Hurricane Season 2012

Here we go again!  It is hurricane season and we should all probably take a little time to think about getting ready for the inevitable.  The thing is, for the past few years anyway, most of the dramatic news about hurricanes heading our way have been false alarms.  Even last year’s Hurricane Irene was far less devastating than the headlines would have had us believe.  So, it is hard to get too shook up about hurricane season, right?

But, you know that complacency is the father of disaster (or the mother… take your pick).  When we all get so jaded that we pay little or no attention to the screaming news, that is when our area will get creamed! 

Anyway, officially, the Atlantic hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30, but as the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) notes: "There is nothing magical in these dates, and hurricanes have occurred outside of these six months, but these dates were selected to encompass over 97% of tropical activity."

As your insurance agent, neighbor and a genuinely all around good guy, I ask that you please, please, please take a look at the “Hurricane Checklist” on this link  http://www.redcross.org/www-files/Documents/pdf/Preparedness/checklists/Hurricane.pdf

Some of you will grab the masking tape and start “X-ing” your windows.  STOP!  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “It is a waste of effort, time and tape.  It offers little strength to the glass and NO protection against flying debris,” the weather agency writes, adding, “After the storm passes, you will spend many a hot summer afternoon trying to scrape the old, baked-on tape off your windows (assuming they weren’t shattered).” 

Hurricanes are serious business.  We can prepare and we should prepare.  I urge you to follow the checklist guidelines to protect your family and your property.  However, if it all seems like too much work, fret not.  Your helpful insurance guy, Lan Rice, has prepared this simplified three step checklist:  

STEP 1: Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least three days.

STEP 2: Put these supplies into your car.

STEP 3: Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Halloween!