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17 tips to prepare for Hurricane Irma!

Good things to keep in mind…

A friend who has experienced a hurricane before posted this on Facebook and I thought it was a pretty good list of things to do so here it is………

A few hurricane tricks for those who may need it:
1. Start running your ice makers now and bagging the ice in freezer bags. Fill as much space in between your freezer items as you can.
2. Freeze regular tap water for pets, cleaning or drinking in tupperware-type containers. REMEMBER to leave a small bit of space between the top of the water & the lids so the ice expands but doesn’t crack the container.
3. Start using up your perishables to make more room for ice in the freezer.
4. Fill up all vehicles & check tires & oil. Fill up any gas containers you may have.
5. Cash from ATM, at least enough to get you through tolls and gas out of town. Call your bank if you plan on leaving the state so they don’t freeze your card for out-of-area “suspicious” transactions.
6. All important docs screenshot & send to your email. Take originals in sealed bags or plastic bins.
7. Pet & livestock food & supplies. Vet records in case you need to shelter then at a storm-safe facility.
8. Evacuation plans and share with family members so they know where you’re headed.
9. Consider putting heirlooms & photos in plastic bins in a high place, second floor, or safe room if you don’t plan on taking them with you.
11. Old rags & beach towels on your windowsills. Even with the best windows & shutters, water seeping from the wind pressure happens. A few damp towels is better than soaked drywall or floors!
12. Shutter windows and doors and bring everything outside into your garage or house NOW. Do not wait until the day before. Better to get done early and relax than wait until its too late, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE MANDATORY PERSONNEL (hospital employee or first responder).
13. If you don’t already have your hurricane supplies, you might want to get them now. Shelves are already empty in most places.
14. Stock up on dry goods, bottles of water.
15. If you have a grill, stock up on propane.
16. Fill your tubs with water to flush your toilets with.
17. Lower your pool water to prevent flooding from that.I

Stay weather aware and be safe.




I am from Oklahoma. Now living the dream in Arizona. I'm a sassy, creative and outspoken southern gal. I believe that if you can read you can go anywhere. One of my favorite sayings is "If you knew you could not fail what would you do?" I enjoy helping other people. My friends know that I’m the queen of useless trivial knowledge and I will not hesitate to use it.

27 thoughts on “17 tips to prepare for Hurricane Irma!

      1. There is no high ground here. Evacuations are massive today but my wife and I choose to stay to provide support for our nearby aging parents. Fortunately we live west of these evacuation areas. .

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  1. Great tips – thanks! Added your link to my recent “Best ways to help victims of Hurricane Harvey” — sharing another post and some links to agencies where all money provided goes TO the victims & not to admin costs or scammers — primarily shared by a woman who lost everything in 2002 as a result of Hurricane Sandy, sharing those who were personally most helpful.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    1. ONE more thing of importance: MEDICATION!!! Make sure you have enough on hand to get you through for the time following the Hurricane, when you may not be able to get out or pharmacies may not be able to get it IN immediately.

      Pinned to my ADD/EFD Assists board, and have emailed the link to my friends and loved ones in Florida. Thanks again for putting this together.

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      1. Sorry to hear that – did you try more than one brand? I’ve even trained older dogs to use them when we can’t go outside – tho’ I’ve only had Shih Tzus (allergies to other breeds).

        I trained TinkerToy from puppyhood. Always “paper-trained” my dogs, but the scent in the pads make it easier. Despite the fact that the advice is not to do that, they’ve ALL done it, problem-free.

        They prefer “outside” of course, but it’s great for them when I’ve been ill or asleep (sleep disorder – don’t wake to sound, so it was important) — and would be during a hurricane or tornado.

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  2. We have been sharing an almost identical list on Facebook for 2 days now. Already have our places in a Medical Special Needs Shelter. If you didn’t get these on Monday, most places are out of almost everything now. All the shelves are empty.

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