Safety and hygiene during a storm

1. Buy your canned food at the beginning of hurricane season. Store shelves will empty very quickly if a storm is expected. 

2. Many large trash bags are needed to use in toilets when flushing is not possible. Lift the toilet seat, open the bag and put the bag in the toilet with the sides draped over the toilet’s sides and put the seat down.

After using, lift the toilet seat, pull up the edges of the bag, tie it securely and carefully store. Dispose of the waste safely after the storm.

3. Large packs of toilet paper, Clorox and hydrogen peroxide are storm must-haves.

4. Use common sense. Be in a safe place and do not go outside in a storm. 

5. Always take precautions for a tornado.


Davene Schuler lives in Galveston

(7) comments

Gary Miller

Living in TC since 1941 many hurricanes have come and gone. Not once has city water service or sewage been out. A freezer full of food and a generator to keep it cold takes care of eating.
Better preparation is getting out of the way when a hurricane is coming.
How do you prepare for a tornado?

Carlos Ponce

In tornado prone areas they have storm cellars. I saw them build a "safe-room" in someone's garage on "Ask This Old House" which was supposed to be tornado proof. If you have the fear and the money I suppose a contractor will build one for you around here.,,20757449,00.html

George Croix

Newbies, I gurantee that when you hear the sound of 100+ mph wind roaring and see things flying through the air that you had no idea that wind could lift, your LAST worry will be about fresh undies, although the sound/sight way very well encourage one or more toilet trips...
IHOG is right - so far around here, so good - considering.
In theory, power outage would kill the sewer lift stations and the pumps to refill water towers, but no doubt the city has backup power gens or sources. Still, you'd be able to flush for a while. Fill your bathtub and get a one gallon bucket to dip the water out with.
If you can - leave -
In line with that, know who you're voting for, because some idiot elected representatives of the folks back in Rita time decided that closing roadways was a good way to evac millions of people.
One can hide idiocy, but it, like simple stupidity, is an unfixable life time affliction, even if supressed...

David Schuler

After Ike city water was out, sewer was out, gas was off, electricity was off, there was no internet or cell phone coverage, no mail, no access to gasoline. If you stay, you need a lot more than canned goods and large plastic bags. But that's a start.

And remember to balance the risks of staying with risks of getting out on the road with millions of other idiots.

Finally, for proper perspective, the way that Davene prepared for tornadoes (during Hurricane Carla) was to take my brother and i to the Crockett Elementary School auditorium to 'hunker down' - even though the phrase had not yet been invented.

Gary Miller

Yes. Life was difficult on the Island. Permant evacuation would be my hurricane preparation if I lived on a flood prone sand bar.

Gary Miller

I evacuate for hurricanes because I enjoy a vacation in Fredrecksburg.
My kids move into my house because it's well stocked, has a generator and being in TC they know there will be no flooding. I'm glad they make sure to restock and clean the house after the hurricane is over. I've been a little disapointed there has been no hurricanes lately. I missed playing a few rounds of golf on Lady bird CC.

Steve Fouga

Hey IHOG -- People play that course even when there's no hurricane...


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