In preparation of Hurricane Hanna

Hurricane Bertha at peak intensityImage via Wikipedia I’m a Cali Girl. Really. This hurricane business is too much stress for my EQ trained prepared lifestyle.

The major difference between southern west coast and southern east coast preparations, is that one should be mobile.

After the Loma Prieta earthquake (you may know it as San Francisco, where it hit just as preparations were underway to start the world series game,) I started carrying food and supplies in my vehicle. I just couldn’t imagine being those vehicles stuck up high, on some of those bridges, with collapsed sections directly in front of and behind them..

I stood there, watching my television, holding my newborn baby, feeling like I was witnessing a serious episode of the Twilight zone.

That day changed my “pre-preparation life” as I knew it.

My new preparations made it through the Northridge Earthquake, too. We were far enough south, that these were just minor inconveniences.

In 1996, I moved to Jacksonville, Florida, just before Hurricane Bertha.

I had previously heard words like “Homestead,” “Andrew,” and “Hugo,” but I didn’t know anything about hurricanes.

I was “living” in a trailer, in Mayport, Florida. The tv was screaming the names of schools and phone numbers, as evacuation centers, but I didn’t have a telephone or a cell phone and I didn’t know where any of those places were. I left the city about 6 hours before a mandatory evacuation of the beach closed the inter-coastal water-way.

That week-long sleepless stress was more difficult than growing up on the San Andreas Fault.

Now that brings me forward to today.. Hanna is knocking on my door.

No menu is planned, yet, because I can’t quite figure out how to assemble one with just the contents of my refrigerator and freezers.

We have red and green bell peppers, napa cabbage, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, cream or half n half.. so I see some Italian mixed up into our week.. but, in general, I am clueless.

I got to the doctor, this morning, to refill my allergy medicine and request some Ambien. My bedding is rotating through my washing machine and I’m going to focus on cleaning the floors and eating up what we have, that won’t keep.

We are well out of any flood zones, so its just wind and rain that we will experience. I really don’t want to live without electricity. I’m such an indoor girl. :)

OH, and I’m going to dump out all of my stored water, onto my garden, and refill them. I also need to learn how to disinfect water without chlorine bleach.

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  1. Heather Solos
    September 2, 2008 | 4:19 pm

    They sell water purification tablets, but I’m not sure where to get them, perhaps anywhere they sell camping supplies.
    I wasn’t saying we would be losing power for 3 days, just that we’d be prepared for that event. :)

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In preparation of Hurricane Hanna

Hurricane Bertha at peak intensityImage via Wikipedia I’m a Cali Girl. Really. This hurricane business is too much stress for my EQ trained prepared lifestyle.

The major difference between southern west coast and southern east coast preparations, is that one should be mobile.

After the Loma Prieta earthquake (you may know it as San Francisco, where it hit just as preparations were underway to start the world series game,) I started carrying food and supplies in my vehicle. I just couldn’t imagine being those vehicles stuck up high, on some of those bridges, with collapsed sections directly in front of and behind them..

I stood there, watching my television, holding my newborn baby, feeling like I was witnessing a serious episode of the Twilight zone.

That day changed my “pre-preparation life” as I knew it.

My new preparations made it through the Northridge Earthquake, too. We were far enough south, that these were just minor inconveniences.

In 1996, I moved to Jacksonville, Florida, just before Hurricane Bertha.

I had previously heard words like “Homestead,” “Andrew,” and “Hugo,” but I didn’t know anything about hurricanes.

I was “living” in a trailer, in Mayport, Florida. The tv was screaming the names of schools and phone numbers, as evacuation centers, but I didn’t have a telephone or a cell phone and I didn’t know where any of those places were. I left the city about 6 hours before a mandatory evacuation of the beach closed the inter-coastal water-way.

That week-long sleepless stress was more difficult than growing up on the San Andreas Fault.

Now that brings me forward to today.. Hanna is knocking on my door.

No menu is planned, yet, because I can’t quite figure out how to assemble one with just the contents of my refrigerator and freezers.

We have red and green bell peppers, napa cabbage, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, cream or half n half.. so I see some Italian mixed up into our week.. but, in general, I am clueless.

I got to the doctor, this morning, to refill my allergy medicine and request some Ambien. My bedding is rotating through my washing machine and I’m going to focus on cleaning the floors and eating up what we have, that won’t keep.

We are well out of any flood zones, so its just wind and rain that we will experience. I really don’t want to live without electricity. I’m such an indoor girl. :)

OH, and I’m going to dump out all of my stored water, onto my garden, and refill them. I also need to learn how to disinfect water without chlorine bleach.

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  1. Heather Solos
    September 2, 2008 | 4:19 pm

    They sell water purification tablets, but I’m not sure where to get them, perhaps anywhere they sell camping supplies.
    I wasn’t saying we would be losing power for 3 days, just that we’d be prepared for that event. :)

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