A storm is coming.
Not just any storm, but a category 5 hurricane so far recorded as one of the largest storms ever to grace the Atlantic ocean. I am born and raised true Floridian. A Florida Cracker. Storms don't scare me. We don't live in a flood zone, or near the coast. I do worry about the winds. We live under like 16 huge oak trees that at any moment could take our house out, especially with winds over 150 mph. I come from a background of not panicking, but being prepared. We keep stock on water, keep the generator in good working order and the gas cans full. We also make sure the liquor cabinet is well stocked. Hurricane parties are a real thing here in the southern states.
I've seen the long lines at the gas stations today and the bare shelves where water was once stocked on the shelf. People are stocking up on bread, peanut butter, and spam. The gentleman in front of me at the store today was making sure he got the essentials.
There is a touch of hysteria in the air for sure even though the storm is days away without a clearly marked path. I have seen the question posted over and over about staying or going. Are you going to leave? When are you going to leave? Where are you going to go? Will you shelter local or drive to Georgia? Will you hunker down and ride out the storm? Maybe we will repeat our mountains camping trip from a few weeks past but I doubt it.
I think all of these are personal choices. Have a plan and be prepared no matter what the choice is that you make.
All this talk about leaving makes me wonder about what you would take. What are the most precious memories in the world to you that you know you could never leave the house without? Do you wrap them up water tight and hope for the best? Do you put them in the attic in case of a flood? Do you pack your trunk with pictures albums and frames? Your wedding pictures? That picture of you in the hospital holding your first born? Your own childhood pictures? These are things I contemplate at this moment in time. Sure I will fish out things like birth certificates and car titles to throw in my dry boxes, but what about my memories?
I keep all my images on an external hard drive, so that's easy to unplug and pack away in a dry box. Many images are uploaded to a cloud somewhere, enough to piece my life back together. The many albums both old and new will get neatly packed away in a suitcase and put in the car. Even though we probably won't be leaving, that should be the safest, driest place. I haven't decided yet on taking down the pictures on the wall. I think that will be a last minute decision, but it will be in my thoughts.
I think about the things in my life that are replaceable and those that are not. The memories that I don't want to part from, the images I don't want to lose.
What are the things on your list that you hold dear, that will get packed up water tight and kept in a safe space? What is your memories preparedness plan?