Hurricane Watch…it’s the scariest and worst. There are two sides to hurricane watching, the positive is that you have time to prepare and get supplies, the negative is that you have days to wait in dread. After days of watching the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, we have our own nightmare barreling towards us, Irma! I live in a solid, old building that has withstood many storms and have hurricane shutters so I feel safe there, but it is the aftermath that is hard to deal with.
The weather down here is jungle hot, so the thought of days without electricity seem unbearable. I ventured out yesterday to Home Depot with my pal Carolyn and we were like comic relief…trying to buy things that would be helpful in a storm. We got the last of the batteries and some moon shaped battery-operated lights..or moonlights. We ordered the rest from Amazon including LED flashlights, batteries, lanterns and more. I ventured out yesterday to Whole Foods and stocked up on lots of snacks and then had Prime Now deliver Diet Coke and other drinks.
So, I am stocked up with supplies, now the waiting game.
If you are wanting to help with Hurricane Harvey, there is plenty of time to still do so. I think the relief efforts are going to be ongoing for months. I follow @25Park on Instagram and she has been rallying her troops to find direct places to donate rather than donating to large non-profits where the money will not be 100% directed towards the people who truly need it. One of her suggestions is to support the Rick Anthony Athletic Foundation by putting backpacks together for students starting school who have lost all of their belongings. This is such an easy thing to do and the people who are collecting them will put them right in the hands of deserving recipients. They have partnered with 4 local Houston elementary schools which have low income students. Their goal is 2,500 backpacks and they have 605. Here is the info: