Post # 1
Hey all! I wanted to start a thread about Irma, I searched and didn’t see any on here already.
I’m in central Florida and will probably stay through the storm. We talked about evacuating last night, but at this point that doesn’t seem like a viable option for us. Flights are few and expensive. All the cheap Jet Blue ones are booked. Our car isn’t reliable for driving as far as we would need to get out of the storm AND the roads are already awful since we don’t have that many roads that head north out of the state. I am VERY ANXIOUS about this. I have lived in FL for 12 yrs but we haven’t had many hurricanes during that time and nothing that even comes close to this one. I am in the best part of the state, farthest above sea level, and we are fairly close to a hospital so if we do lose power, hopefully it will come back soon.
I got some canned food yesterday, a grill, we have some water but I’d like to get more but every store is selling out so quick. I can cook up the food in our freezer/pantry so its cooked and we can eat it cold or reheat it on the grill if needed. We have newer windows in our apartment, and are going to tape them & cover in plastic so if they do break, the glass doesn’t go everywhere inside.
I will also fill plastic bags with water, and freeze it so we can use that as it thaws. I’m used to drinking tap water anyway. I need to find all our flashlights & batteries. We have some candles.
Am I missing any other important steps? What have all you other bees done to prepare? Has anyone been through a storm like this? What can I do to put myself at ease?
Post # 2
I believe you mean southeast.
You have pretty much done all you can if you are not going to evacuate. Have you checked bus or train schedules and pricing? This is a pretty bad storm. I was 10 when Hugo his us here in SC in ’89 and the devistation of that still affects some areas and it was not as big as Irma is.
ETA: I have heard this app called Zello is very helpful if power and data is lost. Its a walkie talkie app that allows you to use your phone when there is no service.
Post # 3
I don’t live in Florida anymore but grew up on the intercoastal and lived in Orlando through 2004 and 2005 seasons.
Fill up Tupperware with water and freeze it now. This will help keep things cool in your fridge if you lose power, or can be used for drinking water.
Fill up your bathtub now. This is not for drinking water. It’s used for flushing the toilet, for hygiene.
Take pictures of any important documents, any expensive personal property covered by renter’s insurance.
If they still have any in stock (unlikely) but in the camping section at sporting stores you can get a lot of good supplies like water filters.
Youd be surprised at what you can grill. After Charley my roommates and I had a feast of lean cuisines cooked on the grill.
Mother thoughts…a first aid kit. Car charger for your phone (you WILL need this!!!)
Good luck, you’re in my thoughts. I haven’t lived there in over a decade but it will always be home to me and refreshing the forecasts each time a new advisory is released. I hope you guys are safe!
Also, PP posted about Zella. You still need some sort of service for the app to work, whether that’s wifi or cell service.
Post # 4
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While I haven’t been through a hurricane (live in the wrong part of Australia for that) I went through the first earthquake in Christchurch in 2010. We weren’t really that prepared for that one, as it came out of the blue, but everyone prepared a lot more after than which paid off when the second big one came through in February 2011. You do have the advantage of a little bit of warning. Gas cooker/grill, and as many full gas bottles as you can get your hands on, generator (and fuel for it) if you can, water containers (fill them up with tap water), battery powered radio so you can keep across what’s happening even if the power is out, pet food for a week or so if you have pets, any vital medications in a safe place.
If you can get hold of backup battery chargers for your phone (I totally have the wrong name but I can’t think what they’re called – they’re basically a battery with regular and micro USB sockets – you charge it up from a wall socket then it holds the charge and you can charge your phone from it) that would be handy. Power bank might be the words I can’t think of!
Post # 5
Yes, you are right. Southeast….lmao. I was still drinking coffee! I saw info about Zello but you still need cell tower service to use it, so if they go down the app will not be useful.
I got a small charcoal grill yesterday. I was thinking the same thing about water, will fill up plastic bags too. Bathtub is good idea, we have two so that’s nice. I don’t have a car charger at all and not sure that is an option. One of our cars it doesn’t work and I haven’t tried with newer one….so maybe we do have one somewhere. I will have to look for it. Thanks for the tips!
I have a battery back up and will make sure its charged. Thanks for your tips, we don’t have a radio so that might be a good idea.
Guess I can’t edit the headline after its been an hour. Sorry to everyone who is going to post about my typo…..yes I am a bit directionally challenged but I do know that Florida is in the SouthEast…..lol.
Post # 6
babygrandmabee : Zello works great over Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, and even GPRS and EDGE.
Its not likely that all towers will go down. It has been reported that most of the people assisting in rescues during Harvey used it.
Post # 7
ok, thanks. I’ll check it out.
Post # 7
Get as much cash as you possibly can. ATM’s and banks need electricity to work. Credit card machines need electricity too. You can’t buy things if you don’t have cash.
Fill up some empty milk jugs, gallon ziplock bags, tupperware, etc with water and store in your freezer. It will help keep the freezer cold for a couple extra days and as it melts can be used for drinking or hygeine. Freeze a tupperware full of water, then lay a penny on the surface of the ice and put the cover back on and keep it in the freezer; you can check the rate of thawing by watching the coin start to get covered by melting water inside the container.
Pack up a “flyaway kit”: a small bag with 3-5 days worth of basic clothes, toiletries, any medication, and dry/ready-to-eat food (granola bars, nuts, dried fruits, canned tuna, bottled water) so that if you are forced to leave in a hurry, you can get out quickly. Have it packed and ready to go.
Post # 9
I hadn’t thought about cash, that’s a good idea. This may sound dumb, but why would I need to know the rate of thawing?
Post # 10
So that you have some idea if the food in your freezer is still safe to eat. if the food is starting to soften and the penny is under an inch of water, you know it’s been warming up for a while and your food may not be safe any more.
Post # 11
That makes sense…. I told ya it was a dumb question! Thanks so much.