As August comes to an end, hurricane season continues on with the latest one hitting the Virgin Islands and hammering Puerto Rico with heavy rainfall. Now, Hurricane Dorian is making its way towards Florida—expected to make landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm—and it’s time to start preparing for the incoming weather. Luckily, Floridians who’ve been through this kind of event before have shared their hurricane safety tips, and this trick from Tampa Bay resident Bruce (shared with Weather.gov) is one you probably haven’t heard of before.
The retiree lost power for 73 hours during Hurricane Irma back in 2017, but he was able to stay comfortable in his condo with plenty of water and well-preserved food. First, he recommends freezing tap water in several 2-liter bottles as well as bottled water. By doing this, Bruce was able to remain cool when his power went out and the temperature started to rise in his home.
“When I went to bed the second and third night, I took two frozen bottles of water and put each in a zip lock bag (to collect condensation) and put each bottle in a sock,” he said to the National Weather Service. “Then I placed a bottle on each side of me to help keep my body temp down. When I woke up the ice was water and I now had more water to drink.”
He also followed the same steps to stay cool while sitting down in his chair during the day. The Floridian credits this trick to helping him avoid heat stroke, especially at his older age.
He also shared tips on keeping food from spoiling when the power shuts off for days at a time:
- When the power goes out, transfer your food and bottles of water into coolers
- Remove the shelves in the refrigerator and place your coolers inside of it as well as in the freezer
- Pack any remaining space around the outside of the coolers with frozen bottles of water
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