Everything you need to brave that next hurricane


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Everything you need to brave that next hurricane

Postby MJD » Tue Nov 01, 2005 5:54 am

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Postby tandfman » Sun Nov 27, 2005 12:17 pm

It's a little late for the hurricane season, but someone just sent this to me and I thought I'd share it.
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You know you live in Florida if...


You have FEMA's number on your speed dialer.

You have more than 300 'C' and 'D' batteries in your kitchen drawer.

Your pantry contains more than 20 cans of Spaghetti O's.

You are thinking of repainting your house to match the plywood covering your windows.

You are on a first-name basis with the cashier at Home Depot.

You decide that your patio furniture looks better on the bottom of the pool.

You own more than three large coolers.

You can wish that other people get hit by a hurricane and not feel the least bit guilty about it.

You rationalize helping a friend board up by thinking "It'll only take a gallon of gas to get there and back".

You have 2-liter coke bottles and milk jugs filled with water in your freezer.

Three months ago you couldn't hang a shower curtain; today you can assemble a portable generator by candlelight.

You catch a 13-pound redfish - in your driveway.

You can recite from memory whole portions of your homeowner's insurance policy.

At cocktail parties, women are attracted to the guy with the biggest chainsaw.

There is a roll of tar paper in your garage.

You can rattle off the names of three or more meteorologists who work at the Weather Channel and every single newscaster and reporter at all of the major stations in town.

Someone comes to your door to tell you they found your roof.

Ice is a valid topic of conversation.

Relocating to South Dakota does not seem like such a crazy idea.

You spend more time on your roof then in your living room.

You've been laughed at over the phone by a roofer, fence builder, or a tree worker.

Having a tree in your living room does not necessarily mean it's Christmas.

The hurricane shutter guy and your roofer are driving BMW's.

You know the difference between the "good side" of a storm and the "bad side."

You go to work early and stay late just to enjoy the air conditioning.

A battery powered TV is considered a home entertainment center.
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Postby tlb747 » Wed Nov 30, 2005 9:06 am

I need to make sure that I bring some soap the next time.
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Postby tafnut » Wed Nov 30, 2005 9:58 am

tandfman wrote:You know you live in Florida if...

You are on a first-name basis with the cashier at Home Depot.

You decide that your patio furniture looks better on the bottom of the pool.

You own more than three large coolers.

You have 2-liter coke bottles and milk jugs filled with water in your freezer.

Three months ago you couldn't hang a shower curtain; today you can assemble a portable generator by candlelight.

You can recite from memory whole portions of your homeowner's insurance policy.

You can rattle off the names of three or more meteorologists who work at the Weather Channel and every single newscaster and reporter at all of the major stations in town.

You spend more time on your roof then in your living room.

You've been laughed at over the phone by a roofer, fence builder, or a tree worker.

You know the difference between the "good side" of a storm and the "bad side."

You go to work early and stay late just to enjoy the air conditioning.

A battery powered TV is considered a home entertainment center.


Sadly, these excerpted lines are literally true in my case.
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Postby bad hammy » Wed Nov 30, 2005 10:05 am

tlb747 wrote:I need to make sure that I bring some soap the next time.


Thanks for the tip. I’ll add more to the kit.

Here in earthquake country (about a half-mile from the Hayward fault) Katrina was a bit of an eye opener. We’ve started getting serious about this disaster preparedness stuff. The house is already bolted to the foundation, and all of the big obvious things that can fall over are bolted to studs, water heater strapped down, etc. so that is about all we can do inside the house.

From now on I’ll keep at least a half-tank of gas in my 4-wheel drive truck. Makes the sticker shock at the pump a bit easier, psychologically.

Food, water ,etc. we have ordered up the following:

(4) Three day MRE rations (two for the house, one for each vehicle)
(1) Three day emergency supply kits for two (for the house)
(1) Three day emergency supply kit for one (for the vehicles)
(2) Shotguns (one each for mr. $ mrs. hammy)

The MREs and emergency kits (which include additional water and food) have a five-year shelf love. The MREs were from www.saratogatradingcompany.com and have yet to ship (something about all MRE shipments are kind of tied up going to disaster relief and the military – they promise to ship next week, but I am not betting on it).

The emergency supply kits are from www.earlybirdsaftey.com. Anyone could probably put these together cheaper, but we are either too lazy or do not have time. These should be here within days, and I’m on the ten-day wait periods for the guns.

Next up is to purchase a tent and a couple of sleeping bags. The last thing on the current things-to-do list is to investigate emergency generators and/or solar power options for power. Probably after the holidays for those.

Gotta be prepared . . .
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