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At this point it would appear that this storm will be curving well north of the Florida coast, so I would not be too concerned with it locally here in Miami at this point. 

I am pleased to announce a new guest blogger, Sharon Harvey Rosenberg, well known to readers of the Miami Herald as the Frugal Duchess.  I asked her to apply her advice to the Hurricane situation, please enjoy her special contribution to Weathering the Storms!
Hurricane Supplies: Hype & Savings
Hurricane supplies are like spare tires – necessary in case of emergencies. But you don’t have to spend a fortune for hurricane supplies.  A list of thrifty shopping tips is below.

And why are we talking about hurricane supplies now? Study the calendar: Hurricane season runs June 1 to November 30. But the “peak of the season” is August through October, with “maximum activity” hitting in September, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a government agency. Other facts:

•       Nearly 80 percent of tropical storm days occur during peak months, including 90 percent of minor hurricanes (Cat. 1-2),
•       And roughly 95 percent of major hurricanes (Cat. 3-5), hit August through October.

Peak-season shopping alert
Avoid mindless (and expensive) shopping, last minute-hypes and long cashier lines by preparing for peak months.  Here are a few tips:

•       Tap the faucet: Why spend a fortune on bottled water? Consider purchasing refillable water bottles and large beverage containers, which can be filled with gallons of tap water. Reusable containers are sold at most national chain stores, hardware stores and online. Follow recommended sanitation and storage guidelines.

•       Create a list: Review existing supplies and make a list of household gaps. Shop before storm warnings are in the news. Once the hype hits, you could spend more for less and spend A LOT of time in long lines.

•       Shop the sales: Back-to-school sales include merchandise suitable for hurricane supplies, including hand sanitizers, batteries and thermoses. Scan weekly flyers for discounts on canned foods, nuts, peanut butter and other nonperishable items. End-of-season sales include discounts on flashlights and camping supplies. Don’t forget manual can openers, which become very important when there’s no power.

•       Pamper pets and babies: “Don’t forget Fluffy and Fido,” recommends Claudia Vigil-Perez, a communications specialist in Baptist Health’s HR department. “Scan your house for anything you may need for family members and pets. Stock up on infant formula, diapers and dog food! Buying these things in bulk saves money.”

•       Collect meds: One of the most important items to have in your hurricane preparedness kit is an adequate supply of prescription drugs, especially if your pharmacy is unable to open after a storm. Check your prescriptions now to know when the refills expire, so you’re not left without medicine during a storm. If your prescription has no refills remaining, be sure to obtain an updated prescription from your doctor.

Guest post written by Sharon Harvey Rosenberg, author of The Frugal Duchess: How to Live Well and Save Money, and co-author of 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget. Sharon is also a senior writer in the Marketing & Public Relations Department at Baptist Health.
“Hit the streets running and try to beat the masses
and go and get yourself some cheap sunglasses.”

Cheap Sunglasses – ZZ Top

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