Nothing can compare with the stress the residents of Florida are feeling right now with Hurricane Irma aiming to go right up the middle of the state. As someone who’s lived through 6 hurricanes in her lifetime, the worst one being Andrew in Miami in 1992, you basically have 3 choices when you hear that a hurricane is coming:
- Leave – get the heck out of Dodge
- Go to a shelter
- Stay put, prep, hunker down and hope for the best
The problem with #1 is you need money and a place to stay to do that. It also takes time. There are only so many roads heading north in Florida. Being a peninsula, unless you can fly or take a fast boat, you have to hit the roads – along with millions of other people.
A shelter is good for those living in the coastal areas that are prone to storm surge or live in a mobile home. After Andrew, I helped out with a charity and we visited a mobile home park. It was decimated.
The 3rd choice of boarding up, stocking up and hunkering down is what I did. I parked my car near a baseball field with a concrete building, far from any loose stones, trees or debris and nothing happened to it. Everyone who left their cars in the apartment complex had damage from the decorative pebbles.
After the storm was worse. That’s the stress that people don’t plan for….
- Living without electricity – all your food goes bad. I waited for 4 hours at a store for ice that melted in 2. Don’t bother. I was 2 weeks without power. After a while you get used to cold showers and tuna fish.
- The banks won’t be working, neither will the ATMs. It took them several days to have money available for withdrawal.
- Gas pumps won’t work. If you didn’t fill your gas tank up beforehand, forget it.
- Where you work may not be open for a while. After Frances and Jeanne in Palm Bay in 2004, many businesses had to close because they did not have flood insurance and they didn’t imagine their businesses would be flooded from driving rain, broken roofs and windows.
That’s just the beginning.
I’m sure the people of Houston, TX weren’t thinking they would get flooded like they did. Nor the folks losing their homes in the fires out west or in the earthquake in Mexico.
However, if you do know that stress is coming into your life, here are some tips in this cool infographic by Pound Place found on NeoMam.com.
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By Giselle Aguiar, Entrepreneur who now lives