LOL, don't know about the Tequila, we were far too busy cleaning up and
emptying buckets, etc. to even think about a drink. But the Coleman propane
stove, or a grill is a definite must!!!! Especially if you have all
electric appliances and no natural gas, etc. Have to laugh when I hear the
reports where they say be prepared for electricity outages for up to a
week....we had more than 3 weeks of power outtage, others had much longer!!! The
grill w/ charcoal, etc. sure came in handy to cook. Thankfully the water
was on the whole time, and we have natural gas hot water heater, so we
were able to take showers, etc. But one never knows if the water will be
okay to drink or not, so that's a good tip also.
We had a tree fall on our roof, so the water just poured in. Had been
prepared with a large shop vac just in case it flooded or such.....never got to
use it due to no power, so buckets come in handy too, as do mops, etc.
They also said that anything in the yard would become a projectile and
could fly through the air to damage windows. It was pretty much impossible to
bring everything in, but I did take all hanging orchids, pots, etc. out of
the trees, etc. and set them on the ground. This seemed to work fine. We
did take in furniture and things that might move around more. Having
cell phones charged and insurance paperwork, numbers, etc. handy helps too.
The quicker you call, the sooner you will be on the list. Try to do
whatever you can after the hurricane to clean up, because there will be plenty of
help, but often at a steep price. Contractors will be harder to find too,
and will become more reasonable as time goes on. Don't even think about
relying on FEMA or such, by the time they get their act together, you have
taken care of yourself. Friends, neighbors and local organizations are
usually much more help than the govt. We found that they learned very little
from Katrina, despite the reports that they were much more prepared with
Ike. HA! It took them a week to get trucks from San Antonio to Houston (a
two-three hour drive max.) and then they sat at Reliant Park for a month
getting authorization to distribute.......each day costing tax payers
countless dollars to run the refrigerated trucks with the drivers standing by the
entire time. Houston and Galveston never did use them....the water, ice,
etc. was dumped eventually. Hoping they are more organized this time.
Sorry to paint a grim picture, dont' mean to, but being prepared for the
worst is the best thing, taking care of oneself and one's family, etc.
Hurricanes just aren't the same as blizzards or floods, etc. which do not seem
to cause as much widespread damage as these storms do. Best to prepare
for the worst, if it doesn't happen, then you were at least prepared for
what did. Better safe than sorry......
In a message dated 8/25/2011 3:20:52 PM Central Daylight Time,
My favorite hurricane disaster items were always  water (at least 6
gallon jugs of the stuff),  Coleman propane stove (gotta have coffee
no matter what), and  fifth of tequila because if it gets really bad,
I don't want to know about it.
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