>Karl - how many times have you put your hurricane shutters up? How long did
>it take you to put them up?
can buy "roll downs" that can be secured in a few minutes. I "test drove"
the preparations because I want to know what it will take. Now I know.
(There's more to it than just the shutters with my home due to the lanai,
pool, computers, backups, etc - all require some prep, but with proper
planning I can be ready to leave in under 3 hours from the start of my
efforts IF I do things in the right order.)
Metal "corrugated" shutters, which is what I have, don't take long to put
up at all.
Now *PLYWOOD* takes quite a bit longer, especially if you haven't done it
before and don't have the panels marked and pre-drilled! It takes even
LONGER if the store is out of plywood because you didn't prepare!
Who's fault is THAT if you're not prepared?
>that all data on 4 servers and two midrange systems are backed up. (Yes we
>do incrementals every night and full system saves every month). Prior to a
>storm, I am responsible for doing a full system save on all six systems,
>ensuring that all PC's/phones are packed away and covered. I also have the
>responsibility of my house to attend to. None of this starts until a
>hurricane watch is set. A watch is usually set 24 - 48 hours out. Now - as I
>live in South Florida - where do you suggest that I go? Orlando? Hmmm.... we
>had a hurricane that was supposed to hit Ft. Lauderdale last year and it
>turned north and went across the state near Orlando. No dice. 200 - 300
>miles away. The keys? Right. How about Ft. Meyers. You ever tried to drive
>across Alligator alley the day before a storm? Good luck!
>Most places here are only evacuated within a few miles of the coast. These
>would be (in my area) anything east of I-95. Why? We have a lot of people
>and only a few ways out. I-95, Fl. Turnpike and I-75. What do you think
>would happen if all of the residents of the Keys, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale
>tried to evac at the same time? You'd never clear the roads in time.
>I have lived near where you do. If I remember right, you live on the Gulf
>Coast. Evacuating is easier there because you have 1. Less people and 2.
>more escape routes.
BUT, there is a difference between taking reasonable precautions and taking
NONE AT ALL.
Having a trailerable boat and no means to secure it from storms (whether
that means running or SECURING it) is idiotic. You're begging to have it
destroyed WHEN (not if) a storm comes.
Either have HARD anchors in the ground (well away from surge and flooding
risk) that can take the stress, and anchor the trailer and boat combination
to THAT, have a hardened place to STORE said boat during these blows, or
get the boat the hell out of there before the storm hits.
Abandoning property with ZERO preparation, which is what this guy was
talking about doing, ought to get you a nice "no thanks" from your
insurance company after the first loss.
Better check your policy if you plan to do that. "All risk" doesn't mean
that you can ignore a KNOWN risk and do nothing to mitigate the damage,
then expect the insurance company to pay off and keep you as a customer.
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