In my last post, I noted that the Director of the National Hurricane Center, who is retiring in January repeatedly has urged everyone to have a Hurricane Plan and that it's too late to plan once the hurricane is here.
Do you have a plan? I don't mean just some vague idea, but a real plan. Does each member of your family know what to do? Who will do what? What will need to happen if you get separated? Where you'll meet? When? How will you communicate? What about your pets? What if you are out of town or on vacation when the storm arrives? Have you rehearsed your plan?
If you don't have a plan, you need to make one NOW. Those who are here know the drill. You know we won't have power, might not have potable water, and need an evacuation plan. At least 5 gallons of drinking water, flashlights, batteries, gaffer's tape, a fully charged cell phone with an extra charged battery (although don't count on the phone working), a portable radio capable of reaching a Miami station (since weather radio currently doesn't work once the storm hits), a first aid kit, all your medicines, cash (the ATMs won't work), a full tank of gas in your car, and a packed small "escape" backpack, are just a few of the essential items you'll need. That isn't all. You need a complete plan for how you'll deal with a real emergency. There are lots of web sites out there that have all the information you need to develop your plan. DO IT NOW.
The need for a plan doesn't just apply to Truman Annex full timers. It applies to those Annex residents who live here part of the year and are sitting somewhere where it's not 90% and 80% humidity. Failure to button down your Annex property -- bring in the stuff on your patio, porch, and decks; trim your coconut trees; take care of your rotting wood; fix your roof; and do other chores -- endangers others during a hurricane. Deck stuff, coconuts, rotten wood, pieces of roof, and other debris become 80 mph missiles in a hurricane and can go through windows, do other damage, and even kill somebody. So all you Annex folks who are not here but return in Winter and Spring, please do your part to help those who are here now or year round. If you haven't buttoned down your property, get your rear end down here and do so, or get it done somehow. DO IT NOW. It's not fair to put your neighbor's lives at risk just because you don't live here all year.