Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, girl gone nova, project enterprise series
I was out in the truck on a lunch run when the radio news update reminded me that June 1st is the official start of the hurricane season (we’re already two letters down in storm names, so a tropical something jumped the gun).
For some reason this reminded me of a column I wrote back in 1990 called “Handy Hurricane Tips.”
I crafted that column to the best of my experience to that point, but have since enlarged my knowledge with more hands on adventures.
I really thought I was prepared. I’d taken classes through my church. I’d made 72 hour kits and refined the contents (mostly with chocolate), several of them over the years. I’d watched a multitude of weather broadcasts and could talk the hurricane talk like a pro. I’d been side-swiped by larger storms, driven through floods for smaller ones, and evacuated a couple of times.
The only thing I hadn’t done was sit out an actual, big, bad hurricane in my own house. Until Ike.
Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, girl gone nova, project enterprise series
Ike was an interesting storm and really worth its very own blog, but this about lessons from Ike, not Ike.
While I still stand by these items from my suggested list:
  • chocolate
  • batteries
  • a boat
  • chocolate
  • a gas powered fan
  • getting the crap out before it hits
I would like to proffer the following suggestions for being actually prepared, as opposed to believing you are prepared.
Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, girl gone nova, project enterprise series
We didn’t have a flooding problem where we live, because we’re like 50 feet above sea level (I seriously almost got a nose bleed when we ascended our little mountain after 18 years below sea level), so the boat was not needed (though close at hand). But I’d have to say, after a gas powered fan and the boat, their were two things I was grateful to have:
A old style phone that didn’t use electric power and emergency head beam flashlights.
Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, girl gone nova, project enterprise series
When the power went out, our son could watch our television station on his his computer (from distant high ground) and call to tell us when and how we were going to be hosed. Flashlights we could strap to our foreheads allowed us to find the phone to answer his calls. It also had some other uses, since it was hands-free light in a very dark world.
What I did have to do for the first time was use the 72 hour emergency kits. Eat from them. Wow. All those suggested items might make sense from a calm, logical, planning kind of place. But here’s how I’d suggest you buy food for a 72 hour kit if you plan to actually eat from it:
When you are STRESSED TO THE EYEBALLS, and hungry enough to eat your own arm…
Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, girl gone nova, project enterprise series….go to the grocery store and buy at least twice what you need and typically get when stressed…
…then save at least half of it for your 72 hour kit.
And when you’re pretty sure the storm is heading your way? Buy donuts.
You’ll be really glad you did. 🙂 (You won’t even care that they aren’t totally fresh.)
Anyone else have any hurricane enduring tips to share? Deep, dark hurricane fears? Other storm stories? Something you wished you’d had when disaster struck? New to the Hurricane Risk Zone and have questions?
Here’s some useful Emergency Preparedness links:
Hurricane Preparedness – lots of good advice here.
Are You Prepared?  – More tips here.
National Terror Alert Suggested 72 hr kit contents
LDS Church has lots of preparedness suggestions and an extensive list of links.
Buy a headlamp, hands-free flashlight here.
Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, girl gone nova, project enterprise series
And we can’t forget that hurricane’s aren’t only thing to prepare for:
Wired.com look at how to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse – information on types of zombies and weapons here.
More Survival tips and a place to share ideas on Tumblr.
Want to know your chances of surviving zombies? Take the Quiz.
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Perilously,
Pauline
Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, girl gone nova, project enterprise series
There be zombies in here!
Pauline Baird Jones doesn’t actually want to survive a zombie apocalypse, but she is willing to help others manage it. She writes novels and you can find out more about them at www.paulinebjones.com 
Perilous P’s Lessons from Hurricane Ike

10 thoughts on “Perilous P’s Lessons from Hurricane Ike

  • June 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm
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    I think “buy donuts” is good advice for just about any circumstances–at least those with a stress component. Grin.

  • June 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm
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    Buy Donuts!
    That’s the best advice I’ve ever heard.
    😉

  • June 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm
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    LOL LInda, so true! The freezer is the place to start and no need for excuses as you dive in. (grin) Oh that’s a good idea about blocks of ice! One I do/did is save plastic water bottles, the small ones. Filled them almost to the top and froze them. Could use them for cooling and then when defrosted, have a drink of cold water. Yeah, keeping people from opening the fridge when its hot…

    During Ike sat there reading and tried to turn the pages slow enough that I didn’t break out in a sweat. Only made it about 10% of the time. It was HOT! (wry grin)

    Mariella, I think you SHOULD be worried about zombies! (grin) My plan for that is to just gone done fast. I don’t suffer well. LOLOL!

  • June 5, 2012 at 10:34 pm
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    Thanks for the hurricane tips! Though I’m far more alarmed about the zombie apocalypse O_o we gotta be ready for THAT!!
    ~Mariella
    http://cupsandmuses.blogspot.com/

  • June 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm
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    An entertaining post!
    If you have chocolate ice cream in the freezer and the power goes out, you have a legit excuse to eat it all in one sitting.
    Hurricane prep is easy if you’ve ever gone camping. If you’ve got all that gear, you’re set to do without power for awhile.
    Most important tip that helped us get through Ike – freeze a LOT of big ice blocks ahead of time. I use those small plastic coffee cans. Then your freezer/fridge doubles as an ice chest quite nicely.
    Well, if you can keep the kids from standing there in front of it with the door open!

  • June 5, 2012 at 1:01 am
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    Thanks for stopping by, DK, yeah chocolate makes almost everything better.

    @ Jacqueline – Many thanks for the kind words. I learned a LOT during Ike, mostly that I’d bought food I hated to eat. LOL! Many thanks for stopping by!

  • June 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm
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    Good post, Pauline. It’s rare to get a useful post and a fun one in one blog.

  • June 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm
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    I like getting out the best. It’s the lack of air conditioning that is the worst. Food is the least of my concerns. Chocolate is pretty important however. Great, fun post. http://www.dkchristi.webs.com Author of Ghost Orchid

  • June 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm
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    It never hurts to be prepared! And when I thought I was, I found out I was really wrong! LOL! Luckily we weren’t without power as a lot of people I knew. Many thanks for stopping by, Doug. 🙂

  • June 4, 2012 at 11:00 am
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    Hurricanes aren’t (generally) much of a problem here in the mountains of East Tennessee, but we do experience frequent power outages, so we too need to keep “Emergency Packs” made up and on hand. Drinking water and chocolate are primary components.

    Good reminder!

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