HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS!

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HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS!

We're about to enter the peak of the hurricane season. Any day now, you're going to turn

on the TV and see a weather person pointing to some radar blob out in the Atlantic Ocean and

making two basic meteorological points.

(1) There is no need to panic.

(2) We could all be killed.

Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in Florida. If you're new to the area,

you're probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the possibility that we'll get

hit by "the big one." Based on our insurance industry experiences, we recommend that you

follow this simple three-step hurricane preparedness plan:

STEP 1: Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least three days.

STEP 2: Put these supplies into your car.

STEP 3: Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Halloween.

Unfortunately, statistics show that most people will not follow this sensible plan. Most

people will foolishly stay here in Florida.

We'll start with one of the most important hurricane preparedness items:

HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE: If you own a home, you must have hurricane insurance.

Fortunately, this insurance is cheap and easy to get, as long as your home meets two basic

requirements:

(1) It is reasonably well-built, and (2) It is located in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, if

your home is located in Florida, or any other area that might actually be hit by a

hurricane, most insurance companies would prefer not to sell you hurricane insurance,

because then they might be required to pay YOU money, and that is certainly not why they got

into the insurance business in the first place. So you'll have to scrounge around for an

insurance company, which will charge you an annual premium roughly equal to the replacement

value of your house. At any moment, this company can drop you like used dental floss.

SHUTTERS: Your house should have hurricane shutters on all the windows, all the doors,

There are several types of shutters, with advantages and disadvantages:

Plywood shutters: The advantage is that, because you make them yourself, they're cheap.

Sheet-metal shutters: The advantage is that these work well, once you get them all up.

The disadvantage is that once you get them all up, your hands will be useless bleeding

stumps, and it will be December.

Roll-down shutters: The advantages are that they're very easy to use, and will

definitely protect your house. The disadvantage is that you will have to sell your house to

pay for them.

Hurricane-proof windows: These are the newest wrinkle in hurricane protection: They look

like ordinary windows, but they can withstand hurricane winds! You can be sure of this,

because the salesman says so. He lives in Nebraska.

Hurricane Proofing your property: As the hurricane approaches, check your yard for

movable objects like barbecue grills, planters, patio furniture, visiting relatives, etc...

You should, as a precaution, throw these items into your swimming pool (if you don't have a

swimming pool, you should have one built immediately). Otherwise, the hurricane winds will

turn these objects into deadly missiles.

EVACUATION ROUTE:

If you live in a low-lying area, you should have an evacuation route planned out. (To

determine whether you live in a low-lying area, look at your driver's license; if it says

"Florida," you live in a low-lying area).

The purpose of having an evacuation route is to avoid being trapped in your home when a

major storm hits. Instead, you will be trapped in a gigantic traffic jam several miles from

your home, along with two hundred thousand other evacuees. So, as a bonus, you will not be

lonely.

HURRICANE SUPPLIES:

If you don't evacuate, you will need a mess of supplies. Do not buy them now! Florida

tradition requires that you wait until the last possible minute, then go to the supermarket

and get into vicious fights with strangers over who gets the last can of SPAM. In addition

to food and water, you will need the following supplies:

23 flashlights. At least $167 worth of batteries that turn out, when the power goes off,

to be the wrong size for the flashlights.

Bleach. (No, I don't know what the bleach is for. NOBODY knows what the bleach is for,

but it's traditional, so GET some!)

A big knife that you can strap to your leg. (This will be useless in a hurricane, but it

looks cool.)

A large quantity of raw chicken, to placate the alligators. (Ask anybody who went

through Andrew,katrina,jeanne,charlie,frances; after the hurricane, there WILL be irate

alligators.)

$35,000 in cash or diamonds so that, after the hurricane passes, you can buy a generator

from a man with no discernible teeth.

Of course these are just basic precautions. As the hurricane draws near, it is vitally

important that you keep abreast of the situation by turning on your television and watching

TV reporters in rain slickers stand right next to the gulf or ocean and tell you over and

over how vitally important it is for everybody to stay away from the gulf or ocean.

Good luck, and remember: It's great living in Paradise!
 

Zodiacdiverdave

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Fisheye, I thought the best thing to prepare for a Hurricane was to break out the metal detectors. :hello:
My thoughts exactly, I would even duct tape it to my arm :tongue3::metaldetector:.
Happy Hurricane season everyone,
ZDD
 

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Gotta love hurricane season. Today, after NOAA moved Isaac's forecast track to the Gulf, residents of Sebastian crowded the aisles in Walmart buying cases of canned goods. I expect to see the Weather Channel's answer to Geraldo Rivera- Jim Cantore at the head of a procession of trucks with out of state plates loaded with generators pulling into town any minute.
I got an extra 12 pack of Diet Pepsi and some Cheetos.
Bring on your beach erosion!
 

stevemc

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Yes, this does not look good for us over on the West coast, they show it either coming right up the coast, or just off it. Either way not good. I have 45' boat at a dock in a fairly sheltered area, but still not good if we get a direct hit. Same with the house, we are 1/2 mile from the bay, but the winds are what I fear. Like you said anything can become a missle and break a window, and turn the house into a disaster. We have lots of big windows and several sets of French double solid glass paned doors. I do have the tracks and metal panels and will get them up today, after I get my boat squared away.
 

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Great advice given with just the right touch of humor!

Change the word hurricane to blizzard and add firewood to the list of necessary things (oh, yeah, you have to have a fireplace or wood stove to use this, but buy a cord anyway)! Sounds like New England in the winter. Gotta love panic shopping.

Good luck with Isaac. May he erode the beaches and uncover the goodies! Everyone stay safe (rule #1).

Anita
 

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