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The line to get into any gas station is a mile long.

That’s if the gas station hasn’t run out of gas yet.

Your tank is on E and so is your patience. But there’s more.

Every case and gallon of water is off the shelves. And sellers are price gouging online. None of the good canned food is left, nope not even sardines. No batteries, no flashlights. Not even at the dollar store. Pretty much everyone’s wiped out. Now, you’re calling around to find out who has what, while simultaneously watching the local news for the latest cone update.

Was this you, last September?

You were likely left questioning, “is this the apocalypse or a hurricane?”

And I’m sorry I had to take you there. But this real-life evidence can’t be overlooked. Hurricane prep isn’t supposed to be fly-by-night.

Get cash from the ATM and write down all important numbers.

If you can, get a wireless charging bank or two, good ones are under $15. Have those fully charged for back-up when cell phones die. Sometimes, cell phones end up being useless with down towers and all.  But when your signal comes back, you’ll wish you could make a call or send a quick text update.

Review your auto insurance policy. Will it cover damages from natural disasters? If not, update your policy wherever necessary, if you’re leaving your car behind or staying put.

Make sure you’ve packed more than enough clothing, sanitary wipes, and undergarments. Pillows and blankets can also come in handy too. Board games, coloring books, and novels can keep everyone busy. And don’t let the kids eat all the snacks just because the storm “appears” to be turning.  Nonetheless, you know how nonchalant we can get in Florida.

We’re so used to scrambling days or even hours before Hurricane “Insert Interesting Name Here” decides it’s actually coming toward us. We like to think, we’re untouchable or we can weather any storm. And although we always do, why not avoid the stress and prepare for the worst?

Follow and share these five tips below to prep now. 

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