I moved to Houston a few years after Ike graced its face through Clutch City.  My father and siblings were already here and dealt with the madness.  No power for almost 2 weeks and many of their neighbors evacuated but, my father is so stubborn, he stayed and manned his home. Daddy is also armed and can be dangerous if need be, so I did not worry too much.

Photo Location | Houston Heights

This year, my kids and I get to meet Harvey.  The news reports are calling it  Category 3 Hurricane. 👀😧😨

With my father's directive, I fueled my car.  A gas station around my house was giving away free gas!  Of course there were lines and police patrolling.  I opted to drive a little further from the highway and fueled up.

**Below is a helpful list to prepare for severe weather.**

School districts decided to close down today (Friday, August 25th) allowing families adequate time to prepare for the weather.  The rain is currently sprinkling here and there.  This may just be a heavy rain storm for us which means flooding in the lower parts of the city, not my area, but if we must, I am all the way prepared to leave town for a few days.

Stay safe to all those on Harvey's radar!

Next post will be an update after the storm passes.

Disaster Check List:
  • Fuel your car
  • Stock up on clean drinking water and dry snacks - do this a few days early because many times everything will be gone when you reach the stores. Same with gas stations. 
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Towels and/or blankets
  • Pack some comfortable clothes and toiletries, just in case you need to evacuate or leave town
  • Make a plan on where you will head if you do need to leave home
  • Have some cash on you, $50-$100
  • With children, prepare an activity kit (books, crayons, board games etc.), for car travel, get DVD players you can mount on the headrest and car chargers for their electronics.
  • Have extra chargers and charger banks for your electronic devices 

What to put in your overnight/weekender bag: *I always have one in my car with these items
  • Sweats or leggings
  • T-shirts and a sweater or light jacket
  • Comfy shoes
  • Extra undergarments 
  • Bathroom items (toothbrush, paste, floss, mouthwash, hair ties/pins, travel shampoo/conditioner, facial wash, q-tips, wash cloths, lotion, nail clippers, tweezers, small hair brush, feminine products) - You ca get all these items in the personal care section at Target or Walmart, maybe even the dollar store.
  • Travel Blanket - like the ones we used to get offered on airplanes 

And because I'm a nerd, I always have these items stored away in my car somewhere:
  • Lint brush
  • Wet wipes
  • Flash light
  • Tool kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Towel
  • Small trash bags
  • Folding lawn chair
  • Ponchos
  • Umbrella

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