Hurricane Ian screamed onto the western shore of Florida at 150 miles per hour but began to travel across the state at only around eight miles per hour. For someone who lives on the East Coast of Florida, it means a long wait for the big event.
Things to do while you wait: hope the power stays on, do laundry while the power is still on, prepare what may be your last hot meal for a while, turn on weather news, turn off weather news when you’re saturated with weather news, make popcorn, share popcorn with the dog (not too much popcorn with the dog), make homemade trail mix with one handful of the following: shredded coconut, craisins, raisins, chopped walnuts, chopped pecans, and Lily’s Fair Trade dark chocolate baking bits. Toss everything into the plastic Mc Cafe cup you’ve been meaning to recycle but haven’t because you don’t believe it will actually be recycled; do not share with dog.
If you are a seasoned Floridian, you will remain fairly chill throughout the hurricane; been there, done that, don’t need the T-shirt. Put on your most comfortable feel-good clothes no matter what a fashion disaster they are, especially if it’s only you and the dog, and kick back in your favorite chair.
Riding out a hurricane with a dog means you have to make sure Fluffy takes care of business before the big event. Even if Fluffy is reluctant to take care of business in a light rain and an enthusiastic breeze, make sure Fluffy goes, because when the heavy rain and tsunami winds arrive, Fluffly certainly won’t venture out then; another reason cats laugh at dogs.
Text friends and family frequently even if you send the same message repeatedly: You okay? You have power?
Keep all devices on their chargers; if you accidentally purchased a ridiculously long charger cable months ago, you will feel much better about that now. Make sure all flashlights have fresh batteries and watch your lights for signs of dimming. If your lights begin to dim or flicker, cross your fingers, pray, and keep a flashlight within reach.
With the luxury of you’re not going anywhere anytime soon, work on that novel, that play, that painting, finish that crochet thing, read that book, organize that closet (you may have to hide in there if things get really hairy).
Listen to the wind, listen to the rain, listen to the sheriff, listen to the mayor, listen to the governor; heed their warnings.
Be safe, be smart, and be sure this won’t last forever.
Good luck, God bless.