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Hurricane Prep, The Smaller Items

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Everyone always tells you what to do with the large ticket items. Water, ice, batteries, medications.

What about those little things? Like having a real phone in the house. All those fancy phones aren’t hardwired and require the power to be working for them to operate. My antique phone 😉

We also use UPS’s throughout the house to be able to charge cell phones and run small lamps with CFL bulbs. And, to run the cable modem and wireless router. At least for a short while.

How about the weather radio? And, of course a smart phone to check on things even without power. Like how long BGE will take to get power restored.

We have flashlights of all shapes and sizes in every room we use regularly, like the family room, kitchen, bath and bedroom.

We hope this storm will blow out to sea, but who knows. I suppose the more we prepare, the greater the possibility it will all be for nothing. It seems that only when we are caught unaware, like with the June derecho, that we have problems.

Thankfully, we are at one of the higher elevations in the county so we will be spared from flooding. And, with a new roof and a solidly built brick house, we can weather the winds. I spent all day today bringing in items that may blow around, with the exception of the bird feeders. They will come down at the last moment. Those squirrel deterrents will blow everywhere.

Here’s hoping this hurricane will miss us.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

2 responses »

  1. Annierie,

    Great suggestions. BGE has already announced that they are anticipating that 700,000 of their customers will lose service during the storm. We don’t have any UPS units for this storm but thanks to you we’ll dam sure have at least one for the next storm.


  2. Made sure my cell phone & Kindle were charged (now that I’ve made the move from hardcopy books to an e-reader), we have UPS’s and an “antique” phone too. This storm is motivation to get the yard cleaned up for winter, putting away all those things that need putting away. We tend to procrastinate about it otherwise.

    Many years ago my mom gave everyone hand-crank flashlights. At the time we smiled and I dutifully put mine away in my car. Two years ago I was in a hotel when numerous big thunderstorms rolled through and the hotel lost power. Boy I was happy I had that flashlight, stowed in a place where I could find it.


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