The Power Of Three by GMG Sisters
Life is just fine...
Sometimes it's full of bliss...
Other times it can be filled with darkness...
But whatever life may bring....
We will always have one another through thick and thin!

Picture by: G.J. McCarthy / DMN Staff, host webpage
The lively and busy city of Houston was filled with gloom on the 13th day of September. Hurricane Ike lashed through the city causing billions of dollars worth of damage. The island of Galveston which is situated an hour and forty five minutes away from our place (Spring), received the full front of the hurricane. The strong winds knocked out power to 99% of Houston’s residents. Ice and generator suddenly became valuable commodities.

It was noon on September 13 and the power was out for almost nine hours. We were stuck in the house with nothing much to eat and nothing much to do! Out of boredom, we decided to brave the bad weather to see the aftermath of Ike in our area. It was awfully messy outside! We saw snapped trees, down fences, flooded roads, submerged vehicles, demolished billboards, broken streetlights, trees falling on houses and severely damaged properties. I was staring at the destruction left off by the unforgiving hurricane, and right at that moment I was deeply hoping that the people living in the coastal areas were okay.

Life was hard without electricity, internet, radio, television, hot food and hot shower! You don’t really know how dependent you are to electricity until it’s taken away from you! But despite all these catastrophe though, I am still thankful that Mike and I were safe. You can replace all the material things lost from the hurricane, but you can’t bring back life once it’s gone.

After being bombarded with Ike’s wrath, we learned some important lessons. Here are some tips to keep in mind prior to a disaster:
BE WELL PREPARED!!

  • Stock plenty of food that doesn’t need cooking and refrigeration. Keep can goods and can openers.
  • Candles, batteries and flashlights come in really handy when there's no electricity.
  • Store lots of ice in coolers just in case there's a power outage.
  • Prepare cases of bottled water. Stock water in containers in case you lose water supply or water gets contaminated.
  • Make sure to keep a battery powered radio to stay well-informed about the warnings and the latest update on the calamity.
  • Do all the laundry and dishes before the calamity.
  • Take out garbage.
  • Keep board games, cards, toys and books- it will help you keep entertained when you get bored.
  • Fill up your vehicle's gas tank at least one day before the hurricane.
Our power was finally restored after 5 long days of agony! Everything is starting to get back to normal again. I’m really grateful to all my friends who showed thoughts of deep concern to us here. You know who you are guys! We appreciate all your calls!

-Mabel-
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16 Comments:

  1. stormin said...
    prayers to you and your family. hope that things are getting better for all of you all. my parents live in Katy. they told me that there doing fine. still getting warnings up here in Dallas/Fort Worth not to travel to the Houston area yet. be safe and my thoughts and prayers are with y'all.
    Doris said...
    I'm so glad I did prepare for this storm. We've been without electricity or safe water here in Galveston County and without my supplies we would have gone hungry.

    Finding a generator was wonderful too, and I suggest that anyone in the path of a storm get one. Having the ability to run this laptop a few hours a day, charge cell phones and keep a 'fridge running have saved us from a miserable week.

    Thanks for the tips. I have pictures from the Galveston/Clear Lake/Kemah area on my blog if you are interested.

    Doris
    http://www.fitfabandforty.com/
    liza said...
    so true! life without electricity and potable water is so hard and we get that often during typhoon season.
    Mabel said...
    stormin: thanks! we're doing fine here. I hope your parents are okay too!
    doris: we just moved here from California a couple months ago. This was our first encounter with a big hurricane and we underestimated it! next time, we'll be very prepared. I'm glad you were ready! Hopefully, power will come back in Galveston soon...and I hope you and your family are okay!
    liz: yeah, that's life here in texas!
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    Filipina Immigrant said...
    hi mabel-- i felt bad i wasn't able to ask if u were affected during the hurricane...but i really thought about u down there and was very optimistic that you were fine so I didn't really worry too much in a way that I forgot to check you out, ehehehee...that's good that you now know how to deal with anymore calamities coming down there in the future....
    Sara said...
    Those are great preparation reminders. I wish ou the best in your recovery.
    Mabel said...
    Con, no problem! i didn't expect things to turn out this way too! never had a single clue on what's about to happen. you were thinking about us, so you're excused! ;) hehe

    Sara: Thank you! things are getting a lot better now.
    Anonymous said...
    Yes you are right my friend, but we cannot fight from these natural disasters. The only thing we can do that is to take some preventive measures which can help us in unfavorable situations that can cause due to these natural disasters.

    Sandra Richardson
    dailyhealthtips@yahoo.com
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    Tumbleweed said...
    Hey Mabel.. glad to know you doing fine :)
    It's bad to see how many ppl are suffering from this, but lets hope it's not gonna happen again *fingers crossed* :)
    Have a nice weekend & God Bless!
    Marie said...
    Best of luck and great advice about what to do the event of that kind of storm. Thanks for visiting my blog. You are welcome anytime :)
    Mabel said...
    Vee, the last major hurricane before Ike that struck Houston and Galveston was in 1983 which is 25 years ago. so hopefully, houston will not get another one soon! :)
    jai said...
    mabel how r u? nalingaw ko basa sa inyong blogs....salamat sa message sa friendster. sige mag balik balik lang dayon ko diri ...ayo ayo bel
    Mabel said...
    doing great here Jai! thanks for dropping by.. ikaw, kumusta na man? ayo ayo always! see u here next time. ;)

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