For those of you in the Wake County and surrounding areas of central North Carolina, I began making preparations for the possibility that Hurricane Irene may affect this region.
The first thing I did was grab a couple of gallons of distilled water from the supermarket. I opened them, poured about 10-15% of the volume of water into a large glass, and the placed them into the freezer with the lids back on. Ice expands about 11-12% by volume when it freezes. The rest went to the cat bowl and the plants. I had a glass too!
The next thing I did was check the stash of batteries I have. I’m good for a couple days on AA- and D-sized batteries for flash lights.
Third, I cleaned out the food cooler. My ice jug blocks will go in there. The food won’t mix with melted water that generally accumulates in the bottom of the cooler with bagged ice. If the power goes out, my food will stay cold for a couple of days, and as the jug ice melts, I have clean drinking water.
Finally, I checked propane and other basic camping supplies. For example, if I have to go . . . → Read More: Hurricane Irene – 1