June 1st may just be another day in Spring to some parts of the country but to those living in Florida, it is the beginning of hurricane season.
We take it very seriously and to be honest even our stores have hurricane sales with those very needed supplies marked down so we can stock up and be ready.
Is anyone every truly ready though? I know we thought we were ready in 2004 and WHAM BAM we got hit with two storms in a row that knocked out our lights and trapped us on the property with fallen trees and limbs across the roads. It was notably one of the deadliest seasons with four hurricanes and one tropical storm that made landfall with 115 mph winds. By the time it was over it totaled 3,132 deaths and roughly $50 billion USD in damage. Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne, and Tropical Storm Bonnie taught us all “Not just to think your prepared, Make sure your prepared!”
Before hurricane season comes all of our supplies come down from the attic and we go over each to make sure it is complete and in working order. We also go over our places to meet in case we are separated if a storm hits.
We have water in containers, dry wood stored in a close covered bins for cooking, and gas for generators, car batteries to operate fans, I even put coffee in coffee filters, sew them together and keep them in an air tight container so I can boil them in water to make coffee because I always have to have coffee even if I’m surviving hurricanes!
One of our most important essentials is our Emergency Go-Kit bag packed with a pocket radio, flashlight, first aid kit, batteries, worker’s gloves, light sticks, emergency blankets, and more!. Every thing stays in a familiar spot so we can find it even if we need it in the dark.
Do you have a plan? The Ad Council and the New York Office of Emergency Management (OEM) can help you to develop a hurricane disaster plan before a storm. The plans they have can easily transfer to your own needs and will give you general ideas for how to make your own plan before a storm hits your area.
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