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Hurricane Preparedness…Part 2

If you havent already seen it, please read Part 1 of my Hurricane GuideThe Insiders Guide to Hurricane Preparedness.

5. If you have a pool, drain it about 12 inches. Otherwise, your pool will overflow and contribute to the flooding!

6. GET WATER,CASH, GAS, NON-PERISHABLE FOOD and BE PREPARED FOR NO ELECTRICITY FOR 1 2 WEEKS OR MORE

The guides really underestimate how soon things will be back to normal. Banks, ATM machines, Gas Stations, Stores and Restaurants will be closed until there is electricity. I served food in a temporary St_ormkitchen in Arcadia after Hurricane Charley. It was the only food available in town and I met several local Real Estate agents who has no where else to eat. That was one week after the storm hit and some of the roads were still impassable. It was a humbling experience, but it gave me a glimpse of a real-life disaster.

Your power lines may be down, so have at least one phone in your home that uses a phone line, but not electricity. Have surge protectors on all of your electronics and appliances. The ideal is to have a surge protector on your Electrical Box. My electrician installed one for me, but some of the Electric Companies offer one, as well. Even some minor winds can cause electrical outages and fires.

7. MAKE PLASTIC BINS YOUR BEST FRIENDSBi_ns

Keep all of your photo albums and irreplaceable things in plastic bins with covers. It makes it easy to get them out of harms way or take them with you. During the summer of 2004, I rented a storage facility and left all of my art and photographs there for the entire hurricane season.

Stay tuned for “Part 3″ tomorrow…

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