|The lovely beach on a non-hurricane day...|
Sitting here reading about Hurricane Sandy on the web. I am a hurricane girl -- The wait. The storm. The aftermath. It oddly seems like home. People here in Boston are concerned. I see the Category 1 rating and it seems almost funny. Maybe it's the North Carolina in me that has me unconcerned. I will however add my concern over having a 3rd floor apartment on a large hill that has no buffers from the wind --- with new partially installed windows.
Anyway --- Memories of hurricanes. I grew up in North Carolina. When a hurricane comes calling on the state it doesn't matter where you live. Most of my young childhood was spent on the NC coast --- and then a little inland. My thoughts on hurricanes:
- < Category 3 --- not concerning --- you can sleep through 1-2 :) -- unless you live on an island -- then leave... and leave before it's mandatory or you will never get off the island.
- The slower it moves --- the more troublesome it is
- Hurricanes grow in strength over water and weaken over land. Better to hit land sooner rather than later....
- Run -- Run --- Buy bread and milk for they will soon be gone
- If you have a well --- you best be collecting water so you can flush the toilet when the power is out
- Speaking of power out --- when this occurs --- Eat the icecream FIRST! It's going to melt and be ruined -- we mustn't let that happen
- Keep the fridge and freezer closed unless absolutely necessary. If the freezer is full and the door stays closed the food will last for days --- deep freeze or standard freezer.
- Be prepared to pick up branches and rake leaves... it's a comin'
- Good luck finding ice afterwards --- when the power is out there is no ice to be found.
- Play Games! Some great family memories were made around the lamp playing games
- Enjoy it --- you will have to make up the school days missed...
- Lamps --- old fashioned oil lamps are the most fun --- but a battery powered little lantern is always good to have on hand.
- Make and keep good friends -- when your power is out for days or weeks you will need friends around the city/town that will get their power back before you. If you get yours first -- be a good friend.
- Join a team and go help out those affected --- Baptist Men often take groups to the area and will teach you everything you need to know. I learned a lot of tools and skills by helping with Hurricane restoration.