While Hurricane Matthew is predicted to die down from a CAT4 to a CAT2 hurricane, it is still a threatening force to the South East coast. It still has the potential to cause major flooding and knock out power Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
If you are in the South East, take this as a notice to prepare. If your are blessed enough to live in an area that will be unaffected, take this as a reminder that disasters happen all the time and use this opportunity to prepare for the next storm that may affect you.
UPDATE: 10/4/16 – After I posted this article today, the path and intensity of Hurricane Matthew changed. It has shifted west which places it much closer to the East Coast. It is predicted to hit Georgia and South Carolina now as a CAT3 storm. This will definitely cause massive flooding and power outages. I will continue to post updates as they become available.
UPDATE: 10/6/16 – Hurricane Matthew’s intensity grows to CAT4 levels as it approaches Florida. Depending on how long it stays on land in Florida will determine how strong it is as it continues up the coast. Georgia and South Carolina are still expecting hurricane force winds but the threat to North Carolina and above has lessened. I will provide more info as it becomes available.
As usual, I’m not going spew a message of doom and gloom, but now would be the time to stock up on anything you may need in the next few days. What will happen in the affected areas is that most people will wait until the day before the storm to go to the grocery store and gas station. As usual, the shelves will be slim pickins. And if nothing else, it will be a major inconvenience to have to deal with the crowds.
8 Things you can do to Prepare
Here are a few ways you can prepare ahead of time to avoid the crowds and possibility of not being able to find what you are looking for.
- Fill your gas tanks now and keep them full. If you have additional gas cans, fill them too. This serves 3 purposes. The first is so that you can avoid long gas lines. This is more of just an inconvenience. The second reason is so you car is ready to go at a moments notice. You may need evacuate and your car needs to be ready. The third reason is to have additional gas on hand in the case of a power outage. You can easily turn your car into a generator.
- Do your normal grocery shopping now. Also stock up on items you may need (water, food, batteries, etc) to fill holes in your current preps. You may be in a situation where the store shelves are bare for a few days, you can’t get out of the house for a few days, or you may not be able to use your tap water.
- Make sure your 3 day Go Bag is ready to go. Again, you may need to evacuate immediately and need to be ready to go.
- Make sure your black out kit is ready in case of a power outage. This includes but is not limited to flashlights, batteries, propane, candles, matches, etc.
- Read our article on purchasing and using a Weather Radio.
- Check out our article on Flooding – How to Prepare and What to Do After.
- Make your purchases through Amazon and take advantage of free 2 day shipping through Amazon Prime. We also have an article on why a big storm like this is a good reason to have an Amazon Prime Membership.
- This is the last item on our list but should really be the first thing yhou do. Pray. Not only for you and your family but for others that may be affected as well.
But I Don’t Live in the South East
Use this as a reminder that disasters can happen at any time. Thankfully with Hurricane Matthew we have a few days heads up. Even if you will not be affected by this hurricane, go through your supplies and plans so that when Murphy does show up at your door step you will be ready to send him packing.