By Amy Marcos
On July 6, 2019, The National Hurricane Center reported that a tropical depression could form in the Gulf of Mexico and could impact the north Florida area in the next couple of days. The following has been stated:
- An area of low pressure may form along a front in the northern Gulf of Mexico late in the week ahead. This is an area where July tropical storms have formed in the past.
- -Whether or not development occurs, locally heavy rain is possible from the northern Gulf Coast to the Southeast coast.
Preparing for potential power outages, damaged construction, and the like, is essential if this tropical depression progresses and touches down on Tallahassee. Here’s how to prepare if it does.
Stock up on nonperishable food — The following items are a couple of essential nonperishable food items to stock up on: canned beans, dried fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, bottled juice, granola bars, dry cereal, canned tuna, beef, or chicken, nuts, cup-a-soup, non-perishable pasteurized milk, candy, jerky, dried meats.
Make sure you have lighting — Having crank flashlights, candles, solar-powered lanterns, and the like is important—especially here in town where many have reported power outages that have lasted for days during and after storms.
Ensure you have data on your phone — While the last storm caused many to go without cell phone service in the Tallahassee area for several days, losing service is not necessarily going to occur with this potential storm. Be sure you have plenty of data on your phone in case the power (and WiFi) goes out.
Know where your tools are — In the unfortunate event that your house does receive some damage from falling debris or tree branches, it is essential to know where your tools are if you need to saw, cut, or move an something away or out of your house.
Stock up on batteries — Because of intensive flashlight, radio, or other use during power outages, batteries die very quickly. Plan to stock up on a variety of different batteries for different items to ensure you aren’t left in the dark.
Devise an emergency plan — If disaster strikes (which is most likely not going to occur this time around), you and your family must be aware of an emergency plan to evacuate or relocate to another house. Devising an emergency plan and sharing it with friends and family is extremely important.