Florida is in the bulls-eye right now. Cuba, Haiti and the Bahamas have already been nailed by Hurricane Matthew… lots of work to do there, but thank God the loss of life wasn’t higher than it was.
My parents live in South Florida and that’s where The Great South Florida Food Forest Project was planted.
To my many friends and family members across the state, our prayers are with you (and your gardens).
Preparing before a crisis is vital. A lot of people are learning some hard lessons right now. Nature is cruel and last-minute shopping puts you at a huge disadvantage. Empty shelves and gas stations are everywhere. I hope you all got what you needed.
Duct tape, cheese dip, beer, Hall & Oates CDs and gas for the generator so you can crank up the Hi-Fi… these things will get you through.
If you were smart, you’re already comfortable.
Good luck, friends. Send me some pics if you get any!
Hope your family is safe. We’re on the west coast but even getting rain and wind from the outer bands. Went thru Charley that was a tiny, very fast hurricane that did a tremendous amount of damage. With the size of this one, I’m worried about the east coast because you know – some people just won’t listen.
I live in one of the affected areas. Trees were down everywhere. Phones and electricity were out.
We hadn’t made any special hurricane preps because husband was in the hospital and released just before Matthew’s arrival. What few preps I did make were limited to safety for the livestock. Of course, at the beginning of hurricane season, I always replenish the emergency supplies, batteries, flashlights, and fill in any empty spaces in the freezers with zip lock bags of water to freeze into ice. Empty bleach bottles get filled with water for cleaning purposes. I had four gallons of water in the refrigerators, lots of bottled water, and filled up some new 5-gallon buckets with lids with water for incidentals. We also charged our cell phones and electronic readers.
The emergency preparedness agencies did a spectacular job. People were out assessing damages as soon as the winds died down. Teams were out removing trees and debris from streets. Electrical repairs were commenced as soon as bucket trucks could be deployed. National Guard troops were at all the shelters and assisting in search and rescue operations by morning. My power was back within 30 hours.