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It is Friday, August 30th, and by now most of us thought that we would have some clarity on the track that Hurricane Dorian would be on.  Unfortunately, we sit and wait and try and keep the memories of Irma at bay.  We thought we would share some things you can do to be productive and help ease some of your anxiety while waiting on Dorian:

  • Clean your bathtub(s) - you can always use fill your bathtub with clean water prior to the arrival of the storm to use for a variety of different things after the storm passes.
  • Finish your laundry and put it away in the closets and dressers - I have spoken with folks that lost their roofs and windows in prior storms and clean laundry is great but if it has been blown all over the neighborhood because you left in the laundry basket then it sort of defeats the purpose.
  • Change the temperature in your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings to prepare for losing power
  • Fill containers, including Ziplocs, now with clean water and place in your freezer and refrigerator as bottled water may be in short supply at the stores.
    • If you are filling Ziplocs with water and freezing, make sure to place a piece of parchment paper under the bag so it does not stick to the racks in your freezer.
  • Start bagging the ice in your ice maker so it can make more and that means less that you will need to purchase.
  • Charge all battery packs, small electronics, and solar powered devices
  • Make sure your propane tanks are filled
  • Start picking up all small and loose items outside.  Your solar lights are pretty outside but can fly away as the winds start to pick up.
    • Some people with a pool put their outdoor furniture in it prior to a storm.  This works but if your furniture is wood or metal then they will be damaged so often best to bring this furniture indoors or into your garage.
  • Start putting up your hurricane shutters now.  It is hot and putting them all up at once may not be an option.  Start now and take it day by day and window by window.
  • If you have a generator, have you started it in the past two years?  Wheel it out now and start it up.  You may still have time to take it to a small parts mechanic to fix it before the storm comes.
  • If you have a generator or gas powered chain saw, make sure you fill up on gas now for those items.
  • Fill your vehicle tanks up with gas.
  • Take cash out now.  After the storm the power may be out and cash may be the only way to pay for anything.
  • If you take medications or vitamins, make sure you have enough now and get them refilled just in case.
  • If you have a dog, get a kiddy pool and put sod in it so your dog will not need to go outside during the storm.
  • If you have a disaster kit, make sure you bring that out and go through it now.
  • Make sure you have sunscreen and bug spray for after the storm.
  • Place a couple rolls of toilet paper and paper towels in a Ziploc or other water proof container.  If these items are wet, they won't do you much good after the storm.
  • Shave right before the storm hits.  No one likes shaving with cold water.
  • Shower/bathe right before the storm hits.  No one really likes a cold shower or bath.
  • Find your extension cords and place them with your generator.
  • If you have a landline, make sure you find your corded phone and plug it in.
  • Stay calm - for some it is meditating or doing yoga, for others it is exercising. 
  • Watch the news for the storm updates.

Those are just a few things you can start doing now to help you prepare for a pending storm.  Do you have any other tips or suggestions?  Let us know by emailing us at and we will update this list.

Posted 9:57 AM

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