Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hurricane Hints

We interrupt this blog to offer advice to those of our friends undergoing a hurricane or other significant weather event:

  • To heat water and food build a sterno stove. Take a can of sterno, which is what people use to heat chafing dishes at buffets. Take two equal- sized coffee mugs and turn them upside down one on either side of the sterno. Then take the grill from a toaster oven or hibatchi and place it on top of the mugs. It should make a bridge over the sterno. Then follow the lighting directions on the can of sterno.
  • My humans heat water for coffee, tea and soup and cook Chef Boyardi crap over the sterno. Other things that can be heated over it include baby formula, Dinty Moore beef stew,corned beef hash, and Pop Tarts
  • Be sure to buy bottled water or fill jugs with tap water prior to the storm. That's in case the water gets contaminated and you can't drink it.
  • Tuna fish is good warm and right out of the can. Be sure to share with the feline family members.
  • Stock up on flashlights and batteries beforehand. You won't find any in the stores once the storm hits.
  • Some people use bags of kitty litter to stop minor water seepage. This is bad news for us kitties. Stock up on litter or we may create our own indoor flooding.
  • If you do have to evacuate, don't forget to take the kitties.
  • Pry and purr. The people get a little frantic during thse storms.

Purrs, Muffin


Anonymous said...

Those all seem to be really important tips - especially the litter.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Muffin those are wonderul tips for all of us to keep in mind. Thank you for listing them for us.
Lots of love from Miss Peach

DEBRA said...

Good tips and very useful...

Abby(your furfriend in N.FL)

Karen Jo said...

You give very good tips, Muffin, especially about the tuna and kitty litter.

The Lee County Clowder said...

Good suggestions. The Food Source was right in the middle of Hurricane Alicia down in Houston a long time before any of us were born, and he has a couple more suggestions.

First, try to fill your bathtub. (This assumes the tub stopper is tight enough to keep the water in the tub for several days) It is only marginally drinkable, but might come in hand in a day or two if you need to flush the toilet.

Second, make sure you have a manual can opener (or make sure all your cans are self-opening, we guess). We don't wanna know how things would go if the only can opener you had was electric!

If you can, find a basic phone, one that doesn't need an electric plug to work. Often the phone system is operational even when the electric is out, but if all your phones need electric to work, you're out of luck.

He also made sure to second about the batteries. It is probably already too late to get more, but if you can, you it never hurts to have a couple more, especially if your power is out for several days.

Kimo and Sabi said...

Be safe!

P.S. - fanks fer visitin' us on Kiera's special day!

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

these are very good tips Muffin. we didn't know how to make a sterno. we will put these instructions in our emergency bin so we'll know. we always have soup and beans and stuff in the pantry.

we are worried about you and that mean hurricane Ike.

you all stay safe!

Tiger Lily said...

It sounds as if you have been through a few hurricanes Muffin. Those are very good tips. I think I will tell them to Mom and my Daddy just for general preparations.

{{{{{HUGS}}}}} and prrrrrrrrrrrs and tail wags,
Jemima, Zeke, Sushi, Tiger Lily and Ruckus

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

we're just checking in. Ike was so strong that we got damaging winds all the way here in Ohio! we're worried about our friends. let us know how you are.

Quasi said...

Muffin, I hope you're okay! And that you got some tuna.

Black Cat said...

Those are good tips. Hope you're all OK:) xxx