Monday, May 28, 2012

The Torrents of Spring

The morning after "Beryl" is wet and grey but everything is still standing, the house didn't spring any leaks, electricity never failed us once and even the creaky old holly in the back yard didn't loose a single limb (a miracle, really). Springfield is to Jacksonville what Jacksonville is to Florida in the grand scheme of storms: crap misses us for the most part.

We caught "Men in Black III" yesterday afternoon in 5 Points making it home before weather got really bad, and then spent the rest of the day sneaking in a nap, devouring books and eating munchies while playing boardgames - our family-friendly idea of "hunkering down."

Hopefully, today the clamoring of "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" will cease. "Beryl" was 'just' a Tropical Storm and while these can cause some damage, a Tropical Storm has nothing on even a baby hurricane.

Best thing to do?
Be prepared.

Have your hurricane supplies ready, preferably before June 1, because, you know, it's not like the weather is unionized and won't happen outside of "The Season." Water, non-perishables, pet food, toilet paper and the means to see and cook without electricity should be on the top of your list along with a full tank of gas and a plan, should things get out of hand.
Don't be stupid and try to sit out a regular hurricane, especially the really big, bad-ass ones like a 3 or a 4. It's a nice thing for them to give us plenty of warning ahead of time - use it!

Oh, and toilet tissue. Always stock up on toilet tissue.
Jus' sayin' ...

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