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Hurricane Prep -- Far in Advance


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#1 Carey

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 02:31 PM

Here's where we'll list things that can be done to get ready far in advance.

I'll start:

Buy a generator if you've got the bucks and get it set up with the proper size electrical connection. Prolly needs a 240

Figure out your window protector plan and get all the supplies in place.
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 02:18 PM

If you have them, check the hurricane shutters/doors to make sure that they close smoothly and easily. Check the locks.

Get the flashlights out and check batteries.

Get your first aid kit in order.

Make sure that you have a sufficient supply of prescription and commonly used non-prescription medicine (ASA/Tylenol/Motrin, Pepto etc.)

If you elect to have a "to go" bag, remember to include sunscreen and bug spray. No, you won't need them during the hurricane, but after when you're pitching in to clean up you'll need both.

Start stocking the pantry with non-perishable items (Peanut butter, crackers, tuna, milk, etc.)
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 04:24 PM

Make sure you have every tool you might need and that they all work. A power drill is a good example. And bits.

Purchase sandbags from a hurricane supply mailorder company to put at the base of exterior doors. Also consider adding those ugly rubber flaps to the bottoms of your exterior doors, the kind that have a metal strip that attaches near the base of the door and the rubber flap extends down to just touch the floor. If I'd had one or both of these during Wilma we would have had much less flooding on our third story. We have a roof deck and the water collected there, came pouring down the exterior stairs and went right in the gap at the bottom of our exterior door.

Rethink if you are using window air conditioners on any exterior portion of your house that could be vulnerable to very high winds. We holed up in our second story and our window AC, placed about 15 feet above ground level, half way blew into our room at one point. (A real high point of the experience for us, as you may imagine.) If you've got 'em and can't afford the mini splits, consider how you're going to secure them so that scenario doesn't happen to you. Prolly not as much of a problem down low. But watch out for second stories.
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