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When Hurricane Florence was barrelling her way towards the coast of North Carolina, a state that has been my home since birth. We spent the week or so before her impact preparing for what most said would be the worst storm to hit our coast in history. We gathered hurricane supplies – like water. I think every container that had a lid was filled with either drinking water or was stuck in the freezer to use as ice packs to help keep the frozen food frozen.
Then I went through the cabinet gathering up all the food that we could either cook on the grill or eat without cooking. From there I was able to make a list of anything else we might need. While others were rushing to the stores – fighting over food and long lines- I went to Amazon and placed an order for things we needed. I had it at my door in two days thanks to Amazon Prime.
While I was waiting for my prime order to come in, I also gathered up all the candles that I had. During the hurricane, I quickly decided to buy some unscented candles for the next time. Massive scent overload here.
Then I washed everything that needed to be cleaned. And I am glad I did. We decided before the hurricane hit to bring the three outside cats inside and they stayed inside for three days- primarily for the duration of the storm’s impact. Everything that Markie, Jinxy and Tyger laid on or sat on had to be washed. I loved being able to do laundry with a stain fighter and great smelling detergent like Biz. I love that it cleans up to 80% better than any other standalone detergent. And I can use it to pretreat stains as well as a detergent if I needed to. And after Hurricane Florence, I needed too.
By the time Florence landed on the coast of North Carolina she was downgraded to a Category 1, but she stalled across our state, dumping a ton of rain. The amount of flooding due to the rain was unbelievable. We didn’t know how severe the storm was until the day after it hit. We lost power Friday during the storm and didn’t get it back until late Saturday afternoon. With the loss of power, we also lost cell service. So our priority on Saturday was finding a place where we could get a signal out to let our older girls Maddie, in California, and Mikaela, in Greensboro- the other side of the state, that we were okay.
As we drove around that morning, we saw first hand some of the destruction of Hurricane Florence. Some trees were torn entirely up from their roots and flooded roads and houses. Just seeing the chaos left behind just broke my heart. Some parts of I-95 and I-40 (significant highways in our state) looked like rivers. Some family and friends lost everything in the storm. Not because of the storm itself, but the flooding that came after all the rain that was dumped on our state and the storm surge. We had over 30″ of rain in some places in a 24 hours span.
We were one of the lucky ones other than losing power for a day; we had very little damage. But I am also fortunate to be an ambassador for Biz. Because I was able to donate the rest of my Biz products that I had to help families who needed to clean up after this mess. It felt good to not only know that I was giving back but also because it came about because of accomplishing something with my blog. Being an ambassador for Biz allowed me to give back when my state needed it most.