Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
This week Florida has been dealing with a Tropical Disturbance. That basically means that the storm system moving in is trying to be something it shouldn’t be. It’s the level right before Tropical Depression. Today is the worst this storm can dish out. With power outages and winds kicking up, I can’t help but think about a very crazy time of year for Floridians, Hurricane Season. A lot of people have asked me, how I handle the storm season.
The truth of the matter is, I handle it as best I can. When you live in such a rural area as I do, you have to pay a lot more attention to weather reports and how things are progressing when a storm is threatening the state. I always make a point to go over the Hurricane Supplies before each season. I thought about sharing what I am always strict about making sure every single thing on my list is in my Hurricane tote.
First and foremost, I make sure that I have battery operated chargers for each of the devices. I want to make sure that all of our important devices stay charged. It is basically a given in a major storm that the power will go out. Last year, during Hurricane Irma, my sisters were very blessed in the fact that their house never lost power. My husband and I were not so fortunate. Our power was out for two days after the storm. My poor parents, lost their power pretty early in the storm, and did not have power restored, for nearly a week after the storm. It is vital during the storm and for at least a week after the storm to have your devices. Not because I am wanting to watch YouTube videos or Netflix, but in the fact that if there are any important announcements from state and local government, I am able to be notified. One of the most important things before, during, and after a storm is the ability to communicate. We don’t usually stay in our home during a storm stronger than a Category One. Living in a mobile home, with winds greater than seventy-five miles an hour, doesn’t make for a safe situation.
This brings me to my next topic, hurricanes are very dangerous. Wind and water don’t mix and with a hurricane, you are bombarded by both. Where you stay during a hurricane is very important. If you live in a mobile home, you have to make sure that you have a place you can go during the storm. You cannot in good conscience stay in a poor structure during something that is going to put even the strongest of structures to the ultimate test. Please, do not stay in your home if it is not safe. In the county that I live in, our county makes a point to have several shelters setup quite a bit before the storm. Our county is also blessed with an amazing group of Deputies that make a point to check in on our elderly to ensure their safety during the storm. Please, if you are new to Florida, with this season coming up, being your first, have a place you can go during the storm. A structure that is strong is beyond words, important. If you live in a block home, make sure you board up your windows. Please do not tape them. When that window breaks, you won’t have tiny shards flying at you, it would be giant pieces. I know that comes across as harsh, but it isn’t anything to play with.
Another part of dealing with Hurricane Season is your Hurricane Supplies. What I keep on hand during Hurricane Season is on the following list:
1. Battery Operated Chargers
2. Batteries, several packs of each kind.
3. Charging cords
4. Canned Goods (meals for four to five days at least.)
5. Water (for four to five days at least.)
6. Water (gallons for cleaning and bathing)
7. First Aide Kit
8. Flashlights (lots of them)
9. Important document folder
This list is made up of the absolute necessities. This list is also not meant for entertainment. It is meant for me to have all of these things together, with no need of getting into this container. I have two suite cases that are always cleaned out and ready for use. I always try to pack at least a week worth of clothes when we get ready to head out for a storm.
Another question I get asked often by people that move to Florida or my friends that live in other states; how do I handle a storm with a child?
The interesting thing is, I am completely honest with Monkey about Hurricanes. When Hurricane Irma was coming our way, I brought Monkey into the prep for the storm. I gave him a backpack for him to participate in the packing process. He was able to go to his toy box and pack his favorite little toys. I made a point to give him, his own flashlights and a few little necessities to make sure he understood what is involved in preparing for a storm. I also made a point to sit him down and talk about what he should expect during the storm.
I let him know that when the storm comes, it is going to be very loud outside. The wind will blow very hard and some limbs and trees might fall during the storm. I tell him what a hurricane is and I let him know that even though it is scary, he is not alone and there is nothing to be scared of. I want him to understand the gravity of a Hurricane, while understanding that if you prepare yourself, there will be nothing to worry about. The interesting thing about my little man, he loves weather. For a lot of munchkins, a Hurricane is scary and most can’t hear the facts of a Hurricane. I have been blessed with a little one that fears pretty much nothing. He is fascinated with what all makes up a Hurricane.
When Irma came, it was hard to keep him from the windows. He was so interested in trying to see everything. He really wanted to go outside and see the storm with all its glory. Even with explaining to him how dangerous a storm like this is, he was just even more fascinated.
During the storm, pretty much the most boring thing on God’s green earth. I get so much crocheting done during a storm. When there is a huge storm like this, you are obviously not going to be running around outside. I make a point to have a few board games, books, yarn, and other small crafts for during the storm. When the storm comes and all you have to do is sit and watch this thing come through, you can get pretty bored, pretty quick.
With my son, he gets bored really quick, at the same token, he is easy to distract. My sisters were amazing in playing with him and chasing him all over the house. He played with them for hours. Irma hit in the evening. The worst of the storm came at about two in the morning. Monkey was not about to sleep with all of that going on. It was flabbergasting that he was up really early that morning before, took no nap, and was wide awake at two in the morning jumping up and down for the storm. Every time Brian Shields (amazing weatherman on WFTV) came on Facebook Live, Monkey was obsessively watching.
I will be ending this post here today. Tomorrow, I will be talking about the fun things to do during a hurricane and the aftermath. I wanted to talk about Hurricane Season because this is definitely apart of my life and I have been asked several times about hurricanes. I know that it is projected by the weather service that this hurricane season is revving up to be one of the most active, but those are projections. Obviously, take them seriously, but don’t overthink it.
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