I live in South Florida, the bulls-eye for many hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricane Andrew in 1992 was our worst. I managed to survive without too much difficulty for two reasons: a) I had prepared beforehand and b) my wife and infant child were overseas (visiting family) when the the hurricane hit. I didn't have to worry about them and really only had to look after myself (and my elderly mother). That made life a lot easier.
Hurricanes are late summer/early Fall events....which means it will be hot....really hot when the storm knocks out your electricity and a/c. The most sought after commodity after Hurricane Andrew was ice. Ice to cool your parched throat. Ice to keep food from spoiling until you can cook it up on your portable BBQ. We couldn't get enough of it and fights broke out whenever people converged on a site that had some on sale or where it was being distributed for free.
Ice may not be an issue if you have a generator and tons of fuel to keep your refrigerator going indefinitely. But when you're without power for an extended period of time (our neighborhood was out for 2 weeks) obtaining and transporting fuel to run your generator can get difficult.
IMHO the best thing you can do when facing an epic storm is to get the hell out of Dodge. If however you want to stay behind to protect your property then at least get you family out of your way. It will make life a lot easier. Send the wife and kids to the in-laws or elsewhere.
That being said, I would then make sure to have a large marine-grade or professional outdoor guide cooler with as much ice in it as it can hold. Something like this: https://siberiancoolers.com/sh...a-series-85qt-cooler
Obviously a huge cooler won't do you much good when you have rising floodwaters in your house. In which case you can hopefully throw it in the back of your truck or in your automobile trunk and flee (if that is still possible).
If you have enough ice and cold drinks to last you at least a week it will make an enormous difference in your physical and emotional well-being. You can put up with a lot of misery so long as you can cool down and hydrate.
25 years after Hurricane Andrew I still remember the search for ice as being the most sought-after commodity after the storm (with generators being a strong second and commanding outrageous prices). A good cooler stocked with plenty of ice (that can last you several days and provide cool water as it melts) is worth its weight in gold.