we interrupt this blog for Hurricane Florence 2018 – are you ready??

I had big plans for a makeover in our cottage this afternoon…

Then Brian and I decided it was worthwhile to prepare for Florence 2018.

Obviously, we’re late to this party because there was hardly a generator to be found in the entire STATE and store shelves were already empty of the basic food items, HELLO!?!?!?!

Florence is being compared to the likes of Hurricane Hugo. Anyone remember?

In case you aren’t from these parts, or you’re too young – Hurricane Hugo hit the Carolinas when I was in the 3rd grade. I distinctly remember how bad this storm impacted our area and how there were people around us who went weeks without power. WEEKS, ya’ll.

Yes, we’re a few hours inland from the coast. They still anticipate significant winds and flooding for our area. This could be a major weather event with a severe impact. Also, the mandatory evacuations from the coast that begin tomorrow for SC means our local area will be FLOODED with people coming inland to escape the storm. It’s about to get crazy in Charlotte.

It’s best to be prepared in case this storm packs a punch like Hugo did 30 years ago…wow, I feel old now.

via NASA

In case you need help or ideas, here is the Haigler’s Hurricane Prep Plan for Florence 2018:

#1: Move or secure all items outside that could get blown away. For example chairs, tables, basketball goals, trampolines, playsets, toys, etc. We have all of the above. Fun times.

#2: If you live in a house with well water – you won’t have water if the power goes out. WHAT?!?! Yep. Welcome to the country, Haiglers. This is why we hunted down a generator today to give us back up power if needed to run our well and possibly save items in the fridge/freezer. Also, we can charge cell phones if needed.

#3: Stock up on food that can be prepared without power. My grocery list included bread, peanut butter and jelly, chips, applesauce, cereal/protein bars, and bottled water for drinking.

#4: Make sure essential safety items are ready and available for use. Batteries, flashlights, candles, lighters, first aid, toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer.

#5: Go get gas. Now. I can remember several times over the years where natural disasters caused panic and our local area has run out of gas. We filled our cars today. Even the day before a storm hits, lines at gas pumps can get ridiculous. Go now to get ahead of the chaos.

Alrighty, y’all. Let’s take this storm seriously and get ready. Let’s also pray for everyone in the path of the storm, those evacuating and leaving everything behind, and those rescue workers that will be risking their lives to save others.

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7 comments

  1. I have had you guys on my mind from first mention of this storm. The words of Casting Crowns’ “I will praise You in this storm,” come to mind. It will be hard but I see you all doing this. You are such an inspiration. I am praying diligently for you all. I do every day. But especially through this storm. Much love ❤️ Gina H.

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