For those of us in Florida, Hurricane Irma meant "Preparing for my umpteenth hurricane," and then thinking of more tips that might help you "Before and After the storm." However, each storm has its own path, personality and teaching plan.
I learned a lot about the latter while we sat in nature's sauna on our front porch, listening to updates on a battery-operated radio. For instance, at least 20 home-owners in one community saw their swimming pools pop out of the ground! Reportedly those residents had not lowered the water level in their in-ground pools but completely drained them, which apparently is a bad, bad idea. Pop!
I learned a lot about food storage this time too. For example, every caution to "Refrigerate after opening" is not created equally. Sometimes this means the food will spoil right away, but usually it means an opened bottle of ketchup or mustard, etc., will no longer be as fresh or flavorful when it sits at room temperature.
Oh, and I learned that even if thawed food formerly in the freezer stays cold, it might not be wise to eat it days later. (Think regular left-over length of stay.) This led me to believe that canned goods work better than trying to upkeep ice, which can't be found in stores after a storm anyway, but those cans need to be small. For instance, if you need to have food with a morning med and opt for applesauce, as my husband does, a regular jar is too much to waste, sitting opened in a sweat-kitchen with no cool corners.
I learned that doing laundry before the electricity goes out is a big deal.
I also learned that magnolia trees should never be planted close to a house. Besides the constant leaving of huge leathery leaves on the deck and yard month after month, each magnolia pod that drops during a storm sounds like a huge branch landing on the roof. And all night, our roof was bombarded!
Thankfully, those pods did no damage, but a huge branch from our cedar tree smashed the backside of our carport. Since hurricane insurance almost always has a big deductible, I guess we'll have to clean the debris and do the repairs ourselves - which brings me to what I've mainly learned this time: handling hurricanes and their aftermaths are much more doable when you're young.