2013 Storm Guide
Official 2013 Storm and Hurricane Guide of the Ocala Star Banner and Marion County Florida.
SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2013 www.ocala.com • DISASTER SUPPLY KIT, 4 • IMPORTANT NUMBERS, 5 • pet safety, 9 • TRACKING MAP, 10 STORM GUIDE 2013 2| Sunday, May 26, 2013 Inside for the season. PREPARE: Know what to do to prepare 4 7 Strong season predicted Colorado State researchers believe the lack of an El Nino influence will lead to more storm development. By Joe Callahan Staff writer OCALA STAR-BANNER | www.ocala.com PRACTICE RUN: Officials prepare for the worst in a mock exercise. 6 8 Roll call The first storms of the Atlantic hurricane season will be named as follows: Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian and Erin. This is the 30th year Colorado State University has issued its annual hurricane forecast. The team, which includes professors Philip J. Klotzbach and William Grey, believe the lack of an El Nino influence, which sheers the tops off hurricanes, will lead to increased storm development. The men lead the school’s Tropical Meteorology Project. They believe the 2013 hurricane season will nearly be as active as last year. In 2012, there were 19 named storms — 10 of them hurricanes — in the Atlantic. The team predicts that of the nine hurricanes this season, four will become major storms, which is Category 3 or above. The average annual number of named storms for the past three decades is 12, with 6½ of those being hurricanes and two being major storms, according to the team’s research. Officials say Colorado State’s forecasts are great tools, especially when the team predicts above-average activity, like it was from the mid-1990s through much of the 2000s. A prediction of an active season tends to lead more residents to get fully prepared. Of course, even the slow hurricane seasons can be devastating. Take 1992, for instance. The first hurricane of the season that year did not hit until late August. And that was Andrew, one of the strongest storms to ever hit the United States. CSU’s experts say there is a 72 percent chance the U.S. East Coast Expert predictions Here’s a look at what the experts predict for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season: Colorado State University/Tropical Meteorology Project ■■Eighteen named ■■Nine hurricanes storms ■■Four major hurricanes The Weather Channel ■■Sixteen named ■■Nine hurricanes protection during a storm. ALL ABOUT GLASS: Tips on window STORM OF 1926: Local woman survived the powerful storm in Miami. PETS: Keep your four-legged friends safe. TRACKING MAP: Follow the path of the storm as it approaches. 9 10 13 15 GADGETS: Read about the latest supplies. SEMINOLES: New FSU scale measures hurricane season’s strength. POWER: Tips to help during an outage. SURGE: Weather service hopes to improve storm surge predictions. 16 17 18 BOOKS: What to read during a storm. COVER ART: Illustration by Sean Ochal/Staff EDITOR: Jim Ross COPY EDITOR: Ted Beck Al Sandrik, the National Weather Service’s warning coordination meteorologist in Jacksonville, can never understand why so many state residents never prepare for hurricane season, which begins Saturday. Sandrik compared hurricane preparation to the Florida Lottery. The odds of one “specific” location getting hit by a major hurricane may be low, but those odds are still greater than winning the lottery. And both, he said, will “change your life significantly.” Marion sheriff’s Maj. Paul Laxton, the county’s new emergency management director, said even tropical storms can cause power outages for days or even a week, as in 2004 when Frances and Jeanne slammed the county as tropical storms just two weeks apart. Frances, which struck Sept. 5, damaged 2,000 homes and caused $20 million in damage. Jeanne didn’t damage as many homes or cause as much damage. Laxton said the better prepared residents are during hurricane season, the better emergency officials can get the community back to normal. Those comments come as the 2013 hurricane season is about to begin. And some hurricane experts predict a very busy year for storms. Colorado State University experts predict this year’s Atlantic hurricane season will produce 18 named storms — nine of them hurricanes — by the end of the season, which is Nov. 30. storms ■■Five major hurricanes ACCUWEATHER ■■Sixteen named ■■Eight hurricanes storms ■■Four major hurricanes ■■Sixteen named Weatherbell Analytics ■■Twelve hurricanes storms — Staff report ■■Five major hurricanes will be struck by a major hurricane, which is above the century average of 52 percent. The U.S. East Coast, including the Florida peninsula, has a 48 percent chance of being hit by a major storm, down from the century average of 31 percent. Last year, there were changes to hurricane preparedness procedures and hurricane strength scales. Officials say tape is no longer needed to protect windows, and the intensity scale for major hurricanes was adjusted by 1 mph in recent years. On the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, a Category 4 hurricane now has wind speeds between 130-156 mph, which in turn affected the wind scale for the other two major hurricane categories. Category 3 is now 111-129 mph, while a Category 5 is 157 mph and above. Contact Joe Callahan at 867-4113 or email@example.com. Follow him Twitter at JoeOcalaNews. Colorado State University experts lead the school’s Tropical Meteorology Project. They believe the 2013 hurricane season will nearly be as active as last year. In 2012, there were 19 named storms — 10 of them hurricanes — in the Atlantic. www.ocala.com | OCALA STAR-BANNER Sunday, May 26, 2013 |3 2013 STORM GUIDE SERVICE DIRECTORY Hurricane Check List 2013 4| Sunday, May 26, 2013 OCALA STAR-BANNER | www.ocala.com arrangements to evacuate. ■■ Before lowering a TV antenna or satellite dish, make sure to turn off and unplug the TV and avoid power lines. ■■ Turn off all swimming pool pumps and filters and wrap them in waterproof materials. ■■ Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment. ■■ Secure your home, close storm shutters, secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors. ■■ Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep the door closed. ■■ Turn off propane tanks. ■■ Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies. ■■ Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes, such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water. ■■ Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings ahead of time to keep food fresh longer in the event of a power outage. H Staff report urricane season begins Saturday, so it’s time to update emergency plans and phone lists and restock supply kits. What to do now ■■ Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. ■■ Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within the community. ■■ Determine escape routes and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles, not hundreds of miles. ■■ Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact. ■■ Have a plan for pets in case an evacuation is ordered. ■■ Keep emergency telephone numbers by the phone; make sure children know how and when to call 911. (See list of key phone numbers on Page 5.) ■■ Check insurance coverage — flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance. ■■ Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit. (See checklist below.) ■■ Make sure you have an NOAA weather radio, and remember to replace its battery every six months. ■■ Take first aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes. ■■ Trim trees and shrubs. Make sure debris is cleared prior to a hurricane warning announcement when trash pickup is suspended. ■■ Note: Do not attempt to trim any vegetation growing on or near any overhead power lines. Only specially trained lineclearing professionals should do so. ■■ Make plans to secure property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. Another option: board up windows with plywood that is cut to fit and ready to install. Do not tape windows. ■■ Install straps or additional During the storm ■■ Go to your safe room — a BE PREPARED What you need to know before, during and after a storm secure your boat. Here’s a list compiled from several sources: ■■ Most important: Listen to the Doug Engle/staff photographer/file small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level. ■■ Stay indoors and away from windows and glass doors. ■■ Close all interior doors. Secure and brace all external doors. ■■ Keep curtains and blinds closed. Remember that a “lull” might be the eye of the storm; winds could pick up again. ■■ If the roof begins to leak or rain blows in around doors and windows, do not go outside to repair damage during the storm. Disaster supply kit ■■ Water — At least a three-day clips to securely fasten the roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage. ■■ Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts. ■■ Determine how and where to When storm is coming radio or TV for information. ■■ If someone in your home depends on electric-powered, life-sustaining equipment, review your family emergency plan for backup power or make supply; one gallon per person per day. ■■ Food — At least a three-day supply of nonp erishable, easy-to-prepare foods. Don’t forget a non-electric can opener. ■■ Flashlight. ■■ Battery-powered or handcrank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible). ■■ Extra batteries. ■■ First-aid kit. PREPARE on Page 5 www.ocala.com | OCALA STAR-BANNER Sunday, May 26, 2013 |5 PREPARE: Watch for downed power lines that are still live Continued from 4 ■■ Water purification tablets. ■■ Medications (seven-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane). ■■ Containers for sewage (5-gallon buckets with covers). ■■ Toilet paper. ■■ Heavy-duty trash bags. ■■ Insect repellent/ citronella candles. ■■ Multipurpose tool. ■■ Sanitation and personal hygiene items. ■■ Bleach and cleaning supplies. ■■ Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies. You may be required to show ID before being allowed to return to your home.). ■■ Cellphone with chargers. ■■ Family and emergency contact information. ■■ Extra cash, including small bills. ■■ Map(s) of area. ■■ Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers). ■■ Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl). ■■ Tools/supplies for securing home. ■■ Rope, duct tape, tarps, cardboard. ■■ Plywood and plastic sheeting. ■■ Extra set of car keys and house keys. ■■ Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes. ■■ Rain gear. ■■ Sunscreen. ■■ Camera for photos of damage. ■■ Blankets, pillows, etc. ■■ Moisture wipes. ■■ Toys, books and games. Financial Services: www. myfloridacfo.com ■■ The National Hurricane Survival Initiative: www. hurricanesafety.org ■■ American Red Cross: www.redcross.org Disinfecting water doug engle/staff photographer/file ■■ Boil at rolling boil for 10 After the storm 8686 City of Belleview: ■■ Watch for downed 245-7021 power lines that are still City of Dunnellon: live. 465-8590 ■■ Don’t strike matches City of Ocala: 629-CITY until you are sure no gas is (2489) leaking. ■■ For non-emergency ■■ Look out for broken police assistance: glass, nails and other Marion County Sheriff’s sharp debris. Office: 732-9111 ■■ Snakes and other Belleview Police Departdangerous animals could ment: daytime, 245-7044; be on the loose. nights, 732-9111 ■■ Do not use water until Dunnellon Police the local water utility, Department: 465-8510 through the media, says it Ocala Police Departis safe to do so. Use only ment: 369-7070 bottled or disinfected ■■ Public information water. (For information on lines: disinfecting water, see Marion County Sheriff’s related list.) Office: 368-3594 ■■ If your home is damAmerican Red Cross: aged, be aware that it still 622-3457 may collapse. Salvation Army: 732■■ Be on the lookout for 8326 possible looters. The Federal Emergency ■■ Avoid driving: Roads Management Agency may be littered with debris (FEMA): 1-800-621-3362 and traffic lights may not or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY be working. for hearing-impaired) Sources: National Oceanic ■■ For social service and Atmospheric Admin- assistance: 211 (United istration, Florida Power & Way help line.) Light minutes, let cool, add a pinch of salt for taste, and then pour the water back and forth between clean containers to reduce flat taste. ■■ Chlorination: Use unscented liquid chloride bleach, add 8 drops to each gallon of water and then stir and let stand for 30 minutes. If water does not have slight chlorine odor, repeat the dosage and let stand for 15 minutes. ■■ Chlorine or iodine tablets: Follow directions on the package, but if directions are not given, use one tablet for each quart of water. Make sure the tablet dissolves and mix thoroughly. Let stand for 30 minutes. ■■ Liquid iodine: Add 5 drops of 2 percent iodine to each quart of clear water; for cloudy water, add 10 drops of 2 percent iodine to each quart of water. Mix thoroughly and let stand for 30 minutes. The Florida Department of Financial Services offers the following tips: ■■ Purchase insurance now: Insurance companies do not accept new applications or requests for increased coverage once a hurricane nears Florida. ■■ Know what your insurance covers: Flood and wind damage are often covered in separate policies. Decide if you need this protection and contact your agent for more information. ■■ Make sure you have adequate coverage: Consider increasing your coverage if your policy doesn’t cover the current value of your home and its contents. ■■ Know the name of your insurers: Write down the names of your agent and agency, your insurance company, your policy number and a telephone number to report a claim. ■■ Safeguard your records: Store important insurance and financial papers in a safe and accessible place. with the water but keeping them tight enough to prevent the vessel from slamming against stationary poles and docks. ■■ Position fenders where they will best protect the hull from surrounding stationary objects. ■■ Clean out lockers and refrigerators of perishable foods. ■■ Do not lock the boat or yacht. After a storm, authorities will secure the area and check buildings and boats for people and will break down all locked doors to complete a thorough sweep. Tips for boat owners OCALA.COM ■■ When possible, store boats out of the water on land or on a lift to protect them from dangerous storm surges. ■■ If the boat is on a lift, tether the bow and stern to the lift itself so that high water will not float it off the lift. ■■ Remove all canvas and boat covers if possible and secure below or store elsewhere. ■■ Duct tape vertical windows to prevent water from entering the boat. ■■ When docked, doubleor triple-line boats, allowing them to move Insurance tips Emergency numbers Helpful websites ■■ Florida Division of ■■ To register people who have special needs: Call Marion County Emergency Management at 369-8100. ■■ To report road flooding: Marion County: 671- Emergency Management: www.floridadisaster.org ■■ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: www.noaa.gov ■■ National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa. gov ■■ Florida Department of We provide Complete coverage for wind, flood, hail, and all your insurance needs. Brown & Brown Insurance 352-732-5010 Practice makes perfect 6| Sunday, May 26, 2013 OCALA STAR-BANNER | www.ocala.com A coalition prepares for the worst in a mock exercise. Prepare like a CHAMP For more information or to join CHAMP (the Marion County Coalition for Health and Medical Planning) contact Randy Ming, Marion County Health Department, 6290137, ext. 2042, Randy_ Ming@doh.state.fl.us damaged by flood water never reopen,” Ackerman said. Randy Ming, emergency preparedness planner with the Health Department, said organizations, like families, must be prepared. Ming cited interruption in in-home medical supplies and visits from home visiting caregivers as possible outcomes of an emergency. “Communication is key for all preparedness,” he said. Ming indicated FEMA assistance may take up to 96 hours to begin. Breakout groups of representatives from similar fields and occupations discussed their disaster plans and shared ideas with the groups. One such group included leaders from several area churches. The moderator, Michele Croswell with the Marion County Health Department, fielded responses from the 10-member panel. One church keeps health record cards on members of the congregation. H By Andy Fillmore Correspondent urricane Hannah hit Marion County on March 7 and resulted in widespread power outages, contaminated water, blocked roads and food and gas shortages. Well, not really: That’s just the scenario presented on that day during a mock FEMA exercise. It was all part of an emergency planning workshop hosted by the Marion County Coalition for Health and Medical Planning (CHAMP) and held at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center. The coalition is a joint effort of the Sheriff’s Office and the county Health Department. Workshop attendees included essential service providers and officials from hospitals, law enforcement and fire and rescue agencies. Also in attendance: representatives from the school system, hospice, assisted-living facilities, churches, medical supply companies and funeral homes. The workshop provided a forum for current and prospective CHAMP members to share disaster plans and learn means to survive and continue to alan youngblood/staff photographer Health Department employees portray shelter patients during the Marion County Health Department’s mock disaster and special needs shelter training scenario at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala on May 2. provide services and goods after a calamity, according to Craig Ackerman, public information officer with the Marion County Health Department. Discussion topics included how to “prepare and protect.” Questions were posed, including: ■■ What are the priorities, hazards and needs facing families, customers and members? ■■ How should an agency respond to an emergency? What evacuation plan is in place? ■■ What equipment and survival supplies are needed? ■■ Who should be called for help? ■■ How can an agency best recover from a disaster? This is known as a “COOP” plan — short for continuation of operation. An additional session addressed how to mitigate the effects of a disaster. “All of these professionals would be partners in a (post-disaster) recovery,” Ackerman said. Trident Consulting handled arrangements for the meeting, which included a screening of a FEMA video exercise based on a hurricane with 160 mph winds and a storm surge with resultant power outages, contaminated water supplies and food and fuel shortages. “A main item is to keep continual training in your company’s or organization’s disaster plan. Conditions or personnel may change,” Trident’s Eric Schultz said. Schultz is a Florida firefighter with 25 years experience, including disaster relief in the 2004 Florida hurricanes, when electrical power was lost for upwards of two weeks in some places. “You have to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours (as a general guideline),” Schultz said. Keeping prescription medicines on hand is a priority during times of emergencies, or what Schultz termed periods of “scarce resources.” Schultz said retail stores, for example, that continually have poor response to disasters may lose customer confidence and thereby clients. “You can’t buy insurance against lost customers,” he said. “FEMA statistics tells us that about 40 percent of businesses, for example, MOCK on Page 7 www.ocala.com | OCALA STAR-BANNER ‘X’ does not mark the spot Tips on window protection during the storm. By Andy Fillmore Correspondent Sunday, May 26, 2013 |7 staff photos by alan youngblood Gary Langeuin shows off the inside of his mobile networking trailer during the Marion County Health Department’s mock disaster and special needs shelter training scenario at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion on May 2. Langeuin and his team serve Northeast Florida and can provide everything from complete selfsustained communication to supporting power outages at data centers. MOCK: Churches play part too Continued from 6 Another church’s administrators maintain a plan for opening their doors as a shelter. Marilyn McNeely-Williams of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Shiloh said her church keeps its community center ready for emergency usage. “We also keep care kits,” McNeely-Williams said. Need for pre-disaster identification of church members with first aid and medical training, postdisaster availability of gasoline, dealing with blocked roads, and stress relief were among the issues discussed by the breakout group. Also discussed: how to keep the doors of the churches open for services. Jimmie Enderle, EMT and emergency services liaison for Munroe Regional Medical Center, said the workshop was a “great opportunity.” Most Florida residents have seen the remnants of an ineffective hurricane precaution: duct tape on windows. “The ‘X’ of duct tape on the windows does nothing,” said David Prevatt, a University of Florida assistant professor of civil and coastal engineering and hurricane researcher. Prevatt said impact-resistant glass and shutters are good elements of a storm protection plan. The Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests homeowners cover windows, with permanent storm shutters offering the best protection. A second option: Board up windows with plywood that is cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking. AwnAir Adjustable Awnings in Belleview has been doing this kind of work for 13 years. “The coverings are made custom for each home,” said the company’s Cindy Batz. Arnold Hagemann, owner of Arnold’s Aluminum of Ocala, has been providing custom aluminum products including hurricane-rated protection shutters and electrically operated accordion window coverings for 39 years. “Right after the 2004 storms a lot of homeowners, especially people who moved to Ocala from South Florida, quickly decided to get the accordiontype protection system,” Hagemann said. Making wind protection improvements may lead to insurance breaks. According to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation website, “the state requires insurance companies to offer discounts for protecting your home against damage caused by hurricane winds. Securing your roof so it doesn’t blow off and protecting your windows from flying debris are the two most cost-effective measures you can take to safeguard your home and reduce your hurricane-wind premium.” VOLUNTEERS BUILDING STRONG, HEALTHY, PREPARED COMMUNITIES JOIN US AND Health Department employees portray shelter patients during a mock disaster and special needs shelter training scenario May 2. “We are communicating and building resources,” she said. Malcolm Johnston, safety officer for Ocala Regional Medical Center, praised the workshop as a good way to network. Gerri McGighan-Lukens and Max Sanes, both representing Oxylife Co., said they picked up good tips. In closing the workshop, Ming encouraged area service and business leaders to join CHAMP and posed a hypothetical question for the attendees. “If you can’t support yourself in a disaster, how are you going to support your business or the community?” MARION COUNTY! Call us to nd out how you can make a difference. No medical experience necessary. Randy Ming 352-629-0137 ext. 2042 MarionMRC@doh.state. .us SUPPORT www.marioncountymrc.com www.medicalreservecorps.gov 8| Sunday, May 26, 2013 Ocala woman survived Miami hurricane of 1926 Louise Tyler recalls watching the storm through a window sitting on an icebox. By Andy Fillmore Correspondent OCALA STAR-BANNER | www.ocala.com Talk about a rude welcome to Florida. Louise Tyler had been living in Hialeah for all of three months when she endured what came to be known as the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926. “We moved to Hialeah from Indianapolis about three months before the hurricane in September of 1926, when I was 12,” Tyler, 100, recalled during a recent interview. “My parents were managing a four-unit Jacqui Janetzko/correspondent/file Louise Tyler sits during her 100th birthday party earlier this month in Ocala. Tyler was 12 years old when she survived the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926. apartment. The families huddled in one room downstairs as the storm came through,” she said. “My father sat me on top of our icebox so I could look out.” The family came outside while the eye of the storm passed overhead and then returned inside, although Tyler said she didn’t know if her parents knew the storm would restart. the associated press/file Miami residents look at the debris left behind on the Miami River after the 1926 hurricane. The Category 4 storm had winds of up to 150 mph. “A part of the roof blew off and came through our window and I remember using an umbrella in bed,” Tyler said. Seeing her water-destroyed school books “made her sad.” There was no advanced warning to the family or preparation for the storm — and little or no emergency services afterward, Tyler recalled. She said people largely had to fend for themselves after the storm passed. Her family was evacuated to a shelter for about a week. “After the storm I recall seeing injured persons lying in the street. My father said, ‘Don’t look, don’t look,’ ” Tyler said. A nearby church was converted to a hospital. “The Hialeah police station was near where we lived. A policeman came by and handed my dad a gun and told him to take his truck and get ice from the ice house and take it to the hospital,” Tyler said. According to the National Hurricane Center, the Category 4 storm had winds of up to 150 mph and struck with little notice. “After the storm I recall seeing injured persons lying in the street. My father said, ‘Don’t look, don’t look.’ ” Louise Tyler Times certainly have changed. Forecasting is far better, of course. And with TV and the Internet, there probably aren’t too many 12-year-olds watching the storm while sitting atop an icebox. COASTLINE SHUTTERS Roll Up Storm Panels Every day is Mom’s day. Accordion Bahama COASTLINE SHUTTERS A DIVISION OF ARNOLDS ALUMINUM ArnoldAluminumInc.com OcalaMom.com www.ocala.com | OCALA STAR-BANNER Does your readiness plan include your pets’ needs? Sunday, May 26, 2013 |9 What to do if you need to evacuate If you are directed by local authorities to evacuate, do so. Be sure to follow their instructions. Monitor TV and radio reports for the proper information. A few other notes from emergency officials: ■■Be mindful that mobile homes or temporary structures can be hazardous during hurricanes, no matter how well-fastened to the ground. ■■Select an evacuation destination that is nearest to your home, preferably in the same county, or at least minimize the distance over which you must travel. ■■Keep in mind that the hotels and other sheltering options in most inland metropolitan areas are likely to fill quickly. ■■If you evacuate to another county or region, be prepared to wait in traffic. ■■If possible, make arrangements to stay with a friend or relative who resides closest to your home and who will not have to evacuate. Discuss with your intended host the details of your family evacuation plan. ■■Make hotel or motel reservations before you leave. ■■If your are unable to stay with friends or family and no hotel/motel rooms are available, then, as a last resort, go to a shelter. Information about shelters will be available through newspapers, television, radio and Emergency Management. Locations can change quickly, so stay informed. ■■Shelters are not designed for comfort and do not usually accept pets. Bring your disaster supply kit to the shelter. Make sure that you fill up your car with gas before you leave. ■■It is best to bring your own chairs, bedding and food. Do not bring weapons, alcohol or illegal drugs. — Staff report D By Andy Fillmore Correspondent oes your hurricane readiness plan include the four-legged members of the family? Marion County Animal Center manager Wendy Hillyard said cat and dog owners should have an emergency kit ready to care for their pet in the event of a disaster like a hurricane. A brochure published by the county animal center states the kit should include a threeday supply of food, water, medications and other essential pet-care items. Pet parents also should have “a plan to go” if evacuation is ordered, she said. An article in the winter 2005-06 issue of Modern Dog Magazine (www.moderndogmagazine.com) titled “The Dogs of Hurricane Katrina” discusses people who refused to leave their home because of their pets. “Many people who live with animals consider them important enough to risk their own personal safety to keep their pets from alan youngblood/staff photographer/file harm,” the article states. A pet kit for a storm should include a three-day supply of food and water. “One exhausted National Guard officer confused and lost, so it is critical to maintain (during Hurricane Katrina) explained to close contact with and leash pets when they Gen. Russel Honore, who was coordinating go outside. Also, snakes and other potentially the rescue efforts, ‘We estimate that 30 to 40 ■■Pet carrier dangerous animals displaced by the disaster percent of the people who refuse to leave the ■ ■ Three-day supply of food and water may have migrated into the area (especially affected areas are staying because they want after flooding). In addition, downed power ■■First-aid kit to take care of their pets.’ ” lines can also be a hazard for people and ■■Special medications Hillyard recounted a similar situation their pets,” the website states. ■■Vet records locally during the 2004 hurricanes. “Similar to children and adults, disaster“There was a situation in which the re■■Proof of rabies vaccination related stress may change a pet’s behavior. sponders had to bring a family to us in the ■■Spare leash and collar Normally quiet and friendly pets may middle of the night whose home was badly ■■Familiar toys and/or blanket to reduce stress become aggressive or defensive. Watch your damaged in the storm. They told us they ■■Pet sanitary items (litter, collection bags, animals closely, and be cautious around wouldn’t have left their pets behind and were paper towels) other animals — even pets you know. If you relieved that we were there for them. ■■Current photo and description of pet evacuate, take your pets with you! “Many people told us they wouldn’t have left “If you are unable to take your pets with their pets behind because they were part of you, place them in a fenced yard with access the family,” Hillyard said in an email. to shelter, food and water. Contact local emer“Vanguard High School is a pet-friendly gency management for information regardshelter where people can bring their cats and ■■5701 SE 66th St., Ocala ing availability of emergency shelters for dogs up to 80 pounds. The pets are kept in ■■671-8700 pets,” the website says. 360 large and small cages we provide at the ■■www.marioncountyfl.org Vanguard High School is the only countyshelter. operated, pet-friendly shelter. Don’t assume “When hurricanes Frances and Jeanne the shelter is open; check with authorities three hurricane deployments in 2004 at the came through, we had over 300 pets at the first. pet-friendly shelter required 1,241 county shelter during each storm,” Hillyard said. Some details: staff hours and 364 volunteer hours. Hillyard said a good first step in any plan is ■■ Dogs must weigh 80 pounds or less. Indeed, “We slept and ate at the shelter,” to be sure your pet has an identification ■■ Exotic animals and aggressive dogs are not Hillyard said. microchip and a collar tag. accepted. Information on the Federal Emergency “Pet owners can be close to their pets at the ■■ Owners must stay at Vanguard but are (Vanguard) shelter. We love the animals and Management Agency website (www.fema. gov) discusses the effects of an emergency on housed separately from their pets. are accustomed to working with them,” ■■ Birds must be in secure cages. pets. Hillyard said. ■■ Owners must provide proof of rabies “Following a disaster, familiar scents and According to Elaine McClain, Marion landmarks may be altered. Pets may become vaccination and county license for their pets. County public information specialist, all Special kit for pets Marion County Animal Services 10| OCALA STAR-BANNER| www.ocala.com Important local information, radar, updated forecasts and this tracking map available at ocala.com/hurricane Sunday, May 26, 2013 Arkansas Tennessee South Carolina Georgia North Carolina Wilmington Charleston Savannah Jacksonville STORM GUIDE 2013 | 11 Example Read west to 63° West Read north to 34° North Tropical weather terms � TROPICAL DISTURBANCE: First stage of unstable weather that may develop into a hurricane. � TROPICAL DEPRESSION: The tropical activity has a low-pressure area that could become a hurricane. Highest wind speed is 38 mph. � TROPICAL STORM: Wind speeds of 39-73 mph. Low-pressure area is well-de ned by rotating circulation. � TROPICAL STORM WATCH: An announcement that a tropical storm poses a threat within 36 hours. � TROPICAL STORM WARNING: Tropical storm is expected within 24 hours. � HURRICANE WATCH: An announcement that a hurricane is expected within 36 hours. � HURRICANE WARNING: A hurricane is expected within 24 hours. Because of the erratic nature of hurricanes, the warning could come only a few hours before. Hurricane strengths Any storm of Category 3 or more is considered major. Hurricane myths Some common misconceptions about the physics of hurricanes: Mississippi Texas Louisiana Alabama CATEGORY 1 Minimal 74-95 mph winds Storm surge: 4-5 ft. MYTH: ATLANTIC OCEAN Low Low pressure pressure in in storm’s storm’s eye eye causes causes storm storm surge. surge. 30˚ FACT: Surge Surge of of high high water water as as storm storm reaches reaches land land is is caused caused by by winds pushing ocean surface winds pushing ocean surface ahead ahead of of the the storm. storm. FACT: Friction Friction decreases decreases sustained sustained winds winds but but increases increases gusts. gusts. Storm Storm weakens weakens because because it lacks moisture and it lacks moisture and heat heat that ocean provided. that ocean provided. MYTH: Friction Friction over over land land kills kills the storm. the storm. HURRICANE TRACKING MAP Ocala Cedar Key Florida Cape Canaveral Tampa CATEGORY 2 Moderate 96-110 mph winds Storm surge: 6-8 ft. MYTH: MYTH: 25˚ 2013 Atlantic names Andrea Barry Chantal Dorian Erin Fernand Gabrielle Humberto Ingrid Jerry Karen Lorenzo Melissa Nestor Olga Pablo Rebekah Sebastien Tanya Van Wendy Retired names 1954 1955 1957 1960 1961 1963 1964 1965 1967 1969 1970 1972 1974 1975 1977 1979 1980 1983 1985 1988 1989 1991 1992 1995 1996 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 FACT: Size Size and and intensity intensity are are Big Big hurricanes hurricanes independent. independent. Hurricane Hurricane Andrew, Andrew, are for are intense intense for example, example, was was very very intense intense hurricanes. but hurricanes. but relatively relatively small. small. Windows, Windows, doors doors should should be be closed closed on on the the storm storm side, side, open open on on the the opposite side. opposite side. Miami BAHAMAS Once a storm has caused great damage, its name is retired. Carol, Hazel, Edna Janet, Connie, Diane, Ione Audrey Donna Carla Flora Cleo, Dora, Hilda Betsy Beulah Camille Celia Agnes Carmen Eloise Anita David, Frederic Allen Alicia Elena, Gloria Gilbert Hugo Bob Andrew Luis, Marilyn, Opal, Roxanne Cesar, Fran, Hortense Georges, Mitch Floyd, Lenny Keith Allison, Iris, Michelle Isidore, Lilli Fabian, Isabel, Juan Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan, Wilma Dean, Felix, Noel Gustav, Ike, Paloma No retired names Igor, Tomas Irene Sandy GULF OF MEXICO FACT: All All doors doors and and windows windows should should be be shut. shut. The The difference difference between between pressure pressure inside inside the the house house and and outside outside in in the the storm storm is is not not enough enough to to cause cause an an explosion. explosion. No No house house is is airtight. airtight. CUBA YUCATAN PENINSULA HAITI MEXICO BELIZE JAMAICA DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PUERTO RICO 20˚ Extensive 111-129 mph winds CATEGORY 3 Storm surge: 9-12 ft. Websites Here is a list of websites that track the progress of approaching hurricanes: 15˚ The National Weather Service: nws.noaa.gov The National Hurricane Center: nhc.noaa.gov Extreme 130-156 mph winds CATEGORY 4 Storm surge: 13-18 ft. The eye of a storm Thick cloud walls that can reach 7 miles to 9 miles in height surround center GUATEMALA HONDURAS Eyewall Absorb huge amounts of moisture from ocean, causing heaviest rainfall EL SALVADOR NICARAGUA CARIBBEAN SEA The Federal Emergency Management Agency: fema.gov 10˚ The Weather Channel: weather.com Florida Forecast: oridaforecast.com Accuweather: accuweather.com CATEGORY 5 Catastrophic Winds over 157 mph Storm surge: 18+ ft. Eye COSTA RICA PANAMA 0˚ 10˚0˚ MILES 20˚˚0˚ VENEZUELA Winds here move in counter-clockwise direction with great speed; combined with low pressure can raise ocean surface by 23 ft. to 40 ft. AP SOURCES: National Hurricane Center, The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Weather; research by PAT CARR 95˚ 90˚ 85˚ 80˚ 75˚ COLOMBIA 70˚ 65˚ 60˚ Map and Graphics by ROB MACK/Staff artist; SOURCE: National Weather Service Do storms & high utility bills stress you out? • Lower cooling costs • Energy efficient • Increase home value • Lifetime Warranty • Meet / exceed stringent hurricane protection standards Hurricane Special! Built in Florida, for Florida Homes, by Florida Workers FairbanksConstruction.com • 352-732-8600 License# CRC050304 FREE Installation Minimum of $3000 installed purchase to qualify for FREE INSTALLATION. No other discounts applied. Must mention offer on initial presentation. Offer expires 8/31/13 Financing Available (W.A.C.) 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East Silver Springs Blvd. SW St. FEDERALLY INSURED BY THE NCUA ww.ﬂcu.org Tools of the trade www.ocala.com | OCALA STAR-BANNER Sunday, May 26, 2013 |13 Some gadgets to help endure big storms B By Marian Rizzo Correspondent efore a storm hits, some neighborhoods hold a version of a “hurricane party.” People fill their bathtubs with water, crisscross masking tape on their windows, and vow to be available for each other. At least, that’s what Richard Bible’s parents did when he was a youngster living on the St. Petersburg coast. While Bible’s boyhood neighborhood got hit hard during storm season, he said most hurricanes generally lose steam when they come inland. For that reason, people in Central Florida tend to think they don’t have to do much to prepare for one. But, he asks, why wait until it’s too late? These days, Bible is a millwork specialist at Home Depot in Ocala. He said when the weather gets rough, the store sells out its supply of generators. The store has already stocked a wide range of generators — from 6,700 watts, which can operate a refrigerator, lights, and a fan, to units that can keep an entire household running. Bible recommends having a professional install the bigger units. He also said people should read the manual to see how the machines should be maintained. Many people nail plywood over windows. But, if you don’t want to be put in the dark, consider Home Depot’s Astro Guard fabric panels. They range from $70 for a panel that is 44 feet by 72 feet, to $1,500 for full house protection. A professional should do the first installation. After that, the homeowner can take them down, store them and reinstall the following Doug Engle/staff photographer Richard Bible, a millwork specialist at Home Depot, talks about some of the items that would be good to have for hurricane season. Bible demonstrates a hurricane fabric by AstroGuard that is designed to protect windows from flying debris. year. “It’s not like hard plywood where no light is going to come in,” Bible said. “A lot of people like this, because you don’t feel like you’re in a cave.” For those who like advance warning, emergency portable weather radios can receive signals from distant weather stations or local fire departments. Other helpful tools are inverters and portable power stations that can run cellphones and small electronics off a car battery. Then there’s the usual lighting alternatives, Two-way radios are some of the storm gadgets in stock at Radio Shack on East Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala last month. Bruce ackerman/ staff photographer GADGETS on Page 14 14| Sunday, May 26, 2013 OCALA STAR-BANNER | www.ocala.com GADGETS: Lowe’s team specializes in generator selection Continued from 13 including varying intensity flashlights, a folding lantern with multiple positions, multi-colored LED light sticks (great for keeping track of the kiddies in the dark), and, Bible’s favorite — a night vision headlight that leaves hands free to do other jobs. Lowe’s manager Ben Ustianowski said the store provides a service team that will help homeowners decide what size and type of generator is right for them. A professional installer will set it up. The store also carries items that can run off of a generator, such as portable fans and air conditioning units. Also popular these days are hand-cranked radios, multi-pack flashlights and shutters that can be custom ordered. To view a variety of storm-related do-it-yourself videos, visit www. lowes.com/hurricane. Dave Patel, a home sales manager at Best Buy, began stocking up on storm-hardy electronics after Hurricane Charley tore through the state in 2004. “My uncle and aunt and cousins got hit,” Patel said. “Their phones were dead. Their computers were out, and we couldn’t communicate. After that, I started buying things throughout the year.” Beside purchasing a backup laptop, a weather radio and a 7-inch TV with an antenna for himself, Patel bought his parents a set of walkie talkies that have a 35-mile range. “My parents live 15 miles away from my grandparents. Now, they can communicate during the storm season,” he said. For computer users, Patel recommends battery backup systems ranging from $55 to $210. During a power outage, they can keep a computer going for up to an hour, depending on the size, Patel said. Best Buy also carries 2-in-1 and 4-in-1 mobile power inverters that have AC outlets and USB ports, from $36 to $150. They plug into a car’s cigarette lighter, and there’s even a model that fits inside a cup holder. Patel suggests also remembering the youngsters with portable gaming systems, junior tablets and, for older teens, PlayStations. Such items run from $50 to $300, and they’re sure to fill hours of boredom during a storm. A stop at Radio Shack will bring storm watchers face-to-face with the latest in weather radios, from battery-operated to crank-style units, including Radio Shack’s Weather Alert Radio, which has touch-screen capability. “If there’s a hurricane coming, this one will go off and tell you it’s coming,” said sales employee Brandon Verhalen. “You’ll only hear about alerts that pertain to you. They’re pre-programmed with all U.S. counties.” One minute of cranking on Eton’s rechargeable battery pack will provide about 30 seconds of cellphone power — enough time to make a phone call or send a text message, Verhalen said. Solio Bolt solar chargers which, of course, should be charged ahead of time, can operate a phone, camera, MP3 player, e-Reader, GPS and lights. Verhalen recommends buying several flashlights Doug engle/staff photographer and placing them in different rooms of the house and in the car. “Almost everything is AA these days, but you should check the equipment to see what batteries it takes,” he said. ABOVE: This portable power station can jump start your vehicle and power small appliances. It includes a built-in compressor. The unit sells for about $110 at Home Depot. RIGHT: Flashlights, lanterns and head lamps range from $2-$20 at Home Depot. LEFT: Sales associate Brandon Verhalen looks over weather alert radios, which are some of the storm gadgets in stock at Radio Shack on East Silver Springs Boulevard. Bruce ackerman/staff photographer Doug engle/staff photographer www.ocala.com | OCALA STAR-BANNER Sunday, May 26, 2013 |15 New FSU scale measures hurricane season’s strength By Jim Ross Senior editor the associated press/file This NOAA satellite image taken Oct. 30, 2012, shows superstorm Sandy slowly moving westward while weakening across southern Pennsylvania. 2012 by the numbers 10: The number of hurricanes during the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season 2: The number classified as major (Category 3 or higher) 82.2 million: Population, as of July 1, of coastal states stretching from North 26.2: Percentage of the nation’s population that lives in these states 591,821: Collective land area, in square miles, of the states stretching from North Carolina to Texas. Carolina to Texas — the areas most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes. Call it the Seminole Scale. Florida State University researchers have devised a new way of measuring a hurricane season’s activity — more fully accounting for storms’ size, duration and capacity for destruction. When it comes to hurricanes, most people want to know category — 1 through 5, with 5 being the strongest. That scale is mostly based on wind speed. But wind speed doesn’t necessarily correspond to ultimate damage. Sandy never got stronger than Category 2, for example, but it killed 285 people in seven countries and become the second costliest storm in U.S. history. “Likewise, Hurricane Katrina was a weaker storm than 1969’s Camille but caused much more destruction — even though the two hurricanes followed essentially the same path,” FSU said in a news release. The FSU team wanted a better way to measure a hurricane season’s impact. Its answer is a new scale — the real name is Track Integrated Kinetic Energy, or TIKE — which builds on the concept of Integrated Kinetic Energy. “IKE involves using kinetic energy scales with the surface stress that forces storm surge and waves and the horizontal wind loads specified by the American Society of Civil Engineers,” the news release said. TIKE expands that concept by accounting for the IKE readings for all named storms in a hurricane season. “TIKE gives a succinct picture by taking into account the number of tropical cyclones in the season, the duration of each tropical cyclone, and the time history of the wind force over a large area surrounding each tropical cyclone,” said Vasu Misra, an associate professor of meteorology in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science and FSU’s Center for OceanAtmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS), in the release. Sandy’s IKE reading was more than 300 terajoules, which is a measure of energy. That was the largest such reading for any hurricane between 1990 and 2006. Misra developed TIKE with Steven DiNapoli, a former COAPS data analyst; and Mark Powell, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration atmospheric scientist, currently stationed at COAPS, who created IKE with a colleague six years ago, the release said. Sandy no more: Name retired from list Since 1954, 76 names have been retired from the storm list. By Jim Ross Senior editor So long, Sandy. The World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee has retired the name from the official list of Atlantic Basin tropical cyclone names. It’s easy to see why: Sandy was the storm of the year in 2012, causing damage in the Caribbean and the Mid-Atlantic United States. The officials explanation, as spelled out by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: “Storm names are reused every six years for both the Atlantic and eastern North Pacific basins. If a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of the name would be insensitive or confusing, the WMO hurricane committee, which includes personnel from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, may retire the name.” Since 1954, some 76 names have been taken off the Atlantic list. Sandy is the 77th. So, what happens if a future season progresses to the point that an “S” name is needed? Starting in 2018, we can say hello to Sara. AHRENS SAVE MONEY - SAVE TIME Home Insurance Increased? We can o er multiple quotes INSURANCE AGENCY www.AhrensInsuranceAgency.com AUTO • HOME • FLOOD • BUSINESS • LIFE 352-368-7090 16| Sunday, May 26, 2013 OCALA STAR-BANNER | www.ocala.com When the power goes out, don’t be left in the dark These tips will help you during a power outage. I Staff report t’s not unusual to lose electricity before, during or after a storm. Here’s some information: General tips ■■ Learn what each circuit breaker in your home feeds so you can turn off sensitive pieces of equipment. ■■ You may choose to turn off your main circuit breakers. However, when you turn your main circuit breaker back on, you will want to start with lighting circuits only. ■■ Avoid contact with downed lines; they may be live and can be deadly. ■■ Report any outages to your power company. ■■ Don’t call more than once. ■■ Wait to report non-outage-related incidents. ■■ Ocala Electric notes that after the storm, workers will need to get to your home’s meter; be sure to clear that area. ■■ Also, don’t approach workers during the power restoration process; Ocala Electric will devise a plan to get power restored as To contact utilities ■■Ocala Electric: 3516666 ■■Progress Energy: 1-800228-8485 ■■SECO: 1-800-732-6141 ■■Clay Electric: 1-888434-9844 ■■Withlacoochee River Electric: 352-795-4382 quickly as possible. ■■ When the power is restored, leave an outside light on so crews know which houses are OK. ■■ Also, following a power outage, unplug all large Brad McClenny/staff photographer/file Avoid contact with downed lines during or after a storm. They may be live and can be deadly. Report any outages or lines down to your power company. appliances and electronics to prevent power surges when electricity is restored. ■■ Avoid candles and lanterns because of fire risk. Use flashlights indoors. home’s wiring. Power from a generator connected to a home’s wiring will “back feed” into utility lines, potentially leading to serious injury or death. ■■ Never fuel a hot generator or one that is running; hot engine parts or exhaust can ignite gasoline. ■■ Turn off all connected appliances before starting your generator. Turn appliances on one at a time, never exceeding the generator’s rated wattage. ■■ Don’t touch a generator if you are wet or are standing in water or on damp ground. food cold. ■■ Store food on shelves that will be safely out of the way of contaminated water in case of flooding. ■■ Group food together in the freezer to help it stay cold longer. ■■ Obtain block ice or dry ice to keep your refrigerator as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged time. Fifty pounds of dry ice should keep an 18-cubicfoot full freezer cold for two days. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office offers these additional tips: ■■ If refrigerated food is still cool, you should be able to use it for about 48 hours, but avoid opening the refrigerator door frequently. ■■ Cook on gas/charcoal grill or stove outdoors only. Canned heat can be used indoors (but be sure that there are no gas leaks in the home before striking a match for any reason). 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Sunday, May 26, 2013 |17 L upgrades ready by the Fort Lauderdale 2015 season, Knabb said. Superstorm Sandy ast year’s hurricane season drove brought high winds, home some big les- extreme tides, drenching rains, flooding and even sons, according to heavy snow when it the nation’s chief hurricane forecast- slammed into New Jersey in October, leaving er: Storm surge millions without power, and flooding are wiping out entire neighdangerous and difficult to predict, and sometimes borhoods and causing the most storm-related deaths it’s even harder to comin the Northeast since municate that sense of Hurricane Agnes in 1972. urgency to the public. It’s the second-costliest It wasn’t just high winds storm in U.S. history after that posed a threat and Hurricane Katrina in caused damage, said 2005. National Hurricane Hurricane Isaac Center Director Rick swamped the U.S. Gulf Knabb, who joined Coast in August, even Florida’s emergency delaying the Republican managers earlier this National Convention in month in Fort Lauderdale Tampa. at the annual Governor’s Much of the damage left Hurricane Conference. “2012 was all about water, by Tropical Storm Debby water, water. Debby, Isaac, in June came from river flooding after heavy rains Sandy,” Knabb said. “It soaked northern and was storm surge from the central Florida. ocean, it was inland The hurricane center flooding, it was river said it would change the flooding.” The hurricane center has way it warns people about tropical storms that been working for several years to improve its storm become something else, surge forecasts and public after some critics suggested that Northeast resiwarnings about potential flooding risks far from the dents underestimated Sandy’s danger because coastline. The last season has added a sense of forecasters stopped urgency to get those issuing hurricane warnThe Associated Press the associated press National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb talks this month in Fort Lauderdale about the lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy and expectations for the Atlantic storm season that begins Saturday. Knabb and hurricane center forecasters joined emergency managers at the annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference. will roll out in 2015. Forecasters have significantly improved their ability to predict a storm’s path. It’s still difficult to know a day or two in advance how big that storm could be or whether it will rapidly intensify. Predicting storm surge poses additional challenges. “It’s very difficult to forecast exactly where the storm surge is going to be the greatest, how far inland it’s going to go and how deep the water is going to get above ground,” Knabb said. Communicating the danger also remains challenging, because many people don’t know whether they live in storm surge evacuation zones, and then some residents don’t see the risk until it’s almost too late, Knabb said. “It is human nature to not want to believe that something that has a small chance of happening that could be really bad is actually going to happen,” he said. That’s why Knabb and other emergency managers urge residents to check insurance policies, make evacuation plans and buy emergency supplies well before there’s any hurricane threat. The six-month Atlantic storm season begins Saturday. The 2012 hurricane season was the seventh consecutive year without the U.S. landfall of a major hurricane: Category 3 or higher, with winds of 111 mph or higher. The season tied as being the third most-active season since 1851 with 19 named storms. the associated press/file Cars are submerged at the entrance to a parking garage in New York after Sandy on Oct. 30, 2012. ings when the storm merged with two coldweather systems and lost its tropical characteristics. Now the hurricane center will continue to put out warnings and advisories if a storm threatens people and land, even if it’s no longer called a hurricane or tropical storm. This season, hurricane center forecasters also hope to test new graphics showing where storm surge might be a problem during a particular storm. Separate storm surge watches and warnings, similar to current storm watches and warnings, 18| Sunday, May 26, 2013 Reading the storm out The best books to devour before, For children Parents should share their own favorite during and after a hurricane. children’s books. Perhaps Winnie-theBy Daniela Drazan Correspondent OCALA STAR-BANNER | www.ocala.com N Pooh, a perennial favorite, especially on a “blustery day.” For Ocala horse lovers, pick up Margueothing beats curling up with a rite Henry’s “Stormy: Misty’s Foal.” Or good book; and the vagaries of try the stormy temper of “Anne of Green the weather — a hot languid day Gables.” or a blustery day coupled with the When the light dims try a dramatic sound of rain patter on the roof — just add to the pleasure. Especially when there recitation of Robert Frost’s “Storm Fear,” and get the giggles with the transposition is no electricity. Especially when you, or the little ones, or the restless teenage ones of letters in Shel Silverstein’s “Runny Babbit.” are locked down, awaiting the fury of an Or, to confront the approach storm oncoming storm. Or just simply waiting. So, when the board games are exhaust- directly, try the following: ■■ “Hurricane” by David Weisner. The ed, the coloring pages done, the Sudoku Caldecott Honor winner has created solved, and the cards folded — a book delicate and intricate paintings that can provide refuge. detail the story of two young children The rustle of pages, and the world held who encounter a fallen tree and take a within them, keeps the darkness at bay journey of the imagination. and the restless spirit occupied. All that ■■ “Hurricane Wolf” by Diane Paterson. is required is an active mind and a little Noah’s family prepares for a hurricane light: fading daylight, kerosene, flashthat sounds like the crying of a wolf: light, even candle. (We’ll keep mom’s admonitions about eye strain out of this). Category 2 Hurricane Anna. Filled with Walker & Company practical suggestions and great analogies, this is a good book to share with young children to talk about preparations for the storm and its aftermath. ■■ “Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival” by Kirby Larson. A 2012/2013 Florida Reading Association picture book, this surprising tale is based on the true story of two survivors of Katrina and how they helped each other and the people who HarperCollins reached out to them. A feel-good tale of friendship. ■■ “Sunken Treasure” by Gail Gibbons. When ships go down in storms they may yield unexpected delights. Classic nonfiction author Gail Gibbons’ simple explanations and clear illustrations opens up the world of treasure seekers BOOKS on Page 19 Central Florida’s Home Restoration Destination. RESTORATION SYSTEMS 352.671.9194 24/7 Disaster Hotline w w w . S e c u re R e s t o r a t i o n s . c o m Florida State General Contractors License #CGC1514283 www.ocala.com | OCALA STAR-BANNER Sunday, May 26, 2013 |19 BOOKS: Imagine being face to face with The Perfect Storm Continued from 18 and the tools they use to delve into the past. Gibbons’ work also includes “Hurricanes!” ■■ “Hurricane Hunters: Riders on the Storm” by Chris Demarest. Those brave young men in their flying machines fly directly into storms and discover weather information that may predict the next tempest. Children follow the mission through pastel renderings of a typical flight in the converted cargo plane of the Hurricane Hunters. ■■ “The Magic School Bus Kicks up a Storm: A Book about Weather” by Nancy White. Between the books and films, most children can recognize the redhaired Ms. Frizzle anywhere. In this story, meteorology is explained when the bus transforms in a weathermobile. A good book to read out loud together. ■■ “Turtle in Paradise” by Jennifer Holm. In this 2012/2013 Sunshine State Young Readers Award book, Shirley-Templemovie-hater Turtle is sent down to live with relatives in the Florida Keys. There she encounters the Diaper Gang and its secret rash recipe; finds a hidden treasure map; and helps new friends survive a hurricane on a deserted island by singing “The Good Ship Lollipop.” ■■ “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz. Children, like many adults, enjoy a good scare. If your little ones like thinking about what lurks out there behind the boarded windows, this is the book for them. The stories are short and can be read aloud in dim light. Be prepared for the shivers, though. For a slightly tamer version of the horror genre for kids, try the chapter series “Goosebumps.” Beloved books for this group run the gamut from J.K. Rowlings’ Harry Potter to the novels of Jane Austen. Tweens can travel with Laura in the “Little House on the Prairie” series or battle the stormy Greek gods in the Lightning Thief. Action-adventure appeals to youth in particular: Protagonists strive to be independent and self-reliant and struggle against overwhelming forces (and problems) that turn them into heroes — or, at least, better people. Remember Man vs. Nature from English class? Below are many books that depict this struggle, both internal and external. ■■ “Williwaw!” by Tom Bodett. A Williwaw is a term used in Alaska to describe a storm caused by a sudden blast of wind. This terrifying storm is faced by two children: September, who is 13, and her younger brother, Ivan, who take a boat into the Alaska bay to fix a radio Ivan has destroyed when trying to recharge his video game. The children make their own while their father is away on a two-week fishing trip to disastrous consequences. ■■ “Storm Warriors!” by Elisa Lynn Carbone. Recovering from his mother’s death, 12-yearold Nathan moves to the isolated Pea Island in 1895. There he learns about the “surfmen” — an African-American crew that rescues stranded sailors — and longs to join Tweens/teens Scholastic, Inc. them, despite the obstacles. ■■ “Storm Runners” by Roland Smith. A master of the action genre — see his Crypid Hunters — Roland Smith documents the adventures of Chase Masters and his father, who chase all sorts of storms. With a friend, the protagonist first tests his mettle against a hurricane in St. Petersburg. This is followed by a dangerous encounter in Surge where Chase and his friends discover that the lions and a leopard have escaped during a flood of a circus winter home. ■■ “Stormbreaker” by Anthony Horowitz. This is the first in the series of Alex Rider books, now also available in graphic format. When his Uncle Ian is unexpectedly killed, British-born Alex takes over his secret spy mission — monitoring the Stormbreaker, a revolutionary computer. Mysteries, chases, gadgets and a hardboiled bent make this a crowd pleaser. ■■ “Hurricane Gold” by Charlie Higson. This is James Bond as a teen, before he became 007. Again, all the familiar elements are there: dangerous criminals, exotic locales (Mexico), a treacherous maze, an evil arch-enemy — compounded by a nasty hurricane that changes the thieves’ plans. Book 4 of a multibook series. ■■ “Star in the Storm” by Joan Hiatt Harlow. Set in 1912 in Newfoundland, this story focuses on Maggie, who is trying to keep her Newfoundland dog, Star, from being sent away. The island has banned all dogs but those that herd sheep. During a storm, a steamer ship carrying 100 passengers crashes. Star can help save them, but then Maggie risks breaking the law. ■■ “Saint Louis Armstrong Beach” by Brenda Woods. In another dog story Saint, a young musician, plays the clarinet for tourists in New Orleans and opts to stay behind to find his beloved pet, Shadow, during Hurricane Katrina. He and the dog flee to a neighbor’s attic to ride out the storm. ■■ “Pirates Latitudes” by Michael Crichton. This is an unexpected topic for Crichton, author of “Jurrasic Park — a pirate novel. Pirates battle each other and not the weather, but this high-seas suspenseful romp has Capt. Charles Hunter stealing gold treasure from a Spanish galleon and facing the ruthless villain Cazalla in 1665. ■■ “Walk of the Spirits” by Richie Tankersley Cusik. A Florida hurricane forces 17-year-old Miranda and her mother to move in with relatives in St. Yvette, La. When her grandfather dies, she inherits his psychic abilities. The local teens take her under their wing to help create a haunted tour of their town. ■■ “Ninth Ward” by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Living in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, 12-year-old Lanesha communicates with spirits while her beloved grandmother predicts the future — including the impending and disastrous Hurricane Katrina. Lovely and sensual writing bring this tragic history to life. Selected as a Coretta Scott King honor book. Before the electricity goes out, you may search the Internet for “books to read during a hurricane.” But ultimately, they are a reflection of the preferences of the reader. So, spark your fear with Stephen King’s “The Shining.” Or shoulder yourself against the rain with Gogol’s classic “The Overcoat.” If you are overwhelmed, turn to the animal stories of James Herriot in “All Creatures Great and Small” for an uplifting chuckle. Or you might try a few of the following: ■■ “The Perfect Storm: a True Story of Men Against the Sea” by Sebastian Junger. Remember the movie? We all know the book is better! Imagine you are among the Adults fishermen who must face the “storm of the century” on the ship the Andrea Gailas, especially if the wind howls outside your door and you must battle the elements. ■■ “Isaac’s Storm” by Erik Larson. One of the first big “mega-storms,” the 1900 storm that killed 6,000 inhabitants in Galveston, Texas, was devastating. Larson tells the true story through the eyes of Texas weatherman Isaac Cline, detailing the mistakes that were made and inefficiencies of technology, bureaucracy, and even corruption at the time. This is food for thought in the wake of Katrina. ■■ “Stormy Weather” by Carl Hiaasen. Recommended by Deep South Magazine as one of many “Books to Read during a Hurricane,” the setting for this thriller is South Florida after Hurricane Andrew. As always Hiaasen brings his flair for the funny — following hapless characters as well as the crimes they commit. Any Hiaasen book could be tucked away in your emergency kit. Find that book you’ve been meaning to read in that spare moment that never arrives and pack it with the hurricane supplies! Daniela Drazan is one of seven Marion County media specialists currently serving two schools. She has compiled this article with the help of other county school librarians, who would like to urge all their children (and parents) to read over the summer, regardless of the weather, to prevent “summer slide.” Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc. 20| Sunday, May 26, 2013 OCALA STAR-BANNER | www.ocala.com Munroe has an established Hurricane Preparedness plan that ensures the hospital readiness level is as high as possible before a storm hits. Munroe's plan goes into eﬀect in stages, coinciding with the National Weather Service's hurricane alert, watch and warnings. Our plan is designed to: • Protect our patients, staﬀ and visitors. • Maintain quality of care for our patients. • Protect property and assets. • Assure self-suﬃciency before the storm strikes to operate for at least 72 hours after the storm passes. • Resume normal operations quickly. Please note the designated hurricane shelters assigned during hurricanes by the County Emergency Management Center. Just a reminder MUNROE REGIONAL IS NOT A HURRICANE SHELTER. The hospital's primary aim is to protect hospital patients, staﬀ and patient visitors while continuing to provide quality patient care. Should you move to a designated hurricane shelter, Munroe recommends you keep a list of your medications and medical history with you. (A free, personal health record can be obtained by calling Munroe's Health Resource Line at 867-8181.) Also, if you have personal oxygen needs, contact your supplier and have extra on hand just in case it's needed. Thank you and stay safe.