Well, it has been a few weeks now since we had to deal with Hurricane Iselle (which was eventually downgraded to a tropical depression, technically). Friends near Pahoa finally have their electricity and roads back, but others are still waiting. Never having been through anything like this before, I think I learned some things:
1. There are various "preparedness" lists. Use them.
2. Doesn't matter if you over-buy on Spam. It's going to get eaten.
3. ICE. Get ICE. A cooler-full. That was the first thing to go.
4. I think if you are going to live somewhere where there are going to be power outages, you ought to consider buying a generator.
5. Mr. L had already cut plywood to cover our windows, and boy, was that a smart move. Plywood was another hot commodity.
6. Sorry, Wal-Mart, but your candles were the pits. They wouldn't stay lit.
7. Coffee is even more essential when your brain is trying to process a state of emergency. Why I didn't get everything ready while I still had light . . .
8. We have some really nice neighbors.
9, Keep that cell phone charged.
10. Keep trees trimmed near your house.
At the risk of sounding sappy, I thought that it was nice the way people checked on each other and pulled together. Island living, while it has so many benefits, also has its challenges.