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Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips?
      Tue Sep 05 2017 03:55 PM

Things I've learned...

Glow sticks are a great hurricane box item. No batteries required, will not burn the house down, water proof, last 8 hours (overnight). Basically use them like nightlights: put them in bathrooms and hallways. With the power out and shutters up your house will be pitch DARK at night.

Don't forget a radio. Cell towers will be likely be down, thus your only communication may be an old AM/FM radio. Laptops and tablets will run out of juice. Internet services might not work.

Send text messages. During Wilma voice calls wouldn't go thru but text did easily even with only 1 bar of service.

Get heavy duty gloves for putting up panels and cleaning up broken glass, split wood, twisted metal.

If you have an ice maker start emptying it into your freezer now. Eat anything frozen now (pizza, waffles, ice cream, etc). If you are evacuating throw out all food in the fridge/freezer, then leave the fridge doors open so it can air out while your gone. Unplug or flip the circuit breakers on your major appliances, TV, etc to protect from surges when power comes back on.

Take down your satellite dish, just the reflector (oval part), leave the brackets and wiring in place. When you return its alignment should be OK so you'll have TV again. During Wilma as soon as we had power we had TV, our cable neighbors didn't have service for nearly 2 weeks due to equipment damage and lines being down.

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David ('79) - Floyd ('87) - Andrew ('92) - Georges ('98) - Irene ('99) - Frances & Jeanne ('04) - Katrina & Wilma ('05) - Matthew ('16)

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* Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Prospero Tue Sep 05 2017 03:55 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? cieldumortModerator   Wed Sep 06 2017 08:31 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Owlguin   Wed Sep 06 2017 12:32 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? DMFischer   Wed Sep 06 2017 12:17 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? TPuppy   Tue Sep 05 2017 01:09 AM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Stork   Tue Sep 05 2017 09:42 AM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Fay   Tue Sep 05 2017 01:40 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Lamar-Plant City   Tue Sep 05 2017 02:18 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? JMII   Tue Sep 05 2017 03:55 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Lautermilch   Tue Sep 05 2017 04:32 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? eulogia   Tue Sep 05 2017 03:26 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Lamar-Plant City   Tue Sep 05 2017 05:00 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Bev   Tue Sep 05 2017 10:14 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Bev   Wed Sep 06 2017 09:27 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? TPuppy   Thu Sep 07 2017 12:29 AM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Lamar-Plant City   Thu Sep 07 2017 12:32 AM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Bev   Thu Sep 07 2017 03:05 AM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? kapSt.Cloud   Fri Sep 08 2017 04:13 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Lamar-Plant City   Sat Sep 09 2017 09:38 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Prospero   Sat Sep 09 2017 10:19 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Bev   Thu Sep 07 2017 03:08 AM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Lamar-Plant City   Thu Sep 07 2017 10:38 AM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Prospero   Thu Sep 07 2017 09:14 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? LadyStorm   Wed Sep 06 2017 09:57 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? MikeCAdministrator   Tue Sep 05 2017 10:30 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Bev   Wed Sep 06 2017 03:08 AM
. * * Forgive me if this has been asked several times Ed G   Wed Sep 06 2017 08:15 AM
. * * Re: Forgive me if this has been asked several times Lamar-Plant City   Wed Sep 06 2017 09:13 AM
. * * Re: Forgive me if this has been asked several times justmeinflorida   Wed Sep 06 2017 03:14 PM
. * * Re: Forgive me if this has been asked several times Daniel Jones   Wed Sep 06 2017 05:37 PM
. * * Re: Forgive me if this has been asked several times kapSt.Cloud   Wed Sep 06 2017 06:09 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? gvl, fl   Wed Sep 06 2017 12:09 AM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Lamar-Plant City   Mon Sep 04 2017 08:02 PM
. * * Re: Irma Preparations in Florida - Tips? Prospero   Mon Sep 04 2017 09:12 PM

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