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After 165 years (mas o menos), Costa Rica is in line for a hurricane. Having gone through about a dozen hurricanes during my time in Florida, I'm giving out some free advice. And... remember that it is better to be OVER prepared than UNDER prepared. 1. Make sure you have plenty of extra water. Water for flushing or washing and drinking/cooking water. One of the things I am doing is filling up my washing machine. It makes a great "bucket!" 2. If all your cooking is done by electric means, get your gas camping stove set up or buy one. 3. Be sure you charge your flashlights or have extra batteries and some candles. Charge your phone(s) and computer(s). If you have a little power thingie, charge that, too. 4. Look around outside for anything like chairs that can be blown around. Bring that stuff inside or tie it down somehow. 5. Now would be a good time to cut some dead tree limbs if they are near your house. 6. Make sure you have enough food to see you through a few days. 7. Freeze some large bottles of water that you can use in your refrigerator if the power is off for a while. 8. Make sure your car is full of gas. 9. If possible, be prepared to take in friends or neighbors who experience extensive damage or flooding. 10. If you don't have a garage or carport, give some thought to where you will park your car. Under a tree is probably not a good idea! Whether you tape up your windows or cover them up -- that's a personal decision based on where you live and what happens with the hurricane. Right now, the winds are at 70 mph which is not exactly a little breeze and can cause extensive damage. That's all I can think of. If anyone else has any ideas, it would be great to put them here. Prepare BEFORE the hurricane arrives!! And... be safe.