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Hurricane Season

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on June 10, 2014

Hurricane Season officially began on June 1st. Are you prepared? It’s supposed to be a mild season, but you never know. So here’s a list of what to do if you see the orange cone of concern coming your way.

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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. Or freeze water in plastic containers ahead of time to help keep food cool. Turn fridge to colder setting ahead of storm.

2. Buy bottled water and fruit juices; sports drinks if you like them. Fill unused plastic pitchers at home with tap water and refrigerate for drinking.

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 a 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:

National Weather Service, Miami:

The Weather Channel:



11 Responses to “Hurricane Season”

  1. You forgot to say, stock up on your tranquilizers!!

  2. Our best option during Sandy would have been to head inland a mile to son #1’s house… unfortunately my father in law (who lives down the hall) is unable to walk stairs. The local senior facilities were all filled up since the shore places all had advance reservations… This time I’d also move our cars inland and come back by bus.

    We live 3 blocks from the ocean an on the second floor of a very well built brick building. Son #1 kept bringing us fresh ice every 2 days.. Power in Sheepshead Bay was out for over two weeks. We survived… but I don’t want to do it again.

    • Would it be helpful to take your father-in-law somewhere to stay before the hurricane advanced far enough to cause trouble? Then you could evacuate as the time came near.

      • He has two artificial hips and anyone he stays with has to have everything on one level.. He can’t climb even one step. Deaf in both ears and cognition shot to hell. I’ll have daughter in law #1 do some research though and see if we can find someplace to drop him if it hits the fan.

  3. We have two generators, but they’re only helpful when we have gasoline. So during hurricane season, we keep a few extra gallons on hand. We’ve been through two (2004) and both times loss of electricity was the worst of it. The first to go, though, was our cell tower. No cell or Internet. But we never lost our telephone. Remember that when someone tries to talk you into having only a cell phone!

    • We still have a land line at our house but not at our condo. You’re right, the cell phones didn’t work in one of the hurricanes but our regular phone did. We don’t have a generator, so loss of electricity will be the worst effect for us. But then eventually people’s generators will run out of fuel.

  4. Greg at EK said

    Eat all the ice cream in the freezer! Love it!

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