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Old 08-28-2006, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Florida but not for long :) :)
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The storm should get stronger and is projected at this time to head towards the East Coast of Florida. Inland areas may get hit hard. Hendry, Collier Counties will be on alert. Southwest Florida has a storm watch up to Englewood in Sarasota Florida.
Please be prepared, but remember, I went through Hurricane Charley and it was a cat. 1 then went to a cat. 4 and was suppose to head towards Tampa but made a sharp right turn towards Charlotte and Lee Counties. At 10 in the morning on Aug. 13th it was heading towards Tampa and within a few hours it changed its direction.

Everglades City is also preparing for this storm. Make sure you have plenty of water, batteries, flashlights, Peanut Butter and Jelly and bread, (you can make a sandwich!)
Make sure your gastank is full and if you have a generator, go and fill up some gas containers NOW.
Don't wait. The lines will be long and the stations may not even be open if your area gets hit hard.
Have patience also. If you need any other tips, let me know. I went through Charley and survived and pulled together with the whole community. One thing for sure, people sure know how to come together in a disaster.

Make sure you take your pets with you. Don't leave them behind. No matter what. There were so many pets lost in the storm. There were many that were taken in with animal control. Alot were adopted out, but not all.
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Old 08-28-2006, 03:43 PM
 
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How many Florida hurricanes does a resident need to survive in order to qualify for the 'Old Salt' award in the new millennium?
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Old 08-28-2006, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Florida but not for long :) :)
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Ah, I guess just one!
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Old 08-28-2006, 04:49 PM
 
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Hi bamboosmom

Thanks for the tips. My husband is out there in Bushnell right now. We just got our house in Ocala and our furniture and boxes were delivered today from California. I told him to stay put in the hotel until the end of the hurricane!!
My son and I dont go out to Ocala until end of November but i would definelty liek some tips on starting a disaster cabinet or somehting like that. During the Y 2K year my mom went crazy thinking there was going to be a huge disaster (in california) and she had this great storage cabinet in the garage with everything you could think of. I think we didnt have to buy shampoo and toilet paper for a year after that! But your message says generator and gas. Thats one thing I wouldnt have known about. How much do generators run?

Also, did your area ever have to evacuate during a hurricane.
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Old 08-29-2006, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Florida but not for long :) :)
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The generators can run you from about $800.00 and up depending on the size you choose.
We didn't evacuate for any of the storms. We have the strong hurricane shutters and our house is up to code. The roof is reinforced with the tie downs and held up wonderfully
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Old 08-29-2006, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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This makes 9-10 hurricanes........ I've lost count,I must be a "crusty old salt".....
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Old 08-29-2006, 12:36 PM
 
Location: New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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I had to make a beer run last night, but other then that I'm all set.

And if I'm a crusty old salt, I hate to think what that makes my grandmother.
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