I would love for this post to be about getting ready for The University of Miami's Hurricane Football season, but sometimes we have to get serious. Either way.... GO CANES!!
Last week was the officicial "Hurricane Preparedness Week" - the point was to help people prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane. Although we tend to wait until hurricane season is upon us, the Department of Homeland Security provided a number of tips and related links to get us ready for the dreaded season.
Please visit MAKE A PLAN for a comprehensive list of how to prepare and why.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also provided brief tips to be shared with friends and family to ensure everyone is prepared.
1. Don't fall into "hurricane amnesia" in the forms of compacency, denial or inexperience - find out what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live and know how to prepare for how to handle them.
2. Develop an Evacuation Plan and include your pets
3. Assemble Disaster Supplies - do not wait until the last minute, you can start getting supplies ready like radio, batteries, flashlights, etc.
4. Check your insurance
5. Strengthen your home - make sure it's in good repair and up to local hurricane building code
6. Help your neighbor
7. Complete your written plan - doing this while not under pressure will make the process less stressful and can mean the difference between you being a hurricane victim rather than a hurricane survivor.