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Storms A Comin! (prepping lists included)

October 28, 2012



If you don’t hear from us for a few days  it is because we are straight in the path of this storm.  I have to admit I wasn’t taking it very seriously.  Friday as I stood in line at Costco I realized the guy in front of me had 6 cases of water ,a few maglites and a stack of battery packages… and then I turned around to see the guy behind me with two grocery carts full of just cases of water, perhaps something was really going to happen.  I asked the cashier if it had been like this all day and he said, “yes we are completely sold out of generators too.”  Currently my husband is out helping my grandparents “batten down their hatches” and other heavy lifting stuff.  I admit, in this area , we really like to “hunker down” …and give us a whisper of a storm and we get all “hunkered”…I think that is why I didn’t really take it too seriously.  I think of it this way; no ice, no snow…how bad can it be? Then I remember that tornado and at first I thought oh good all the dead trees have been pruned but shortly after I  get all:…”Ohhh…Yikes!  Batten down our hatches!!!! and secure the bee hives!”  So with that said…and with the impending snow and ice season approaching…

Here is a list of somethings to do

  • Always have a few cases of water on hand…just do it.
  • Flash lights and batteries.
  • always have propane in your grill
  • prescriptions filled

If you have enough forewarning (like we have right now)

  • Fill your bathtubs with water…to flush toilets when the electric goes out…trust you me, you will thank me.
  • Make a pot of rice (not with chicken stock but with water… it really doesn’t need refrigerated right away and goes great with a can of beans).  Make a cake while you are it…no refrigeration needed! 🙂
  • Gas up the vehicles and the generator (if you have one)
  • Put the flashlights somewhere easy… not in some cabinet that you will stub your toe while things rain down on you…right there on the dining room table is great.
  • make a pot of your morning caffeinated beverage…nothing ruins your  mini-apocalypse like a caffeine headache and stale is better than none…again, you will thank me!
  • tell those kids to find the pieces to those board games…
  • charge every iPad, iPhone and laptop….anything that can be charged, do it.  Find phone chargers for the car so you can recharge.
  • wash all your laundry
  • throw a bag of ice into your freezer (or in our large family’s case: freezers) to help it if the electric goes out.

Some other things to do is call and make sure any older family members are set…which may mean you have to help them drag a small shed from one side of the property to the other…don’t ask what that has to do with storm prepping, I have no idea. We called and asked and that was what we were told to help do. (shrug)  Call  friends who may have recently moved here and make sure they are covered and are taking it seriously….ahem….you know who you are.

If you don’t hear from us Monday check twitter or instagram as I can do those from my phone.  They are saying to expect to loose power…and it may be for 5 days! With 4-6 inches of water and tons of flooding (hopefully nothing like this flooding from last year)!  Twenty five mile per hour winds with gusts well over 60mph.  I am sure I missed something as I am busy about clearing our deck and moving horses into the barn…and putting bricks on the beehives which lost their tops during that tornado…..

After all the Pinning  and publicity about this article (thank you all you wonderful readers!)… I have updated a new article for the winter.  For our Winter Storm Prepping Lists….see the latest article.

*So if you have any handy hints please leave them in the comments.*

12 Comments leave one →
  1. thatoldschoolgirl permalink
    October 28, 2012 7:38 am

    A few things to add – a first add kit, plastic & wood for the windows along with a hammer and nails (in case a tree branch goes through the window), sweets (you will need a treat when stressed if the power goes out)

    • October 28, 2012 8:35 am

      yes to the first aid kit… I have that ready… and 🙂 I just made rice kris pie treats and brownies… I hear ya on the treats!
      I have to admit I have been worried about the windows.

  2. Monica permalink
    October 28, 2012 7:52 am

    We’re here in Fenwick Island, DE…we’re hunkering down. Looking forward to having this hurricane behind us! Be safe!!!!!

  3. GodnGunz permalink
    October 28, 2012 8:38 am

    Looks good T. Remember who have the high ground. In a few days you will have your very own Island… Stay Frosty

    • October 28, 2012 8:39 am

      you are cute…grab a boat and float over, ya know…to Prepper Island.
      learned nearly everything from you.

  4. Susan permalink
    October 28, 2012 11:07 am

    Lots of very good ideas!

  5. October 28, 2012 11:40 am

    T, I know this is late, but add it to your great list. (Youd think you were a Florida girl!!) we take plastic milk jugs and wash out as we empty them , then fill with water. Keep them in unused nooks and crannies in your freezer. Then you don’t have to buy ice. As they thaw you have cold water for your hard workers.(I’m sure if you don’t buy milk someone else would love to feel useful and save them for you. 2 ltr bottles collected after church gatherings. Hnt hint. ) you are right about getting all the laundry caught up and baking sweets. Love your idea about the rice and coffee! We keep powdered Gatorade in the cupboard for when peeps are sawing trees for days on end and really working hard in the heat- when our hurricanes occur. We also have a window unit a/c that we run off our generator because its so hot n humid here ESP after a hurricane. A good nights rest really does make things feel better. We all slept in our room with the door shut. You are right about charging things although we didn’t have cell towers working,land line phones, cable, power for forever. (After Ivan in 2004) I always have extra bleach, 90% alcohol, peroxide, oh and we splurge on paper towels since laundry isn’t as easy. It’s amazing how dirty we got getting the debris cleaned up. Praying for you.

  6. ro elliott permalink
    October 28, 2012 4:07 pm

    no helpful hints…but prayers and peace to you my friend~

  7. October 28, 2012 4:08 pm

    You can never be too prepared, but goodness you and Anna above seem to know what you are doing! c

  8. October 29, 2012 10:06 am

    Stumbled across your blog via Pintrest. I’ll add my two cents, as a resident of MS that’s been through a couple of storms. 😉 Sounds like you’ve got it covered, but you may wish to get some hand sanitizer and baby wipes in case of water shortage. Also, if you have an outdoor grill, make sure you have coals or propane, depending on type. Yard gloves will help your hands survive clean up. 🙂 I’ll be praying for y’all!

  9. Loraine permalink
    October 29, 2012 1:18 pm

    You can tell you’ve been through this before! Thanks for all the helpful hints.

    I wanted to tell you what a blessing it was to see your young people on the Junior Worship Team. You and Ben are doing so much right! I want to come live at your house!!!

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