My college campus is a magnet for hurricanes. Although I've graduated, I still live in the area.
About two years ago, in 2016, the city where I am from was pummeled by Hurricane Matthew. So many people lost their family members and their property in the storms. Hurricane Matthew taught me a lot.
FILL YOUR BATHTUB
Fill up your bathtub with water so that you have some water to use to flush the toilet if you have to go to the restroom. This can help you stay comfortable without, quite frankly, stinking up your house and making it a miserable place to stay during bad storm.
TAG YOUR PETS
Quick story: During Hurricane Matthew, Jonathan and our then-roommate found two dogs near our house. We took them in and fed them. We later found out that the dogs had been one of our neighbor's dogs, but the neighbor refused to put a collar and tag on them.
Later, when another storm hit, the dogs got out again and the children of the neighbor harassed us for days about if we had their dogs. I had to explain that the dogs didn't have a tag and may have been picked up by animal control during or after the storm. This is why it is important to keep updated information on your animals, that way an animal rescue officer or good samaritan can get in contact with you should they find your animal.
DON'T FREAK IF YOU DON'T HAVE CANDLES
CHILL IN THE WASHING MACHINE
keep opening your fridge or freezer during the power outage!
DON'T FORGET BABY WIPES!
Aside from these unique tips, be sure to find your evacuation point and stock up on non-perishable foods and water. Other necessities will include batteries, flashlights, and a first aide kit.
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