Hurricane Season… Again?!?
Each year, mother nature gives some part of the globe a good whuppin’. In fact, here in the good ol’ USA it seems that each region has its own unique, chronic, and catostrophic event.
The flood plains see sections washed away. California seems to be one good tremor away from snapping off into the Pacific. Tornado Alley is repeatedly uprooted and wild fires destroy thousands of acres of forest. And any “snowbird” will tell you: only fools live in Florida between June 1st and November 30th. Yes, it’s hurricane season, AGAIN!
Hurricane season has become synonomous with the stockpiling of batteries, flashlights, nonperishable foods, and bottled water. It’s an annual rite of passage. Bring in everything that can become a missile in 74 mph winds (patio furniture, potted plants, you name it). Cover all windows with plywood or aluminum shutters. How many of you have “old fashioned” wall phones? The new fangled cordless phones are useless in a power outage. Thank God for cell phones. Just make sure you have a car charger for it and make sure your car has a full tank of gas!
Despite the inconvenience and the potential for death and destruction, hurricane season provides solid entertainment. Every few hours the National Hurricane Center sends planes into the storm to check it out. If you’re tired of sitting in a cubicle from 9-5, this just might be the job for you. (actually the missions are flown by special airforce details – you can always dream though!)
A favorite passtime before a big storm hits is watching the local news and snickering at the poor souls in a massive line at Home Depot as they try to get last minute supplies. Of course, you suddenly stop snickering when you remember that you FORGOT to buy batteries. At this time you simply yell at the TV, “hey you in the green baseball cap, save me a spot in line!” as you run for the car keys.
Hurricane preparedness can certainly be stressful. Here are a few tips for the uninitiated:
1. Never operated a chain saw before? Don’t start now. Don’t decide to buy one after the storm so you can clear debris. Or at least read all the instructions before using it. Save that trip to the ER for some other occassion.
2. Gonna get one of those big generators so you can watch TV and have air conditioning while the rest of us sweat it out in the dark? Then make sure it’s hooked up correctly with proper ventilation. Sadly, after every hurricane induced power outage, some poor family dies from carbon monoxide poisoning due to an improperly installed/operated generator.
3. Don’t put up aluminum panels on your windows while wearing flip flops – here’s another emergency room statistic waiting to happen. Those things are heavy and guillotine-like.
4. Whatever you do people, when the streets look like rivers, resist the temptation to play in the standing water!!!! I know you’re bored and sick of being couped up inside. But after every hurricane people get electrocuted because they don’t see the downed electrical cables! Seriously, this happens after each and every hurricane!
Be safe everyone! Please…
Hurricane Eyewall picture from here ***you must see the rest of the pictures on this site!!!***