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Time to Prepare

September 9th, 2018 at 12:26 pm

Florence is heading our way. Prayers appreciated for us and all in the final path.

We will spend the next couple days stocking up for the loss of power. More batteries, more water and non perishable foods. I think it was last year that I saw a young woman buying peanut butter, bread and apples that appeared to be for the hurricane. I actually thought that was pretty simple and inexpensive compared to canned foods that often are heated. Yes, apples can perish, but you likely would be able to eat them before they would go bad. My husband thought it was a decent idea. He wants almonds too. Smile

We have cash on hand (we have been accumulating additional cash with our recent sales as we downsize our belongings). We have tools, an emergency solar and hand cranked weather radio. I also have candles and a lighter.

We are not on the coast, it's a two hour drive to get there, so the odds of needing to evacuate are very slim. We are near a lake, some homes in our neighborhood do back up to it and a creek that feeds into it is almost in our backyard. The lake however was built by a dam and has been empty because the dam broke during hurricane Matthew and has yet to be repaired. That is a good thing in some ways because the water will just keep flowing downstream.

I'm praying something will change that will move it just enough off the coast to avoid landfall for anyone. Prepare for the worst hope for the best.

15 Responses to “Time to Prepare”

  1. Frugal_Cheap_Pants Says:

    Funny how we overlook the simple things sometimes. That's a pretty clever thought to grab apples. It sounds like you're ready to hunker down and ride this out. But yes, with any luck it'll avoid landfall. Wishing you the best of luck. Keep safe!

  2. AnotherReader Says:

    Don't forget to fill your cars up with gas. Cash is useless when there is no electricity to operate the pumps.

  3. Laura S Says:

    I just paid attention to this on the morning news. My son just arrived at a base on the Southeast coast for three weeks, and my daughter is on the coast in southern NC. I need to call them both today and make sure they are prepared. The apples are a great idea.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks AR, you are right, we did just top off the gas in my van today. I'm sure my husband will do the same before the storm hits. He likely will be working the next three days. We also have a gas can of fuel we could bring along or use if needed.

    Prayers for your children, Laura. The military will definitely be making preparations and telling them what to do. People are definitely already stocking up on water...saw carts filled at the commissary today.

  5. AnotherReader Says:

    Because you can become separated from your dogs and cats in a storm, now is the time to make sure that they have collars and tags and that they are microchipped. In the aftermath of a destructive storm, microchips will almost guarantee that your pets will be reunited with you.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Certainly hope you and everyone that will be effected by Florence will be OK. That was a smart move on the apples, peanut butter, and bread, I would even substitute crackers and the nuts are a good choice too. Hope you stay safe.

  7. debtfreeme Says:

    Stepping into emergency manager role:

    If you have any animals, take a picture with them before the storm hits. You may need it if you are separated and have to get them at a shelter.

    Do you have a gas grill? You can cook on that after the storm if power is out. Flashlights, batteries, candles and matches, food, water. Do you have a list of things to grab is you did have to evacuate (and where they are if not already in a grab and go bag?).

    Great job stocking up. Do you get the emergency alerts from NOAA or signed up for your city or county emergency alert system?

    I hope the storm passes peacefully over all in the area or better yet, changes direction and heads to sea.

    Do you know what types of threats and hazards you face in the new location?

  8. My English Castle Says:

    Thinking of you, CCF. Check in when you can. Good idea to take snaps of your kitty!

  9. creditcardfree Says:

    Remember no news will be good news, just means I can't connect to the internet. We have PLENTY of pictures of our kitty, I text one every other day to our girls. We plan to shelter in place, and will not go out looking at roads and damage until we know it is clear and safe. The odds of needing to leave are pretty slim.

  10. ceejay74 Says:

    Best wishes, CCF! Sounds like you're very well prepared, so I won't worry, though I WILL be happy to hear from you when you emerge from the storm. Smile

  11. Laura S. Says:

    Please stay safe. Thinking of you. We just got my daughter a flight out Wednesday. I hope the flight is able to leave. She already has to evacuate tomorrow morning (beach). She actually booked one way for now because we don't know how bad it will be.

  12. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks, Laura! I'm glad your daughter has a way out. So far it seems like she will make it if leaving on Wednesday.

  13. Debtfreeme Says:

    Been watching some of the coverage at work. Was thinking of you and your family-hope all is safe!

  14. Dido Says:

    Prayers that you weather the storm ok! I'll be thinking about you!

  15. Sarah Says:

    Thinking of you.

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