June 7, 2013

Are you prepared?

We woke up yesterday morning to a Tropical Storm warning. Had been watching a system in the Gulf that had the potential to become a named storm. I had done some shopping earlier in the week just in case.

Good thing, too. Andrea had formed overnight and was headed our way. Hurricane season has begun.

We have been through this before. On more than one occasion. It comes with the territory when you live in Florida. We prepare every year for the possibility of a natural disaster.

With a small child and elderly parents (who live in the same city), hubby and I felt the need this year to spend some significant time drawing up plans based on various potential scenarios. We were up late the other night talking about when, where and how to ride a storm out and/or evacuate.

This has been a year of wild weather and sad tragedies across the country. It underscores the importance of having a family emergency plan. This tool can help you put one together for your family, if you don't already have one. Take the time. It's important.

Andrea wasn't supposed to be very bad. But by mid-morning our power had already flickered and surged and gone out several times. Hubby headed out to get gas for the generator, as the weather was predicted to worsen as the day went on.

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We had a lot of rain. Very little wind. And no damage in our immediate area. There was some locally, as two confirmed tornadoes touched down with the storm. But all in all, it was not a major event.

Just a practice run, and a reminder to always be ready.

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