Most of us in dry, hot Nevada have little idea what it is like to have a hurricane headed our direction. But having had a child in college in Florida during the mid-2000’s, when six category 3 or higher storms crossed that state in 2 years, I am more aware of the dangers than many desert dwellers.
If you are in the path of Hurricane Irene, heading up the east coast of the US, get prepared now. Don’t wait to stock up on bottled water, non-perishable food, and batteries for your flashlights and radios. Keep your cell phone and laptop or I-Pad charged. If you are in a flood-prone area, seriously consider evacuating – preferably before the roads become clogged with others trying to do the same. The lives of your family members and pets are more important than trying to prevent damage to your home.
Please keep safe. I know many people in the rest of the country will be praying for you.