with friends like these


For those who don’t know, Hurricane Florence is barreling towards the East Coast right now, directly towards The Carolinas and Virginia. If it hits as a Category 4, it will be only the second Category 4 to hit in North Carolina history, the first being Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Needless to say, we aren’t prepared. As far inland as Raleigh, my hometown, could see up to a foot of rain and just shy of 100mph winds for several days. Some people have gotten out, but others, such as myself, cannot, and are having to ride this out on our own.

If you know anyone who lives in this area, or know someone with family in this area, call them, talk to them, see if they’re okay and if there is anything that you can do.

If you live in this area and cannot get out, stock up and hunker down. Personally, I’m going to be riding it out alone. My roommates are heading home, but I can’t, as the building I am in now is safer than at home, and my home is still in the path of this storm. My roommates are leaving me their food, water, and any supplies they have that I could use. Some people aren’t so lucky. Here’s some things to consider when preparing:

  • There’s already a shortage on gas, bottled water, bread, soup, etc. so go out TODAY and get what you can if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure you know the evacuation routes and have a bag packed. Pack medications, important documents, food and water, and anything else you will need.
  • If you stock up today, DO NOT BUY MILK OR EGGS. These items are refrigerated and will spoil if the power goes out, so go for non-perishable food. There are supposed to be widespread power outages over half the state, so keep this in mind when stocking up.
  • If you live on the first floor of a building like I do, try to get as much off the floor and up off the ground as possible. That way if water does get in, your personal belongings have a better chance of surviving. THIS INCLUDES POWER STRIPS!!!
  • If you are in an evacuation zone and have not gotten out yet, PLEASE TRY TO NOW. Even if you don’t know where to go, just come inland as much as you can. Shelters are already set to open here in the Triangle as soon as tomorrow, I believe, but the coast is the worst place to be. You need to get out while you can.
  • If you have a bathtub, clean it well and fill it with water tomorrow. This will give you another source of water even if you are unable to find any at the store.
  • MAKE PLANS FOR PETS! My dad is worried about our dogs because they hate storms and are older, and he has no clue what to do about their bathroom habits, so try to plan for this if you can!! Make sure they will have plenty of food and water for this storm, and take into account any anxieties they may have about the storm. Don’t leave them behind.
  • If you have a porch, deck, or patio, clear off and put away any furniture you have to minimize what the wind can pick up.

This isn’t a full list, I’m sure, but these are things that my family and I are thinking about. Just know that this is a serious storm, possibly the worst in Carolina history, and it will be deadly. Take every precaution you can.

Lastly, please reblog this. Even if it isn’t your type of blog. Even if you don’t think anyone that follows you in from this area. Please reblog this. It could save someone’s life, and it’ll help a friend somewhere.

“Tell Jesper he’s missed. Around the Slat.”

From Kaz, that was as good as a bouquet of flowers and a heartfelt hug – and it would mean the world to Jesper.

Since ol’ Johnny died I’ve seen a lot of posts about what a fantastic person he was. I found this a touch confusing, so I made a list:

-John McCain was anti LBGT marriage equality and civil unions, saying instead that we should be allowed into “legal agreements”

-He was pro life, having voted 115/119 times to ban abortions.

-He voted against the legalization of marijuana, calling it a gateway drug.

-He was against federal funding of sex education and birth control, voting against a plan to spend $100mil to reduce teen pregnancy via contraception and education.

-He voted 19 times against raising the minimum wage.

-He was against universal health care.

-He voted against the federal holiday for MLKj, and actually helped remove it from Arizona as a state holiday, only changing his position “due to the economic boycotts and image problems Arizona was receiving as a result of it not having one.”

-And he believed that vaccines cause autism.

Just because you die, doesn’t mean you become a saint. He may have done some good things, but ultimately, he was still just another shitty politician.