Our hurricane preparations included sinking a portable water storage (tinaca or pila) into the ground and hooking it up to the city water and our house. It has a pump and will refill automatically; we can get water for our entire home as usual if the city water is shut off, albeit with some major conservation as it's only 1100 liters (~300 gallons). In addition to this we purchased a 7000 watt generator and installed a direct hook-up to our home so we can run our whole house, including one air conditioner if we do not have electricity. We also purchased several gas cans and filled them up with an additive for fuel storage. Unfortunately we realized a little late in the game that it would have been wiser to purchase a dual propane/gas generator instead of just gas, but eventually we will switch this out. For now we've tested everything and it seems to work just fine.
|Top right corner you can see the pipe for the water that is flowing into the pila.|
In addition to the above we had covers made for all of our appliances in the palapa. Eduardo who has a little open-air shop down the street from us came over and measured, several times, and made us fabulous water proof covers for our fridge, stove, washing machine, island and sofa - which, was too large to get through the door of our casita to store.
|Fridge cover complete with a zipper down the middle so we|
can get inside if we're there during a storm.
|Cabinet - he did a great job on this - the corners are gathered to fit tighter and|
he made a flap that goes over the wall, which we have tied down
to a cinder block to prevent "flapping"
|Our friends, Mandy & Jasper, had similar shutters made and we admired them so much we |
had Sr. Gabriel make us one too! Eventually we'd like to have these on all of our windows.
|Michael made these shutters for our windows, they are a blank slate for some murals, me thinks!|
We were advised the importance of "being there" our first summer to see exactly what happens with our property during a big storm, but we had to get up here and clean out our storage unit and spend some time with my grandson, which took precedence. Next summer we will stay at home and are really looking forward to it.
This year we stayed until the end of July, which is the latest we have ever stayed. Last year we left the first week in June. The town really empties out and just has this peaceful buzz to it that we loved. It got hot, for sure, but we'd find ourselves at the beach most afternoons and it was delightful.
|Sarah and I at the violins for kids fundraiser|
|Hanging on the beach with Suzanne|
|Blas always "makes a good picture"|
|The gang all hanging out at the beach - Sasha, Monze, Suzanne, Sarah, Bill and moi|