It’s been 10 years since Florida has seen it’s last hurricane. And with Tropical Storm Erika heading our way quick, it’s soon to grow into a Category 1 in the next few days.
Back in my younger years (ha ha ha) I actually found it exciting that there would be a hurricane coming. The thrill of the winds and rain and how scarey looking it was outside, gave me a bit of a rush. Of course hurricanes are mother nature’s fury, and are in no way, shape or form fun. Especially when we lose power and lose all of our food. Notice how I just worry about the food. I’m an inner fatty. We all have loved ones that we need to care for, tiny humans and, of course, our fur babies.
Ten years ago, my mom was the one boarding up the windows, buying water and lots of gas for the generator. But now it’s, well, my turn? Since I’m considered an adult at the age of 30 (ridiculous), I have to make sure everyone’s taken care of in my home.
Are you as prepared as you need to be? Do you have all of the bottled water you can handle? Spare batteries? Gas? Do you even have a generator? Plug in fans? I know i’ll be running around like a chicken with my head cut off if my power goes out. Do you know all of your emergency numbers or shelters around you?
Don’t worry, I have it covered for you! Here’s a list of things you should probably have on hand this weekend and for the season!
*Make sure you have a full tank of gas in your car.
*bottle water, as well as jugs.
*first aid kit
*All of your personal Ids
*Fully charge your phones. Also- certain stores sell back up battery chargers. They’re helpful to have a few around when the powers gone.
*non perishable foods.
*Don’t forget snacks for the kids and some activities for them. Like a Gameboy (I’m ancient) or coloring books. There could be a chance they won’t have tv, or for it to be safe to go outside to play.
For more information on getting prepared for this weekend and any other hurricanes, you can find it all here. Orange County also has social media apps and phone numbers in case of emergency and updates for your phone with notifications. It’s actually pretty nifty.
I also had the pleasure of speaking with them for our Mix Community Connection show, where we help people be more aware of hurricanes and natural disasters. You can take a listen to it here.
Whatever the case, please me mindful and safe out there. We will try to keep you posted and informed on air as well, while it all goes down.