I once lived in Florida. I worked at a convenience store/gas station during one hurricane evacuation. What I learned most from the experience of helping so many people who were trying to get out of Florida was, make sure that you have plenty of cash! Small bills if possible. The credit card line were jammed and our machine was taking so long to run a card that we eventually had to [put up a Cash Only sign.
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I live alone in a mobile home and stayed there for Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. After Hurricane Irene, we were without power for nearly two weeks. The weather was warm and I had a way to heat up food and make hot water for coffee, so it wasn’t too bad. Entertained myself by reading (had solar lights and plenty of candles). But after Sandy we were without power for three weeks and it was cold and the furnace didn’t work without electricity. So after a couple of days my son came and picked me up. Power was restored much earlier where he lives. In the future, if extreme weather is forecast I will probably go visit my son. It’s better to help each other through an emergency than to attempt it alone.
We have precut boards for the windows and doors on hand. If even a tropical storm pops up on the radar we make sure the yard is clear of loose objects and things are put up or tied down. All the basics are stocked up on at the beginning of hurricane season… batteries,water, medicines, toilet paper etc… After Hurrican Hugo we were without water for almost 3 weeks so water is a priority with us. Also lighting and defense. After Hugo ,power was out for close to a month in my area and there were a lot of ne’er-do-wells roaming at night. Only had cheap flashlight and a small pistol back then and it was not a very good feeling at all.
I haven’t been in a hurricane since 1964, when my family lived in Florida. But I can remember watching my parents prepare for it. My Dad bought dry ice, and made other preparations. My Mom filled the bathtub with water, and also did other things to prepare.
Having those memories along with the extreme weather in the other parts of the country that I have lived in has taught me the importance of preparing.
We try to have a little bit of extra food and water put away. As well as several alternative forms of lighting; such as flashlights, candles, and solar lights.
I live in inland North Carolina, and we get wind and rain from hurricanes, leading to power outages and other related problems. The main thing we do to prepare is make sure we have lots of food and water stored in a cabinet, with a first aid kit and other supplies.
We plan for this just as we do for any disaster. We’re we live we just have to worry about bad storms during hurricane season. So floods, falling trees stuff like that. We have a solar energy generator for if the power goes out. Easy foods to make, water, flash lights all that good stuff.
Obviously, disaster preparations are very dependent on the area in which you live. As with everything else in life, it just takes money :-) However, you can be smart and be 90% further along than your neighbors, even with absolute bare essentials.
I didn’t realize we could be affected here in New Mexico! I learn something every day that reinforces the need to prep.
I make sure the weather radio is up and working right and see if the evacuation routes have changed since the previous year. Double check all supplies, candles, batteries, tools and replace any that have been used since last season. Also check the trees for any dead or weakened limbs that need to come down .
I make an emergency plan!
when i lived in florida we always watched to see what the hurricane season was gonna be we always started early and kept a bin with supplies in t
Basic preps are the same as anyones, food, water, etc. I’m not in a hurricane zone, but try to keep as much on hand as possible, including medical supplies, weapons/ammo, personal hygiene . I try to prep for anything that may happen, not a specific event.
I always try to keep prepared for any emergency
We have batteries stocked up, I have totes with flashlights and lanterns, a “portable” kitchen, hardware (with saws & gloves and other items for tree cutting and tarps) and food and water. We are ready for whatever Mother Nature might throw at us!! I hope!
In the past it has always been ice storms because of where we live, and its making sure there is enough non disposable food, stuff for the pets, ice scrapers, salt for the walkway, blankets, candles and flashlights. we are moving to florida though, so i guess its time to think about hurricanes
I live in one of Texas’ evacuation hubs. we get thousands of Gulf Coast evacuees every time there’s a hurricane. We stock up on food, water and batteries, and make sure everything at the house is battened down as best as it can be.
I’m in IL so not many hurricanes here. We just stay prepared by making sure we have lots of supplies packed and ready in our basement and closets. This can be first aid, blankets, food, batteries, flashlights, candles, matches, food, water, radio/hamm, and all sorts of other things I can’t think of right now. It’s maybe not the nest prepared of anyone, but I feel if there was an emergency, we at least wouldn’t be the worst prepared….lol
I think we all need to be prepared for any act of Mother Nature. But also know that sometimes you can’t do enough preparing for what happens so knowledge of how to survive is probably the most important thing to do.
used to live in a hurricane area. Lots of oil lamps, coolers for the food, charcoal grill to cook on, jugs of water and buckets for flushing.
When I was young my family would often vacation on the coast and were chased inland many times by hurricanes, don’t regret missing the experience.