Hurricane Season Officially Begins Today...Be Prepared!

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Hurricane Season Officially Begins Today...Be Prepared!

Well Folks, Hurricane Season is officially here as of Today, June 1st, 2011.  And it begins with a tropical system just of the eastern coast.  Hurricanes are nothing to laugh at, but fortunately, lots of warning time usually accompanies them, and having an evacuation plan in force is a DARN GOOD IDEA! 

 

Every year, my family hauls the emergency kit out of the garage in May.  We check batteries in each flashlight and in the weather radio, we make sure our medical supplies are good to go,  and we confirm that there are plenty of candles in case of power outages.  We also stock up on LOTS of water, non-perishable food items and propane for the camp stove....Just in case.  In our kit, we also keep a deck of cards and some other small games to play.  We pack an emergency suitcase with enough clothes for a long weekend in the mountains (where we go if an evacuation is in order).   We backup all important documents regarding Homeowner's, Auto, Wind & Hail, and Medical Insurance.  We also keep backups of all family photos (do not want to lose those).  We line each cat kennel with a blankie, make sure we have the pets current on vaccines (keep a copy of records) and we even have a travel litter box!  It is also important to know  hotels  that allow pets, should you decide to evacuate for a storm.  If you live or work on the island of Bogue Banks, Make sure you have your Re-Entry pass...you may not be allowed to enter without it!

 

This post is not to frighten anyone, but to make folks more aware about the importance of being prepared for the season.  Stay posted on the Tropics and pay attention to watches and warnings.  Having lived in coastal areas most of my life, I have seen what a Hurricane can do, and I refuse to take any chances.  My family and I hit the road with our pets, our emergency gear and our suitcases for any storm over a Catogory I....I can replace my house and the items in the house, but I can't replace my family! 

 

My favorite site for staying informed about Hurricanes and Tropical Storms is The National Hurricane Center and my favorite Hurricane Tracking Site is US Navy.

Thanks to Lenn Harley for inspiring this post with your comments this morning....Better to be prepared!

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The Scott Loper Team Lansdale & Harleysville PA Homes
Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville

Hi Amy,

Ugh!  Not hurricane season.  Seems like the country has been through a lot with a bad winter, spring floods, and tornadoes.  Let's pray for a very quiet season.

Lisa

June 03, 2011 05:55 AM
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Amy Hahn
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Pine Knoll Shores Realty

Lisa - I am definitely praying for a very quiet season.  Folks have seen some extreme weather, for sure, a little break would be nice, huh?

June 03, 2011 06:49 AM
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Nevin Williams
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Sierra Pacific Mortgage Raleigh

I've got my surfboard ready!

June 03, 2011 09:37 AM
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Nevin Williams
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I hope the hurricanes get just close enough to provide nice waves and then shoot back over the Atlantic.

June 03, 2011 09:38 AM
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Marian Goetzinger
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000

Amy, as you know, Ted and I are all prepared and hoping that we're wasting our time.  We have gas for the generator and he started it up over the week-end to make sure it works.  Lots of water and all the other things we might need. 

I think of my brother and all my family who were caught unprepared when the tornadoes hit a few weeks ago.  Their real dilemna was lack of drinking water.  Thank goodness our family members from Tennessee were able to get through with trunk loads of bottles water.

June 08, 2011 09:05 AM
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