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How to Prep for a Hurricane like a Pro

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Hurricane Florence is on her way. Experts say that this massive storm will probably hit the coast of North Carolina in just a few days. More importantly for our area, the storm’s path could lead it right through Raleigh. If you were here for Hurricane Fran way back in 1996, you know that this is serious business. Raleigh, and the surrounding areas, looked like a war zone after Fran moved on. Some were without power for weeks. That’s why we want to make sure you are prepped and ready for Flo. Check out these tips below. If you have an event coming up and need great prices on food and service, call Catering by Design. We offer some of the best prices on catering in Raleigh.

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Prepping for a Hurricane

Fill Your Vehicles with Gas

Go ahead and make sure all of your vehicles have a full tank of gasoline. If the power goes out, the fuel pumps will no longer work. Some people were without power for a few weeks after Hurricane Fran and that can mean access to gas will be difficult. Don’t leave yourself stranded in case there’s an emergency and you need to drive somewhere.


Raleigh is currently in a panic and residents are hoarding water. The shelves at most stores are bare even though more deliveries are expected over the next few days. Take this time to go ahead and start filling up your reusable containers at your home. Freeze several gallon Ziploc bags as well. This will help keep some items cool and will provide drinkable water when it thaws. Fill your tubs full of water the night before the storm hits. This will help provide drinkable water, cooking water, and water to flush your toilets with.


Batteries for flashlights or other electric items are also a necessity. Flashlights and battery powered lanterns are a safer alternative to burning candles. Furthermore, candles will generate heat. If the power goes out then so does your AC. Don’t make your home hotter by burning candles.

Diapers and Wipes

If you have children that are still in diapers go ahead and stock up. Buy some extra packs of wipes also. You can also use baby wipes to help refresh the rest of your household as well. If you cannot bathe for a few days you’ll at least be able to clean yourselves with these.

Nonperishable Food

Buy some food that will not spoil without refrigeration. Canned meats, veggies, and fruit are always a great place to start. Make sure you have plenty of bread, peanut butter, and jelly. Also buy some snacks, especially if you have kids. Chips, trail mix, Pop-Tarts, popcorn, crackers, and cookies will all help pass the time by. For the adults who have to have their coffee, buy instant coffee. We use instant coffee when we go camping and it’s really not that bad. It’s not gourmet but you’ll be able to get your fix.

If you have a newborn then don’t forget about them either. Buy some powdered milk also in case you cannot keep real milk cold. The same goes for your pets as well.

Eat Perishable Foods First

If the power does go out then your refrigerator is going to be useless. All the cold and perishable food will eventually spoil. For some people, this can be very costly. If the power goes out and you must open the fridge, do so as little as possible and for really short periods of time. Get out the things that will spoil first and make eating them a priority. This will save you money in the long run.

Propane and Charcoal

If you have an outside grill then now is the time to make sure you have plenty of propane or charcoal on hand. If you lose power for a few days and your stove is electric you’re not going to have an easy way to cook food. Camping stoves are also handy for prepping for a hurricane.

Help Your Neighbors

In closing, be mindful and help your neighbors. We are all in this together and we will need to help each other out in times of emergencies and disaster. Look out for one another and be open to helping out those that need it the most.

The Best Catering in Raleigh

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