We have over 100 years combined living experience in the Hampton Roads area. As such, we thought to poll our agents and see who stayed and went with Hurricane Florence coming in.... and what they did to prepare their homes. Turns out everyone actually stayed in the area, thus their preparation was for hunkering down to weather the storm (if it came this way)!
Here's what some of them had to say:
We picked up the standard stuff, except I bought some junk food that I normally don’t get.
We bought extra gas, fired up the generator to make sure it was good to go, froze a dozen bottles of water to help use as ice to keep things cold if power goes out. I turned the refrigerators & freezers to the coldest settings.
Monday and Tuesday stowed all loose lawn items, pool etc. We drained 2 feet out of pool, tuned on the generator to make sure it was good to go, purchased 60 gallons of gas, and stocked on items like food. We turned off chlorination in pool on Monday in case we lose power for weeks we have 30,000 gallons of water.
I just finished picking everything up outside. Generator is good to go and got plenty of water as well.
We stayed. We've cleared the porches, gas tanks are full, propane tanks are full. Fortunately we have a gas stove so we/I can cook. Unfortunately we do not have a generator but we are praying we won't need one.
Of course we got 5 cases of water I I've made a big pot of spaghetti sauce which we will be eating on today and tomorrow. Just got home got stuff for salad. And of course snacks. chips and salsa!
We skipped the issue of bottled/packaged water, and went straight for the Rubbermaid containers (the large ones you put in the attic with junk!) as they can be emptied and filled as needed in the event of need, as opposed to housing water (and having the throw away bottles/containers) and otherwise trying to chase it down as it sells out so quick in the event of an inbound hurricane!
We started unplugging items we really don't need plugged in, and made sure to get REALLY caught up in all of the laundry (new sheets on bed- old ones washed and put away). Same with clothing items. We did a really good wash down of the entire house and basically bought out the dollar store in batteries!
Notice the generator was a big one that was mentioned!
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