- Have a “go-bag” ready in case you need to evacuate.
- Be able to find the flashlight and candles in the dark.
- Charge your cell phones and fill your cars' gas tanks.
- Don’t forget to bring your rubber boots in the house.
- Get up to date on laundry.
- Fill the tub with water.
- Watch out for snakes and fire ants after the storm.
- Don’t drive through water.
Afterwards, on that beautifully sunny day that follows a hurricane, neighbors were outside, sharing wheelbarrows, chain saws, jumper cables, wet/dry vacs, generators, and food.
Mr. Lucky spent most of the morning helping a neighbor tow his boat back to its pier after it broke loose and lodged itself in a nearby mash land.
The town manager and others with white collar jobs at town hall were in the ditches -- literally -- clearing debris so roads could be cleared and services restored. We were without power for only two days.
Many people were not as fortunate as we were. Friends on the Outer Banks had to leave their homes and hope for the best. One neighbor had to relocate when a tree fell on the roof above her bedroom. Roofs blew off, cars filled with water, and windows shattered. We're having to replace a furnace, duct work, and a vehicle, but we're grateful our losses are replaceable.
Usually, when Realtors talk about location, they mean schools, the view, and how close the property is to shopping or transportation.