Post Hurricane Florence observations from the North Carolina Coast. This is the running list that I compiled during and after the storm. Most of it was stuff that I had been prepared for, but there were things that I'd missed that surprised me. Food for thought. Cars to high ground where impact of debris and trees is minimized and they will be able to reach roads after storm. Cash - Enough to cover expenses for an extended time. Electronic bills paid in advance is nice. Headband light (around neck, at all times.) motion detector battery lights and touch lights. (no more fumbling in the dark without power) sieve for straining rain water for flushing (refill toilet tank when convenient, before it's necessary) Buckets, lots of buckets. Tea kettle on Coleman stove to boil water. I've never been a fan of Coleman propane stoves, but the instant/odorless on/off with them made me reconsider that. Pour boiled water through electric coffee maker to make coffee you're used to. Reheat one cup of coffee at a time in a sauce pan over the Coleman stove. (quick, little heat increase in the house) Powdered non dairy creamer in moisture resistant container. It's better than nothing, although not by much. Lots of car chargers and AC inverter (30-60 minute un-switched car charging without starting issues.) Extra keys on body always (alone, locked out of car or home in the storm, not a good time.) Gutters - the worst blockage was from pine bark. Ladders were ready to access the gutters as soon as it was safe. Gas (always buy before you need it and avoid being at the end of the gas line.) EAR PLUGS (sleep through the night without waking at every change in the pitch of the wind.) PMR30 mag release caution - I switched from strong side hip, to a butt forward cross-draw, and finally to a chest rig as unintended mag release and garment issues were sorted out. Rain gear (GI Gortex is amazingly comfortable in 80 degree wet weather) Thermometer for freezers (okay at a glance.) Bushmills Irish Whiskey ;-) Power indicators (exterior lights/radio) Old men were sitting around in the heat with their mains OFF after the power was back on because somebody told them that was the thing to do, and they never knew when power was restored. Strange pale fat kid at Redbox in nylon shorts and flip-flop with hat and headphones right after the storm. :-/ Staying dry is a priority during the storm since nothing will dry until the sun comes out. Clothes lines - On the same trees I used 30 years ago. maintaining freezers as ice boxes. This worked very well while we had one house with power and could freeze cases of water to transport to others who still had no power. Brooms and dust pans (no power = no vacuum) Ants! They want to be dry too, and will climb your legs to stay dry... Then they'll try to eat you. Fleas too! Bug spray keeps them off of you and good housekeeping, even with a broom will keep them under control. Hot water heater cautions. (Turn breaker off if water is off) Neighbors, screen doors, sound carries with windows open and no background hum. This was a wonderful week for socializing. Coat hooks, hall tree, outside shoes/inside shoes. Everything was wet and needed a place to be hung where it could drip. Cheap clear shower curtains, nails/tacks, magnets, string, kiddie pool. (Like pitching a tent, but indoors under a leaking roof.) Pedialyte, Cranberry juice, AZO meds, water, water, water. Stay hydrated to avoid bladder problems. No communication family plan. Time schedule. Pills in moisture resistant packaging with desiccant. Battery powered fans, hand fans, folding fans. Movement - teens struggling through flood waters at night + questioning by neighbors = likely looters of Dollar General? Rotting smells? Walmart/cats/hogs/chickens/towels/neighbors? Whole cases of frozen water in freezer with essential items -makes a decent cooler and doesn't get all wet when thawed. Cordless phone indicates "no line" and cell phone shows red x. (Airplane mode with scheduled check-in saved lots of charging) Post storm - Coleman lanterns provided outdoor reading light, and mood enhancement, but were too hot for inside use in summer even with all the windows open and no power. We have power and water again, most of the roads are being repaired and everybody is dragging their wet furniture and carpet out to the roadside along with the fallen trees. It'll be a mess for a while, but we are most certainly still here, and helping our neighbors who are in worse shape.