I've been through more than I can remember living here in FL, hope you've gassed up by now and got your water because chaos is probably about to hit where you're at if it hasn't already. Decide now if you are going or staying. We always ride out the storms here but our structures are built for it since we get hit so often, hurricane Charlie hit us the worst. Irma last year was rough too. Find a good radio and make sure you have batteries for it, tune in to the weather station. There are usually great narrators out there that travel around in the storm and you can get an idea what the next wave is going to feel like. Since you have some time get some wood boards and board up your windows (label them so next time you know which board belongs where), put inside anything that can be dangerous when airborne. As far as the dogs most have covered it here, make a list so you don't forget anything. Some shelters I've heard will turn away dogs and you have to leave them out the pound, not sure how true that is since we don't evacuate and never have before. Gandalf refused to go to the bathroom during the entire storm, it was MANY hours, so make sure you've let them pee before it hits. If you are staying put water in all your pots and freeze them so you have ice now, and fill your tub up with water so you can flush if the power is out for months. Make sure you have fuel for BBQ, stock up on canned foods, test out your generator. Put candles out in good spots now so you aren't searching in the dark, same with flashlights and batteries. Have a safe room, middle of the house with no windows and put down an air mattress, dog beds, pillows, things you need. We slept in our closet all night during Irma with Gandalf... it was really hot since the power was out but werent complaining as a tornado tore through our neighborhood. Will be praying for all you up there.... let us know how you are once the storm is over!
Water is the most important thing.
Here's G next to our neighbors tree that fell down on their house, they had to chop it all up and carry it away it was so huge! After is the "fun" part, clean up... collect lots of fire wood for next winter and make some crafts lol
Last edited by GandalfTheShepherd; 09-10-2018 at 06:28 PM.