It’s Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season!

I know I sound like a broken record, but it’s time to prepare for hurricane season. It’s been ten years since we’ve felt the impact of a hurricane, and nine years since we’ve HAD to prepare, however, that doesn’t mean preparation isn’t a good idea.

Last year at this time, I encouraged you to prepare for hurricane season, but it’s time for a repeat:

  • Get cash.
  • Fill your car with gas.
  • Buy water.
  • Prepare a first-aid kit.
  • Get a phone charger for your car.
  • Prepare for darkness.
  • Check out your battery operated radio.
  • Stock up on paper products, cleaning products, and personal care products.
  • Organize important papers, some clothing, and other items in case you need to leave.
  • Plan for pets.

Waiting until the last minute to prepare for a storm is stressful and expensive. That’s why I recommend you start preparing this week, and since the state’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is in effect until Sunday, June 8th, you may as well take advantage of the lower prices on a few of the items you’ll need. This is the time to check and replace your flashlights and batteries, a good first step. But you may also want to buy gas cans, lanterns, or ice chests if yours need to be replaced. Many of these products are on sale this week so in addition to paying no tax, you should be able to take advantage of discounted prices.

It’s also a good idea to start putting away cash in case a hurricane comes your way. Without electricity you won’t be able to use the ATM so cash is essential. By setting aside $50 in cash every time you get paid, you should have a good start on collecting cash needed, and if there’s no storm this year, you can use this money for Christmas shopping or a weekend getaway.

Check out my memo from last year, It’s Hurricane Season or the American Red Cross Hurricane Preparation for more tips.

I’m hoping for another quiet hurricane season, but as my mom always says, “it’s better to be safe than sorry”!



Donate Hurricane Supplies!

As you count your blessings and make Thanksgiving preparations remember to share your good fortune. An easy way to do this is by donating to a local food bank.

Many organizations are collecting for food pantries and I noticed today Publix is now asking customers to add a contribution to their purchase upon check out with the proceeds being distributed to local food banks. It can’t get much easier than that! And it only takes small contributions by many to make a difference.

In addition to making monetary contributions there are many opportunities to participate in food drives. One painless way to donate to a food drive: donate the canned goods you purchased in May or June in preparation for hurricane season.IMG_1376

The extra peanut butter, soup, spaghetti sauce, juice boxes, cereal, and canned foods make the perfect food bank contributions, and since this food’s been set aside for the hurricane that never materialized, when you donate it you’re not only sharing food but expressing your gratitude that you survived another hurricane season storm free.

Take a few minutes and clean out the food tucked away with your hurricane supplies and donate!