What Do You Mean You're Leaving? A Hurricane is Coming!

Wendy Poling
Frequent Contributor

As I write this Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the east coast. I spent today preparing for this possible natural disaster and will tomorrow button up our home in case we must evacuate. I stopped at the commissary and elbowed my way through the isles picking up my last minute list of essential items that included: water, more water, batteries, fruit and my favorite chocolate cookies with the creamy center. Okay, maybe the cookies weren't essential.


Being prepared for a natural disaster is no easy task. It's even more difficult when your spouse is deployed, or home but can't come home to help prepare due to mission demands. What are you to do? Below are some great resources to help you prepare.


What about deciding to evacuate?


In my case, I've always evacuated. When we lived in Kings Bay, Georgia and we were bracing for a hurricane, he headed out to sea while I boarded up the house, packed up kids, dogs, and survival gear and headed to Eglin Air Force base. Upon arrival we had a nice room with all the comforts of home. I had friends who waited out the storm in their bathtubs and interior closets.


My point...be strong, prepare early, don't chance your safety, evacuate if local officials are encouraging you to leave the area, and don't forget a "non-essential" treat or two for the long ride.


Related articles and resource links:

DoD Family Matters Blog: Talking Natural Disasters with Kids
National Hurricane Center
Disaster Prep: www.ready.gov
Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS)


For emergency loans visit your service branch society:

Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society
Army Relief Society
Air Force Aid Society
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
Reserve Aid


Learn about USAA's Disaster and Recovery Center and getting your mobile device storm ready.