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Holy Hurricane Batman!

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Happy Friday everyone! Today I want give everybody a little wake up call. Hurricane is of course a very nasty word and we have not had the occasion to use it in the last ten years here in the sunshine state. That said a few days ago marked the 23rd anniversary of Hurricane Andrew and in a few weeks we will mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Wilma, both very devastating storms causing massive property damage and loss of life.

I was here for Wilma, and in some cases people did not get power back for three weeks, three WEEKS!! I can tell you first hand no hot water, no air conditioning, no TV, and no creature comforts can make a person very cranky in a very short period of time. Here we are ten years later and of course nothing remains of the Wilma damage except the memories, and for many of you newer to South Florida, that memory doesn’t exist. As with all bad things, memories fade with time, and if you have never ridden out a storm I just want to remind you of a few things, and educate those of you who have not experienced the pleasure of sustained winds over 80 MPH.

This is not a comprehensive list of the to do’s before the storm hits, however I am hitting the big ones:

  • Buy water, have enough for 3-5 days
  • Batteries are your friends you can’t have enough
  • Small battery operated radio
  • Fill the gas tank in all vehicles
  • If you have a generator, test it
  • Make sure you have all your medications
  • Don’t forget your furry children, have enough food and meds if needed
  • If it’s outside and not bolted down, bring it inside
  • Grab an extra propane for the grill, hot food makes everything better
  • When the storm hits stay inside we want to see you another day

Again, these are just some of the things you may need to do to prepare for one of Mother Nature’s fiercest furies. At the time this article was written, we have a storm brewing over the Atlantic and we are in the cone of concern, so now is the time to get prepared, get ready, and set yourself up to be as safe as possible. After the storm passes, we will, as always pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and life will slowly return to normal. Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric will be here to help put those things back to normal. We are always a phone call away at 1-800-475-1504 or visit

House Whisperer out!!

PS: I hope the storm turns and this article is a moot point, just remember it only takes one storm.


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