posted on Aug, 26 2011 @ 10:48 AM
I am in the Fort Bragg area of north carolina and I have no idea what to expect. We have not been told to evacuate or anything, so I'm considered a
"bug in" because honestly we don't have the money for gas to evacuate even if we were told.
I have bought canned tuna, crackers, 2 loafs of bread, 5 gallons of water, and a few non-perishable canned items. They are not expecting a huge deal
to happen here but even in a gusty thunderstorm we seem to lose power. I bought flashlights and some cheap AAs, and 3 stick candles (bonus, they smell
good!) I bought diapers and wipes for the baby, cat litter for the cats so we don't get completely stunk-out while there's no air circulating.
I am blessed to have made the mistake of getting an apartment that was WAY too big. We have a 3 bedroom 3 bathroom apartment. One thing I have been
told by my hurricane surviving inlaws (who have been through katrina, ike, and rita), FILL UP BATH TUBS WITH WATER! not only does this provide
drinking water if needed, but it will give you flush water as well. Boiling water, too. We are right by the common area of the complex so we have
plenty of little charcoal grills that we could boil water if needed. Right now I am boiling up some chicken thighs I had frozen, and the purpose of
this is to keep them on ice and use it for shredded chicken sandwiches, which is the only thing I can think of that I can make easily and not waste an
entire pack of chicken. Depending on how the weather turns (it's wanting to be sunny right now but not quite as bright as it could be) I might end up
browning all the hamburger meat in my freezer as well. Why would I do this? Because NOTHING, I repeat NOTHING is worse than having no power with raw
hamburger going bad in a freezer, you CANNOT scrub the funk away, EVER. It will linger, and linger, and HAUNT your nostrils (been through it before,
Oklahoma ice storm 2007, and refrigerator breaking down in WA in 2010)
As far as blankets/other misc supplies, I am married to a military man and he seems to always have extra gear taking up all 3 closets so we're not
worried about that. Ponchos, blankets, medical supplies, canteens, etc. The only thing I am kinda worried about is how I am going to accomplish the
dog's potty breaks....I guess I'll just keep her on a leash, that way if she gets picked up she won't completely fly away!