We’re in the cone of concern in one update, and out of the cone of concern in the next. Get your food supplies, clear the yard of debris, and don’t forget to gas up the vehicle. Check, check, and check. What’s your homeowner’s insurance say about weather damage? Now is the perfect time to read up on the small print. Did we cover it all? Not even close, there’s still the matter of windows, pets, and games in case of power outage.
There’s so much to worry about when you’re an adult. I’ve been a lifelong Florida resident, and at no time in those previous years did I worry so much about being prepared. Part of my inattention to hurricane preparedness has to do with my lack awareness (read youth) and the other reason is my lack of family obligations. Those two reasons are out the window now, and I’ve been feeling the effects of the cone of concern these last few days.
I recall experiencing hurricane Andrew 20 years ago. I was seven years old at the time and I didn’t have any worries about Andrew. As a matter of fact, I recall enjoying that night as several of my family members stayed together and there wasn’t any school the next day. We watched T.V. until the power went out and then board games until we fell asleep. The next day I helped clean up outside the house and we were much more fortunate than those who took the brunt of that storm.
Since Andrew I’ve been through the hurricanes of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Most notable were the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005, when I at Florida Atlantic University numerous class days were cancelled and power was out for an equal amount of time. I was living life as a young adult at the time, not much holding me down other than what could fit into my truck. In fact, I recall a great road trip in 2005 to Gainesville, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville that was a direct result of hurricane Wilma. When south Florida lost power, a buddy and I hoped in the car and were welcomed in by friends in those cities.
Much has changed since those days. To pick up and leave now requires a full on mobilization, with two adults, two kids under the age of four, and three dogs to worry about. Not to mention the house, vehicles, and other sentimental valuables that makes up my family’s collective memory. A hurricane in years past meant worrying about where the ubiquitous hurricane party was at. Now a hurricane, or even tropical depression, means no less than gathering all the supplies on our list.
I’m not complaining at all, I know my family and I have been graced by God many times over during hurricane seasons past. I’m just realizing the differences in life that come with having more responsibilities. It also makes me feel good to know that I’m doing everything needed to fulfill those responsibilities. Be safe out there and take all those warnings seriously, no matter what the cone of concern says.
- A Look Back at Hurricane Andrew (weather.aol.com)
- Isaac aims at Haiti; Florida Keys under tropical storm watch (miamiherald.com)
- 20 Years Later: Insurance Changes Triggered by Hurricane Andrew (insurancejournal.com)