Sometimes I feel like the weathermen are like the boy who cried wolf. Every event is SO big and monumental and record breaking. It gets old. What used to startle us no longer does.
I thought that this storm might be another one of those cases – more hype than bite. We’re just a few hours into it and it seems that I may be wrong. My heart breaks for the devastation unfolding before our eyes.
Thankfully, where I am, there’s not much danger. We are to see about 6″ of rain in the next couple days. We are to expect power outages, high winds, and downed trees. With that comes roads that crumble off mountainsides. No snow. No extreme temperatures. No frighteningly strong winds. No need to evacuate, though one place I dearly love that I used to live is likely going to be a barren wasteland when this storm is through.
So, how are we preparing?
- Prayer. We are praying for those more directly in the path of the storm. We are praying for our area as well that the storm would stay mild.
- Water. Last time we had a big storm, we didn’t find out until later that we had been under a boil order. Oops. This time, I gathered all of our pitchers and filled them with drinking water. I have a few gallons stored in my basement as well. We can get by until we know for sure if there is a need to boil.
- Laundry. I have been woefully behind on my laundry. I took the day to get caught up. My goal was to have enough clothes for 3 days of work for hubby plus all of our towels clean and ready to go. It’s 5pm and I did it! Now that means I have to put it all away…..
- Food. If we lose power, we can still cook on our gas stove. We did go to the market this morning to get some produce and milk. Wouldn’t want to be eating franken-foods during the frankenstorm! (as in GMO foods) We have plenty of food.
- Basement. When we get a lot of rain, we get a river that goes in one side of our basement and crosses to the other side to go down the drain. There are a few spots where water pools. All fabric or cardboard gets put up off the ground.
- Light. Flashlights have a very short lifespan in this house full of boys. I got some candles and one more flashlight.
- Heat. Footie pj’s and sleeping bags. Check!
- Deck. All ride-on toys, umbrellas, and chairs are safely stowed in the garage. The flag on the front of the house is tucked away. Good to go!
And, so, we are prepared for the storm. We pray it won’t be as bad as predicted. We pray that the pictures we are seeing are as bad as it gets.
Are you in the path of the storm? How do you prepare?