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By: palmettobug53 , 1:48 PM GMT on June 01, 2014
PACKYERBAGSANDHEADFERTHEHILLS! IT'S HURRICANE SEASON! ACK! ACK!
Well, here we are. It's that time of year again. While the 2014 season's forecast is encouraging (Go, El Nino!), we need to remember the Boy Scouts motto: Always be prepared.
I'm sure all the old hands here know what to do. We have our plans in place, we keep a weather eye out and we don't let our guard down.
For the newbies, listen up. Pay attention to the NHC, your local forecasters and emergency management people. Have a plan in place, whether you plan to stay or evacuate - and you do need to know when to go and when to stay. If The Powers That Be say, "GO", then GO! Do not tempt fate and stay for the biggest, blow out hurricane party ever or think that "It's can't be that bad" or "I stayed for (insert storm name here) and we came through just fine." You put yourself and emergency responders in harm's way. Put off leaving too late and you can't get out, even if you want to.
You can find information at numerous sites online, here on WU, from your local TV stations and local authorities on planning and preparation. Get ready early, so that you're not running around like a chicken with your head cut off at the last minute, trying to throw together something in a panic.
AND DON'T FORGET ABOUT YOUR PETS! You need to be prepared to take care of them, as well as you and your family.
It may sound like a cliche but it's true. Whether it's an active season or a slow season, it only takes one storm to put your life totally out of whack.
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