Huricane Readiness


Oy what a whirlwind. After tracking tropical storm Isaac all weekend, we still have not decided what we are going to do. We are going to wait until about lunchtime today before we decide.

For those of you who do NOT live in a hurricane zone and have no idea what I am talking about, well, here goes. In case you live in a hole, there is a storm coming into the gulf. It already has done some major damage in Haiti, and it is heading, literally, right for us.


Do you see the “H” in the circle right along the coastline in Mississippi? Yeah….that’s where my house is. Oy. (As of Sunday afternoon, this has since shifted SLIGHTLY west). This thing WAS headed into Florida but keeps shifting west. We aren’t sure if there is going to be a mandatory evacuation or not, only time will tell.

So for those of you unfamiliar with the “fun” of this, let me explain a few of the things we are doing to prepare.

1.) Bring in all patio furniture that could be picked up by wind

2.) Pack up all important documents like passports, social security cards, birth certificates, homeowners insurance, etc.

3.) Pack up keepsakes such as photo albums, baby books, etc. Either bring them with you or put them on a high shelf on the first floor of your home.


4.) Fill up your cars with gas, and containers with gas for cars/generators (we did this yesterday morning because we knew gas stations would be busy today).

5.) Video tape your entire house for insurance purposes. Growing up, I did this for my family, and now it’s time to do it for my own home.


6.) Pack a survival kit. We have gathered our flashlights, batteries, canned food, bottled water, etc. to take with us, just in case

7.) East out of your refrigerator and freezer. There is a good chance power will be out for an extended period of time, so we have been trying to eat perishable items first (this means ice cream for dessert tonight!) Such as frozen chicken, cheese/eggs/milk in the fridge, etc.

8.) Have a plan. This is a no brainer.

The storm (as of this morning) is set to make landfall on Tuesday night. let the card games, boredom (and a bit of fear!) begin. Please say a prayer for us if you think about it! I will be back tomorrow with more to report, right before He makes landfall.

QOTD: Would you rather ride out a hurricane, tornado, or earthquake?

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  1. praying for you. i was in mississippi when katrina hit, luckily up a little north. got the rain and wind.. but nothing like you guys… it was tough though because my husband was in iraq.. then i went through the japan earthquake and tsunami.. it was rough. again, my husband was deployed. i am thankful i am not in that area at this time… but i am praying for you and will be checking in on you.
    -big sis

  2. Hugs and prayers! Answer to your qotd – I’ve ridden out all of them and none are good. Please be safe!

  3. I lived through one (FRAN) and it was plenty.
    no electricity for almost 2 weeks.


  4. Stay safe! I’ve been through hurricanes (we get them in MD also) and 1 earthquake, and lots of tornado warning. I’d say I’d take the hurricane or the earthquake. With the hurricane you have time to plan and with the earthquake it happens before you have time to worry but the tornado you have to sit and wait and pray. No real warning or time to plan.

  5. Wow, this really is a scary situation. Living in Upstate NY I, literally, have no fear of natural disasters, I’ve lived through a few bad blizzards, but we don’t get anything like this. I hope you are your family continue to be okay and hopefully the storm shifts and misses you completely! Good luck!

  6. Ah yes. I remember those days in New Orleans that I spent packing and video taping. Although I will also admit we did have a few good hurricane parties as we waited out the storm. Stay safe and keep us up to date! Hugs!

  7. I’ve never ever experienced a storm like that, and the thought is so very scary! I am saying lots and lots of prayer for you and the others in the area! Stay safe! Spalove!

  8. Definitely thinking of you guys as well as some other friends around NOLA and the gulf coast. Hopefully the hurricane turns or weakens or something and you guys don’t get a lot of damage! I live in South Carolina and we haven’t had one in years but I definitely remember a few from my childhood. Scary stuff.

  9. Oh wow, we’ve never really had a hurricane here in Ontario, so I have no idea what it’s like. But it sounds pretty stressful and scary! Stay safe Heather!

  10. Wow. I never thought of videotaping for a situation like this. I hope you stay safe and your town does as well. As for your question of the day, tornadoes TERRIFY me.

    …remember that tiny itty bitty earthquake last year around this time that everybody felt? I would choose those. 🙂

  11. I was in So Cal with family when I was 7 and felt an earthquake, and Dallas had two tornadoes on the same day this past April. I have family in Houston who’ve dealt with Rita and Ike, but I don’t know if there’s an advantage to any of them.

    Stay safe!

  12. I grew up in Florida, so I’m completely familiar with hurricane preparation! My dad used to board up our windows with plywood and put blankets/pillows/etc. in the interior rooms of our house in case things got bad and we had to lock ourselves in there! Thinking & praying that you, your family, and house stay safe!!

  13. You poor thing!! I hope everything ends up ok and you don’t have to evacuate. I’ll keep all you guys in my prayers. Stay safe!

  14. I have been lucky as far as disastrous storms but as I watched the news the other day and they were talking about the hurricane headed this way the only thing I thought about saving from my house, other than my family, were my 6 horses, 3 dogs, and 3 cats! They are my babies and anything I have in this house can be replaced but not them. Your family as will everyones family’s about to be effected by the storm will be in my prayers!

  15. Lots of prayers are being sent your way from Nebraska! I’ve never experienced a hurricane or earthquake, but I have witnessed the damage a tornado can do in a very short amount of time and it is not pretty. I hope you stay safe and your house stays damage free. 🙂

  16. Stay safe! I was 8 yrs old when Hurricane Andrew hit Miami and my family and I rode it out at home. I’m terrified of tornadoes so I’d take a hurricane over a tornado for sure.

  17. I am so sorry that you are having to deal with this! I grew up on the coast of NC and have very vivid memories, and sometimes nightmares, of riding out storms. The one time we evacuated our home when I was a kid, the storm turned inland and my Daddy swore we’d never leave again. Thoughts and prayers for you and yours!

  18. I’m deathly afraid of tornadoes! So I think I would rather have a hurricane head my way! At least that way there is some warning, and I probably would have already left haha because I’m a huge scaredy cat.

  19. Sending prayers your way!! I lived in Houston during Tropical Storm Alison and that is the closest I’ve come to a hurricane. I’ve also gone through a few earthquakes and if I had a choice it would probably be an earthquake.

  20. Stay safe!

  21. As of the time of my reply, TWC has the storm hitting even more west, NOLA. I have to admit I have been a little nervous for a few days. Being that we just moved to Pensacola this past December, we have not lived here long enough to experience hurricanes. Although, living in Dothan, AL we did get the remnents of the storms. Looks like we will be just get strong winds and rain tonight so we will ride it out here. Stay safe!

  22. Thinking good thoughts for you – stay safe!

  23. well Isaac beat the crap out of us yesterday and today…and flooded everything and downed trees and that was just the outer tropical storm part of him…

    and definitely ride out hurricane…least we have advance notice!

    i’d gladly take this over snow/ice/cold in PA! thus reason I’m in FL, remain in FL even after having lost everything in countless hurricanes & tropical storms over the last 20 years

  24. Gahhh this is so intense! Please stay safe of course, and I wish you the absolute best in such a situation!!

  25. Yikes… sending you the best of wishes. SAVE THE BLUE CHAIR! Your video wouldn’t be complete with out it.

    I’d choose Earthquake — I’m from CA, so I can handle those.

  26. I will be thinking about you and praying for your safety Heather. I am from Manitoba, Canada and we deal mostly with tornados and ice storms or blizzards so not the scary anticipation that I am sure a hurricane brings. Sending good energy your way!

  27. Stay safe during the storm! We are in the Mobile area and are ready and stocked up just waiting to see where it is going to go. It looks like we are out of the cone, just praying for everyone in the path!

  28. I really hope it gets downgraded before it gets to you (or anyone else). We get hurricanes but normally they have cooled down a bit by the time the make it to nova scotia, even still I’m no stranger to the readiness plans.

  29. How scary! I hope the storm calms down before it hits land. Keep safe!

  30. Here’s to staying safe. Hope all is well with you and your family this week. 🙂


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