Hurricane Season Not Prepared (part 2)

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Palm TreesAnd go figure it happened to me! Two months ago I had written a blog about hurricane preparation (Are you ready for the Hurricane 2008 Season) and provided a detailed checklist (in reference to the Ft. Rucker Commissary) of the essential things your family would need to survive the aftermath. 

Well, I am writing again on the topic to inform you that I WAS NOT prepared.  It was about 8:20 pm and the Fort Rucker / Enterprise AL area was feeling the effects of Tropical Storm Fay.  I was on Active Rain when I heard a faint sound over my nightly viewing of Young and the Restless.  I approached the kitchen window only to discover the Inclement Weather Sirens were wailing.  I proceeded to the front yard only to find the sun had disappeared from the horizon, a faint pinkish sky and all my surrounding neighbors standing outside wondering the same thing I was... "Is there a tornado nearby?"  After five minutes of waiting to hear the pre-recorded message that normally plays after the alarm to inform the neighborhoods why the alarm had been sounded, a Ft. Rucker Military Police (Fort Rucker MP) patrol car turned onto our road to inform all of us that a tornado had been spotted 1 ½ miles away.  Without hesitation, I grabbed my son and we headed for the closet in the hallway that I had designated for the situation, only to find that it was packed full (Ft. Rucker housing - offering limited storage space).  I eventually made enough room in the closet for my son, the family dog and myself (even though the hallway was a tight squeeze) to seek shelter. 

The moral of my story - my hurricane refuge WAS NOT equipped for our occupancy.   I had my son gathering pillows, blankets and getting the water (he was also concerned with his rock collection, Baseball cards, coin collection, and Nintendo DS) while I was locating the flashlights, batteries and snacks.

The next day, I reorganized my bedroom closet to accommodate my belongings in the hallway, reviewed the Hurricane Checklist to see what I needed and Googled "Can you Hear A Tornado"?

NOW, I am better prepared for the unknown of Hurricane Gustave (recent update - Tropical Storm Hanna) and the uncertainties it will bring to my family. 

The Hurricane season is in full effect.  Here in the Fort Rucker / Enterprise Alabama area we are subject to the winds of the hurricane which can cause unpredicted tornado's.  If you are relocating to the Fort Rucker area become familiar with the evacuation routes, hurricane preparation checklists and practice the Hurricane / Tornado drills with all family members (don't forget about your pets).

 

 

Informative Links for Weather Emergency Preparation:

National Hurricane Center (US)

National Weather Service

American Red Cross - Prepared for the Hurricane

Pinellas County, Florida Emergency Hurricane Preparedness Handbook

 Hurricane watch net

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Tucker - Realty World SHAP

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Hi Michele - my kids are in Ocean Springs, MS, and I am worried sick.  We used to live there, too, before Katrina.  I know they are not prepared - I just want to get them out of there!

Aug 29, 2008 06:53 PM #1
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I wish the best for your kids.  Are they considering leaving the area or are they going to wait until there is an actual evacuation?  Faye was not to bad up my way, but I could not imagine what it was like closer to the coast.  I was really uncomfortable when we were sitting in the closet and I could not stop thinking of ALL the things I was going to take care of first thing the next day.  I am better prepared in the event Gustave or Hanna turns our way.  I have also been talking with my neighbors and giving / receiving tips about our emergency plans. Hope your children stay safe. 

Aug 29, 2008 07:00 PM #2
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Michelle- all I can say is WOW I'm glad you're ok after such a scary experience. Very compelling post and good info for others in the area. May you and yours stay safe and well!

Cheers!

 

Aug 29, 2008 09:48 PM #3
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Teresa:  Thank you for the best wishes!  Up your way, there is no indications to a natural disaster (earthquakes), I think that it very scary.  In the South we are giving the information prior and a chance to get prepared and then hope it passes us by.  My procrastination could have been devastating. I have since, reviewed my checklist, an evacuation route and emergency plan for the family (something I never did up in WA).

Have a great Labor Day!

Aug 30, 2008 06:00 AM #4
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Glad you and your son are okay. Scary stuff. I remember being small and heading to the basement with Mom during a tornado. Great reminder for me to review my plan and go over it with the kids too.

Sep 01, 2008 02:01 PM #5
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Debbie:  I remember too as a child, being in the basement.  No worries, not knowing or even caring. Now, as an adult and a child of my own it is a scary thought.  My son talks about the drills they do at school but what we would do here is different.  We have been practicing and talking about it - I think it helps. 

Sep 03, 2008 03:21 PM #6
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Great job on this post Michelle. We see the warnings and think it will never happen to us. Thanks for making everyone more aware of the truly significant dangers. By being prepared you feel safer!!

Hugs,

Marie

Sep 07, 2008 11:46 AM #7
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Marie: Getting prepared of the next BIG one....that puppy is still in limbo....I hope it misses us, but I really hate for LA to get hit again.  Hope you guys stay safe out your way.

 

 

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