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September 8th, 2004, 04:49 PM #1
I decide when the pigs fly!
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- January 18th, 2005
- New York, USA
A friend of ours who's also an ex-Floridian sent this to us. I think I'll save it and read it the next time the temperature here gets stuck below zero...for the daytime high!
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With Frances out there somewhere you all should be aware of hurricane
preparations, but in case you need a refresher course: Any minute now,
you're going to turn on the TV and see a weather person pointing to some
radar blob out in the Atlantic Ocean and making two basic meteorological
(1) There is no need to panic.
(2) We could all be killed.
Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in Florida. If you're new
to the area, you're probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the
possibility that we'll get hit by "the big one." Based on our insurance industry experiences,
we recommend that you follow this simple three-step hurricane preparedness plan:
STEP 1: Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least
STEP 2: Put these supplies into your car.
STEP 3: Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Halloween.
Unfortunately, statistics show that most people will not follow this
sensible plan. Most people will foolishly stay here in Florida. We'll
start with one of the most important hurricane preparedness items:
If you own a home, you must have hurricane insurance. Fortunately,
this insurance is cheap and easy to get, as long as your home
meets two basic requirements:
(1) It is reasonably well-built, and
(2) It is located in Wisconsin
Unfortunately, if your home is located in Florida, or any other area that
might actually be hit by a hurricane, most insurance companies would
prefer not to sell you hurricane insurance, because then they might be required
to pay YOU money, and that is certainly not why they got into the insurance
business in the first place. So you'll have to scrounge around for an
insurance company, which will charge you an annual premium roughly equal
to the replacement value of your house. At any moment, this company can drop
you like used dental floss.
Your house should have hurricane shutters on all the windows and all the
doors. There are several types of shutters, with advantages and
Plywood shutters: The advantage is that, because you make them yourself,
Sheet-metal shutters: The advantage is that these work well, once you get
them all up. The disadvantage is that once you get them all up, your hands
will be useless bleeding stumps, and it will be December.
Roll-down shutters: The advantages are that they're very easy to use, and
will definitely protect your house. The disadvantage is that you will have
to sell your house to pay for them.
Hurricane-proof windows: These are the newest wrinkle in hurricane
protection: They look like ordinary windows, but they can withstand
hurricane winds! You can be sure of this, because the salesman says so. He
lives in Nebraska.
HURRICANE-PROOFING YOUR PROPERTY:
As the hurricane approaches, check your yard for movable objects like
barbecue grills, planters, patio furniture, visiting relatives, etc... you should,
as a precaution, throw these items into your swimming pool (if you don't
have a swimming pool, you should have one built immediately). Otherwise,
the hurricane winds will turn these objects into deadly missiles.
If you live in a low-lying area, you should have an evacuation route
planned out. (To determine whether you live in a low-lying area, look at your
driver's license; if it says "Florida," you live in a low-lying area.) The purpose
of having an evacuation route is to avoid being trapped in your home when a major
storm hits. Instead, you will be trapped in a gigantic traffic jam several miles from
your home, along with two hundred thousand other evacuees.
So, as a bonus, you will not be lonely.
If you don't evacuate, you will need a mess of supplies. Do not buy them
now! Florida tradition requires that you wait until the last possible
minute, then go to the supermarket and get into vicious fights with
strangers over who gets the last can of cat food.
In addition to food and water, you will need the following supplies:
23 flashlights. And at least $167 worth of batteries that turn out, when the
power goes off, to be the wrong size for the flashlights.
Bleach. (No, I don't know what the bleach is for. NOBODY knows what the
bleach is for, but it's traditional, so GET some!)
A big knife that you can strap to your leg. (This will be useless in a
hurricane, but it looks cool.)
A large quantity of raw chicken, to placate the alligators. (Ask anybody
who went through Andrew; after the hurricane, there WILL be irate alligators.)
$35,000 in cash or diamonds so that, after the hurricane passes, you can
buy a generator from a man with no discernible teeth.
Of course these are just basic precautions. As the hurricane draws near,
it is vitally important that you keep abreast of the situation by turning on
your television if you have a generator that's working to keep the TV
going and watching TV reporters in rain slickers stand right next to the ocean
and tell you over and over how vitally important it is for everybody to stay
away from the ocean.
Good luck and remember: It's great living in Paradise.
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September 8th, 2004, 05:07 PM #2
You should have wait untill Ivan was gone.
Do you know how many Floridians are going to read this and think about Ivan?
Now you might be accused of causing a big traffic jam on I-95 between the Florida and Georgia border.
September 8th, 2004, 05:12 PM #3
In Utah they call this a 72 hour kit....
that's my2cents, 'cuz I'm a legend in my own mind....
September 8th, 2004, 05:32 PM #4
> (1) There is no need to panic.
Too late, who mentioned Ivan now.
> STEP 3: Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Halloween
show me how to find that in mapquest?
> $35,000 in cash or diamonds so that, after the hurricane passes, you can
buy a generator from a man with no discernible teeth.
That same guy just told me price went up. Its a buyers market on generators.
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