Definition of sanity means repeating hurricane season prep
Preparing for natural disasters is an activity that bears repeating.
It’s Hurricane Season, and here’s the drill:
Newspapers print their hurricane guides.
TV stations develop specials on preparedness.
County emergency managers host hurricane expos.
The director of the National Hurricane Center says Floridians are not well prepared.
Blah, blah, blah. Every year, it’s the same thing, and most people react by doing…nothing. Until the last minute, of course, when a storm is barreling down too close to home, and there’s that crazy, mad rush to the grocery store.
It’s said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. That line has been credited to Albert Einstein and others. But whoever said it, it wasn’t a genius. Doing the same thing over and over again – in the name of hurricane preparedness – is sanity. To hold onto yours, each year you should:
- Review your insurance coverage.
- Consider getting flood insurance.
- Conduct a home inventory or update your existing inventory. Here’s a free online tool at www.KnowYourStuff.org.
- Visit your county’s website and see if you are in an evacuation zone. If you are, then develop a plan for evacuation.
- Tackle affordable home projects to prepare for high winds.
As you are well aware, the last hurricane to hit Florida was Hurricane Wilma in 2005. In the eight-year lull from devastating storms, what actions have you taken to be better prepared? If you can’t think of a single thing, then stop thinking and start acting. Doing nothing is certainly an option; it’s just not a good one.
At the very least, buy yourself some hurricane supplies during the sales tax holiday that runs from May 31 to June 8. It’s a start, and preparing for natural disasters is an activity that bears repeating.