September 09, 2008

Hurricane Ike and Texas

To any readers from Texas who have never been through a hurricane.

No matter where you live on the coast, even 100 miles inland, I would do the following:

Go ahead and get gas tomorrow and not let it get below ¾ of a tank.

Get some items that you’ll know you’ll use anyway. It doesn’t hurt to buy water and items that will be in big demand.

Look through my list HERE on how to prepare. (Look in the comments as well as there are good comments.) It doesn’t hurt to start… now.

The hurricane predictions are just that. They have NO CLUE where it will go. They can scream Brownsville all they want, and it could just as easily hit Houston. They can scream Galveston and it will hit Brownsville.

Just do yourself a favor and pick up some supplies and get started… like I said, stuff you think you’ll use. Paper plates, and plastic ware, aluminum foil, water, cash… don’t do these things at the last minute.

Do them now. Get a head start. And as we know more... get more stuff, spend more money. (If you have the cash, just do it all now. Get it over with... I'm fully prepared already knowing full well, its an investment as well as eventually it will ALL get used.)

I promise you… you will NOT regret it.

And if you live near the water, a canal, a bay, anything… think about when you are going to evac and where you are going to go. Maybe get some extra gas now… Pensacola Bay, folks never considered a hazard, rose up and took entire homes, leaving nothing, not even the slab, during Hurricane Ivan. There was a 10 – 15 foot storm surge. If you live on any water… do not take the chance.

Start planning now when you can leave and how you will get there.

Get ready folks… we’re all watching. If you stumble across this… please start now.

Posted by Boudicca at September 9, 2008 08:10 PM | TrackBack

Or.... you can do what those folks in the gated community in West Palm Beach did two years ago, and what the folks in New Orleans did when Katrina came calling.... just wait for the government to take care of you.

Posted by: Angus of Ayre at September 9, 2008 08:33 PM

Oh, Dad, that would be Century Village. And I do believe my father in law aspires to emumlate them.

/snark off.

BTW, they are all voting for Obama...

Posted by: Bou at September 9, 2008 08:40 PM

H20 and I are in touch and are getting ready to do whats needed...

They are predicting as of tonight that landfall will be near Matagorda, which is about 35 miles east of us...

I am either going to H20's or north to Bow and Arrow country...

as the Acidman would say "we're all gonna die"...

Posted by: jerry at September 9, 2008 09:04 PM

Jerry- In all honesty, if there is nothing keeping you there, and where you're going, they don't mind, there is no reason not to leave tomorrow. Just get your shit together, board up and leave.

Just beat the rush because its going to be frickin' pandemonium. Mayhem... it is coming.

Posted by: Bou at September 9, 2008 09:10 PM

Don't forget to have enough cash or traveler's checks on hand. If electricity is out, for a period of time, credit cards and ATMs are useless.

Posted by: h~ at September 9, 2008 10:06 PM

Better to be prepared and get out if possible than to try and figure it out afterward.

I know you all down in hurricane alley are far better prepared for emergencies than I am.


What I need is to make myself a checklist... then just go BUY stuff. I will have to crawl through your posts and Laughing Wolf's over at Blackfive's place and a few others, then put together lists that people can print off and check off as they go through the store.

What I see mostly are lists with lots of explanation attached. The actual "thing" itself gets lost in the shuffle and people tend to overload on information.

Don't get me wrong...the explanation is good... people need to know why they are doing things. But at the end must come "the list" - plain and simple in order to give people something to grasp and keep track. I have to say, this is why I never managed to do more than a rudimentary emergency kit - I get lost in the words. Heh.

Posted by: Teresa at September 10, 2008 10:58 AM

Just as long as it misses Houston, where my stepmother resides. She had to wait out the Rita scare a few years back while she was taking care of my dad who was terminally ill. Because of his condition at the time they chose to stay in place. Luckily Rita was only a sideswipe and their damage was limited to a single toppled bush in front of the house.

Posted by: diamond dave at September 10, 2008 02:24 PM

Bou, got all my provisions here SW of Houston. They're still predicting Ike to hit to the SW of us between Corpus Christi and Port Lavaca, but that still puts us on the dirty side. I expect a lot of rain and maybe some wind - perhaps electricity outages, but not anything major. I hope.

Posted by: Momotrips at September 10, 2008 03:38 PM

Teresa- Point taken! I will try to create one of those. I just assumed someone would sit down and create one... but this could help them start.

Posted by: Bou at September 10, 2008 03:56 PM

thanks! can't evacuate before tomorrow evening due to specific work issues right now, but have a place to go, and supplies in case!

Posted by: epione at September 10, 2008 09:19 PM