Hurricane Season

No, this isn’t a review for Dan Andriano’s new album, but a post about the one item needed in any hurricane preparedness kit that is often overlooked.

Every news show, pamphlet, and person on the street will tell you that you need batteries for your flashlights, radios, first-aid kits, gas in your car, water, water, more water (I love how you must have water, even though there’s gonna be a ton of it falling from the skies), plywood, tools, food, etc.

One thing they NEVER tell you to stock is a very important item: beer.

Don’t scoff, I’m serious.

Even if you don’t drink beer, you still need it.

Why?

If you’ve survived a hurricane, you know that you could be without electricity for a few days, personally, my home went without power for nearly three days after a particularly nasty storm.

But, that wasn’t the worst of it. A couple of trees fell down, the yard was full of water, and generally, the yard was a mess. Of course, we had the tools and the know-how to clean up the yard and get everything back to working order pretty quickly.

But, not everyone does. That’s where the beer comes in.

In the post-hurricane world, it’s all about bartering. Do you have a tree that you NEED to have disposed of right away? That neighbor down the street with the gas chainsaw might be willing to cut up a tree in exchange for a six-pack.

Your neighbor had a few choice steaks and wants to cook them so they don’t go to waste? If you happen to have a grill (or another neighbor that does) you can bring the beer. They don’t even have to be cold.

I first learned about this several years ago when I worked in he dairy department of a grocery store. There was a massive storm coming and people were coming in and buying water and other supplies. The thing I thought odd, was one of the supplies they were also grabbing was beer. That’s when I learned of this use for it.

After all the beer was gone, customers started buying milk (so much so that we brought an entire pallet of the stuff onto the show floor to stock the shelves, but it was going as fast as it was being put out. Why they started buying milk was something I never learned. The only thing I could think of was “it’s wet.”

There are other uses for beer in this kind of environment, but remember, drink responsibly, don’t let people drink and use power tools, no good ever comes of it.

Below are images of the aftermath of a nasty storm that came to my house in 2008. Yes, that tree came mere inches from giving my neighbor a very bad day. We had it cleaned up and fixed in less than twenty minutes.

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