Friday, August 26, 2011

How To Survive a Hurricane In Three Easy Steps

As Irene makes her way to the East coast, I can't help but think back to the last two hurricanes we weathered in Texas - Rita in 2004 and Ike in 2008. Now seems like an appropriate time to share some important lessons from those storms.

1. Stock up on the essentials. This will vary with each person. For us it includes wine (no refrigeration required!), peanut butter, dehydrated camping meals, a few gallons of water and dog food. But mostly wine.

2. Be organized. Yesterday we gathered up our indoor survival gear (batteries, medical supplies, flashlights, radio, gun, etc) and put them in a central location. That way, if the power goes out or looters show up, we won't have to waste time searching for things in the dark.

3. Pack your bags. We don't plan to evacuate prematurely, preferring to hunker down, get drunk and guard the homestead, but we're not stupid. If the county has a mandatory evacuation, we're out. We have packed bags with three days worth of clothes, gathered our important documents and promised to bring along a car-less friend.

That's pretty much it. Stay indoors, drink wine and keep an eye on the weather reports. I'm actually looking forward to being trapped indoors for 24 hours - reading by candlelight is a pretty sweet way to spend a weekend.

If you find yourself in the path of Irene, stay safe! See y'all on the other side.