I have a love-hate relationship with hurricanes.
When I first moved to Florida in 2004, the storm season pretty much made my career in TV news. I was only in town for a few weeks when Charley, Frances and Jeanne nailed us, and I found myself thrown into the control room for 12-hour shifts.
But because I do my best work on deadline and in crisis control, I was able to very quickly make a name for myself at the TV station, and ended up producing some of the top newscasts on the schedule.
When Katrina hit Louisiana, the NBC station and employees’ homes were so badly damaged that the entire operation moved down to Central Florida to set up temporary broadcast facilities, and once again, I saw the power of Mother Nature to disrupt lives.
So hurricanes have been good for me and terrible for others.
Now that I’m out of TV news, a home owner myself and facing yet another hurricane season, I’m re-familiarizing myself with the phrases:
- Cone of danger
- Hunker down
- Hurricane supply kit
- Evacuation routes
- Category 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
- Forecast track
Like so many in the hurricane zone, I’m tuning in for the latest updates from the Hurricane Center, trying to pick which projected path will actually come true, and wondering…is this the next big one?
Irene has the potential to be a real BEEEEEEYATCH of a storm. And of course I’m thinking first of people whose lives and property may be threatened — in the Bahamas, in Florida and even as the tropical whatever-it-will-be moves north.
Mostly, I’m just resigned to another summer/fall of watching the tropics and getting ready for the impact.
If you had to put together a hurricane kit with foods to sustain you for 3 days — what would you bring?
Cookies? Fruit? Protein bars? What couldn’t you live without while hunkered down?
P.S. My buddy MomJovi did a great (and much more helpful!) post on surviving the hurricane season: “Hurricane Tips From a Pro (Sorta).“