Hurricane Irma was an incredibly intense and large storm that broke all kinds of records. Some people may envy the year-long warm weather and sunshine of tropical regions, but it does have a price. I’ve lived in Florida all my life and have dealt with my fair share of hurricanes, but this is the first time that I’ve ever went 3 days without power. And we were extremely lucky.
So I would like to take this post to help you make sure that you’re ready for disasters. Obviously, they vary depending on where one lives and how much time available to actually prepare. However, it never hurts to keep these things in mind. I’m at an age where we’re considering housing and we all want that Instagram look. Around here, that might be living right on the coast which means flooding. Because of Irma, I learned that roofs are made to sustain certain amounts of wind.
Hurricanes may be much larger than tornadoes, but there is much more time to prepare for them. We were not told to evacuate, but I was still a bit panicked about where my mother and her cat would go if we had to leave. Gridlock and supply shortage are great motivators for making sure you know your danger zones beforehand and to have a kit and plan. Common disaster supplies include batteries, flashlights, a first aid kit, food and water, and important documents.
Although we did buy some non-perishables, we didn’t anticipate the power being out for 70 hours (I’d a friend who had to wait 90!). So we ended up having to throw away pretty much everything in the fridge. Perhaps it would’ve lasted a little longer if we’d frozen ziploc bags of water…
Irma passed us the evening of the 10th. I went to get gas Wednesday and there were only few pumps available. I’m writing this on the following Sunday, and my dad said grocery shelves are still empty. But we are still very lucky to just have tree limbs everywhere. Miami saw massive flooding and parts of the Caribbean are devastated. If you’re able to donate, I would highly recommend smaller groups that are directly involved in communities rather than something like the Red Cross, where donations often get lost in such a large organization.
In either case, pressure your representatives to act on climate change!
Hurricane Irma Relief
Helped homeless and other marginalized people during and after the storm.
Tampa Humane Society
Evacuated shelter animals and assisted pet owners.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Immokalee and Southwest Florida farmworker communities that often live in poverty.
The Miami Foundation
Caribbean Strong relief fund that supports small island nations and territories.
Thanks for reading and your action. ❤