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Surviving Record Breaking Storm – Hurricane Irma & Tips for Emergency Preparations!

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Mother Nature unleashed her powers, miraculously we remain unscathed! 🙏✌️

Listening to howling winds roaring like jet engines, flying debris, & fierce rain smashing against our home, time simply stood still. And in that pitch darkness, a feeling of helplessness and powerless seeps in – are we prepared? What else could I have done to ensure our safety? There are no words to adequately describe the fear one experiences.

Record breaking Stats from warrior queen Irma:

  • 6,300,000 people evacuated Florida, potentially the largest in American history.
  • 1,300,000 people without power in Florida.
  • 15 feet storm surges
  • No storm on record has maintained winds 185 mph or above for as long as Irma (total of 37 hours)
  • 70,000 square miles of tropical storm winds = larger than the state of Florida (65,000).
  • 95% of buildings destroyed in Barbuda.

The one thing which got us through these horrific 48 hours was having our loved ones under the same roof and FAITH. I accepted “you can’t control everything”, what I can do, is have faith that things will work out.

New found respect and admiration for each and every person – meteorologists, media, first responders, city officials, health care workers, and volunteers who worked tirelessly, jeopardizing their lives to keep us humble folks safe and updated.

Eternally grateful especially to Mike Siedel – Weather Channel, Governor Rick Scott, Chris Cuomo, Chad Myers, & Tom Sater – CNN for their up to date live coverage, that singularly maintained our sanity.

 

Photo Credit: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images Astor Park apartment complex

We have compiled a short list so YOU can be well-prepared for some of life’s most darkest moments. And remember to be KIND; we are ALL in this together.

Resources:

  1. Be aware of your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. FEMA & NOAA.
  2. Prepare a list of emergency contact information – county public safety, law enforcement, local hospitals, utilites, and emergency management offices.
  3. Fill a carry on bag with important identification papers such as passports, birth certificates, bank information, school certificates (wrapped in ziplock or waterproof container) for both humans and fur babies. Bag your irreplaceable jewellery. Also include ALL prescription medicines and glasses. Infant formula, diapers, and feeding kit. 3 day supply of non perishable foods, water, and manual can opener. A change of clothes for entire family. Pet food and extra water for pets.
  4. Reach out to your neighbors and friends and confirm their land lines and cell phone numbers.

 

Photo Credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP Key Largo

Supply Kit: Stock your home with emergency supplies for at least 7 days in case of power outage.

  1. Water – one gallon per person per day. Fill all cooking pots and plastic storage containers with water for cooking, drinking, and sanitation.
  2. Food – Non perishable goods – Bread, canned meats and vegetables, peanut butter, powdered milk, chips/pretzels, cookies/biscuits, canned juices/fruits/coffee/tea.
  3. Flashlights, candles, match sticks, lighters, batteries, fire extinguisher.
  4. Cell phones with chargers and portable chargers.
  5. Sanitation – baby wipes, hand disinfectants, and garbage bags. Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water.
  6. Plastic utensils – paper cups, plates, paper towels. Pens, pencil, and paper to write on.
  7. Tools – wrench and plier.
  8. Fuel – keep your car tank full, and portable containers.
  9. Cooking – portable grill and propane gas.

 

Photo Credit: David Goldman/AP Naples

Prepare Your Home:

  1. Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
  2. Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
  3. Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
  4. Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
  5. Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.
  6. Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.
  7. Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks).

 

Photo Credit: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images Dommerich Estates

Hurricane is knocking at your doorstep:

  1. If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are. Check in with friends, family, and neighbors via social media and texts.
  2. Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
  3. Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.
  4. Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  5. Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.

After the Hurricane:

  1. Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
  2. Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
  3. Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
  4. Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
  5. Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
  6. Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.
  7. Be PREPARED for the NEXT calamity.

Primlani Kitchen Log 9.11.217: Wine cellar couple of bottles lighter; Me couple of pounds heavier. 💪

Moral of the Story “Hurricane supplies should consist of Least Favorite Foods and consumed only as Survival Sustenance” and not binge eating while glued to CNN & NOAA.

 

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Our hearts go out to all affected by warrior queen Irma – “Hell has no Wrath like a Woman Scorned”. Were you impacted by Hurricane Irma? Tell us your experiences and how you survived record breaking storm to hit United States.

Until next time, stay blessed and safe!!

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