Friday, September 12, 2008

Another IKE update

So here we are on Friday morning. We awaken to find that the predictions are the same...IKE is headed straight towards Galveston Island. This is a bit better then this time yesterday that had it tracking to Freeport. While we will still take a hit, if it comes in at Galveston, we will be on the west side. Historically, the west side of the eye is much better than the east side.

Plans for today: Secure the house to the best of our ability. Anything loose in the yard will be brought into the garage. One car will have to sit out. We need to make sure we have access to the main water shutoff valve and the electrical circuit box, both located in the garage.

We'll prepare our "safe room", which is actually our laundry room/pantry. Fortunately, the floor of it is large enough to accommodate a queen size air mattress with enough room left over to make a pallet for Henry. We'll set up a TV and have our stash of flashlights, water, and other foodstuffs nearby.

We'll have to inventory the home and make sure anything of major importance is secured from wind/water damage. At this point, we've decided to evaluate each thing based on how we would feel if it were destroyed. The things that would break our hearts will be secured. The rest is just "stuff".

At this point, the predictions are for a category 3 storm to hit the Galveston coast at about 2 a.m. What that means for us is wind of about 30 mph around lunch time, moving up to 60-70 mph winds by dinner time.

It's going to be a long and stressful day, but I am confident that everything will be okay in the end.

1 comment:

  1. Be safe!!!! I'll be thinking of you as we watch the news unfold.