How to Cover a Hurricane
(Also some tips on how to be in one)
- •You will want: rain gear, water, gatorade, power bars, beef jerky, nuts, toilet paper, baby wipes, sunscreen, BUG SPRAY, plastic baggies, first aid kit, Imodium. Dress in layers. The weather changes fast.
- •Fill the bathtub. This is to flush the toilet if you lose water pressure. 🛁
- •Identify a place to sleep that is away from big panes of glass. They shatter. No fun.
- •All electronics should be charged. Have extra cables to charge off car. Plus extra batteries for everything. Plus more ziploc baggies.
- •Duct tape. Fixes all leaks. (Hey it worked in The Martian too!)
- •Bring some pencils. Pens don't work in major rainstorms. Notebooks also go in ziplocs.
- •Fill your gas tank plus a spare. DO NOT put this in the car. It goes in the trunk or better on roof. Some moron puts this in the car in every storm. That is bad. 💨 Get a fix-a-flat kit.
- •Do not walk through standing water. 🐍and 🐊!!
- •Wind is scary, and can bring down power lines and trees, but water moves a LOT faster than you think.
- •Find a buddy. In Rita, I slept on top of my gear in a shelter in East Texas with a photographer I'd met in Vietnam. Working in pairs keeps you safe. And vaguely sane.
- •Be kind. People are at their best and worst in disasters. I met people in shelters after Katrina who had lost everything but were still open and willing to tell me their most painful stories.