We've lived along the coast since 1990, and every year we get our "hurricane suplies" ready. I evacuated (hubby stayed to take care of the business)
during Floyd, and at the time it was the largest mass evacuation the U.S. ever had. It took me 10 hours to drive from Savannah to Macon with our
animals and small daughter. Swore I'd never do that again. Then Matthew came last year. We didn't flood, but were without power (a generator can only
do so much) and fresh water for 5 days. Not sure I want to do THAT again either!
Some "been there, done that, got the tshirt" advice:
1) Fill up gas tanks and spare tanks
2) Have cash
3) Get drinking water, but also have water that you can use for everything else. I hated pouring bottled water into the toilet tank just to flush (I
don't have the luxury to go outside, lol) when needed.
4) Don't just buy a case of tuna fish. Have some variety. And rice can be cooked with canned coconut water - yummy!
5) Entertainment items like board games, playing cards and books. If I had a dime for every time my sons said they were bored....
6) Meds and personal items for 4 to 5 days.
1) see #1 through 6 above. All of it can be applied to being stuck in traffic for 10 hours.
2) You can't bring your entire house (unless you live in a camper). Most of what we own are just things that can be replaced. Family pictures that you
don't have any way to replace, insurance documents, and small hierlooms can go with you. Anything else, put in plastic bags and keep off of the
3) Remember that many, if not most, Rx meds will not be filled over state lines. Even in a town a few hours away have given me flack for trying to
refill. I don't know if the pharmacies are more lenient during a natural disaster, but it's not something I'd try to gamble with.
Be safe everyone!
edit on 9/5/2017 by Lolliek because: (no reason given)