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The calm AFTER the storm

What once was two hurricanes heading our way slowly weakened into tropical storms and dissipating. While many embraced for the storms, which resulted in power loss for some and downed trees and flooding, for the most part everyone seems to be safe. There was price gouging and crazy lines to prepare for the storms. And now it seems, everything is mostly back to normal.

Now that my life seems back to normal, aside from the kindergarten camp craziness for my son, I’d like to refocus on the everyday needs and paying my bills. Luckily I got paid last Friday as well, so I can pay some credit cards.

The extent of my spending after the storm is for daily needs like underwear and cleaning supplies. It feels great to be less worried about the weather and spending more time reading and fellowship. THIS is MY calm after the storm!

Posted in budget, Hurricanes, Weather

Hurricane un-preparedness

Hawaii’s Hurricane season began months ago and we should have prepared for such an event back then. It was highly encouraged and reminders went out for weeks.

Then this week, two hurricanes headed our way, Iselle and Julio, about two days apart. The few days before Iselle was to hit land in Hawaii, everyone seemed to do a mad dash for water, batteries, propane, canned foods, anything needed for survival of at minimum seven days.

And what did I do? I sat idle. Not enough money in the bank to buy anything except the necessary kindergarten supplies for kindergarten orientation. The hubby snagged us two cases of water, but our food is limited to whatever we have in the pantry.

Not too bad, I thought, I can run to the store on Friday, I get paid on Friday (the day the hurricane was scheduled to hit our island). Yeah, everything is pretty much closed today. Duh.

I am as unprepared as can be for a serious hurricane. This is my warning that I need to start stocking up for the next potential since hurricane season isn’t over for several more months. Nothing is worth the worry and panic when you an be more prepared!

Let’s see who’s open tomorrow so we can at least get partially stocked for the next one. Oh, and Julio is still out there, but likely turning slowly into a Tropical Storm before it gets near us. This will result in more rain during these normally hot summer months.

How prepared are you for a natural disaster?