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DawnStorm
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...we know!! [Mad] Am I going have to contend with constant reminders today? Yes, I know last season was very active--hell we even got into the Greek alphabet and the last named storm was in December. Yes, I'm sure the people in New Orleans are antsy, but I know how you media types like to scare the NFBSK out of everybody! [Mad] Lay off, OK??

Dawn--if it bleeds it leads [Roll Eyes] --Storm

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HAHAHA!!
I understand where you're coming from Dawn, but people down here are woefully unprepared for the Hurricane Season. This area hasn't had a direct hit in decades and all those "in the know" swear it is due.
I live about a half-mile off the barrier islands in Evacuation Zone A (first out). We have our evac plans set (head inland to relatives' house) and we'll be packing our waterproof bin with our paperwork and irreplaceables tonight. Same as last year and the year before.
I agree that the media hypes it up worse than they need to, but too many people insist they can "ride it out."

Heard about the new procedures for the police/fire dept. personnel re: clearing mandatory evac areas? If your zone is under a mandatory evac, they won't force you out anymore. If they can't talk sense into you, they collect next-of-kin info and take a picture of you outside your home as "Last known location." If you get blown away or washed out to sea, tough nuggies...They tried.

I love it.

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Here is what I saw when I retrieved this morning's paper:

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WE'RE ALL GONNA DIIIIIIIEEEEEEE!!!!!!

[Roll Eyes]
Ok, in this geographical location, our biggest hurricane threat starts in August. Sure, I am making preparations. I have 8 animals to worry about. (Leaving them is NOT an option, by the way. ) I am going to prepare a hurricane kit. As soon as Bob gets home for good, we are going to hit our favorite warehouse store for water, non perishable food, batteries and maybe even one of those cool ∞ candle power flashlights. We even have 2 generators. (Bought for camping, not hurricanes. Sure came in handy during Isabel though.) Yes, a plan is necessary. The media sensationalism, however, is not.

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Even though MD usually gets sloppy seconds, I will put together a prep kit. I really don't need the media hype though. Geeze, if it's not this, it's one of those deadly 2 inch blizzards that throw the whole area into a panic. [Roll Eyes]

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Okay, a new look for snopes--

Oh, sorry, I jumped the gun.

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I'm inland but the remnants of hurricanes often come this way and spawn tornadoes and flooding. My house was hit by one of the tornadoes that came through Georgia last year just 3 days after I had purchased it - I hadn't even moved anything into it yet. My emergency plan is to head to my brother's house down the road, as the tornado passed directly over his home and didn't do a thing to it. He lives on a hillside and has a basement - my house doesn't and is basically sitting on a flat-topped hill.

Now at work, I'm probably in the safest place on the entire campus. My department is in an old tv studio on the bottom floor in the very center of the University Center/Library building. When tornadoes were spotted in the area last summer we were letting the students stranded on campus pile in for safety and borrow the phones to call home.

These tornadoes do really strange things. Mine ripped up a wooden swing right out of the ground without touching the shrubbery and small trees surrounding it. It also left a German Sheperd dog on the roof of a house - not hurt at all but rather confused, I imagine. I never did hear if they found who she belonged to.

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My general thought is: Eh, so what? I've lived here my whole life; it's just a part of life. I don't even think about it until a storm's predicted to hit. Of all the natural disasters, give me a hurricane, since I consider them a normal part of life and you've always got at least several days' notice.

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quote:
Originally posted by Cervus:
Of all the natural disasters, give me a hurricane, since I consider them a normal part of life and you've always got at least several days' notice.

I can see that. Tornadoes and earthquakes seem far scarier to me, because they can happen with little or no warning.

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frogpond
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quote:
Originally posted by Cervus:
My general thought is: Eh, so what? I've lived here my whole life; it's just a part of life. I don't even think about it until a storm's predicted to hit. Of all the natural disasters, give me a hurricane, since I consider them a normal part of life and you've always got at least several days' notice.

Er, you do prepare for them and evacuate when you need to? I'm assuming you just mean you don't panic. It always amazes me how people wait to the last minute to do anything when they know they live in a hurricane prone area.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
quote:
Originally posted by Cervus:
Of all the natural disasters, give me a hurricane, since I consider them a normal part of life and you've always got at least several days' notice.

I can see that. Tornadoes and earthquakes seem far scarier to me, because they can happen with little or no warning.
Agreed!

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frogpond
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Lainie wrote
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I can see that. Tornadoes and earthquakes seem far scarier to me, because they can happen with little or no warning.

Yes, and earthquakes scare me the most because there is no place to hide from them!

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Agreed and agreed. I live in earthquake territory, and I much prefer a hurricane I can see coming a week in advance. Even tornadoes at least have a "weather advisory".

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quote:
Originally posted by UrbanRenewal:
Agreed and agreed. I live in earthquake territory, and I much prefer a hurricane I can see coming a week in advance. Even tornadoes at least have a "weather advisory".

Most of the time, but not always. Plus, during a Midwest summer, "tornado weather" is very common, and it's not necessarily practical to stay in shelter whenever it occurs.

Tornado sirens are supposed to sound only when a funnel cloud has been sighted in the area, but some communities seem to be a little quick to push the button. By the third consecutive stormy night you're awakened by sirens at 2 am, it's tempting to ignore them.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
quote:
Originally posted by Cervus:
Of all the natural disasters, give me a hurricane, since I consider them a normal part of life and you've always got at least several days' notice.

I can see that. Tornadoes and earthquakes seem far scarier to me, because they can happen with little or no warning.
Maybe it's a product of growing up in earthquake country where it's talked about all the time, but I am not nearly as terrified of earthquakes as I am of tornados and hurricanes. When I moved to Iowa, I had no idea what to do for a tornado, I had been raised to survive an earthquake. My ex decided to calm my fears during my first season by renting Twister...

Lil "there is no earthquake 'season'" Molly

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I'm one of those crazy people that when the siren sounds I head out my basement door to try and see it and maybe get a few pictures.

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About a week ago, a friend e-mailed me a cartoon about the new hurricane protection for Florida: a condom covering the entire state! [lol] I sent a copy to my MIL who lives in Altamonte Springs (Orlando area)

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quote:
Originally posted by DawnStorm:
About a week ago, a friend e-mailed me a cartoon about the new hurricane protection for Florida: a condom covering the entire state! [lol] I sent a copy to my MIL who lives in Altamonte Springs (Orlando area)

[lol]

Two years ago, the cartoon circulating around was "Florida: the Plywood State" with an outline of the state with patches of plywood nailed over it.
That hung at my desk until the end of LAST year's hurrican season! I'd love to see yours!

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It's on my home PC; I'll have to send it to you.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lil' Molly:
quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
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Originally posted by Cervus:
Of all the natural disasters, give me a hurricane, since I consider them a normal part of life and you've always got at least several days' notice.

I can see that. Tornadoes and earthquakes seem far scarier to me, because they can happen with little or no warning.
Maybe it's a product of growing up in earthquake country where it's talked about all the time, but I am not nearly as terrified of earthquakes as I am of tornados and hurricanes. When I moved to Iowa, I had no idea what to do for a tornado, I had been raised to survive an earthquake. My ex decided to calm my fears during my first season by renting Twister...

Lil "there is no earthquake 'season'" Molly

I grew up with tornados, but I was always afraid of their habit of dropping down on your head with very little notice.
I find hurricanes much less stressful since we have DAYS of notice and our company gives us time off to prepare.

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Just out of curiosity, all you Snopesters in hurricane country: how should the media handle hurricane season? Hype it up so the unprepared might possibly be goaded into preparation? Ignore it because the prepared are already prepared? I don't want to sound snarky; I'm honestly curious. I live in blizzard country, so I don't know one way or the other what kind of coverage you folks get.

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
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Originally posted by Cervus:
Of all the natural disasters, give me a hurricane, since I consider them a normal part of life and you've always got at least several days' notice.

I can see that. Tornadoes and earthquakes seem far scarier to me, because they can happen with little or no warning.
Agreed!
I've always felt that way too. If you heed the warnings, you can at least escape with your life and your photo album, from a hurricane.

But for some reason (living in the desert might have done it to me) a drought scares me more than anything. It's not exactly a sudden thing, but it's just so... apocalyptic. And relentless. Day after day, no rain, no rain. Hot and dry. Things dying. And if there's no water, where do you GO? what do you do? (*wringing hands* help! help! - oh, wait - just a nightmare - I'm still in East Texas and we've had rain lately. Whew!)

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I grew up in Florida, so hurricane preparation was just part of life. Midwestern tornadoes, now, those scare the crap out of me. The sky goes all sickly greenish yellow, and it feels like all the air is being sucked away, and then there's the funnel cloud off in the distance... at which point I wonder where I should hide, since I live in an apartment where the basement is kept locked! Guess I'd have to hole up in a closet or something. I was never scared of storms when I was a kid, but since learning that tornadoes might come with them, they make me a bit nervous.

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Minstrel, an interior bathroom with no windows would be your safest bet. Failing that, a closet is good, as long as it's not on an exterior wall.

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quiltsbypam, to answer your question, I really prefer the media err on the overhyping side. I know people get mad when they prepare and evacuate and the hurricane veers back out to sea. However, if the hurricane does hit and they didn't pay attention they have no one to blame but themselves (Pat Robertson's protestations aside!)

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*sigh*

While last year's storms were unusually early, the bulk of hurricanes (let alone major ones) don't even begin until late-July - August.

Being as far inland as we are, hurricane prep is minimal, but done if it looks like a serious threat. We have had storms hit W-S, Charlotte, Raleigh, etc. at hurricane strength before, and it's still something you don't want to mess with. Usually the worst that happens is a shortage of bread at the market though.

Frankly, I'm more concerned about the isolated thunderstorms we start getting. We've had some nasty ones already, and it's only June 1st. I know we need the rain, but we could do without the hail and high winds...

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quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
Minstrel, an interior bathroom with no windows would be your safest bet. Failing that, a closet is good, as long as it's not on an exterior wall.

The bathroom has a window, but the closet is interior. Of course, if I have enough time (we're still in Watch, not Warning), the best thing would be to flee to my aunt's house a couple of miles from here and hide in her basement!

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NJ gets hit by a hurricane about once every five years or so. By the time they get to us, thought, they're usually downgraded significantly. The only time I was ever scared during one was Floyd, in 199-something; a bolt of lightning hit a transformer reeeeally close to my house. The whole damn thign exploded in a shower of sparks that I would have been impressed by if I wasn't already terrified, as I am scared of thunder and lightning.

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I, like Pam, live in New York, where we don't really HAVE any natural disasters. You should all move here [Smile]

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We just finished up our cyclone season which was great fun this year, a cat 5 hitting the surrounding areas of me, we were missed the full force by a distance of less than 100kms. Hopefully if everything goes to plan, but the time the next season rolls around i'll be out west where there are no natural disaters, except for maybe a small dust storm now and again.

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quiltsbypam, the local media usually does a good job of preparing people for hurricanes without all the hysterical hype. Near the beginning of the season local tv news stations will run half hour or hourlong specials with specific things that people need to be prepared for the storms. If there are any big storms threatening the area they will repeat them. The weather forecasters do a good job of keeping us informed about all storms as they form. If a hurricane threat is imminent the weather forcasting and hurricane preparedness information may become a 24 hour thing.

Occasionally you get tired of hearing the same thing over and over again but there are many tourists who visit the coasts who need to learn what to expect and what to do. I think the local news and weather people do a good job without all the hype because they actualy live here with their families and friends and go through it every year.

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Oh, you guys think your local coverage is bad...

/points to location

The New Orleans TV station had a banner running across the bottom of regular programming just to remind us that we're all gonna die... again [fish]

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Around here, we begin wildfire season. Ain't no hurricane ever gonna make it here, so we just worry about everything going up in smoke. It is like a hurricane in that you usually get some advanced warning, but the damage is usually more localized.

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I, like Pam, live in New York, where we don't really HAVE any natural disasters. You should all move here
You've obviously never seen The Day After Tomorrow

[Wink] [lol]

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New York City is a natural disaster. (But I  - New York!)
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