Living on the Beach during Hurricane Season...Florida

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  1. Paul R Zartman
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    Paul R Zartman Sly Eye Bob #6921 #112791

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    Well, its Hurricane season in Western Florida again... when the weather Channel has a spaghetti line heading toward me its time for weatherization of my collection.
    1. heavily oil and grease the gun internals
    2. heavily wax the exterior metal and wood.
    3. freezer baggies for all pistols and ammo boxes, including BP and Smokeless powder containers.
    4. 50 gallon drum bags for all rifles, then put between mattresses in bedrooms on 2nd floor
    5. Pistols gently stacked in (waterproof :uhoh:) safe...on 2nd floor
    6. Make sure insurance was paid last month
    7. Buy 4 cases of beer, 4 bottles of Bourbon, 2 cases of water and 8 bags of ice...
    8. Hurricane Party at my place...PM me for invitation :cool:
     
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    Captain Kirk, Spock here. This planet is not inhabitable.
     
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    Better keep an eye on this one, Come Tuesday should know, it may be a intense storm. Kinda like Charley which will not be good!
    Maybe mandatory evacuation if you are on the beach!
     
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    I'm braced this year... generator, batteries of propane tanks, shelves of canned goods, closets full of water jugs, MULTIPLE spare cell phones, canoes at ready, firearms packed in portable units.

    And a playful wife.
     
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    Eyes are wide open :what: been thru about 5 or 6 here, including Charles, been prepping since last night just in case...
     
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    My wife is not playful yet, she keeps yelling...GOT ENOUGH WATER, GOT ENOUGH ICE, GOT ENOUGH BOURBON... the latter makes her more playful :) we turn our cell phones off cause everyone is calling us....
     
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    What do you guys do with guns when you have to bug-out. I live in N GA and we saw a huge influx of folks from South Florida moving this far north with extra fuel cans strapped to roof racks a few years ago when one of the big ones hit. I don't recall the name.

    I suppose if you only have a few you can take them with you. But in my case I'd have to leave some at home. Would a dry bag such as this work.

    Amazon.com: Wise Owl Outfitters Waterproof Dry Bag - Fully Submersible 1pk or 3pk Ultra Lightweight Airtight Waterproof Bags - 5L, 10L and 20L Sizes - Diamond Ripstop Roll Top Drybags : Sports & Outdoors

    And do they make anything big enough for long guns.
     
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    No use running in to get plywood, but there may be some in the pool when it's over. Good luck!
     
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    #4 on my list 50 gallon drum trash bags fit all my rifles, ones I don't take with me go inbetween mattresses on 2nd floor, excellent locks on exterior and interior doors, pictures of all guns and serial#s. Police are pretty good in our area keeping vandals and thieves away.... we are on a barrier island and they close and lift bridges to keep undesirables out.
     
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    Just after hurricane season is the best time to fine good plywood, I have storage area and not so proud that I'll go around on garbage day and pick a bunch up :thumbup:
    Same with fishing poles after spring break, bunches of them in trash cans cause they don't want to take them home on plane :thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    I grew up in Tampa, and many many moons ago I was a bartender at Crabby Bill's in Indian Rocks beach during a brief period after I left active duty the first time. A hurricane didn't matter, cause at the time I could pack everything I owned in my chevy blazer and just... leave. If my place was washed away, I didn't own it, so I would just find another. When I moved back to Fl 5 years ago, I moved to the panhandle inland north of I 10. Not hurricane proof, but I ride a cat 1 out with no concerns.
     
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    I don't go to Crabby's anymore, too busy...but know IR well.
     
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    I have heard of people storing guns in their empty washing machine in the when threatened with a flood.
     
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    I need to go fill up the cars and gas cans, grab a few bags of ice for the coolers and buy some more beer. I have PLENTY of bottle water, can goods, and booze. I also need to verify the generator will fire up but don't really want to have to hook it up. the kicker is that my Mother-in-law is coming to town tomorrow for a week visit.

    I grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and have survived many storms, including Katrina in 2005. I am not as worried about this storm as we are on the other side of the state. If all else fails the wife and I can bug out north to the Jacksonville area where I have some friends.
     
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    Prayers for all in hurricane areas.
     
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    IF I was gunna bug out, all the handguns would go with me, and a fair chunk of the most valuable rifles.
    But-
    I'm done running from storms. If it's gunna get you, it's gunna get you.

    Im as ready as I can be. Its just a waiting game now.
     
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    I went to high school in Fort Myers and was around for all those early 2000’s storms. Charlie was the worst I can recall. We had a month straight off of school that year. Boy those pool party’s were a blast!
     
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    Yep, me too. Lived there...other than my time in the military...thirty years. Finally moved away for good. Family still there. Still own a home there.

    I only evacuated once. Ivan in 04. In part because I had a young family at the time. Earliest name storm I can remember was Elana in 85, but I've watched a lot of storms pass through our yard in my time there. Did hurricane duty with the Guard in 95.

    Through all of that, I can't recall my dad or, later, myself, ever prepping guns for a hurricane. Prepping structures and supplies, sure. Helping neighbors and family, sure. SMH I can't think of a single time we ever gave a single thought to the guns. I don't even think I took a gun with me the year we evacuated, and the armory didn't hand on rifles when we activated for storms, either. (And that was after Andrew with all the looting.)
     
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    Jezz man!!! I’ll be there at 12 noon, I’ll drop off some MRE’s

    on a house note: we missed a house by $5,000 in Cape Coral about a year ago.
     
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    Gun Bug out.

    yep! take all my handguns with me, put everything else into a 50 gallon yard bag, triple it, pour freash motor oil on everything, seal, and then seal in a trash can and duck tape the living daylights out of it.
     
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    Don't forget to identify it with large letters, "Marks Guns and Ammo" so you can identify it as its floating down the ICW. :what:
     
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    If things are floating down, We got bigger issues
     
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    Me? Looks like I'll be losing a three day booking later this week (right when Ian comes calling) out of Everglades City when Mother Nature hits the "re-set button"... Hope everyone stays safe and very glad my house is on the Atlantic side.... Most of the areas I fish during daylight are in the Everglades coastal area - and every bit of it is actually temporary (until the next storm comes along...). To drive the point home my commercial insurance as a very small charterboat operator - has a much bigger deductible for storm damage - designed to get all of us securing our property before the storm comes along....
     
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    I remember that one. I went to visit a friend at USF and was "stuck" there for like 3 days partying. A few years later when I lived at IRB, my falling-down house on the beach was next to a little store called Elana '85, cause it survived undamaged.
     
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