I can’t believe that less than two weeks after my coworkers in Houston got hit by Harvey we here on the Gulf Coast are bracing for the (possibility) of Hurricane Irma! I’m ready for hurricane season to be over, but it looks like we’re in for a long season.

Everything wrapped up

Of course, we are also in the middle of a major remodel. While everyone else was enjoying their Holiday weekend, we were getting sheetrock and ceiling work done. While the finished product turned out great (it still needs to be painted), it involved covering everything in plastic and dust getting EVERYWHERE! We knocked out a wall to open up the space between the dining room and the television room, and we had some issues that we had not taken care of yet from when we first bought the house. Now we have nice clean corners in the middle room, so we can finally finish getting it painted!  We also got the ceiling smoothed out in the dining and television room. 

Smooth Ceiling, sharp corners

Since I had a cold and my son has breathing issues, we headed over to a neighbor’s house for a few days. We’re so lucky to have such generous neighbors, and our children enjoyed having some pool time! If you’re ever looking for a place for a large group on the Gulf Coast, I definitely recommend Tiki House!

Tiki House Pensacola Beach

Now, we’re starting this week with our eyes on Irma. I don’t think it’s going to hit us, but we still need to start thinking about preparations. Since we live on the Island, we will evacuate if we think the storm will hit us, but here are some great tips if you’re not evacuating.

  • The first 72 hours are on you. I see this on billboards every day while I drive home, and it’s a great rule of thumb. Plan on not having water, power, or outside help for three full days and most likely you will be fine. After three days, you should be able to either leave the area or go get more supplies somewhere. After Ivan, we were without power for over a week and without water for three days.
  • Make a plan for your pets – get your shot records for them and think about where they will be allowed. Do not leave them behind to fend for themselves!
  • Top everything off. Charge all of your rechargeable items, make sure you have batteries for flashlights and radios. Make sure your car has a full tank of gas. Refill any prescriptions you may need – you’re not going to want to have to deal with that after the storm hits!
  • Get some cash.  Stores may open before they have power or internet or phone service.  You will need cash!!
  • Exercise the Golden Rule. Be patient, help each other, and know that we’re all just trying to make to through. We are stronger together!

We tend to have several different plans in place, and as we get more details we decide which one to implement. This is because there are so many factors to consider. The path of the hurricane, the strength, and the speed.  Hopefully we will not have to put any of our plans into action! 

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