Sunday, June 1, 2008

Hurricane Time Again

June 1 marks the beginning of the hurricane season. We will be having hurricane preparedness week and a hurricane expo this month all in the hope of reducing the effects of this disaster should we get hit again. Our Office of Disaster Preparedness says that 16 hurricanes are predicted this year and 2-5 are expected to become major hurricanes.

In recent years we have suffered some serious hits. Last year we had hurricane Dean which left many homeless. In some cases whole neighbourhoods were virtually devastated, like Caribbean Terrace, Harbour View which abuts the sea.

Since hurricanes are a part of life in this part of the world we have to take warnings seriously and be prepared. The National Hurricane Center website has a list of useful tips which can help to understand how to prepare for this kind of disaster.

As I child I remember being somewhat excited about the prospect of a hurricane. Obviously I didn't consider the probable devastating consequences. Now I am caught up in securing our home (windows, gutters, windows, roof), stocking up on non-perishables, buying batteries, charging cell phones and so on.

A major hurricane can be a real frightening experience - I wish I had the ability to describe those fierce roaring winds - and even when it is over picking up the pieces is just as frightening if not worse. Hopefully our mighty mountains will keep them away this year.

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