Here’s a handy list of things to remember when having a hurricane:
1. Do all the laundry the day before.
2. Buy more than one box of Pop Tarts.
3. If you don’t have screens on your windows, pick up some mosquito netting to tape in place for the inevitable power outage.
4. Stock up on allergy medicine for all the mold, leaves, and outside air you’re about to be exposed to.
5. Buy baby wipes to keep children clean, because bathing them in cold water isn’t very much fun.
6. Owning a chainsaw will make you a very popular neighbor – bask in the warm glow of everyone liking you as long as possible.
7. Bring mattresses downstairs if it’s too hot to sleep upstairs – you’re too old to sleep on the floor, believe me.
8. Extra D batteries and some books on tape can keep kids quiet for hours.
9. Buy extra garbage bags – you’re going to lose food, need to bag leaves, you name it.
10. Your neighbors will be your best friends before this is over. That’s a good thing!
Disclaimer: This list is intended to be tongue-in-cheek. I’m not trying to make light of what some people are going through post-Ike; I just know that large numbers of Houstonians don’t have it so bad, and the best way to deal with “not too bad” is to laugh.