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It seems like it was just yesterday that we had a very active hurricane season. There were 20 plus storms accounted for. Many people fear a busy hurricane season, and rightfully so. However, just because the weather experts may predict a lower amount of storms than last year does not give you a reason to let you guard down; because it only takes one storm to turn our world upside. As much as we hear about hurricane preparedness, it’s really never top of mind until disaster is knocking on our doors. So why is it that we tend to put off something, that, sooner or later, we will be confronted with if we live near a coastal area? Science has proven we are creatures of habit, and habit is what our days are made up of. We don’t want to be bogged down with the usual news of the day and the headaches of just everyday living and tend to put things off that aren’t urgent until….”tomorrow.” So naturally we never get around to doing it “tomorrow”, then when disaster is lurking, we all run to the grocery store and empty the shelves of many things we probably should have had on hand in the first place. So instead of waiting for disaster to strike, or if you like rolling the dice, why not slowly add the items will need and won’t go bad if a storm doesn’t hit. This is what we do in my home; always have propane on hand (I usually have 3 tanks), have plenty of bottle water, make sure the generator is working (if you have one,) review your evacuation route, purchase some can goods, and make sure you have a trusty first aid kit. By no means this is a complete list, but it’s a start to a complete list. If you continue this routine, by the time the peak of hurricane season arrives you’ll be ready and you’ll be one step ahead of 99% of the people out there in a shopping frenzy with 100% less stress when the alarm is sounded that a storm is on its way. Because you knew, it only takes one!

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