Tips to help Prepare for Hurricane Season

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While June 1st is the beginning of Hurricane season, many should and can do things to help them prepare for the unfortunate event of a hurricane striking their home or community. Preparing for a hurricane, doesn’t have to cost a lot of money if you take the time in advance to prepare, and using a little common sense. Above all do not panic, usually there is a warning to alert you to the possibility of a hurricane (Several Days) making landfall in your community.
Some things you can do in advance of the Hurricane coming to your community.
1.) Subscribe to Emergency Alert system these are Free!!! and provided by local and Federal Government.
2.) Prepare an Emergency exit route and meeting point. While no one wants to leave their home, but knowing where shelters are and the safest routes to take in advance will elevate some stress should it become necessary to evacuate.
3.) Prepare a “Go-Bag”. Putting items that will be needed during time away from home, generally it is a good idea to plan for about 3 or 4 days. building this over time will reduce the cost and stress of creating.
Some items for a go bag could include things:
a.) A blanket or Sleeping bag.
b.) Important documents: Advance medical documents, Wills, Insurance policies, etc…
c.) Batteries.
d.) First-Aid Kit, band-aides, sterile gauze, first-aid tape, antibiotic ointment, scissors,  tweezers, hand sanitizer.
e.) Snacks, place a snack in the “go-bag” energy bar, potato chips, candy bar. While this isn’t a meal replacement, it can provide a source of nourishment during transition to emergency shelter. It can be a high stress time and you’ll burn extra calories.
f.) Flashlight.
g.) Battery powered Radio.
h.) Bottle or two of water, or a sports drink. While this is just a small supply  it isn’t your main supply of necessities, because you’ll want to have enough drinking water for each individual to drink about 0.5 (1/2) gallon of water each day.
i.) Poncho or just a plastic bag that you could turn into a poncho.
This is only a suggestion and could vary depending on what you may need. One idea that is also good is to waterproof the bag. Now it’s not necessary to go purchase a waterproof bag, a simple gym bag would be good or even just a backpack, it can simply be done by just using whatever bag you have available to use and placing a plastic bag inside of the bag you already have.
This is just an emergency bag that you can grab at a moments notice, not your main supply of survival items. To help you to quickly evacuate your area or home when it becomes necessary.
4.) Pick an Out of State contact. That everyone can contact and report their Location and status.
5.) Keeping your car or vehicle with at least a half a tank of fuel, and having an emergency items in it..ie. change of clothes, jumper cables, first-aid kit, flashlight, multi-purpose tool, flares, snacks, bottle water or sports drink, packs of non-perishable food items.
Something to keep in mind that during or even after the hurricane makes landfall, the telephone systems (landlines and cellular) can be overwhelmed with calls, so making use of texting and social media make for great alternatives to communicate, even email can be a form to use although little slower, unless someone is specifially watching for your email.

REFRESHING POOL PARTY IDEAS THAT ARE AFLOAT WITH STYLE

High-class meets low-key.
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We know, we know, the words “pool party” conjure visions of floaties and volleyballs and red plastic cups – not exactly the atmosphere you associate with the elegant poolside gala of your dreams. But your craving for high-style entertaining and laid-back pool vibes can co-exist. Here, we’ve put together everything you need to know to plan the perfect poolside fete.
1. Set the Tone
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There’s a big difference between a backyard BBQ and a Hamptons White Party so let guests know what vibe you’re going for in advance with invitations. Don’t be afraid to go beyond the standard pool party invites – we love a summery, on-trend tropical print. To help avoid awkward interpretation mishaps, feel free to include a dress code – no one wants to show up wearing swim trunks when everyone else is in crisp linen slacks.
2. Keep It Cozy
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When it comes to relaxed environments, remember that coziness isn’t just for the cold winter months. Drape soft materials like beach towels in a bold pattern over seating for added comfort. A basket for shoes in the entryway also lets guests know they can truly kick back and relax – and keeps accidental trip hazards out of the way – while umbrellas offer shaded spots so everyone can enjoy their own perfect party environment.
For parties that stretch into the evening, boost the ambience with lanterns. To avoid the mess of real candles, substitute battery-powered artificial candles or LED string lights that will last until fall comes calling.
3. Create a Tablescape
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For a party in the carefree summer months start with a bold table runner that gives structure and personality to your tablescape without the wind and fan-induced flapping of a tablecloth. Add a statement piece such as a dramatic serving bowl for a tablescape that’s both wow-worthy and relaxed, or lift your look with un-fussy foliage. “Green truly livens any table, so consider creating a tablescape of your existing houseplants or succulents, or just head outside and grab a few clippings to showcase in a pretty vase,” says Abby Larson, founder of Style Me Pretty.
4. Easy Drinking
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If you’re serving beer, sodas, or keeping wine bottles chilled, a good ice chest is essential. Much more chic (not to mention easier to move) than your dad’s old chill chest, a standing cooler on rollers lets guests help themselves to ice cold drinks, while a built-in bottle opener and cap-catcher keeps your space tidy. And unless you love breaking out the dustpan, it’s also worthwhile to take out some insurance against the inevitable dropped drinks with grown-up plastic barware (we like these gold-rimmed acrylic rocks glasses); because nothing brings an evening to a screeching halt like broken glass meeting bare feet.
5. Pour It Up
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You don’t want to spend the whole party trapped behind the bar, so plan ahead by premixing a cocktail that just requires a few finishing touches when guests arrive, like a classic Mai Tai. Or skip the mixology altogether and prepare a DIY tasting of everybody’s favorite summer sip – rosé: just head down to your local wine shop to pick out a variety of inexpensive blush bottles and let your friends debate their favorites.
6. Make a Fête Feast
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Part of the appeal of a poolside soiree is the easy-breezy sensibility, so don’t spend your time laying out a three-course plated meal when you could be lounging by the water. Instead, opt for upscale takes on playful summer food like sliders (try these lamb sliders on rosemary buns) or one-bite finger food (like strips of pickled watermelon rind wrapped in prosciutto.) Alternatively, get everyone in on the act and ask guests to bring along their favorite antipasto or salad for casual alfresco nibbling.

Prediction: Another busy, above-average hurricane season

April 6, 2018 – After a nightmarish 2017 hurricane season featuring monsters such as Harvey, Irma and Maria, many in the U.S. are hoping for a quieter year. A top forecasting group says that won’t be the case.
Meteorologist Phil Klotzbach and other experts from Colorado State University – regarded as the nation’s top seasonal hurricane forecasters – predict 14 named tropical storms, of which seven will become hurricanes. Both numbers are above the average of 12 and six, respectively.
A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when its wind speed reaches 74 mph.
Of the seven predicted hurricanes, three are expected to spin into major hurricanes – category 3, 4 or 5 – with sustained wind speeds of 111 mph or greater. The group said there’s a slightly above-average chance for major hurricanes to make landfall along the U.S. coastline. Klotzbach put the chance of a major hurricane strike at 63 percent.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, though storms sometimes form outside those dates.
Colorado State’s 2017 prediction was low: The team predicted 11 tropical storms would form, of which 4 would become hurricanes. In all, 17 tropical storms developed; 10 strengthened to hurricanes.
One of the major determining factors in hurricane forecasting is whether the U.S. is in an El Nino or La Nina climate pattern, Klotzbach said.
El Nino is a natural warming of tropical Pacific Ocean water, which tends to suppress the development of Atlantic hurricanes. Its opposite, La Nina, marked by cooler ocean water, tends to increase hurricanes in the Atlantic.
Klotzbach said we’re now in a weak La Nina event, which appears likely to diminish over the next several months. A significant El Nino is not anticipated for the summer or fall, he added.
The other big question mark in this season’s predictions are how warm sea-surface temperatures will be in the tropical and far North Atlantic Ocean during the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, according to the forecast.
Hurricanes need the fuel of warm ocean water to develop and strengthen.
Insurance companies, emergency managers and the media use the forecasts to prepare Americans for the year’s hurricane threat. The team’s annual predictions provide a best estimate of activity during the upcoming season, not an exact measure.
The university, under the direction of meteorologist William Gray, was the first group to predict seasonal hurricane activity in the mid-’80s. Gray died in 2016.
This is the team’s 35th forecast. It covers the Atlantic basin, which includes the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
AccuWeather released its hurricane forecast for the upcoming season earlier this week, predicting 12-15 named storms would form, of which six to eight will be hurricanes. The firm said three to four are likely to hit the U.S.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will issue its forecast in May.
The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season will be Alberto, followed by Beryl, Chris, Debby and Ernesto, the National Hurricane Center said.