Hurricane Ian is no more, but the extent of the storm’s damage will be long-lasting. Beyond the infrastructural destruction, millions of Floridians will now have to deal with the heat without electricity.
Florida Power & Light is busy working to restore power to millions of its customers. But some people could be in for a very long wait. Back in 2017, it took over a month for some Sarasota residents to get the lights turned back on after Hurricane Irma.
It’s important to stay cool. Right now, the temperature is still brisk from the storm, but expect for things to heat up over the week.
Here are a few ways to keep cool without electricity:
If you haven’t already, call your electric utility company to report your outage!
Keep your fridge and freezer doors closed as much as possible. If your freezer is full, it can keep food frozen for 24 to 48 hours. Every bag of peas you take out to put on your head to cool down will warm up your goods.
Cook outside. Do not use a gas stove or oven to cook indoors. If you must heat up your food, try and use a grill.
Eat spicy food. This might seem counterintuitive, but spicy food can cool you down. Just make sure you’re hydrated.
Drink lots of water. But avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Booze and caffeine are diuretics and will dehydrate you.
Dress in loose and light clothing. White clothing reflects the sun.
Get a battery powered fan. It’s going to be very hard to sleep at night. Even moving the air around your bedroom the slightest will help.
Get a cooler and fill it with ice. Put wet towels in the ice chest and then place the towels on your skin.
Build your own air conditioner. You'll still need a generator or a strong battery powered fan, but this could make a big difference in a small room.