Tropical cyclones are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. Being that we live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, we need to be prepared.
May 15 – 21 is Hurricane Preparedness Week, and this is your time to get ready for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane. Learn how with the following tips:
1. Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland. Therefore, find out what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live. Then, start preparing for how to handle them. For example, storm surge is water pushed ashore by the winds of a tropical storm. It has caused more fatalities than any other hurricane hazard. Winds during a storm can reach 74 mph or greater. They also pose another hazard to buildings and structures in its path. Lastly, tornadoes are commonly spawned by a hurricane and have proven to cause damage far away from the center of the storm.
2. Establishing an evacuation plan is a very important factor to hurricane preparedness. Find out if you live in a storm surge evacuation zone or if you’re home is unsafe to weather a hurricane. Plan where you would go and how you would get there, and always adhere to actions and routes established by local officials. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. And put into writing the plan you have established.
3. Getting supplies to get through the storm and a potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath is important. Have enough non-perishable food and water to last each person in your family a minimum of one week. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. Make sure to fill prescriptions for a 30-day supply. Fill up all vehicles beforehand because if the power goes out, gas pumps will be unavailable. Make sure to have extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. Make sure to invest in extra batteries or a portable, crank or solar powered USB charger for a cell phone.
4. If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Many of these retrofits do not cost much or take as long to do as you may think. Keep trees around the home trimmed to prevent damage from broken branches. Bring outdoor items such as patio furniture or potted plants inside. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to secure and board up the windows and doors of the home. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable during a storm, so it must be able to withstand the hurricane-force winds. Lastly, move the cars inside a garage or to another secure location.
5. NOAA’s National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center are your official sources for hurricane forecasts and the issuance of hurricane watches and warnings. Your local NOAA National Weather Service forecast office provides information regarding the expected impacts from the storm for your area so make sure to tune in to your trusted news source. Ensure that your radio receives up-to-date forecast information, including emergency evacuation guidelines. Utilize cellphones or computers to access information from weather.gov or flash.org.
The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins, when you have the time and are not under pressure. If you wait until a hurricane is on your doorstep, the odds are that you will be under duress and will make the wrong decisions.
Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan and get your supplies. Being prepared, before a hurricane threatens, makes you resilient to the storm’s impact.
Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee invites Elvis Presley enthusiasts to Elvis Fest 8 on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26!
The best Elvis tribute artists from all over the United States will celebrate and compete to become the King.
“We are proud to host this yearly festival and to bring award-winning Elvis tribute artists back to loyal fans in Southwest Florida,” said Tony Alves, General Manager at Seminole Casino Hotel.
On Saturday, June 25, the Elvis Tribute Artists’ Contest qualifying round will begin at 11 am (doors open at 10:45 a.m.) in the casino’s Seminole Center and run through 12:30 pm. The tribute artists will take a break from 12:30 to 2:30 pm and the contest will continue from 2:30 to 4 pm. The qualities the judges look for include musical talent, performance and overall stage presence that evoke the late, great Elvis Presley. First place will receive $1,000, second place will receive $500 and third place will receive $300. Attendees will also vote on their favorite for People’s Choice each day. Following the contest, attendees can join the tribute artists at the casino’s Zig Zag Lounge from 6 to 8 pm.
On Sunday, June 26 the Seminole Center will open again and the Elvis Tribute Artists’ second round will take place from 1 to 2:30 pm. There will be a break from 2:30 to 4 pm. and the Tribute second round will continue from 4 to 5:30 pm. At 5:30 pm, the People’s Choice Award and contest winners will be announced. The winner of the contest will perform in the Zig Zag Lounge at 6 pm.
– For more information about Elvis Fest 8, visit www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com.