Entering the August Rush
Please make sure all preparations are done soon for survival during and after a Tropical system. If you have not done so, please do so while you have time. As you may not have the luxury when a system could be nearing your area.
Have a great and safe end to the month and may you all continue to stay safe this Hurricane Season.
"In the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, inland flooding was responsible for more than half of the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States."
National Hurricane Center
Looking endlessly at loops and looking at long range models can only help you so much. What helps the most be being prepared and keeping tabs as a storm comes towards your area.
The following links are from Florida emergency management. Most are the universally the same in message. For storm surge potential in your area or other specific details unique to your state or local, please consult your local or state emergency management website.
List of shelters of last resort
Main Florida link
list of storm surge and elevation levels in the state of Florida
A good time to remind people to everyone in Hurricane prone areas to stock up on essentials. Batteries, bottled water, flashlights etc.
Disaster Supply Kit (From NOAA).
Check boxWater - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
Check boxFood - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
— non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
— foods for infants or the elderly
— snack foods
— non-electric can opener
— cooking tools / fuel
— paper plates / plastic utensils
Blankets / Pillows, etc.
Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
Special Items - for babies and the elderly
Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
Flashlight / Batteries
Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
Toys, Books and Games
Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
Vehicle fuel tanks filled
Pet care items
— proper identification / immunization records / medications
— ample supply of food and water
— a carrier or cage
— muzzle and leash
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