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Old 07-23-2007, 09:45 PM
Location: NY/ FL
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What great advice you all have. I must say that when I read your posts, I feel very unprepared for ANYTHING to come. My husband and I actually argue about getting ready for a hurricane. He has that superman philosophy that nothing will happen and is in total denial of the damages that hurricanes can do. He refuses to get any plywood or anything fo the windows, thinks that I am crazy to worry about the fact that we have no interior rooms or any rooms without a window. All of our closets are upstairs too. I am embarrased at this. He keeps saying that we don't have the $$ to do all of this stuff when nothing could happen. Does he realize that if something does happen, it will cost much much more. Having not lived through any type of dangerous weather, I think he is just in plain denial. You would think that an educated man who travels alot with his wife and three small children would have more brains!!! Anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get him to be more aware and prepared.??
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Old 07-24-2007, 05:56 PM
Location: PSL FL
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Originally Posted by Minniemom View Post
Anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get him to be more aware and prepared.??
You could show him some damage from some of the hurricanes we had over the last 3 years. Not to say, all houses without plywood/shutters got damaged, but wouldn't you rather cover your windows just in case debri starts flying (which it does)? That's what the window protection is there for, not to keep your roof on, it's to make sure nothing flies in your house.

Another note, some houses were completely demolished even with proper protection, but what happened was the roof was old and ready to go, water got in and the rest is history.

I would highly recommend taking "h" season more seriously, you can never be too prepared.
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Old 07-25-2007, 10:03 AM
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Old 07-28-2007, 04:59 PM
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Minniemom, best cure for him is to take him into the next hurricane devastated area when it occurs, drop him off and see how he fares for a week with the heat, no toilets, no water, curfew, the heat, government issued MRE's to eat, no hot showers, no clean clothes.....did I mention the heat?

I'm not a cranky person, but after Rita hit us when we were in Louisiana....well, after only four days of no showers, sweaty, dirty clothes, having to use a bucket lined with plastic bags for a toilet, and sleeping in 100 degree heat, I was not only smelly, tired and hot, I was crankified to the max.

It doesn't take a ton of money for basic supplies if you pick up a few extra everytime you grocery shop. I kept supplies in plastic bins in a linen closet. Water from Walmart is about 59 cents a gallon here, and they fit under beds.

Pack of batteries here, jug of water there, a flashlight, a rain poncho, it's a few dollars extra at a time and it does build up your supplies eventually....it gives you a little peace of mind and it saves you standing in line trying to get it along with everyone else in your town when a hurricane threatens.

One thing I have to advise, if you even THINK your town is going to be hit, for heavens sake, THROW OUT ALL THE MEAT PRODUCTS IN YOUR FRIDGE. While bread may mold and dairy turn sour, there is nothing I can say that will describe the ghastly SMELL of hot, rotten meat that has sat in your unpowered fridge(or freezer) for a week.....it swells and swells inside whatever it is, the smell is near impossible to get out of your appliances, and it permeates everything in the house.....ghastly, horrible, ECH.

The money you lose in tossing meat is nothing compared to the cost of a new fridge, because the old one now smells like rotten flesh everytime you open the door. Shuddering, recalling it....
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:51 PM
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Our summer thunderstorms in Tampa are worse than most Cat 1 storms. If you're not in a flood zone or a mobile home, you're better off staying home and not getting stuck on the road. And yes, unless you leave DAYS ahead of the storm, you will do like many of my family did in past storms - sit the storm out on the freeway. Needless to say, we no longer evacuate if not in an evacuation zone.
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