Remember Isabel

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Staff report

Hurricane Alex should not only be causing a shift in the winds, but providing a reason to reflect and plan in the event we’re faced with another hurricane. By some accounts, Alex is merely a preface of what the hurricane season could ultimately bring to our neck of the woods.

For the past several weeks, dry weather has been a rarity, while heavy rain, flooding, lightning and thunderstorms have become the norm. In the midst of it all, however, one message should resonate: Remember Isabel.

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She reared her ugly head last year and caused much destruction. This year, preparedness should be at the top of our agenda. Here are some things to keep in mind:

-Never underestimate the power of a storm;

-Keep batteries on hand for radios and/or portable televisions, and charge cell phone batteries;

-Keep gas tanks filled;

-Keep ample supplies of non-perishable foods and bottled water;

-Prepare for the event of long-term power outages with regard to shelter, clothing, food and water;

-Test generators to ensure they are operational;

-Investigate whether accommodations are in place for disabled and otherwise challenged family members, friends and neighbors;

-Plan where your pets will be in a storm;

-Make a list of all supplies you’ll need in the event of a disaster and stock up.

This partial checklist may seem cumbersome, but better safe than sorry.

Just remember Isabel.