A few recommendations are to fill up your gas tank in your car. If you have access to a portable gas container, I would fill that up also. If you have an outdoor grill, fill propane tanks. Get plenty of jugs of water and if you have a tub in your bathroom, fill the tub up with water. You can use the water in the tub for flushing toilets and for washing dishes. You can never have enough water! Go to the ATM machine and withdrawal plenty of cash. After a hurricane, there will not be any power and ATM machines will not work. No electriicity means no Wi-Fi. Check to make sure you have plenty of batteries and flashlights that work. Have a radio that runs off of batteries readily available so you can listen to the news and weather report. Have a First Aid Kit readily available. Bring all patio furniture, water hoses, potted plants, grills, etc. inside. The winds can become very strong and will lift these items into the air making them projectiles to break windows.
Board up all windows with Hurricane Shutters or plywood. If you do not have access to either of these items, I would suggest placing mattresses, dressers and sofas up against the glass. If you have blinds or window coverings, it is a suggestion to keep them closed. In the event that the windows break, the draperies or blinds will stop the impact of the glass from exploding into a room. Do not stand near glass doors or windows when the winds are intensifying.
Pack a bag! Make sure you have a bag packed with clothing, cash, all medications and non-perishable food. If you are in an area that becomes uninhabitable, you may need to evacuate immediately.
If you have pets, make sure you have brought them indoors and you have plenty of food for them. If you must evacuate, make sure you take your pets with you!
Make sure all cellular phones are fully charged. If you are without power, a great suggestion is to have a portable battery charger. You can find many different versions of these. If you have read my previous post about having a car battery charger, now is a good time to make sure that it is fully charged. I purchased a Stanley Car Battery Charger at Costco in Cabo San Lucas for around $100 and it has a USB charger and flashlight included.
A few suggestion for your grocery list:
Canned Tuna (Make sure you have a manual can opener!)
Snacks such as cookies, chips, pretzels
Canned black beans
White Rice (You can always boil this in a pot of water on your grill if you have a side burner)
When a hurricane is approaching, find a room in your home or hotel room that does not have windows. A bathroom or closet is a good suggestion. I would have your packed baggage, food, water and cash with you in the closet.
If you are staying at a hotel, do not rely on the hotel to provide you with meals. Tourists should stock up on non-perishable items, bottled water and cash. If you have a rental car you should fill up the gas. Pack all of your belonging in your suitcase and keep them with you. If you have decided to ride out the storm in your hotel room, make sure you close all doors and windows and curtains. Place mattresses and furniture against any sliding glass doors. Bring all deck furniture into your hotel room. Remain in the bathroom with your luggage, food and water. Keep pillows and blankets with you in the bathroom. In the event that the windows break, you will have the pillows to cover yourself. If you are staying on a lower floor of a hotel, you may want to request to move to a higher floor due to flooding.
Seek a shelter if you feel you are in danger.
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