Irma hit our area pretty hard. The amount of flooding from storm surge was unexpected in this area and caught many off guard. I have lived here all my life and never has anything like that happened. It was a very sobering experience.
That being said, we experienced no damage to our home. We lost power for five days, which sucked in ninety degree heat, but all in all not bad. Especially compared to what others had to deal with. I bought a generator last year when Hurricane Matthew impacted our area. We were without power for four days that time. Having the generator was a lot of work. Having to keep a fuel supply and making sure it was safely being operated was a full time job. However, it also made the experience much more pleasant by keeping the refrigerators going. We have gas appliances, so with an old school lighter we were able to cook most anything we wanted. We even broke out the George Foreman Grill and cooked several times on that. We used the griddle and cooked pancakes for breakfast. like I said, not bad.
One interesting thing is the cold showers. I’ve read in the manosphere the theory that taking cold showers makes you more of a man (or something like that). At 47, I think that’s a bit of a stretch, there’s much more to it than that, but when forced to take them this week I did not find them ill that unpleasant. To me, it’s kind of like a cold pool or the ocean. At first you think, “What the Fuck am I doing?” However, once you get used to it, you find it almost pleasant. Personally, I don’t see what all the fuss is about, granted it is hot as hell here. I suppose it would suck in the winter. Either way, I’m back to hot showers now.
Bottom line is, a little planning made the experience much more pleasant for everybody, and the family appreciated it. Moving forward, I am installing a plug / transfer switch for the generator so you only have one cord to worry about. I had what looked like spaghetti power cords running all over the place. I am also going to invest in a portable air conditioner, so I can use it in my garage / workshop if I want to and use it in a power outage to cool a room. I would say the worst part of the whole thing was the stifling heat at night while trying to sleep when the breeze died down. We have a fan, but it was just blowing hot air around.
If you are faced with some sort of natural (or man made) disaster, your number one priority is keeping your family safe. If you make it to the other side, be prepared to provide them with as much comfort as you can. This level will vary depending on the severity of the disaster, but the key is planning before hand. Don’t wait until the last minute. Time and supplies will likely be limited. Don’t get caught off guard. Each man will face different challenges depending on where they live, but rest assured, challenges will come. Often when you least expect it. Do your best to be prepared for you and your family.