JoCo hurricane party for Dorian
Have you ever been to a hurricane party? Have you ever even heard of hurricane parties? Well… Until I moved to JoCo in 2008 I hadn’t ever heard of these. I, still, have not attended such a party. However, Dorian is knocking at our door here in JoCo and I’m thinking this is the year to break my life time of missing out on this celebration of community and survival.
Hurricane parties started here in the South as a way to pool resources and shelter in place for those who could not or would not evacuate. Neighbors, friends and families band together to not only survive the storm but also to live and to work together during the recovery efforts, sometimes for days or even (yikes) weeks! Perishable foods that would otherwise spoil without electricity are prepared, grilled, smoked or cured to feed those sheltering together and to share with emergency workers. Fewer fuel resources are needed among the community since people are already together at one location.
Now, I’m sure that our emergency crews and electric workers will have any interruptions fixed quickly. But even with their speed and technology we may still have to go without power if the affected areas are badly damaged or flooded. So this year I’m just going to go ahead and plan to either host or invite myself to a hurricane party.
I’ve got meat in my freezer and enough wine to share with friends. Oh, and I’ve stocked up on canned foods, batteries, water and toilet paper. I've also charged all my portable chargers so my phone will have enough "juice" for a two weeks. That way if you have storm damage at your home or business we here at SERVPRO of Johnston County can quickly come to you to mitigate the damage whether that means tarping your roof, boarding up broken windows or extracting water we will be here for you!
Good luck and stay safe!
"When your home has a boo-boo call Juju!"