Be hurricane ready ... Preparation is key!
June 1st heralds the beginning of Hurricane Season. For the most part, I think that Floridians are prepared, either with nice storm shutters or plywood for their window protection.
You know a hurricane has been through and power's not back on when you hear gasoline-powered generators throughout your neighborhood – but even one light (and keeping your refrigerator on) is worth the noise.
Top of the list, though, for being hurricane ready is emergency food and supplies. Get your NOAA radio, medical supplies, batteries, maps ready now – so you won't be rushing around later.
Start buying an
extra gallon or two of water each week when you shop. This way, the expense
won't be 'all at once' when the hurricane strikes and you'll be hurricane ready! Plus, it's easier to carry one (or two) water bottles at a time. :-)
Food: Get crackin' and get some fresh produce dehydrated now.
We had our 'wake-up' call in 2004, after I'd been in Florida 24 years without seeing any hurricanes personally - so now we do not take the hurricane season lightly anymore.
Well, we weren't really hurricane ready. It doesn't seem all that long ago that dad and I popped down to Lowe's of Vero Beach, Florida, in his truck, and we were lining up ... along with 30 or so other like-minded people. All of whom had flatbeds in tow, with sheets of plywood standing on edge.
It was a feeling of camaraderie, no-one was panicking, no pushing and shoving to get to the front of the line ... we were all there for the same reason – to protect our homes and families and to be prepared for Hurricane Frances (and Jeanne as it turned out).
Check out our photos of what was left after the twin hurricanes.
Kudos definitely go to Lowe's for being so organized – and this was at 7 am in the morning!
Copyright© June, 2011
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