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This is the first challenge in a series of posts to help you take steps to help your family be ready for disaster. Given this highly active hurricane season, I’m kicking off this series with the instructions to print a hurricane tracking chart if you live near the coast.
What I Did
Backstory: I live on the coast. I have lived on the coast for most of my life. My memories of hurricanes begin with Hurricane Elena during Memorial Day weekend of 1985. Hurricanes Erin and Opal destroyed parts of my high school during my senior year in 1995. Hurricane Ivan annihilated much of my hometown–and greatly damaged my own home–in 2004. Now that I live farther north, I see fewer hurricanes, but I vividly recall evacuating for Hurricane Irene 2011 and being in labor and delivery with illness for Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
At various times this hurricane season, my husband and I feared hurricanes were headed our direction again. Although Harvey made no threat to our area, Irma was a real concern at one point here, and we definitely prepared for it. We did get some impacts from Jose last week, and we will feel the winds and get some rain from Maria later this week as well, and we have prepared a second time, just in case. We are keeping an eye on Lee, too, especially given his erratic behavior.
For each of these storms, I have printed a new tracking chart on paper and used a blue ink pen to track. I’ve thrown all but Maria’s sheet in recycling. For future storms (and I hope there are none this season!), I printed a final hurricane tracking chart on paper and laminated it with my Scotch laminator and an AmazonBasics laminating pouch. In the future I will use a wet erase marker (not a dry erase marker) to track the hurricane and simply wipe the laminated page clean when the storm is no longer a threat.
Of course, if you live in a hurricane-prone area, you may already have a chart. My parents live on the coast of Florida and have several large color ones. Back where I come from, they are distributed like candy at Halloween!
If you live in an area that may be affected by hurricanes, you can print a hurricane tracking chart from the National Hurricane Center here. Laminate it if you choose.
How Did You Do?
Do you live in an area affected by hurricanes? Did you print a chart, or did you already have one? Let me hear from you in the comments!