Preparation For Hurricane Irma
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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The current update for Hurricane Irma: It has passed over Barbuda as a Category 5 Hurricane and potentially dangerous threat for Southeast Florida, wind of 185 mph, pressure 914 mb (millibar), moving WNW at 16 mph. It is moving through the northern Leeward Islands, heading toward Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico Wednesday and into early Thursday. Parts of Hispaniola, the Bahamas, and Cuba are also in the path of Hurricane Irma later this week. It is very likely parts of the Florida peninsula will be impacted by this dangerous hurricane toward the end of this weekend.
Many Central Floridians are preparing for Irma. I heard from some neighbors that our nearby Publix was completely out of bread and bottled water on Tuesday night. This morning, arriving at a farther-away Publix at 6:55 am (opening hour is 7:00 am), I noticed long line of people waiting for Publix to open. We all seemed to be heading toward the water isle as soon as the door opened. If your local grocery store is completely out of bottled water, fear not. As long as there is power, you can still order an activated carbon filter (such as Brita) and/or a distiller (to treat your water) from amazon.com . If you are a prime member at amazon, it would only take 2 days (from the day you’ve ordered it) to receive your distiller. But do try to start to treat your water (for drinking water) as soon your distiller will have arrived, because you will not be able to use your distiller when the power is out.
Similar situation is happening at the gas stations: our nearby gas station is completely out of gas while the farther-away gas station had only “premium” left. So call up the gas station ahead in order to avoid a wasted trip.
Besides water, food, and gasoline, some other items are also recommended for the hurricane preparation list: battery, flashlights and/or candles, external battery pack (for charging smartphones and various mobile devices in case the power is out), cards and games (in case the power is off) or books, filling up the bathtub with water (for flushing toilet) in case the power goes off. If you live in area likely to be flooded, surrounding your house with sandbags and cover the sandbags with plastic would help to prevent/reduce the amount of water entering your house. Once again, call up your local hardware stores or gas station before going so to avoid a wasted trip.
One of the first purchases we’ve made after arriving in Central Florida was hurricane window film. It would provide extra protection for home by preventing the breakage of windows. So it would not be a bad idea to get it if you have not yet done so. Check with the experts at your local Home Depot or Ace Hardware store.
If you can think of anything else that has not been mentioned in this post, please feel free to contact me via [email protected] so I can expand the list.
Finally, I hope all of our preparations are either unnecessary or overkill. Until Irma passes, I bid you all calmness and clear thinking. Residents of Southern Florida would do well to take a short vacation toward the end of this week.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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