Having grown up in LA (translated Lower Alabama for the redneck illiterate) and northwest Florida, it would be no surprise that we took our hurricanes seriously. My parents made an art form of being prepared for the worst case scenario. During Hurricane Frederic, my mom, dad, sister and I lived with my grandmother, aunt, uncle, cousin in a small 4 bedroom house...YES 8 of us lived in the house. I believe this was the storm that gave my parents the be prepared wake up call.
|Front of my grandmother's house 2013. She sold in late 1980s.|
|Side view of my grandmother's house in 2013.|
|The chain is a part of the tree now.|
|A Rose's Department Store storefront from the 1970's.|
My mom, being the crafty genius she is, found that the best source for water (not for consumption) for "bathing" and manual toilet flushes was from swimming pools of a recently abandoned house a block or so away and the apartment complex next door. The aluminum roof that covered our back porch was curled up and twisted and ended up being recycled by the guy that usually dug in everyone's trash for cans. Due to the fact that my grandmother's land was surrounded by woods and LOTS of trees, we had lots of shade and were able to keep cool in the house and the yard. The aluminum roof wasn't missed during this time because of the shade the trees brought. Unfortunately, the trees also brought an outbreak of lice...(US meaning my sister, cousin and myself)...Not only did we get it once, we got it twice due to the fact that we couldn't wash as thoroughly as we needed to. RID was NOT fun with recycled water. I got it in my eyes both times that I was treated. Keep in mind, I was only 3 and I was only used to tear-less shampoo and didn't have the good sense not to open my eyes.
Fast forward...Soon after I started the 4th grade in 1985...we are let out of school early due to bad weather on the way...Hurricane Elena. I get off the bus and notice there is masking tape on our window panes and boards on the windows that aren't obstructed. I walk into the house and it seems the snack section of Revco has blown up all over our living room including chocolate covered raisins, bridge mix, butterscotch hard candy, chips and all kinds of other stuff.
|A chocolate mixture similar to my mom's 1985 hurricane provisions.|
Though I don't live in a hurricane prone area, I know now how to prepare for storms all thanks to my family's learn from our mistakes motto. This is VERY useful during winter storms and cold weather power outages. While everyone is buying up milk, eggs and bread, I am in the canned good, boxed food sections of the store.
My preparedness kit??? I don't have one but I keep everything I pretty much need on hand.
Flashlights, batteries (AAA, AA, 9-volt), candles, blankets, towels, washcloths, paper towels, hand sanitizer, alcohol in spray bottles and mild easy to wash away soap. Though we have a charcoal grill, I would like to eventually invest in a camping stove like I used while I was in the Boy Scouts because I could safely use it in my garage rather than trying to cook on a grill in the freezing cold.
|The camping stove I will be buying soon.|
Potted meat & Vienna sausages *which Terry won't touch, Spam, cheese, crackers, nuts Chex Mix, dry cereal, oatmeal, grits, bottled water, LOTS of coffee, peanut butter, cookies and lots of candy including the bridge mix and Raisinets similar to the type my mom had on the Hurricane Elena spread.
Hurricane/Ice Storm party anyone?