Okay, let’s look at it in a logical, calm way.
If you live where a category 5 hurricane is headed directly at… you need to leave yesterday. If not, be sure to take a black permanent marker and write your social security number on your forearm. That way the police can identify you, and notify next of kin.
Category 5 hurricanes are total devastation. Yeah, we’ve seen buildings survive, but… what if the one you’re in starts coming apart? Debris being flung at 185 miles an hour is like running across the field during an archery match.
Okay, here’s what to expect. Wind. Rain. Power will go out. Do you have candles, flashlights? A big box of Shabbes candles will last you a few days. Remember to leave SAFE DISTANCE between the candle and anything around it. A neighbor of mine learned the hard way that a candle will set a glass windowpane on fire. She lost everything she owned in the fire – after passing through a hurricane unscathed.
you need to have water prepared and ready. Fill every sealable container with water. Keep them in the fridge for now. Hours before the hurricane hits, TURN YOUR FRIDGE UP AS HIGH AS IT WILL GO!
And yes, if you have any frozen unbreaded fish in the freezer, you can cook it with lemon juice. No heat required. Just dump the thawing fish into a sauce pan, pour lemon juice on it, cover, sit. In 6 hours it will be fully cooked.
If the roof comes off the house, do not go into a basement (if you have one) to avoid the storm! Flash floods mean death, long before you can reach safety. Flash floods means that if you see an inch of rainwater in the driveway, the water will be high enough to choke out your car by the time you back out of the driveway.
Imagine being in a basement with GALLONS of water rushing down steps!
Safety, Safety, Safety!!!!
If you have doubt… then there’s no doubt. If you live in Florida, and you’re reading this tonight, turn off the computer, get in the car, and leave right now. Finish this tomorrow night somewhere in Tennessee!
UPDATE 9/8/17 – It seems the storm is making a beeline for Tennessee… run somewhere else!
Florida is in bad shape to evacuate from… there’s only two major highways out of the state. You almost could make better time getting in a boat tonight and motoring it out of the harbor tonight!
I’m working on my surviving the tribulation web site right now… remember to print out pages right now so you know what to stock up on, what to buy. Why are people buying bottled water at vast sums of money, when you can buy soda bottles, wash them, fill them with tap water, and store them?
Don’t forget, if you have a bathtub… fill it with water before the hurricane gets there. That’s going to be flush water.
Update 9/8/17 – fill plastic sandwich bags with ice cubes, and keep doing it. Saves you money on buying bags of ice, and keeps your freezer stuff chilled.
And pray for everyone in the storm’s path.