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Old 02-15-2007, 02:00 PM
 
Location: New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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Old 02-15-2007, 02:29 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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Great pix. Have one of the post-hurricane skim boarding?!
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Old 02-15-2007, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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Alot of people are relocating to Florida on this site, including me. For someone who has never lived on the coast or anywhere near it, What do you do with a Hurricane Watch and Warning? How do you protect your home? How hard is it to evacuate? When do you evacuate? Share stories of your experiences too.

Thanks to All
Because you are a USAF dependant, the base has a program to ensure that all USAF members and dependants are evacuated before the hurricane hit. The base takes care of all the information via the base squadrons. No worries, they have a plan and never fails.

Hurricane will cause damage and destruction, but that is why you have HOI or renters insurance. During the in-processing information will be made available.

By the way you get paid to evacuate; includes money for fuel, hotel, and food. Pack you valuables and family treasures and hit the road. We call it a “road trip”. The regular places that the base evacuates are to Montgomery Al, or to Tallahassee, depend on the path of the hurricane.

Again, be informed and don’t panic the United States Air Force will take care of you as they did for me for 22 years…

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Old 02-15-2007, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Just a few miles outside of St. Louis
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I would also say that you should make sure you have all of your important papers, (including insurance papers) in one good lock box, and that you know exactly where it is, so that if you should have to ever evacuate, (we've lived here 26 years, and only did that once, back in '95 with "Opal", so don't let that fret you too much), you can lay your hands on it immediately.

Also, take pictures and video of your home and belongings, prior to the storm, and afterwards, to be able show to your insurance adjuster, should you sustain damage. The "after" pictures saved our bacon with our insurance company, because we could prove the damage, (we had to begin full-fledged repairs before our adjuster came to our house, in order to forestall further damage).

Keep some good tarps around. These can be used for temporary repairs to your roof, if needed. If you use plywood for your windows, mark them as to which window/door they are for. They'll be easier to place for any storms after that, at least as long as you can use them. Someone else mentioned that theirs warped, after a storm. We haven't had that problem so far, but the warping is certainly something to keep in mind. Use screws, not nails, if you use the plywood. They'll hold better. If you can use the storm/hurricane shutters, that would be better, but they aren't cheap, (which is why we use plywood ).

Someone mentioned keeping some cash on hand, which is a good idea. ATM's may not work for sometime after a storm. Also, we keep our vehicle gas tanks at least half-full at all times, during the hurricane season. If a storm comes into the Gulf, people start swarming at the gas stations!

Lots of canned goods, and dry goods, (in other words, nothing that needs refrigeration). Keep lots of snacks on hand, gator-ade, bottled water, etc. I keep alot of ice in my big freezer, so that if we loose power, I can use it in my coolers, so I can have at least some cold drinks, etc. The generator is a good idea, but don't use it inside your home or garage, as was previously mentioned. Better to have it stolen, than to cause injury or death to your family, because of the carbon monoxide poisoning. And, be careful where you store any gas you may have for it.

Keep a good first aid kit on hand, which one should have in one's home, anyway.

Remember, it's not necessary to panic, if you do your homework ahead of time. Just be be prepared; you'll have plenty of time before a storm ever hits!
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Old 02-15-2007, 04:00 PM
 
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If its a cat-4 or more don't try to ride it out !
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Old 02-15-2007, 04:18 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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Is that southwest Florida after Charley? Unfortunately, it looks familiar.

Great posts from everyone, by the way. Just fantastic. Y'all need to resurrect this thread come hurricane season so that the newbies know what to do. I don't think the news does as good of a job as y'all did.
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Old 02-15-2007, 05:49 PM
 
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Is that southwest Florida after Charley? Unfortunately, it looks familiar.

Great posts from everyone, by the way. Just fantastic. Y'all need to resurrect this thread come hurricane season so that the newbies know what to do. I don't think the news does as good of a job as y'all did.
That was Charley. Small storm with very little storm surge.
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Old 02-15-2007, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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Lightbulb Preparing for the Hurricane - Checklist

Hurricanes do happen - be prepared instead of surprised - plan ahead.

Basic items/categories you should stock for an emergency include:

1. Water
2. Food
3. First Aid Supplies
4. Clothing/Bedding
5. Tools & Emergency supplies
6. Special Items

Now is the time to go over your hurricane preparedness. If you have not made any emergency plans, you should do them now. Planning ahead will save you unnecessary stress from not knowing what to do or not having the supplies you will need to get you through the hurricane watch, warning, storm, and aftermath. Print and post this list on the refrigerator or somewhere it will be easily seen.

Plan Well Before Hurricane Season

Create An Emergency Plan

Discuss with family members what could happen

Discuss where to meet

Discuss what to do if an evacuation is needed

Discuss shelters/rules

Discuss what to do with family pets

Discuss how to protect elderly

Review the above Emergency Plan with your family every 3 to 6 months

Review Dates

1. __/__/__

2. __/__/__

Stored Supplies

Replace stored water every three months

1. __/__/__

2. __/__/__

Replace stored food every six months

1. __/__/__

2. __/__/__

Replace stored batteries

Test fire extinguishers according to instructions
Store your supplies in a convenient, dry place.
Review your supply needs yearly.
Keep items in air tight plastic bags.
Replace clothing articles for growing children.

Supplies to Have on Hand
A large, clean garbage can in which you can store your supplies until needed. This can also be used to store clean water for use during the storm.

CASH if the electricity goes out no automatic tellers will work.

Credit cards.

Identification/Valuable papers/documents

Drinking water for 5-10 days (1 gallon/person/day). Do not use milk containers that will break or decompose; use plastic soda bottles.

Canned/packaged food (1-2 weeks).

Canned meats, canned fish, canned fruits & vegetables, canned juices, dried fruit, bread, crackers, peanut butter, jelly and bottled water. Try to purchase in one meal packages, once opened they will spoil quickly.

Sugar, salt, pepper.

Coffee, tea bags.

Hard candy, especially for diabetics.

Special dietary foods.

Baby food/formula/diapers.

Food and medication for pets.

Toilet paper/paper towels/personal items/baby diapers.

Shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush.

One change of clothing and footwear per person.

Two-week supply of prescription medicine.

Extra pair of glasses/contacts.

Aspirin/First Aid Kit.

Suntan Lotion.

Mosquito Repellant.

Non-electric can opener


Two portable coolers one for food; one for ice.

Battery-operated radio or TV.

Eating utensils/paper plates, cups, plasticware.

2-3 flashlights/extra batteries.

Lantern with fuel.

Bleach (for disinfecting).

Tarps.

Trash bags.

Matches (waterproof) and candles.

Fire extinguisher.

100 feet of rope.

Sleeping bags/blankets.

Duct tape.

Plywood/tools (hammer, screwdriver, nails, etc.).

Camp stove with extra fuel.

Extra car and house keys.

Car tire sealant.

Rain gear.

Books, cards, games, toys, etc. (for children).

Charcoal/ice. § Clean-up supplies (mop, bucket, towels, disinfectant).

Camera and film.

Other Items You May Need

Compass

Signal flares

Needles, thread


Medicine dropper

Whistle

Plastic sheeting

Map of the area

Utility knife

Tent

Hammer, pliers, screwdriver, saw

Aluminum foil, plastic storage containers

Disinfectant
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Old 02-15-2007, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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I forgot the following, if you need to evacuate make hotel reservations as soon as you get informed that the hurricane is coming your way. This gives you a roof and security. Plan your evacuation, is up to you.

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Old 02-15-2007, 06:06 PM
 
Location: a primitive state
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I probably can't add much to Sunrico's list, but in the past I've found that if you have a good collection of basic camping supplies, you can get by.

I always keep a kitchen cabinet and a large rubbermaid container full of stuff ready to go just in case. It comes in handy for spur-of-the-moment roadtrips or an inconvenient week without electricity.

My favorite part is during the winter when I get to eat all of the canned food I bought for hurricane season.
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