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South Floridian hurricane season supplies

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  1. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I just got 8 sheets of spare plywood, 60 gallons of gasoline, a couple hundred dollars worth of assorted batteries and this weekend will make sure my generator is running and place my hammer drills, tapcons and tarps in the back room. As are the flashlights, radio and fans.
    We've been stockpiling canned food and have 5 one gallon jugs of water that we can hard freeze and keep in the freezer to keep it cool. And drink as it melts.
    The window shutters will be stacked and piled up in the garage. Ready for deployment. All important documents are in waterproof containers and cash has been removed from the bank and placed into the safe.
    There's still a lot to do. A lot of things to fortify. A lot of things to secure.
    But it never feels like it's enough. And with a large enough storm.....It won't be.
    I'm SO tired of this. And it looks like the storms will get stronger and even more frequent.
    Please share your preparations and how you cope.
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    Don't forget propane for the grill! It's always good to fill the bathtub up too before the storm, you can atleast clean yourself a couple times when the waters out. Ya I don't miss them at all lol
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    Bug spray and repellent and a first aid kit. After every hurricane I always seem to do something to myself during cleanup. I pray every year it isn’t the chainsaws turn. Mazuri might be something to get your torts through. Last year Irma really stripped my hibiscus leaves but they have since rebounded.
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    I would rather be in the snow zone then deal with that. Where I lived in MI and now in Chicago, the most we worry about is closed roads due to too much snow. That doesn't happen in Chicago often at all. Being near Lake Michigan even the tornadoes don't bother us.
    My advice is move here. Otherwise be safe through them.
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    And give up year round fishing? You don’t need to shovel sunshine in the winter here. Done my time in northern Minnesota(-37 coldest), now anything below 50 is too cold for me.
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    Atlanta is just a hop skip and a jump up I75, no hurricanes here, and rarely any snow. ;)
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    Got a daughter and grandkids in Druid Hills. When it does snow up there I hear everything shuts down. Can’t stand that 3 hour drive from Hampton Jackson to middle Atlanta at 10 mph.
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    Ed, I’ll be thinking about you and your wife and Suki!
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    My hibiscus are all growing sideways. Some are still flat on the ground.
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    My mother lives in Albany...
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    My water heater and stove are natural gas. They work even without electricity. We've never been without water. But often it must be boiled before you can drink it.
    It's already unusually hot here and out in the Atlantic, and our friend El Nino isn't around this year to deflect the weather.
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    I would much rather have the snow. I don't mind the cold, either.
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    Natural gas in sunrise? How did you pull that off! When Wilma came thru in Margate I had a couple tanks of propane. All the neighbors were emptying their freezers and we were having community cookouts. We had coolers to keep stuff, but had to go to a park in coral springs and wait in a line each day for bags of ice and water. It was a memorable experience, but one I'd rather not do again!
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    Minnesota much worse then where I have lived. I wouldn't want to do Minnesota winters.
    Fishing all year round here too.
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    Chicago? Are you talking about ice fishing? No no no, I think I’d rather get a January sunburn.
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    This area is actually older than most of the other drained swamp areas. 1971.
    The whole area is on natural gas. So I can take hot showers by candle light. Sounds romantic.
    I run my fridge, freezer on generator power a couple hours on and off. Ice keeps for a few days in a big cooler and at night, we use a small, portable a/c unit on the generator pointed at our bed.
    Of course this won't work with missing windows and/or a roof.
    But so far, so good.
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    Well gluck this season hopefully none make landfall
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    And this is the only reason I stayed up North when my family moved. My parents live in Plantation full time but have a house in Key West as well. Every year my poor Dad has to go through this ritual with BOTH houses.
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    The keys did get HAMMERED last year.
    I'm very grateful that Browsed county has faired so well lately.
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    Let's hope Puerto Rico is spared too this year.
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