So, it’s been kind of a strange week here in Maryland. Yesterday we had an earthquake and this weekend we’re looking at the outskirts of a hurricane. It’s a little bit crazy around here! While I was totally not prepared for the blizzards I would encounter here (thankfully The Hubs was!), I am definitely prepared for a hurricane. I’m from Florida for Pete’s sake. Been there, done that, have the t-shirt. Actually I did have the t-shirt after that weird summer when we had 5(!) hit the state.

Anywho, while I was checking Facebook this morning I saw a fellow blog buddy Kristina over at A Home Made by Kiki (Do you know her? If not you should totally check out her blog!) had asked her Facebook friends what to stock up on for this crazy hurricane. Being the former Florida girl that I am, I couldn’t help but reply with some advice. Here’s what I wrote:

From a former FL girl: Water, at least a gallon a day for each person in the house (you could lose water as well) for drinking, bathing, and flushing. Dry milk or parmalat, any canned goods are great, as well as granola bars, tuna packets or cans, beef stew in a can. What you don’t want for your hurricane box are perishables. And remember to get batteries for flashlights! Hmmm. I need to blog about this. You’re today’s inspiration! Thanks! Christina The Scrappy Housewife

That’s all I could come up with at the time, and I even had to call my dad just to double check that I wasn’t forgetting anything. My mom usually took care of everything and just required that we help out with the shopping and storing. Dad suggested kerosene lanterns and a camp stove as well. Luckily, in Florida each year news stations publish a hurricane preparedness guide that you can pick up at Home Depot for FREE but since we aren’t in FL I found a link to my hometown news station and their guide in a printable format.

Hurricane Guide from WTLV Channel 12

Also, each year mom used hurricanes as a teachable moment and gave me my very own hurricane tracking map that taught me a lot about longitude and latitude and map skills. I’ve printed off my own this year from the NOAA website. You can find a link for it below:

Hurricane Tracking Map from NOAA

The hurricane guide has tips on everything from taking care of pets and babies in a hurricane to what to expect during and after the storm. I’ve been through all of this before, but if you haven’t it’s a great quick read and has a wonderful list of what to pack in your hurricane box. I think it would work wonders for any natural disaster, blizzards included. Maybe hubs won’t have to worry about prepping for that this year! 😉

If you’re in the Mid-Atlantic region, please be safe this weekend. We’re headed out this afternoon to pick up a few more things before stores get packed with last minute shoppers. I’ll be back blogging later tonight to share a little preview of my latest project that I completed for PENNIES – no joke!

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  1. Great post Christina! It’s always great to have a reminder of what to have before the storm hits! We have lived here for almost 7 years, but have never had a hurricane hit. The last one hit the year before we moved here (Isabel). The first few years, I was very well prepared, but I have kind of slacked off a little since we haven’t had any hurricane action each year. Here’s hoping that the track keeps moving eastward!

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