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Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is predicted to to come ashore and really impact the southeastern and the eastern part of the U.S. by the end of the week. You need to prepare now for the hurricane. You can find info on how to prepare here: .

What medications need to be refilled? Do you know where your local shelters are? Do you have battery back-ups or alternative sources of power for nebulizers?

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  • K8sMom2002

    Melissa, you beat me to the punch! I was watching the forecast on the Weather Channel this AM, and it is a scary one!

    Just to let folks know when they should have their preparations in place, here's a handy chart from the National Hurricane Center on the :

    Other things to consider, even if you're not in the direct path:

    • Will you be affected by flooding or power outages?
    • Will the pharmacies, hospitals and stores you use be affected by the weather?
    • Will evacuees be coming into your area? That can create supply shortages for locals.
    • Will the winds and storm bring changes to local weather —
      • increase in pollen
      • more pollutants from other places
      • drops in pressure
      • increases in humidity
  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Thanks Melissa and Cynthia! We are supposed to feel the effects of the storm by Friday. I just checked my Qvar and I have about 7 days worth of doses left, so I'll call my pharmacist and see if I can pick it up early. Anyone have any suggestions for nebulizer car adapters? 

    Stay safe everyone!!  

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    oops, after checking Cynthia's picture listed above, I realized my timeline is now off…looks like we'll be getting hit with it by Thursday morning.  

  • Melissa G

    Brenda, something like this would work:  Ours looks different just because we have had it since Bekah was a toddler. Here is one from Best Buy, you can work your neb and charge your cell phone: 

  • Melissa G

    Even if we don't take a direct hit, if we get any substantial rain fall, we are going to be in trouble! It has rained all weekend. Rivers and creeks are already at their banks or overflowing. I can see lots of downed trees and power lines. 

    I called in Bekah's meds this morning and will get dh's insulin test strips ordered this afternoon. 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Stay safe and be prepared everyone. I wonder if the lower pressure caused by a hurricane cause a breathing problems. COPD could be worse. I am so glad I got my portable nebulizer just in case. It's the type you use in the car. 

    I always have extra water and batteries and a bit of extra food. I do not panic shop but I know others do so I make sure I get what we need all the time knowing supplies will get wiped out.

  • Pljohns

    Everyone stay safe!  Sending tons of  and good luck  for all of you in Florence’s path!

  • Melissa G

    If Florence stays on it's current path, we will be fine, but I feel terrible for everyone in the Carolina's. 

    we are prepared in case it comes north. I went to Wal-Mart last night and the shelves were nearly empty! I just need a few things from the grocery store, I will pick them up on the way home from music lessons. 

    Stay safe all! 

  • K8sMom2002
    Melissa G posted:

    If Florence stays on it's current path, we will be fine, but I feel terrible for everyone in the Carolina's. 

    Stay safe all! 

    Melissa, I checked at lunch, and it looks like we will be, too. We may have some brisk winds, but nothing bad. And we'll be on the left hand side of the storm … I hate being on the upper right quadrant of a hurricane or tropical storm, because that's where the tornadoes are. 

    I feel really bad for everyone in the Carolinas and in Virginia … I know how I felt when Irma was bearing down on us! Stay safe, Brenda!

    Deborah, I definitely have more trouble with my lungs when the pressure drops. There is a phenomenon called . AAFA has a great blog on how .

  • K8sMom2002

    I spoke too soon! Florence is bobbling south! 

    I'm hoping that she will miss us … but just in case, I'm breaking out the old hurricane prep book. That's a big storm, with a big wind field.

  • Deborah Bartlett

    My friend Jill lives in Gastonia  NC.  I pray for her safety. She has diabetes. I hope all will make it through. ☺

  • Marie E Natzke

    I live in Chicago Illinois and they are saying the winds will affect Lake Michigan. The storm that hit Louisana last week came through here over the weekend and we had 10 foot waves. 1 person was swept into the lake and sadly didn't make it. But every one was warned to stay away from the shoreline. So please everyone whose in the path of the storm yes I know sometimes they change directions without much warning. But if your told to leave please do so. It's better to be safe,  homes can be rebuilt/repaired but there is only one 1 you!!!

  • Melissa G

    Deborah, praying for your friend! Is she evacuating? 

    Cynthia, Lynn and Marie, stay safe! 

  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, yikes, yikes, yikes … Georgia just declared a State of Emergency for all 159 of our counties.

    We did one better … Our household declared a State of Emergency last night at 11 PM when the latest advisories suddenly changed. The news has not gotten any better. Here's the latest track:

    That rainbow? It's covering up Georgia.

    Between 11 PM last night and 11 AM this morning, I:

    • Swept and mopped all my floors
    • Changed my cat litter
    • Cleaned my kitchen and bathroom
    • Wiped down kitchen cabinets, doors and light switches with a dilute bleach solution
    • Checked inventory of shelf stable foods
    • Checked flashlights, candles, batteries
    • Made a grocery list for DD to go shopping for me
    • Washed two loads of clothes and put a third on (DH helped out by putting the towels on for me first thing this AM)
    • Checked the contents of my fridge to see what I needed to toss.

    We still need to vacuum, check the garage for loose items, fill up my water beverage coolers, fill up the tub, charge all the electronics, and fill up the cars. Oh, and take off the trash. Oh, and get CASH. 

    Haven't shaved my legs yet … but it's coming.

    Tonight's supper menu? Hurricane Stew … that's a stew/soup made with all the leftovers in the fridge. Dessert will be the lone ice cream cone lingering in the freezer.

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I sill be thinking of you. All of you stick together and stay safe.

    Here are some Hurry-Cane  brownies for you….

    Edited to add photo to reply – CRR – 09/12/2018

  • Shea

    K8SMOM, scary stuff!!!

    Last hurricane (Irma) I boiled potatoes to keep in the fridge and eggs (in case you have long-term a power outage). Our area in Florida didnt get hit much but was out of power 3-5 days and roads were not safe to drive on for a few days too. I ended up leaving state befire it hit, but the potatoes and eggs were in my cooler and great for the drive from FL to TN. I also had cheese sticks and sunbutter jelly sandwich stuff for Tommy and bread… And lots of water. Just for Tommy and I, we have 4 24 packs and 8 gallons in my pantry for hurricane. Also a large plastic tub full of Belvita crackers and canned mandarin oranges and cereal and rice milk etc. Instant coffee and creamer are good to have too!

    This year I have a portable power supply thatll charge electronics and nebulizers. 

    Duke said some areas where the hurricane hits will be out of power for 7 days (not Georgia but in the Carolinas)… And to prepare for 3-4 days. 

     

  • Marie E Natzke

    The effects keep changing for us here in Chi town but if we get anything it won't be near  what you all are facing…. Don't worry about me i'm worried for all of you!!! 

  • K8sMom2002

    Deborah, those brownies look delish! Thanks!

    Good ideas, Shea, on the prep suggestions … It's funny … my dad just a few days ago suggested I buy a generator. I've been wanting one, but our cash flow just wouldn't stretch.

    DD's football game that she was supposed to cheer at Friday was moved to Thursday and then was cancelled altogether. So far no evacuations …

    I've done what I can to prep. We have food and ice and batteries, and I'll collect water. I use 5 gallon beverage coolers to collect water so that water can be more easily stored and dispensed. 

    My floors are mopped. My bathrooom and kitchen are clean. Leftovers are (for the most part) out of the fridge. I am at peace. 

    Honestly, nobody knows how it will be for us. It could be bad (but not the worst — like Irma) … or it could be nothing. I'll keep a weather eye on the horizon and pray that she's over-rated and over-hyped.  

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I hope Flo was over rated and over hyped. I am glad you are smart and are prepared. We have a generator but it won't run too much at a time. It's better than nothing though. If we were rich (ha) I would want a whole house generator. I had my DH fill the 2 big gas cans 2 weeks ago just to be sure we had some. Where I live in CT it is rainy and the air is very moldy. I got up at 245 am and my nose was clogged and I was wheezing. I am 75 percent ok now. I am keeping hydrated. It helps. Keep us posted. We are worried about you! 

  • K8sMom2002

    And Flo blinked!  

    We're down to 20-30% chance of tropical storm winds. It looks like the storm has begun to fall apart.

    Can you tell I finally got around to shaving my legs?  

    Thanks, Deborah, for your thoughts and prayers and good my way! I'm hoping you guys don't get any bad weather from it.

    It's still a dangerous storm for SC and NC, and it has the potential for life-threatening flooding. So I feel for folks who are in its path.

    I can't fault weather forecasters for warning people — they can only forecast based on the data they have, and it takes a while for people to prep. It's better to be prepped than to not be — BTDT both ways, and I've never regretted prepping. I HAVE kicked myself when I found my family without water and power for a week … never again.

    Silver linings: my floors are mopped, my bathroom is clean, my laundry done … I've decided that I need to do a Hurricane Prep drill once a month.

    1. If I can clean that quickly, then maybe I can make a game of it – yanno, kind of like Name That Tune with a mop and a stopwatch. 
    2. If I'm ALWAYS prepped, then a hurricane will never happen, right?
  • Melissa G

    We are prepared to in case Flo decides to change direction again. Bekah's medical bags are packed and dh is picked up a couple of her meds on his way home from work. We have plenty of groceries and water. 

    My is breaking for everyone in the path of this storm. 

  • Shea

    Lol.. I like that, Cynthia– "if Im always prepped, a hurricane will never happen!" (It seems to be that way!!!) I get such anxiety about these storms, even being in Florida watching this has made me get the hurricane jitters and check all my supplies and have extra stuff on hand. 

    Im OK with being over-prepared and over-reactive to any situation more than unprepared and under-reactive. During Irma, I took a "vacation" to TN (and I am still glad I did because I wouldnt gave been good 5 days without power OR with the anxiety of it all– it was bad enough watching the news from TN worrying about my family. I dont know anyone in NC or SC personally but I am stressed for all the residents there. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Shea, I will say that having a plan (and having been through a lot of these!) makes prepping a lot easier. Except for the deep clean I do to the house before a storm, it's not the mad scramble that it used to be. I have a list. I have a plan. I keep supplies. But I didn't always.

    The first storm that ever caught us flat-footed was one I never saw coming. It was when I was not long married (still basically a kid!), and I heard "tropical depression" and thought, "eh." 

    That tropical depression stalled over our area, and we had massive flooding in some areas, including ours. River levees broke, and the national news was showing people using canoes going down interstate highways! One of Georgia's largest cities was on a "boil water" order.

    Then a bit later, there was a massive evacuation out of Florida, where everyone was coming into Georgia — this was before we started opening up both sides of the interstate. We didn't get hit by the storm, but we did get hit by the flood of evacuees — and our area wasn't prepared to welcome them. That's when I learned about how a disaster can affect people hundreds of miles away from a storm.

    The next lesson was when I saw news reports of Tropical Storm Frances hit the Florida panhandle at the Alabama/Georgia line and thought, "Eh, we're all the way on the other side of the state, so we're okay." Not two minutes later, tropical storm force winds suddenly hit us, taking out trees and our power for a week. If you've never been under tropical storm force winds, you tend to underestimate it. But it's like the worst storm you've ever been in … that lasts for hours. 

    Each storm has taught me something … each time we're without power, I learn something new. Last night, for instance, I made a hands-free wash station out of a 2 liter soft drink bottle and an oral syringe. The next time the power goes off and we don't have access to our deep well pump, the hand wash station will help us conserve water while we wash hands. 

  • Melissa G

    I agree cynthia! I was pregnant with Grace when Hurricane Floyd hit us. A massive tree barely missed our townhome. I was not prepared at all. 

    Now, my kids tend to make fun of me, for prepping. But when we do lose power, then they understand why I do what I do. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Gracious, goodness, I'm so very sorry! We're here, we're fine, and the hurricane missed us completely. Thank goodness!

    For hundreds of thousands of folks in NC, however, that's NOT the case. Some of the rivers won't even fully crest until Thursday of this week. They're predicting more flooding than even after Matthew.

    AAFA has some ways about how you can help folks managing food allergies who don't have access to safe foods …

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