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I love where I live. We’re 45 minutes from the beach, 45 minutes from the city and we have a mall down the street in one direction and an awesome park down the street in the other direction.
However, living so close to the coast can be a bit terrifying during hurricane season!
When Tropical Storm Allison blew through Texas in 2001, my entire townhome was flooded and I lost everything.
Thankfully I was very young (19) and when I say I lost EVERYTHING…I mean mainly the hand me downs I left my parents house with and a few keepsakes.
It was a major setback though and I can’t even imagine if it were to happen to me now as an adult with a family and a home filled with treasures and memories.
It’s mainly just “stuff” and as long as my husband and kids were safe, I know we could make it through anything. This doesn’t mean we are unprepared though!
Here are some ways we stay prepared during Hurricane Season:
1. First and foremost, we keep up with the tropics! Tropical Storm Allison caught me COMPLETELY off guard. Now, if you know the path that Tropical Storm Allison took you would likely be shaking your head at me right now! Tropical Storm Allison came inland and battered us with rain. I was fine that time. Than it DOUBLED BACK and that is when I was flash flooded and forced to evacuate my home. Truthfully, I didn’t even know that first pass through was more than just a bad rainstorm! If I had known and been paying attention, I might have been able to save some of the keepsakes I lost by placing them up high.
2. We stockpile can goods and bottled water year round. We always have plenty of bleach, batteries and food on hand in case of emergency. After Hurricane Ike, we had to line up outside a grocery store desperate for milk and food. We now keep powdered milk on hand at all times and we could likely last a good week on food that does not need to be heated or cooled in an emergency.
3. We know our evacuation routes! We had to evacuate and spent 13 hours in the car for Hurricane Rita. Now that hurricane did little to no damage to our area, but when our city says you need to go, they mean it. In order to facilitate ORDERLY evacuations you should know what zone you are in AHEAD of time and leave when you are told.
4. We have our important documents and info where we can grab them and go. Sometimes items get left out and I always get so paranoid! We have a folder that can be quickly taken in an emergency situation that contains our proof of identity, insurance and other important identifying information.
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I was pregnant with my daughter when Hurricane Ike came through town. We evacuated (and I’m so thankful since a tree DID fall on our roof and where our cars were typically parked!) and everyone was safe, but sometimes the aftermath of the storm is messier than the storm itself! Be sure you are prepared to do without normal services (including cell phones, water, gas, food delivery, etc) for at LEAST a week after an emergency. I remember my son crying in the heat and a neighbor coming by with a bottle of precious milk she had been able to keep cool using an ice chest. We were so thankful!
Do you have any tips on hurricane preparedness?