Hurricane Preparedness

It’s that time to talk about hurricane preparedness. I think this is a very important topic in light of the criticism that the federal government has taken over the Katrina response.

Read the following very carefully.

You will have a weeks warning, maybe more that a hurricane is coming in your direction. Don’t act surprised or be unprepared when it comes.

Gather up your really important shit and leave. Walk if you have to. Hitch hike, catch a bus, ride with a friend, but leave and travel a great distance. 200 miles inland would be a good goal.

Realize that all your shit will be destroyed in your absence. This is no ones fault. Hurricanes do this. There have always been hurricanes and there will always be hurricanes.

You will have to resume your life after the hurricane. No one is going to come in and fix your stuff back to normal. You have to do this. Everyone wants their broken stuff fixed at once so expect to wait. Early on you will be expected to provide yourself with water and a place to go to the bathroom.

Weeks, months, and years will pass before you are back to normal.

Now you are prepared.


Logzie said...

Ah, that's a good one!!

Too bad nobody told them this...


Anonymous said...

Going 200 miles inland....what a concept!

MELackey said...

We still have 60-80,000 of "them" here in Houston. Yes, they are still on the dole, and it was recently lengthened. I believe they are all set until the end of 2007 before they have to start complaining again to get FEMA to extend yet again.

Michael said...

Like Terry said, we don't have 200 inland miles, and I don't think we can out-swim a hurricane. Also, we usually only get a few days warning, not a week, so we have a different prep plan. You'll be down here in September, the apex of hurricane season, so you might want to take notes :)

First we hang the front door back on the hinges, then check on our suppy of candles, lamp oil, flashlight/radio batteries, and bottled water - top up as necessary. Then we move the potted plants up to sheltered porches, if there is time, trim excess foliage from in-ground plants/trees. Close and secure shutters, tighten roof guy wires, bring all the dogs in one side of the house, cats in the other. Hide all the kitchen knives in case one of us goes postal. Then listen to the weather reports 'til the power goes out...