Hurricane Irene - Before

Real Estate Agent with BlueCoast Realty Corporation


Hurricane Irene Before


We live in Hampstead NC, eight miles north of Wilmington.  From the center of our little town, we’re eleven miles from Topsail Island and the mighty Atlantic Ocean.   On the east side of Hampstead, we have wonderful high bluff lots along the Intracoastal Waterway and less grand, lower ground, Intracoastal lots and both deep and shallow water creek sites.  But, most of us don’t live on the water and are only worried about  clogged storm drains causing street flooding or water backing up in our yards.  All have concerns about flying debris and our worst fear - a tree falling on our homes.  The storm will be coming in during the night which means we won’t know until daylight what’s happened.  

But, before dark closes us in our cocoons, we have lots of storm preparation.  We’ll empty front porch, deck and screen porch of every last item that could become a loose missile hurtling through a window or tearing off screen.  It’s a big job and, since all that stuff  has to go somewhere, means loading our garage and parking our cars in the driveway.  That’s fine because there’s no looming tree there and having them in front protects the doors from wind. 

As usual, since we hate this part of preparations, we’ve waited till the outer bands of rain started.  We’ll be soaking wet when we’re finished.  But, since we’ve done this before, we’ve developed a few simple techniques to save steps.  John’s put air in the tires of my bright yellow garden wagon.  I can haul 2 large tropical plants from the deck to the garage without a huge expenditure of energy and without throwing my back out. Between the porch furniture and the plants, we’ll make at least thirty trips to the garage. 

Everything else is done.  The generator tested, batteries and water bought, last trips to the grocery store made.  I’ve washed everything so we’re starting with clean towels and sheets.  We’ve frozen bottles of water in the freezer.  If we lose power during the storm, they’ll help preserve food until the storm has passed sufficiently to allow us to hook up the generator.   The year we bought our home, we hired an electrician to add a separate panel for generator.  We’ll be able to run our air conditioning, refrigerators, computers and lights.  Since we have a gas cooktop fueled by propane, cooking won’t be an issue.  Unless we are days without power, it will all represent only minor inconvenience.  Minor inconvenience sounds pretty good to us in the “before Irene” stage of acceptance. 

Living here insures we’ll deal with this from time to time as the coast of NC is hurricane alley.  It is the price to be paid for having the ocean, metaphorically speaking, in our back yard.  And, we’ll gladly pay it as we love this area and, after all, every area has some downside.  Our last home in Atlanta, was tornado alley with no beach.

Yes, as long as a tree doesn’t fall on our home, we’ll be fine.  And, if all this preparation, this ton of work turns out to be unnecessary, that will be ok too!  Yes, we’re hoping it’s all a big waste of time!

We’ll know tomorrow!!




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Beverly Femia

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Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Beverly, Sounds like you have the hurricane preparedness down to a science. I hope tomorrow it turns out as you say, a big waste of time. Best of luck to you. 

Aug 26, 2011 06:41 PM #1
Beverly Femia
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Hampstead, NC
Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are

Thanks Pamela, so far, so good!

Aug 26, 2011 06:43 PM #2
Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

Stay safe and I will pray for you and your family.  Sounds like a lot of work.

Aug 26, 2011 06:57 PM #3
Patty Clark
Metro Brokers/Morningside Homes, LLC - Denver, CO
Helping Families Make the Right Move

You certainly know what your are doing.  My heart goes out to you and everyone in Irene's path.  Please keep us all updated.

Aug 26, 2011 07:04 PM #4
Pam Hills
Innovative Artistry - Kendall, FL
ASP/IAHSP- Stager Miami, FL, Creative Minds Innovatively At Work

Dear Beverly - Almost as we speak there are probably bands coming your way.  I know it seems like a waste of time.  I always used to winch at it & "how we are stimulating the economy" just by these storms.  Trust me it would be way worse without those preparations...  xoxo  please let me know how things go when you can!!  (your neighbor in the hurricane belt) Pam

Aug 26, 2011 07:48 PM #5
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA - Eureka, CA
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

Good Morning Beverly, I hope all your effort was not needed and the storm passes you by.  Be careful out there.

Aug 26, 2011 11:01 PM #6
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Wind is picking up here and I suspect that rain is on the way.  We are fortunate to have a whole house generator so we and our dogs will have water, electricity and AC for the duration

Aug 27, 2011 12:56 AM #7
Beverly Femia
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Hampstead, NC
Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are

Truth is Tim, it is a LOT of work but it's, maybe, once every two years on average that we must make our preparations and pray!  Last year, not at all.  Year before all the work and just picking up pine cones and small limbs afterwords.  Oh yeah, we did have to put all that stuff back where it usually lives in the long summers here.  


Well, were in it now and I still have power but it's flickering - will try to write a "during" post and remember to "save frequently!"


Oh Pam, you know of what you speak!  Thank you for the loving thoughts!  They are appreciated!!


Dan, you are completely on our wave length and John and I will be thrilled if we can agree, it was all a waste of time."


Aug 27, 2011 01:37 AM #8
Beverly Femia
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Hampstead, NC
Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are

Wallace, you already had the earthquake this week.  I pray you sustained little damage and that this new threat does you no harm today.  

Aug 27, 2011 01:40 AM #9
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