Its only September and I have heard the phrase “prepare for the worse, but hope for the best” entirely too much this season from on-air reporters. Its every Floridian’s favorite season, Hurricane season. The season where we get a huge super storm threatens our peninsula and everyone gets in a frenzy. It literally happens so much that we should be used to such conditions.
As a native of this tropical climate, I’ve been through my share of Hurricane, Tropical Storm, and Tropical Depression drills. With that being said, here are a few tips I can offer you as we brace for another potentially catastrophic storm!
By stocking up, I don’t mean going to WalMart, Sam’s, or BJ’s and over buying supplies. In times like this, it’s important to be take what you need versus what you want. Other people need water just as bad as you do. So, don’t take 40 cases of water, be considerate. Also, get some NON-perishable food items. Don’t want anything to go bad when the lights begin to flicker. Be sure to get a mixture of healthy and comfort snacks because you might be without power for a while.
Listen to authorities
Basically, if they say get out, then GET OUT. ESPECIALLY if it’s a mandatory evacuation. Always know your evacuation zones so that when the time comes you’re not in a frenzy looking for your zone.
The lights will go out
It is VERY likely that the power will go out. Again, don’t be afraid but its inevitable in such conditions. Living in a digital age of technology it’s not going to be easy living a few days without that speedy connection, I know. But, let mother nature do her thing and it’ll be back on. With that being said, while the lights are out, light some candles and pull out the old board games and have a game night. Or, you can do what I plan to do and catch up on some much-needed rest. Either way, the goal is to remain calm.
Don’t go outside y’all
It sounds silly, but y’all know we like to be adventurous in times like this. If you plan on being here after the hurricane, stay inside please.
But, in all seriousness, stay safe y’all. No hurricane is the same as another and with the growth of climate change, there is room for stuff to actually go wrong. Think safe, and be safe millennials!
From one millennial to another,
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