The best time to make important decisions about you and your family's safety is before disaster strikes. This annual campaign's goal is to increase awareness of how to become better prepared for the unexpected.
The Girards just bought a new house. Along with decorating the inside, they say it's equally important to secure the outside for Florida's temperamental weather.
Brian Girard, a Bay County resident, says, "If you don't start early, you're not going to get it done, then you're going to be rushed for time come last minute, so we wanted to get started on it now so we can get everything put in place before the hurricanes do start."
They're not the only ones thinking ahead. February 12th through the 18th is a week dedicated to increasing the public's awareness of severe weather.
Home goods stores across the state keep chainsaws, batteries, tarps, generators, and cleaning supplies in stock year-round. Managers say even though the prices remain consistent throughout severe storms, it's smart to buy now, while lines are short, and supplies are strong.
Marti Gillen, Operations Manager for Home Depot, says, "Living in Florida, we have severe thunderstorms that come upon us quickly. A lot of times there's rain and wind damage with these storms. So being a Florida resident you pretty much have to be year round prepared."
And year-round preparedness is key not just for hurricanes, but for any type of weather. Thinking and planning ahead can save time, money, and in some cases, lives.
For more information on the 2006 Hazardous Weather Awareness Week, you can log onto www.mysafeflorida.org.