If you are HUKERING DOWN for the Hurricane , and NOT evacuating...what do you stock up on???

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If you are HUKERING DOWN for the Hurricane , and NOT evacuating...what do you stock up on???

Bignuf Bignuf
We are now not directly in the path of the big storm, but in an expected "strike zone" so may lose power for a couple days, or be stuck at home. We bought a lot of peanut butter, crackers, some cereals and "retort" packaged milk (no fridge needed and in single use containers), plus we have a camp stove and lots of LED lighting.

We have canned soups of all kinds and several trays of bottled water. Lots of dog food for the dog and other food for the pets....

SO...if you are likewise in a "no evacuation" but "hunker down" situation, what kinds of things do YOU purchase and stock up on to be "ready"?
08/25/2011
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Ghost Ghost
Bagels, cereal, oranges and water.
08/26/2011
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
Food, water, batteries, flashlights, candles & lighters, disposable cups & plates & utensils, toilet paper, first aid supplies, and ammo (in case of looters). Some of those cheap plastic battery operated fans can make things a lot less miserable for you if the power goes out too, especially if you have a cooler full of ice on hand and put small amounts in bowls and let the fans blow across them on you. We also grab a couple of tarps and some duct tape in case of roof holes or window leakage.

These aren't things you buy, but some good ideas for prep (which we learned during hurricane Charley):
* Pick up a corded phone, because the land lines work when the cell towers and regular phones go down.
* Make sure your laundry is caught up (especially towels and wash cloths)
* Fill your bath tub with water so you can use it to flush toilets and to scoop out pitchers full to wash yourself with.
* Have some cash on hand, because the ATMs go down with the power.
* Fill your gas tank (gas pumps are electric too).
08/26/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Rubbing alcohol. Besides being a disinfectant for any scratches, it can also be used to cool down your body.

We keep the Gatorade gallon jugs after washing and sterilizing them, then boil water on the stove and fill the jugs with the water. After that they're put in the deep freeze and frozen into ice blocks. We use them in a cooler, keep some in the fridge to keep it colder longer, and drink the ones that melt.

Also noted is that a deep freeze is your best friend during a storm, as you can keep a supply of ice in there.

At least three days' worth of medications, although I prefer one to two weeks' worth (but then that's my zodiac sign of Cancer being a worrying horder).

Never underestimate the power of family games or a deck of cards to relieve the boredom.

Camp lanterns that run on batteries. And oil lamps for general lighting in the evenings.

Turn off the A/C when the power starts to flicker - the flickering is bad for the system.

MOSQUITO REPELLANT. Because the standing water and inevitable humidity after the storm has passed will cause them to swarm like locusts.
08/26/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
We're in Chicago, and the storm probably will not effect us at all, or simply give us one hell of a rainstorm a day or two from now. (I hope not tomorrow, because we're going to the Renn Faire!)

My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you on the East Coast. I hope the storm does little damage and all are safe.
08/26/2011
Dawn (Lilac Distraction) Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
When we went through Gustav in Louisiana, we made sure to stock up on beer and other adult beverages. Same goes with everyone in our neighborhood. There's nothing to do, so why not party?

We made sure to have gas for our grill and ended up having a three-day cookout with everyone.

Also, it's a pretty good idea to stock up on things like baby wipes. Sometimes water gets shut off. It's good to have just in case you can't bathe. That and some dry shampoo.

Everyone already listed the common things you think of.
08/26/2011
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
We're under a mandatory evacuation, so we don't have much of a choice. I could stay, of course, but I'd rather waste my time on a mandatory evac than wind up in big trouble because I stayed.

We're making sure we have things to eat that don't require electricity to cook, as we don't anticipate that there'll be power for at least a 24 hour period.
08/26/2011
guard083 guard083
When I lived in Florida I would always hear a about four things running out of stock because people would buy it in bulk. Little Debbie cakes, Condoms, smokes, and beer lol only in America
08/26/2011
EvilHomer EvilHomer
I generally don't have to stock up, I just got to the pantry and check what I have that doesn't require cooking, check that I have propane (either for a gas stove when I had one or for the camping stove, outside of course.) I generally have enough, then I fill the bathtub, for flushing toilets bathing, then I fill all the empty bottles I have with water and wait it out.
08/26/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
We're in Chicago, and the storm probably will not effect us at all, or simply give us one hell of a rainstorm a day or two from now. (I hope not tomorrow, because we're going to the Renn Faire!)

My thoughts and prayers will be with ...
(I'm going to the Renn Faire on Sunday!)

I'm also not in the path of the storm, especially since it's going north up the coast and not west, but my cousin, sister, and grandmother are. I'm not sure what my cousin is doing, but she's in a lower lying coastal area and my sister has invited her a little further north into the mountains. Might not make a huge difference but the storm should be hopefully a little weaker up north.

My sister and I talked today about what she's planning on doing. She's in Concord, NH and she and my grandmother are planning on taking important documents, the cat, clothes, food, and some other supplies to my grandmother's place of employment since it's more stable than my grandmother's home since it's a trailer in a retirement community and the foundation is less than stellar at the moment. She might not have everything she needs, but she'll be more prepared than her boyfriend and his friends who don't think it's anything at all to worry about. He says she's overreacting, she and I say better safe than sorry!
08/26/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
We're under a mandatory evacuation, so we don't have much of a choice. I could stay, of course, but I'd rather waste my time on a mandatory evac than wind up in big trouble because I stayed.

We're making sure we have things ...
Be safe, honey. I'll be thinking of you, and everyone who is threatened by this storm.
08/26/2011
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