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May 25, 2010 / Dave Gorham

It's National Hurricane Awareness Week

Next Tuesday is June 1. A tumultuous date! Not only is it the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, but it’s also my parents’ wedding anniversary. Either way, June 1 brings a lot to the table for me each year.

As I write myself a reminder to stop at the Hallmark store on the way home to pick up a card for Mom and Dad today, I’ll remind you that the 2010 hurricane season is expected to be a busy one and there’s no time like the present to begin making your preparations. Did you know that 93% of Americans have not taken even the most basic steps toward preparedness? That’s a statistic from the American Red Cross, and a rather surprising one at that.

Now is the time to visit your favorite stores and begin stocking up for that “just in case” moment. This past weekend I went to Home Depot and bought a small, portable window AC unit and a couple of handfuls of D-cell batteries. A couple of weeks ago I bought a Coleman LED lantern and a water filter from Left over from last year: M.R.E’s and about 10 cans of Spam. It’s also a good time to start stocking up on bottled water which includes rotating your 2009 leftover stock (if you still have any) to the front of the line.

Like arguments, statistics can be good or bad depending on which side of the aisle you’re standing. There’s a Homer Simpson quote I’m fond of: “Facts are Meaningless. They can be used to prove anything.” I think we can agree, given the choice, it’s better to be in the prepared category when it comes to hurricanes — and leave the statistics to someone else.


National Hurricane Awareness Week.




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