Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Some Important Lessons Are Left in Hurricane Floyd's Wake

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Some Important Lessons Are Left in Hurricane Floyd's Wake

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Our drill for Hurricane Floyd was a tough, and incredibly lucky, lesson.

Most people yesterday said they learned a lot about what to do and not to do should another hurricane head too close in our direction.

Some frequent suggestions in the wake of Hurricane Floyd:

Businesses that had disaster plans were prepared; businesses that didn't probably do now. Those plans include whether to remain open or to close; how to staff the operation if it will remain open; how to secure it from damage whether it stays open or not; and how to stay in touch with staff. Owners, managers and employees have to determine that as they also care for homes and families.

Make evacuation plans early. If you know you will need to leave your property, make plans to stay with friends or relatives who live in a safe place, either in town or out of town. In fact, now is a good time to identify these friends and relatives. If a shelter is your only option, figure where it would be, what to take and how to get there.

If you will need to rent a hotel room, call as early as possible for reservations. To be fair with the thousands or millions of other evacuees, bunk up. Instead of renting three rooms, make do with two or, better yet, one.

If you need to evacuate, leave as soon as you can to avoid heavy traffic. Gas up at the first hint that you may have to go, withdraw enough cash and pack up or fill essential medications.

And if you evacuate without firm plans, be sure to pack blankets, pillows, food, toiletries and anything else that would make a night in the car more bearable. Lots of parking lots were filled with families who had to camp on the run.

Figure out what you will do with your pets and animals, and pre-plan now.

If you believe that after the storm the schools might be closed and your workplace won't, plan for how you will care for the children. …

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