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Hurricane Season

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on June 1, 2011

June 1st begins the active hurricane season, so here is my annual reminder of what to do BEFORE a storm approaches. We just got new hurricane impact windows on the sides of our house, so along with our shutters, that should help keep us safe. What must you do now to stay secure in your place if a storm hits?


1. Buy bags of ice. Put on lower shelves in freezer, and later in fridge if power is out, so melting ice doesn’t flood the interior. Turn fridge to colder setting ahead of storm. Freeze water in plastic containers to help keep food cool. If you drink bottled water, save empty containers and fill with tap water to freeze or refrigerate.

2. Buy bottled water and fruit juices; sport drinks if you like them.      

3. Have enough snack foods in stock. Fruits that keeps well: grapes, apples, bananas. Buy bread for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

4. Cook and eat perishable foods. Hard boil your eggs, and make sure you cook dinner early in case the power goes out.

5. Consider boarding your pet at a kennel or make plans to have a secure place for the pooch and enough supplies.

6. Backup important computer files. Send an email to yourself at another online address or to an out of state relative or friend with your important data files attached.

7. Bring in all loose objects from outside.

8. Do the laundry.

9. Perform personal grooming essentials. It’s hard to shave and wash hair with no lights, and the water might get contaminated.

10. Fill gas tank in car.

11. Get extra cash to have on hand. ATM’s won’t work in a power failure.

12. Pay bills.

13. Charge cell phone and other portable electronic gadgets.

14. Prepare list of repairmen and tree trimmers who might be needed.

16. Buy hand sanitizer and moist wipes in case the water is contaminated.

17. Have paper plates and cups on hand along with plastic utensils and paper towels.

18. Stock up on trash bags to clear away debris.

19. Place a flashlight or battery-run lantern in each room. Buy extra batteries, cooking fuel if necessary, duct tape, and a roll of plastic sheeting. Candles can be a fire hazard and they don’t provide enough light to read by in the dark.

20. Put insurance papers and other important documents into plastic bag for quick departure or store copies in a separate location.

21. Eat all the ice cream in your freezer!

Watch the weather reports at:                

National Hurricane Center

Navy Tropical Cyclone Page

National Weather Service–Miami

The Weather Channel

Broward County Hurricane Page


7 Responses to “Hurricane Season”

  1. What a perfect list of reminders. I just printed it out! But if a storm hits, I think I’m coming to your house! Hey, shutters AND impact windows – can’t beat that!

  2. Yes, please join us if a storm comes. The more, the merrier! Although I’m coming to your house if you still have a/c afterward.

  3. Okay it’s Nancy’s for the storm so we don’t get killed and whomever has AC has to share!
    The worst part of the first hurricane I ever lived through, was no electricity for three weeks. I felt like one of the survivors it was sooo hot! I bought battery operated fans right away!!
    I will admit to you, I am so scared of them. It will be what finally makes me move away if I do.

  4. Yes, Mary, you’re welcome here in a storm. I can’t stand no a/c so whoever has air after a storm, please call me! We still have a land line so hopefully we’ll still have phone service even if the cell towers go down.

  5. Rebecca Greene said

    Fabulous list! Thanks for sharing. BTW, I LOVED #21. What a hoot!

    I have an addition to your list – update/replenish your emergency first aid kit. If you have animals, you might want a pet first aid kit too. (It seems like someone always gets hurt AFTER the storm!)

  6. Yes, that’s a good idea, Rebecca. Thanks for the tip!

  7. sewa mobil said

    Nice article, thanks for the information.

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