One Family’s Experience with Hurricane Irma
One Family’s Experience with Hurricane Irma By
We lost power about 10:30 p.m. Sunday evening as Hurricane Irma approached; no big deal, we went to bed. I was so exhausted I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. I was jarred awake at 1:45 a.m. Monday by my husband shaking me–he said, “I think there’s a tornado nearby.”
I grabbed my glasses and my Glock and headed to our makeshift safe room (our laundry room which is the innermost room in our home). We heard roaring winds but didn’t know what was going on. Then at 2:02 a.m. all got quite. We looked at each other. The glance was all that was needed; we were in the eye of the hurricane.
Knowing that the eye was 40 miles wide, we took our dog out to pee. Trees were down. Large branches were in our yard. But no major damage.
I stocked our safe room earlier in the day. I made sure we had everything we needed in case our home was hit my a tornado—our bug-out-bags, pet bug-out-bags, a shot gun, two cases of shells, a case of MREs, a case of water and blankets. I had set down my taekwondo mat for us to lie down on.
The eye passed and things got really bad. But living in a post-Andrew house, we knew our home could withstand a Category 3 hurricane. And the back of the house was boarded up. So we went back to bed around 3 a.m. By this time we were exhausted. We spent the week preparing for the storm and there’s not much you can do during an active event.
My dh woke up about 10:30 a.m.—still no electric. I am the sleepy head in the family and didn’t wake up until I smelled the coffee. I got my husband a stove top percolator a few years back. I bought this house before I met my husband and I had a gas range and a gas water heater installed. (I had my home custom built.) So I woke up to fresh coffee—major bonus points for the hubby.
The day before we moved all the stuff from the inside freezer-refrigerator to the outside freezer and refrigerator. We put the stuff we expected to use in coolers. We had started saving ice from our ice maker and putting the ice in trash bags for the outside freezer since the beginning of hurricane season. On Saturday I bleached out the inside refrigerator-freezer. We had a cooler for lunch meat, a cooler for fruits and veggies and the big cooler for drinks and condiments.