If ever the European version could save me, it’s now.
Whenever a hurricane is approaching we have these “spaghetti” models that show the track of the storm, where it will go, how fast it will arrive. I think there are 10 different models. The odd ball out is always the European model. For some reason their track goes completely different from many of the others. This storm heading for us has the European model just skirting the edges of us, its eye wall just off shore, skimming the edges of the coast and then who knows where it will go.
All of the other models have it pitted right at our front door, coming at us with a bludgeoning slowness.
So, I’ll say it again. If ever the European version could save me, it’s now.
We are doing what we can to prepare. Now, when you’re on a budget, a hurricane can be expensive. REALLY expensive. And I couldn’t figure out why. People are rushing about buying as much water as they can. Buy water! Well, I plan to be using the water I use every day, right out of the tap. No, not AFTER the storm, but now.
It’s the same water I use everyday to make coffee and cook with, so why wouldn’t I just save all the tap water I can?
Go buy yourself a box of Ziplock bags, 25 count, gallon size. (The cost is about $2.50). Fill the bags with water from the tap, make sure they are nice and sealed, lay them flat, then place them in your freezer. Now, they say you need two to three gallons per person, per day. So, you’ll have as much water for as many people as you want, depending on how many bags you fill, ending up with nearly 25 gallons of water….for $2.50. But! Put half of those bags in the freezer, leave the other half in the fridge.
The next purchase (if dealing with a hurricane on a budget) is to invest the money in a Coleman stove, or some other very small, portable gas burning stove. We bought ours before our last hurricane two years ago for $35, and that was with 5 cans of propane (the cans look like hairspray cans, not the big giant Rhino ones you see at Home Depot). We were without power for 3 days then, had food from the fridge every night, made pots and pots of coffee in my French Press (See? You don’t need electricity with a French Press…..just boiling water!) and we only used 2 cans of propane.
Next! DO NOT BUY ANY MORE FOOD! Remember those bags of water you put in the freezer? Well, once they’re frozen, treat them like giant ice cubes surrounding your frozen foods. Once the power goes out, don’t open the freezer! Not for ANYTHING! It will act as a cooler. It’s airtight, it’s self contained. LEAVE IT ALONE! It will stay cold for at least two days. But, you won’t have to wait that long to eat. Once the power goes out and the storm has moved on, start by eating everything in the refrigerator.
Leftovers are first. Anything you have on hand from two nights before, eat first. Then go for produce and vegetables you may have. This ain’t Top Chef….or maybe it is. Four ingredient challenge! GO!
Still no power after the first day? Head to your freezer and pull out uncooked meats first. Processed foods can last longer. But, if you have ground beef in there? Pull that out and brown it up. Even if you just have it “loose meat” style with a random onion and some salt and pepper, you’ve got food. Again, we’re not talking about making it “special,” we’re talking about surviving. (Food Network! Take note! I want “Cooking Disaster,” a competition show on how to cook food during a natural disaster. I’ve got dibs. I claim it as mine).
Still no power after day three? Hit your pantry. Canned goods are the LAST in your stash you eat. All you have is a can of beans? Well, that’s better than some people eat on any given day, so eat the beans, be grateful for them, and ENJOY them.
And that really is the best that you can do. Mother Nature has more power than you, baby. Always has, always will.
This storm really does terrify me. It really does. Oh, yes, we do this hurricane thing in Florida on an almost biannual, if not annual basis….but, this one is a monster. The size is one thing, its winds at 150 are another thing. The speed is what is fears us. This lumbering giant is trolling along at 9 miles an hour. That means we expect to see high winds and flooding for at LEAST 24 hours. Usually these storms come in raging, angry, kicking shit over and heading on out, maybe only bitch smacking us for about 8 hours. But, 24? Yes….this is going to be nasty.
Even the most sound of structures can only take so much pummeling.
Yes. I am scared of this storm.
So, Phillip and I plan to sit here before the television and wait for the power to go out, because that will be when the storm is at its strongest, then pull the mattress out of the bedroom, put it here in the living room, light some prayer candles (I have tons of them, so no need to buy candles, and praying will do us a a world of good anyway).
We figured the living was the most central spot in our apartment, the safest.
And if our budget allows, we’ll have a couple of beers, play cribbage, and be able to do our best to forget the madness around us….
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