I have a friend who has a daughter living in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She called me and asked what her daughter may need at the last minute in the event they are evacuated. Well, they were evacuated yesterday. Here comes Hurricane Florence, it’s a category 4 right now. It may become a category 5, oh my gosh! This means 140 miles an hour wind, excessive rainfall to name just a few things. Are we nervous for the Carolinas? Oh yes, we are. We are praying for all those living in and around that area. This could be the worst storm in 60 years according to what I have seen on the television.
I started typing a few things in an email for her daughter and this is what I sent her. I’m hoping some readers go get some of these things if they are still on the fence post whether or not to evacuate. AND if the items are still available in any of their local stores.
These items are actually good for anyone going forward to be prepared for the unexpected. You can never have too many preps, right? Let me know what you would add to this list, I love hearing from you.
35 Last Minute Ways To Prepare
- Fill your gas tank. I saw on TV that some gas stations had lines of 60 cars long, please keep your tank full or at least 3/4 full whenever possible.
- Cash, small bills (ATM’s may not work when power is off).
- Turn your frig and freezer to a colder setting and keep the doors closed if you lose power.
- Space in your freezer? Then fill zip-lock bags with water to fill in empty space in your freezer.
- Charge ALL your electronic devices and keep them charged.
- Put together an emergency contact list with names, phone numbers, and emails.
- Gather up important documents and place them in a secure binder.
- Get prescriptions filled (90 days if possible).
- Secure a hand can opener.
- Be ready to help your neighbors.
- Make a few meals and snacks that you can store without power.
- Do ALL your laundry NOW.
- Pick up a solar phone charger.
- Secure batteries for your flashlights (better yet get a solar flashlight).
- If you use oxygen, prepare to leave and get backups needed.
- Get gas for your chainsaw, you may need it.
- Have hand sanitizer and baby wipes available and ready to use.
- If you have N-95 masks locate them so you can use them if needed.
- Store water in buckets to use in the toilet.
- Take pictures of every room and closet in your home. Don’t forget your garage too.
- You can use the water heater water as long as your water is not contaminated. Turn off the intake valve and use the spigot on the front of the tank.
- Invite your family over or any elderly neighbors you have.
- Put together an emergency toilet if the water lines are shut off. Make a toilet with a large garbage bag, duct tape, and kitty litter. Yes, store lots of black garbage bags, you will need them.
- Put an extra pair of glasses in your 72-hour kit if you need to evacuate.
- Fill large containers with water and secure lids so kids do not fall in them.
- Have LOTS of non-perishables on hand to eat and snack on.
- Make a cake today and serve it after the storm hits and leaves.
- Get a radio so you can hear what’s going on (the TV may lose power so your radio with batteries will be awesome).
- If you have invested in a rain barrel you can use the water to flush toilets or for mini baths with rags.
- Put together a plan to evacuate if the city officials suggest you leave.
- Be sure and stock up on pet food and make them a 72-hour kit with food, food dishes, vaccination records, extra leash, and harness.
- Grab some of those yard solar lights, they are great to bring into your home each night and they recharge with the sun.
- Make an evacuation list of all the critical things you don’t want to leave behind if you are evacuated.
- Store water, at least four-gallons per person per day. Have some containers you can grab and go with.
- Stock up on paper plates, paper cups, and plastic silverware.
- I read this somewhere, and can’t remember where to give credit. Put a small plastic container with water in to freeze. Then, put a penny on top. If you come home, and the penny is no longer on top, assume your food is not good to eat.
- Be aware that you may not be able to come home for DAYS! Freeways and roads into cities will be closed by authorities until the area is deemed safe. Be prepared for cars to overheat, bring car tools, and bring a paper map! We tried country back road after backroad trying to dodge huge traffic jams that day and couldn’t have done it with just a phone GPS. If you evacuate – take your food and water WITH you. Cities 100 miles or more away will be swamped with evacuees and those stores will also run out of some basics such as water, bread, and milk! (Seen it!) Plus if you happen to get stranded your family will have supplies.
- Back up your computer hard drive(s) to an external drive that you can carry with you; keep a list of doctors, medications, etc., in your wallet – I typed mine out so that I could just have my medical providers attach it to my file – it includes not only current issues but also family health history – for my wallet, I shrunk the font down about as far as I could (and still see it!) so that it fits on 2 pages.
- From the Maui News, ahead of Tropical Storm Olivia: “Smoking and drinking alcohol are not allowed at evacuation centers or in parking lots. All pets entering a pet-friendly facility will need to be in a pet carrier or cage. Owners must provide food and water.”
Please pray for all the people involved in and around Hurricane Florence. Please suggest to your neighbors to be prepared with several of these last-minute emergency items. You’ll be glad you did. May God bless this world.
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