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tracking izzy and some helpful hints

This is one crazy storm. We have as much chance of knowing exactly where this one is going as we have of knowing who's going to win the California election. As many choices, too.

Right now, I would like to prod Meryl (Virginia) and Kevin (North Carolina)into panicking. Quick, get to a store! Stock up on liquor! Canned food! And don't forget the can opener!

And despite all my posting on how I don't panic and don't rush to the store in times of emergency, I am taking Izzy as serious as one should take a Category 4 hurricane. I'm going to Target during lunch and stocking up on essentials.

Just don't ask me what those essentials are. But they do include duct tape. That's for keeping the kids quiet when they panic.

For those in the put-upon areas of Izzy's fury, I've compiled a list from various sources to help you be prepared in the event this one tracks you down. Really, it's a serious list. No jokes below.

I think this list is if you are going to a shelter, but some of the stuff here is good to have anyhow:

1. 3 days supply of water (1 gallon per person per day)
2. Ready to eat canned and prepackaged foods.
3. Manual can opener. Prepackaged juices, milk and soup.
4. Disposable eating utensils (paper plates, plastic forks, spoons, knives, etc.).
5. Flashlight with extra batteries and bulb.
6. Portable radio with extra batteries Important personal and family documents (in a water proof container).
7. Change of clothes, sturdy shoes.
8. Bedding.
9. Prescription Medications
10. Extra car keys, credit cards, or traveler's checks.
11. Sanitation supplies (toilet paper, garbage bags, etc.).
12. Personal Identification.
13. First Aid Kit.
14. Provisions for pets
15. Special need items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.

Here’s More:

1. Make sure you have a working, battery powered radio or TV and a good supply of fresh replacement batteries.
2. Have flashlights available for all family members.
3. If an electric pump supplies your water, fill spare food-grade containers with water for cooking and washing in anticipation of a possible power interruption
4. Make sure all motor driven equipment, such as garage door openers, can be operated manually.
5. When using a portable generator, make sure all LIPA-powered equipment is disconnected. This will avoid severe hazards when reconnecting the power to your home or business.
6. Have a first aid kit at home and check its contents to make sure they are complete and up to date. If you have family members with special medical needs, such as insulin or other prescription drugs, check to make sure you have an adequate supply.
7. Do not use charcoal to cook indoors, deadly carbon monoxide gas can accumulate in your home.
8. If you have an elderly neighbor, be a Good Samaritan and check on his or her status. Even a quick telephone call during a storm can provide much appreciated assurance that help is nearby if needed.
9. Should an electric power interruption occur, all sensitive equipment, such as computers and TV's should be disconnected until service is restored.

Securing your home:
1. Stock up on non-perishable food and water supplies in case of a power outage.
2. Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
3. Make sure your trees and shrubbery are trimmed and dead limbs removed.
4. Fuel and service family vehicles.
5. Inspect and secure mobile home tie downs.
6. Prepare to cover all window and door openings with shutters or other shielding materials such as plywood.
7. Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water and medications.
8. Bring lawn furniture and other loose, light-weight objects such as garbage cans and garden tools inside. They can become dangerous projectiles during high winds.
9. If you have a boat, moor it securely or move it to a designated safe place. Use rope or chain to secure your boat to a trailer. Use tie-downs to anchor the trailer to the ground or your house.
10. If time permits, and you live in an identified surge zone or area prone to flooding, move furniture to a higher floor.
11. If you have to leave your home, remember to unplug your appliances, turn off the electricity and close the main water valve.
12. When you leave your home be sure to lock it and take small valuables with you



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I'm perfectly safe. LT Smash is going to be in the neighborhood in a few hours.

He can stop a hurricane, can't he?


I used to laugh when a hurricane approached. That is until Fran and Floyd came here to NC.

Different perspective on them now.....

You forgot Bertha.

Western 'burb of Philly checking in. I am in panic mode, because we got a sneak preview today in the form of 6" of rain and a state of emergency in town. If Isabel holds her predicted course, we're gonna get slammed again on Friday. Joy. Keep us and our easily flooded-town in your thoughts, too?

I wonder if anyone has done a study of the predictability of hurricanes based on the gender assumed by their names...

Hell, I live in Atlanta and I'm going to be watching Isabel like a hawk. We're inland, but evidently Hugo and Opal didn't notice...better safe than sorry.

One other tip from a Florida resident, just in case, keep an extra tank or two of propane for your grill on hand; being able to heat up/cook food helps. Much like Robyn said though, hope this doesn't screw up a football weekend.

Michele, you're worrying about me when I'm nearly 100 miles inland, and Wind Rider and Bill Cimino are on the coast down Norfolk way?

Girl, worry 'bout them.

But I am going to get batteries and things today.

Don't forget the SPAM,,,,,,

Propane is very important as gas lines and power are the first things to go. During Andrew we lost power for 2 weeks and I thanked God I had 2 filled propane tanks.

Also important is to make sure you have copies of all of your important documents, and have the originals in a very very safe place. Keep your insurance information handy. Make sure you have info on your belongings.

A major commodity after Andrew was ice. Bags of ice were going for as much as 20 dollars. I suggest, if you have a big cooler, go ahead and fill it with as many bags of ice you can. Keep the bags intact, do not open them until you are ready to use them.

If you happen to run out of water and can't find any, a few drops (2 per gallon) of chlorine is an adequate means of making tap water drinkable.

Dont keep important tools in the shed. Bring them with you. My shed was gone after Andrew and with it, all the stuff I needed to make the house at least livable.

I would not worry too much about taping your windows unless they are not tempered glass. Tape doesnt really even begin to hold a 120 mph wind.

If you have ear problems, ear plugs are a good idea. Andrew made my ears pop and Ive had problems ever since.

One more thing, booze. Beer, wine, whatever. Lots of it.

One more thing, flashlights are great but a gas lamp or two is a good diea as they help light a room as opposed to one specific area.

But come on now... I need specifics on Alcohol... What type to stock for a hurricane....

Mixed drinks? or warm beer?

See that nice area at Wilmington, NC? I'm just a little NW of that....


Not as long as I have my Peril Sensitive Sunglasses...

When in doubt, ask the experts:


Site contains information that is very useful both before and after a natural disaster.


Tequila is the proper alcohol. No mixers required.

I've stuck around through every one of these things during my lifetime, but this one makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up for some reason. If it doesn't seriously weaken by Wednesday, I'm headed Westward for a couple of days. I'll buy all my after-hurricane crap wherever I go (where no one is gouging) and bring it back with me.

"This is one crazy storm. We have as much chance of knowing exactly where this one is going as we have of knowing who's going to win the California election."

You should get the ACLU and the 9th Circuit Court to postpone the hurricane for you.

Keep up with the latest from NOAA. The entire organization is working to give the best possible warning when the 'cane gets close enough to do that. Here is the main site for tropical WX in the SEUS:

Also, nobody mentioned having arms handy. This is the time to have your SHTF weapons WITH you, remember what happened with Andrew around Homestead...


Y'know, it's funny how geography changes perspective. From where I was, Gloria was just a big windy thunderstorm, and Bob was the one that kicked our arses. It never occurred to me that most of Long Island would have had the complete opposite experience.

Of course, since both of those were technically category 2s, I'm sure there's one or two people down on the southern coast that roll their eyes at the thought of talking about a category 2 almost twenty years later, kind of like we're tempted to do when they get an inch of snow and close the city down.

We're not panicking yet, but the wife and I /did/ go to target tonight to stock up on the survival stuff . . . welcome to virginia, self.

Well, if it gets to the point where that big sumbitch is zeroed in on you get inland. Inland and uphill. Houses, possessions, all those can be replaced. Put your photo albums and the kids in the car and go inland and uphill.

i have a lot of friends who live up in the hinterlands out here in OR, and they don't own anything like flashlights or radios that need batteries. They own the ones that are crank-powered (ha! Crank powered! In oregon! ROFL! bad joke, sorry). Buy these. Spend the little extra money on them and you won't be a slave to "what kinda batteries do i need!?" anymore.