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Monday, August 27, 2012

Weathering the Storm.

It's been a long time since I have posted, (shame, shame) but on the eve of the hurricane, I thought I'd do a little housekeeping and that included checking on my long neglected, but not totally forgotten, blog. While I haven't been blogging, I am happy to report that I'm now an intern for a rock star literary agent and it has been a blast!

Anyway for all those writers out there crafting the next apocalyptic or disaster novel, I thought this "Evacuation List" just emailed from our Senator may come in handy as a reference. Trust me, after enduring Katrina, it's amazing the things you realize you need to keep handy and the multitude of things you learn to do without. Some of the things listed are obscure, but here goes:

Cash(ATM machines might not work)

Flashlight Extra batteries

Bottled water - three gallons of water per person

Battery-powered radio (Do those still exist-ha?)

Battery-powered lantern

First aid kit and essential medications-prescription medications and list of medications for each person

Form of Identification Evacuation route maps (Official Louisiana Hurricane Survival Guide)

Canned food and non-electric can opener

Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members

Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables

High-energy foods – peanut butter, jelly, crackers


Utility knife, shut off wrench, and pliers



Paper and pencils

Extra pair of glasses and sunglasses

Plastic sheeting (sounds a bit macabre)


Personal items

Plastic garbage bag and ties

Pet food

Protective clothing, rainwear

Clothing and bedding: a change of clothes, footwear and a sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member

Car keys and keys to the place you may be going (friend’s or relative’s home)

Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so (Remember, you’ll need a professional to turn them back on.)

Important papers (Take these with you in a portable waterproof container)

Driver’s license or personal identification

Social Security card

Proof of residence (deed or lease)

Insurance policies

Birth and marriage certificates

Stocks, bonds and other negotiable certificates

Wills, deeds, and copies of recent tax returns