Andrew. Donna. Opal. Erin. Kate.
As many soon-to-be mothers look through baby name books, many Florida mothers avoid names of hurricanes they’ve seen or learned about that have hit home.
Hurricane season is no joke, but much more of a reality to Southern coastal states such as Florida, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Virginia, Mississippi, and the Carolinas. It’s six months of holding our breath and five categories of what may come. Radio, television, and now internet advisories of warnings and watches have become something that we, as Floridians, are accustomed to. We don’t have a for nothing, we’ve been through it, we’ve seen what they can do, and we’ve learned how to better prepare ourselves.
But for the thousands of people who relocate to Florida every year hurricane season can be a little unnerving. So here are some tips for all you Florida newbies that the natives can appreciate.
-It will rain almost everyday in the summer – and it will go away. Learn to pack an umbrella.
-A watch means lookout for it, it could be on its’ way. A warning means you better hunker down and listen to whatever the person on the radio/tv/internet is telling you to do.
-Thunder and lightning does NOT mean a hurricane is imminent. Don’t you have storms back home?
-It’s not an all or nothing situation, there is middle ground here. You won’t necessarily just get the best or worst of a hurricane’s potential so be prepared for the unexpected.
-If you see Floridians on the beach enjoying the big waves don’t freak out. It’s pretty normal and they usually know when to go home. However, don’t go to the beach if you’ve never been through this kind of weather before. The calm before the storm can give a bit of false security to the unknowing.
-Board up your house to be prepared, however leaving the boards on for all six months will usually make your neighbors think you’ve vacated the premises and gone back home.
-If a hurricane has been named chances are that your insurance company has closed their books until after the storm, so make sure you have the coverage you want before an emergency arrives.
-Cut your trees back! Unless you want to be raking and picking up limbs for the following month.
-Dorothy you’re not in Kansas anymore. Tornadoes come on strong and quickly, hurricanes usually have ample warning. Get out of town! Have a plan of where to go if there’s a hurricane headed your way.
-If you do decide to stay home, I know it’s a new experience and everything looks crazy outside and you just want to see what’s going on around you, but stay away from windows and glass doors.
More or less just know to expect the unexpected. A lot of Florida natives tend to procrastinate whereas newbies are under prepared because they really don’t know what they’re getting into. Do your research, have a plan.
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