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Hurricane Memories & Prep Tips

Hurricane Memories & Prep Tips from someone who has lived through Harvey, Ike, Rita, and more! Read about my memories and what I have learned that you must have before the storm hits!

I have lived in Houston my whole life. So I have seen my share of hurricane. The most recent and memorable were Hurricane Ike and Harvey.

Hurricane Ike we had a hurricane “party” at my moms. My daughter was about 2 and was not having it. I remember my sweet brothers going out in the EYE OF THE STORM to get a gutter that was flying off the house. That was a very creepy moment and one I will never forget. Then we were without power for almost 3 weeks! There was NO gas, no ice, it was really bad.

Hurricane Rita wasn’t bad but was a big scare and we sat in the evacuation route to get out of town for 12 hours! We went a total of maybe 30-40 miles and ended up across town and weathered the storm. I was 3 months pregnant so that was not fun! People were stuck all over the Houston freeways due to either over heating or running out of gas and there was no gas to be found. We saw some terrible things!!!

Hurricane Harvey Houston

Harvey was one that most remember as it was a devastation to Houston! So many lost everything. I remember my husband was stuck at work and I was alone with my kids. Water rising everywhere. Family members trapped all over town. Oh and then a plant near our house almost exploded because of the flooding sending everyone into a mass chaos since no one could leave.

SOOO I say all that to say I have some experience in hurricanes, tropical storms, etc. This weeks as we have all eyes on the Gulf seeing if this new development will become a Hurricane and head our way I have my self in Hurricane prep mode and wanted to share things that we have learned that we need.

Hurricane Prep Tips from my experience

Be prepared to lose power. And if you do you need things that run on gas or batteries. Think camping stuff.

Equipment:

  • Portable Butane Stove OR Portable Charcoal Grill – These are cheap and easy to set up if the power is out.
  • If you are using the stoves above be sure to stock up on charcoal or propane.
  • Batteries LOTS AND ALL SIZES
  • Flashlights for everyone (These are cheap and great for the little ones to have one of their own)
  • Big Flashlight like this one
  • Candles- A tip is to get candles in JARS vs. pillars.
  • This is a cool emergency candle
  • Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio. Think an old fashioned radio like this.
  • Telephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery

Food:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Bread
  • Tuna Fish
  • Water- a gallon per person per day
  • Crackers – Goldfish, Saltines, Ritz crackers
  • Vienna sausages
  • Juice packs for the kids
  • Plan for 3 to 7 days
  • Non-perishable packaged or canned food are best

Medical stuff:

I had a sick kiddo during Harvey and that was scary knowing we could not get out. I am thankful I had the following things on hand.

  • First Aid Kit
  • Children’s Ibuprofen
  • Adult Ibuprofen
  • Cough and cold medicine for all
  • Be sure to refill all prescriptions before the storm
  • Baby Wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Lysol Spray

Personal items

Other important things:

Clothing and appropriate items. During Harvey so many were displaced and needed blankets and rain gear. So consider rain coats, rain boots, ponchos, blankets, and sturdy shoes.

Cash (with some small bills) as Banks and ATMs may not be available

Keys

Toys, Books and Games – The kids will be bored without power!

Important documents in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag. Those include house insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.

Make sure your vehicle fuel tanks filled. We have had many times with gas was very hard to find after a storm. We have literally set in line for hours when a gas station would have precious gas and paid a pretty penny for it.

Is there anything else that you would add to this list from your experience?

Hurricane Memories & Prep Tips

Heather Brummett

I am Heather Brummett . I'm just a real mom, sharing my real life experiences with the world. Thank you for being a part of my world. Here you will find recipes, crafts, fun ideas for the kids, how to work at home, encouragement, inspiration, and the latest news in and around Houston. To be featured or for information on freelance work contact me at [email protected]

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