Every year, just before hurricane season begins, Roberta McPhie, of Spring, Texas, a Houston suburb, cranks up her ice maker to make extra ice. She freezes bottles of water. She’d already stocked up canned goods, but she buys a few more, along with plenty of bottled water and batteries. “
You have to make or buy ice ahead of time. You can’t wait until a hurricane, because everybody buys up all the ice,” she said. Her preparation paid off last August, when Hurricane Harvey hit.
“I was totally ready, which is fine, because we couldn’t get out of our neighborhood for a couple of weeks,” she said.