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    First off to anyone in the path of Hurricane Ian, please stay safe. All of us need to remind ourselves that while we may not be facing Hurricanes, we
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      What the images and videos out of Florida showcase is that people make some very bad decisions where to live.

      Think about it, prior to the hurricane making landfall, the news media as well as municipal, county, state, and federal officials were warning people to hide from the wind and run from the water.

      Then days before the storm made landfall, Florida officials ordered residents to evacuate “high risk areas.”

      And high-risk areas had already been well defined and assigned risk levels such as A and B. based upon the analysis of risk from storm surge and/or torrential rains.

      Clearly, local, county, state, and federal emergency managers were guided by people who had studied geology, hydrology, and meteorology and knew that it was not safe to live in those “high risk areas.”

      Yet people were allowed to build, buy, and live in homes located in low lying areas that were known to be at risk of being flooded or washed away.

      So as an alternative to using cloud backup, if you are considering living along the US Gulf and East coasts choose a home or business location that is at least 50 feet above the maximum elevation that bounds a flood risk zone or area known to be exposed storm surge.

      Also, in the Form entitled Prayers and best wishes to all in the path of Ian! I shared some thoughts on how to prepare for major storm and what to take if you required to evacuate.


      In the list of things to grab if you’re required to evacuate, external backup drives should be added.

      In short, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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      One of the best ways to prepare yourself for a hurricane is to live in a community that was designed to withstand the ravages of a storm such as Babcock Ranch.

      Take a look at the article on NPR entitled One Florida community built to weather hurricanes endured Ian with barely a scratch


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