1. When you stock up on water in advance of a storm, double what you think you need because even after the storm is over chances are it will be awhile before you have fresh water again. We were lucky enough to be able to use the water from our pool to flush our toilets and boil to wash dishes with, otherwise life would have been even harder.
2. When we left our house we took important financial papers with us, but we should have taken household insurance papers too. As it turned out all were safe, but it would have been harder if we couldn't access our insurance policies.
3. Have a car charger for your cell phone. We didn't and eventually the battery died. When we got home the folks across the street loaned me one. As soon as we had electricity and internet I ordered one from Amazon. During the storm and the first day after even though we were at a friend's house 40 miles inland cell phone service was spotty, we could text and receive calls, but not call out.
4. Make sure you have a battery operated radio and lots of batteries to operate it. We did, but didn't take it with us to our friend's house and he had no batteries for his radio. We were dependent on car radios.
5. Have cash. When stores and gas stations finally started operating they only took cash, no credit cards or debit cards.
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