- Have a large water supply. If you’re living in an area with a well or in an Association with a private well the well pump powered by electricity. No electricity, no water. That means no flushing of toilets, no drinking water, no water to do dishes (if you’re lucky enough to have a gas range) and no water to wipe off.
- If you have stored water from your tap for any period of time, boil it before drinking. It may look clean, but you never know.
- Have a plastic wash basin on hand. This comes in handy to wash dishes, hair and take a sponge bath. After several days without air conditioning, it feels wonderful just to wash the hair and rinse off. (dry shampoo is not the same)
- Purchase a generator and make accommodations to have it hooked into your breaker box. If you can’t do that, a generator has plug-ins to run extension cords. DO NOT RUN A GENERATOR INDOORS – including your garage!! It emits carbon monoxide and you can die.
- Stock up on several empty gas cans and at least have 5 gallons on hand. You may want to switch this out with fresher gas periodically so you’re not filling your generator with old gas.
- Have cash on hand. Not large bills, but several denominations under a twenty.
- If you do not have or cannot use a generator, have a supply of battery packs to charge your phone. Though without cell service, it’s a moot point, but you never know when it’ll get back up. Also, make sure you have a car charger for your phone – that is a god send.
- FLASHLIGHTS!! DO NOT USE CANDLES!! I heard there were a several fires in the Cedar Rapids area because the residents were using open flame to get light. Battery operated lantern flashlights are very hands free. There are also spotlight like flashlights that sit on a counter. Some companies like DeWalt make some that have battery packs to power them. These do last a long time, but you do have to remember to keep the spare charged up. Headlamps are also very handy and inexpensive.
- Have a supply of canned food and a manual can opener. If you want to really get rugged, have some k-rations on hand. Just add a little water and presto you have lasagna.
- If you have a freezer and not enough coolers to put all the food in to keep frozen, get bags of ice and place the bags in the freezer to keep the food cold and hopefully frozen. It may take a lot of ice and diligent watching, but if you have hundred of $ of food in your freezer, it may be work the extra diligence. Tip: Don’t break the bags because you don’t want to free the ice like you would a cooler. It’ll get watery enough as it is.
- I don’t work with a large company with an internet, but if you do you could go in to get any work done you can. I actually parked in our local REALTOR® Association parking lot and grabbed their wi-fi. I got enough taken care of at that time so I could get back home to take care of other things from the storm.
- I blog, so I write as I’m wring now. I will write several articles I can put on my blog when the internet service comes back up.
- Hire a Real Estate VIRTUAL Manager!
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