You will be overwhelmed with information regarding Hurricane Season over the next few days, as Hurricane Season begins June 1st. The fact is, people in Southwest Florida, especially homeowners, should already have their personal plan for Hurricane Season.
If you have shutters, hopefully you have already checked them to make sure they are all in working order,.....your generator too.
Your Hurricane supply kit should be ready to go,.....although in the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that the hurricane kit we keep in the pantry is totally empty, and I can't remember at all how that happened.
I believe my wife gave most of the canned goods to food drives. I think I had a power emergency and used the batteries for Electronic Battleship. Whatever happened, this weekend we plan to refill the kit, and then we're all set.
You will be overwhelmed by Hurricane Information again whenever we get the first Tropical Storm of the season, which may come early this year.
There are a few very important, sometimes overlooked, but common sense things to keep in mind as we go into the Hurricane Season.
-HOW MANY HURRICANES DEVELOP REALLY DOESN'T MATTER.
Everyone needs to have their plan in place, regardless of the number of storms. We may only have one named storm all season, but what if it decides to move right through Naples? To quote a cliche, "Hope for the best, plan for the worst."
-MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE NEIGHBORS.
I came up with this one myself, it sometimes get's a laugh, but I'm serious. When a storm threatens or moves through, there are always going to be unforseen circumstances. It will make your life a lot easier if you can lend a neighbor a ladder, and he can lend you a needed chain saw. Also, talk to your neighbors about how the latest forecasts might affect the community. Nobody knows your neighborhood like you.
-REMEMBER THAT LIFE AFTER THE STORM MIGHT BE WORSE THAN DURING THE STORM.
You may not have power for days. You may have no air conditioning. You may have no cable TV or Internet access. This can get very frustrating. Think very hard about "creature comforts" you could have on standby, like a few good books, a battery powered TV, fans, light clothing, CLEAN clothing. Think hard about the food in your hurricane kit too,.......do you really want to eat lima beans for 5 days straight?
It is always best to watch one weathercast a day. Of course, I suggest logging on to naplesnews.com, where the forecast is just a mouse click away, but obviously if you are away from your computer, there are several options available.
-HAVE NO REGRETS.
Remember, we are talking about your well-being, your safety, and your life. The last thing you want to be thinking when a hurricane comes through is,...."Gee,.....why didn't I (fill in the blank)?"
Please look for our Severe Weather Guide in the print editions June 1st, and the on-line edition will be available all season at naplesnews.com.