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Cone Of Uncertainty: Category Five Hurricane Heading My Way

“The shrewd person sees the danger and conceals himself, but the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences.” —Proverbs 27:12.

Water is one of the most important items you MUST have before a hurricane.  What else is recommended for a DISASTER KIT?

Your disaster kit should include at least 3 days worth of food/water/medications for each member of the family including pets. (One gallon of water per person (or pet) per day.) Pack puzzle books, playing cards or board games to pass the time. Have a battery operated radio and new batteries to be able to monitor emergency messages before, during and after the storm? ~ ◊ Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners 

Irma is making history.  Fifty-mile wide eye, and over 200 miles from edge to edge. Category Five storm, with maximum, sustained 185 mph winds and gusts of more than 200 mph as of 5 p.m. ET Tuesday.  It is heading to Florida…what part of Florida is not certain, but we all have to assume we are going to get impacted. It’s a deadly hurricane-force wind, rain fall, and dangerous storm surge is expected from this “monster” storm.

In my area,  Everyone is going wild buying up water, food, and other items.  Including me! How this hurricane is going to affect us in the south it too soon to tell.  Nevertheless, preparing for the Hurricane is vital and could be life-saving.  With Texas so fresh in everyone’s mind, this has caused an almost panic state of mind for some many.

I have gone through about a number of Florida Hurricanes, and tropical storms.  The worst year was 2004, August 13, 2004 – Hurricane Charley hit.  Charley hit Punta Gorda and before hand had me barricading our bathroom with our beds until the house may start shaking.  We abandoned that idea to ride it out in the bathroom and rushed down to a shelter.  Hurricane Charley, Catagory 4 almost leveled some parts of the Punta Gorda area.  Hurricane Irma has the potential to devastate the large portion of the state.

What does Hurricane Preparation involve?

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. ~ Benjamin Franklin

If we fail to prepare now, then if it hits, surviving the storm and the aftermath is greatly increased…decreased.

Frist getting in the mindset not to panic no matter what happens.  The mental preparation is that my loved one and family are at risk or injury or even death.  It is too late to prepare after a hurricane.  Doing this helps to keep safety first.

  • Know where shelters are.

  • Consider if my home is hurricane safe.

  • Make sure there is not anything outside that could be hazards in high winds.

  •  Have batteries and flash lights ready.

In a Hurricane, you could lose power for a day or even a week or more.  With out power, you can’t do a lot of basic things that we don’t realize till it happens. Without power, you would lose water, without water not only can’t you take a shower, but you lose the use of the toilet.

What can you do if you have to do, dodo?  

Before the hurricane, it is recommended to fill your tub with water.  Get a bucket (one gallon works best, but if all you have is a 5 gallon that is fine.)

Hurrican power outage or interruption of water service you can flush your toilet manually.
Force it with a bucket and a gallon of water. Here’s how to do it:
  1. Lift the toilet seat and lid and rest them back against the front of the toilet’s tank. …
  2. Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of water from the bathtub or from a water jug.
  3. Dump the gallon of water into the toilet’s bowl in one thrust. Pouring the water in slowly will only fill the bowl, while heaving the water in is unnecessary and will create a mess. The goal is to provide as much force as an ordinary flush.
  4. Repeat dumping in another gallon of water if necessary to clean the bowl of any residue. Wipe any water that has splashed onto the toilet’s rim or floor with a paper towel. ~ ◊◊ How to Flush a Toilet Using a Bucket of Water

What is recommended to have on hand before a hurricane?

  • Keep at least three gallons (11 L) of water per person
  • Three days of non-perishable, ready-to-eat foods.
  • Medication – make sure you enough for a week or more.
  • Prepared “go bags” and have it at the door or already in your car/truck or van.

What you should have for your Hurricane “go bags”?

  • Blankets, complete change of warm clothes, and sturdy shoe
  • Flashlight, radio (battery or wind up), and spare batteries
  • First-aid kit and a whistle to signal for help
  • Eating utensils, can opener, pocket tool set, and waterproof matches
  • Dust masks, waterproof tape, and plastic sheeting for shelter
  • Toothbrushes, soap, towels, and toilet paper
  • Child-care supplies and special-needs items for seniors or the disabled
  • A waterproof container with needed medication, copies of prescriptions, and other important documents
  • List of emergency contacts and meeting places and a local map
  • Credit cards and cash
  • Extra set of house keys and car keys
  • Paper, pencils, books, and games for children
  • Bible   ◊◊◊When Disaster Strikes —Steps That Can Save Lives

To that end, I joined the county emergency notification alerts…

I’m prepping for Hurricane Irma.., spent an hour in line for water. Got some can foods, gassed up the car and got the life jackets out. I might get the canoe ready depending on where Irma goes and the rain. So I am ready as I can be, now I hope she misses us! If you’re in the path, be safe. Irma is due to hit us Saturday.

Wind speeds of hurricanes:
Storm Category Winds
CAT 1 74-95 mph
CAT 2 96-110 mph
CAT 3 111-130 mph
CAT 4 131-155 mph
CAT 5 Over 155 mph


◊ Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners (2017). Know Your Zone. Charlotte County. Retrieved on September 5, 2017, from 

◊◊ Jennifer Pinto (2012). How to Flush a Toilet Using a Bucket of Water. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved on September 5, 2017, from

◊◊◊  JW.ORG (2017). When Disaster Strikes —Steps That Can Save Lives. Awake! Retrieved on September 5, 2017, from

Cone Of Uncertainty: Category Five Hurricane Heading My Way

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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