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HURRICANE COVERAGE: Note To Our Readers As First Florida Storm Approaches

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BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A quick note to our readers — new and old — concerning storm coverage. We are especially directing this to those of you who have recently relocated to South Florida from places that are not as hurricane-prone as we are.

You will see a significant amount of coverage over the next few days as what will likely become Tropical Storm Alex heads to the region. Despite the coverage, despite the headlines, despite the intensity that we will admittedly be a part of — do not panic. It can be frightening, it can be daunting, it can be upsetting. We encourage you, however, to not be frightened or upset, but to consider this first storm as a dress rehearsal.

This is the time to figure out where you would go if there was actually a major hurricane. Do you have fuel for your car? If you have an electric vehicle, how far can you drive before you need to recharge? Where are the closest shelters to your home? Do you have water? Do you have cans of food? How about a ”go bag” in case you need to evacuate? If you live in a home with a generator, has it been serviced lately? How’s your roof? Are your windows closed and locking? Do you have emotional support items for your kids, like stuffed animals or favorite games? And if you have a pet, where is the pet going? Most shelters do not permit animals. Do you have food for your pet if you need to initiate a lengthy drive? How about insurance policies and phone numbers? Where’s your phone charger? Do you have a backup battery?

We ask these questions not to scare you, but to encourage you to think about what could easily become a reality later in the season. Over the days to follow — and possibly sooner if Palm Beach County activates an emergency response — we’ll publish shelter and evacuation plans to be in effect throughout the season.

Know this: emergency planners in Palm Beach County, local fire departments, police departments, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office employees are the best in the business. They routinely risk their lives to keep everyone else safe. That doesn’t change during a storm You are in good hands.

We appreciate that you may not enjoy the weekend coverage and storm experience, but we encourage you to respect what the storm is, what it is not, and what it means for you as a new South Florida resident. If this is a dress rehearsal, the “show” — at least during this time of year — is always just one forecast away.

LOCAL JOURNALISM SUPPORTER.

Paul Saperstein

 

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