Today it’s all about winds: what you need to do before they hit. I’m sitting here watching the news and remembering the winds we lived through in Farmington, Utah many years ago. The gusty winds have been anywhere from 70-112 miles an hour today in northern Utah.
One year the winds were so strong it flipped trains on their sides. In case you missed this post, Things to Stock Up On Before a Hurricane
The truckers had to pull over and park, hopefully under an overpass, to try and protect their trucks from the high winds. As of right now, the report is a record for Utah with 45 semi-trucks blown over. Some years we had those really heavy-duty freeway signs bent in half. Oh my goodness, the sounds of the winds are scary.
We lived in a rambler (one story home) the sound in that house wasn’t as bad. But, we also lived in a two-story and I swear I felt like the wind was going to take the top off our home.
Winds: What You Need To Do Before They Hit
Stay Home and Stay Away from Windows:
If at all possible, please stay home if your state or city is requesting that you stay off the roads because of the dangerously high winds. Keep your family away from all windows in case they break from trees falling or items blowing through your yard.
Another concern is falling trees and branch destruction. Even old established tress are prone to being blown over in heavy winds. Be sure to consider keeping trees near power and telephone lines properly trimmed. That not only helps protect the lines, but makes the trees less prone to fall since there isn’t as much mass for the wind to catch hold of.
Stock up on Food:
We have all been stocking up on food. The recent Pandemic has made people more aware than ever that we must stock food. We are not hoarding and we are not spreading panic, we are being REAL, my friends. In case you missed this post, Canned Foods I Highly Recommend You Store
Stock up on Water:
I’m sure you’ve heard that you only need one gallon of water per person per day by FEMA. I strongly disagree, I highly recommend four-gallons per person per day. Please start with 3 days worth of water at the very least, then 7 days, and please move onto 30 or more days worth of water for your family. We need water for hydration, cooking, and personal hygiene at the very least.
Please stock up on paper plates, hot cups, cold cups, and plastic silverware. Here’s the deal, I don’t want to use my water to clean the small eating utensils. I can wash some, but I don’t want to use up all my fuel to heat the water to wash dishes. Of course, I store water to wash the pans or other cooking utensils.
Of course, I will bake brownies in my Sun Oven if the sun is out. Please don’t purchase a Sun Oven for your area if you have limited sunshine. Just giving you the heads up here.
Are you like me, when I hear a storm is headed our way, I make sure ALL the laundry is done. Now, granted we only have 3 or 4 loads a week with the sheets and towels. But I love knowing my laundry is washed, folded, and put away.
I must confess I LOVE clean sheets, I only wash them once a week, and no, I don’t iron them as my grandmother did. I watched a show about Oprah and she has someone who works for her that changes her sheets every 2 days. That sounds heavenly to me, unless I’m the one changing them.
Be Ready For Power Outages:
Today, our TV news channel announced 175,000 people are without power and they have no idea right now how long before they can get it restored. This is where blankets come into play in the winter, or we may need a wood stove/fireplace to keep us warm. Well, in the summer, stock some Spray Bottles, trust me I have used them to try and cool off.
Yes, I can wear my bathing suit when the temps hit 90 degrees, but a spray bottle works better for me when the A/C is out. LOL!
Please stock up on fuel that is safe to store on your property. It could be butane canisters for butane stoves, propane tanks for the BBQ, or camping stoves. If you have a wood stove, stock up wood, or coal if your stove can handle coal. We used to have a wood-burning stove that we could interchange both fuels. I sure miss that stove since we downsized to a smaller home.
Flashlights and Batteries:
Sometimes we need a quick reminder to grab some fresh batteries. I’m still so humbled that my friend, Harry, from Texas sent me some C and D batteries. I was having trouble finding them here. I still haven’t seen any. Anyway, please check your flashlights to see if they work and if your battery stash is adequate. If you have solar flashlights, even better.
I store small ones in my front window in our living room so they can gather solar power. They are ready when I need them. If you have solar yard lights they would work as well, gather the sun and bring them inside when needed.
Cars and Trucks:
Please keep your gas tanks at least 3/4 to full, if at all possible. If you had to evacuate, you will not be one of those cars waiting in line at the gas station, only to find when you get to the tanks that they are now empty. Where I live every three-day weekend the gas station within a mile of me hangs those yellow bags “out of gas!”
If you need to travel the local roads, be aware of fallen trees, branches and utility lines. Never drive across any lines unless directed to by authorities who’ve tested to make sure the lines aren’t live. Also, be cautious when passing large semi- trucks on the freeway. Gusts can push them over. They often park under overpasses so they can be protected from the winds, so keep an I out for these rigs since they may not have their lights on.
You may want to make sure all your windows are locked and secure. If your screens are loose, remove them and store them. They are easy to put back on.
I’m one of those ladies that has two chairs with a plant on a table on the porch by the front door. Yes, I love working outside with my dogs and laughing with neighbors that stop by. BUT, I bring the plant inside when the winds get bad. I also remove the chair pads if the winds are over 50 miles an hour.
We must secure our gates or you may not have a gate if the winds get really bad. We have had sections of our fence end up a block away. Now we have block (cement/concrete) fences. But when we had wood and vinyl slats, bye-bye fence sections every couple of years.
Make sure your garage doors are closed and secured or the wind may blow whatever is in your garage down the street. If you have a carport, secure whatever may blow away. I use rope and bungee cords on just about everything. My favorite ones are the 48-inch Bungee Cord Straps.
If the winds are really bad, we harvest what we can and pray the winds die down. I have tried covering the garden boxes but they get ripped off way too many times.
You are going to want to strap down your BBQ, we had ours tip over one year and now it’s secured to a railing with those wonderful bungee cords. If you have a trampoline they may end up a block away if the wind hits your yard. Sometimes, using rope or bungee cords to “huddle” your backyard chairs may help them from becoming airborne.
Winds: What You Need To Do Before They Hit
Here are some numbers to think about when Hurricane Force Winds are due:
Category One: 74-95 MPH
Category Two: 96-110 MPH
Category Three: 111-129 MPH
Category Four: 130-156 MPH
Category Five: 157+ MPH
Sometimes we need to be reminded about storms that include strong winds: what you need to do before they hit is critical! Please keep prepping, we must. Stay safe, and stay well. May God bless this world, Linda
Copyright Images: Trees Blown Over AdobeStock_299135945by WideAwake