I’ve been in Florida during hurricane season before, so this isn’t quite my “First Rodeo”; however…
This is my first hurricane as a Florida Homeowner. Until now it’s just been “One car and a suitcase” and were it necessary, I’d just pack my bag, hop in the car, and bug out. Now it is different.
I’ve got a house to worry about, several cars here (2 not in the garage) and a 20 foot truck load of “my stuff” in the house now, that I can’t move out of harms way.
The track yesterday had a projected Cat-3 hurricane aimed right at me. (Day before was Cat-2). Today it is back down to Cat-2 and most of the Spaghetti Graph lines go a bit north of Tampa. I’m hoping the trend to further north continues for a couple of more days… But the winds graph shows high wind over most of Florida, so even a near miss is a mess.
In the mean time, I’m doing my first ever Hurricane Preparation. So far my list includes:
3 Flats of bottled water, one already in the car.
Car (all wheel drive wagon) full of gas.
Packing 2 “bug out bags” today for spouse and myself. Ready to leave on Monday if needed.
Food for a few months (mostly canned or plastic pouches – water proof).
Emergency Generator (a bit small at 1 kW) inside cement block garage.
Gasoline for the Generator with it ( about 4 days of modest usage ).
Watching the projected paths / timing at least 2 x a day.
To be Done:
Walk the yard and put anything not tied down into the shed, that is.
Put anything we really care about (that would not do well with 6 inches of water on the floor), into a big plastic tub and tape it shut, and / or up high in a closet or on a table / counter.
Figure out how to cover the windows and get supplies. Prep the install materials and do the install on Monday or so if needed.
Find critical documents (like house deed, insurance papers, birth certificates…) and put them in a waterproof pouch in the Go Bags.
Plan the escape route (dependent on hurricane path, so likely need 2 or 3 contingent plans).
Plan a “hunker down” shelter in place strategy if Bug Out doesn’t look good (one interior bathroom has a tub and is 2 walls in each direction from the outside, so the most likely “safe room”)
Put some food supplies and emergency cooking kit (water boiling too) in both the car and the safe room.
Get some kind of first aid kit put together.
Find our foul weather gear (hoping it is here and not in California…)
Make sure the cell phones are charged, and the car chargers are in the car.
Then just keep a vigil on the projected path and act accordingly.
Any ideas on what I may have missed appreciated.
This discussion started here:
with some information from Ossqss about window covers and such along with my first cut of a prep list.
I’m getting my updated track, strength and timing information from here:
NOAA has an overview of the whole ocean here:
Other graphs for Ian here:
Any more useful links also appreciated.