As we all know Hurricane season is here. Hurricane Florence caused a lot of damage when it hit land. It started as a category 4 and went down to a category 1. People don’t realize until its too late, the damage a hurricane can do.
We all know the things we need to do before a hurricane. Do we always do them? Probably not but we should.
Here is a list of things for any future hurricanes:
1. Make sure to protect your property. Check your insurance policy to make sure what’s covered and what’s not.
2. Take pictures before the storm. This will help when you need to file a claim.
3. There are three many areas to protect your property: Roof, Windows & Doors.
4. Get rid of any debris around your home. This will eliminate extra work cleaning up after the hurricane and doing more damage.
5. Always have an emergency bag ready just in the event especially if you are in an area where Hurricanes happen.
During the hurricane:
1. Make sure you are in a safe place. Most important thing is to protect you and your family if they say evacuate then do it. Remember better safe than sorry.
2. Stay away from rising water when seeking shelter.
3. Disconnect all appliances and anything that can cause a fire.
4. Use your phone only for emergencies, especially if you do not have power.
5. Don’t forget to protect your pets. They wouldn’t abandon you so do not abandon them.
Now that the hurricane has passed how do we navigate our way through the mess left behind.
1. Access your property damage, Take pictures of all the damaged property from the structure of the home to the personal effects. Call your insurance company, remember to have your policy number. Submit all claims and pictures. If you have pictures from before the storm submit them also.
2. Protect your property. If you have broken windows board them up. Do not get rid of damaged property until the insurance adjuster has inspected everything.
3. Do not go near any fallen electrical cables. Do not touch them or anything near them. They might be live, and you don’t want to get shocked.
4. Be very careful when turning on emergency generators.
This will be a trying time, but you will get through this. I know people will say things you think are stupid like “well you at least have your health”, Just remember your not the only person in the situation and everyone is effect in one way or another. This is a time to come together and help your neighbors. This too shall pass.
Summer is ending, and the Fall is coming quick. School is back in session for most kids and the cool crisp mornings are here. Many people say Autumn is their favorite time of year because of the cool temperatures, sweater weather and the changing of colors. Vacations are over and now its time to get back on a routine again.
Fall is time for school sports, apple cider and the raking of leaves. This is the time of year people sit by a bonfire and drink cider. It’s the time of year wear you wear hats and fluffy scarves.
People go for walks and collect pine cones for decorating for fall. The time of year when the house smells like pumpkin pie and cinnamon. Families bring out that crock pot for comfy food.
It’s the time of year where you cut the grass for the last time and put away the patio furniture. You start prepping for October since its right around the corner and before you know it Halloween is here.
Enjoy the fall because is goes by quick. And before you know it Thanksgiving and Christmas are here.
September is usually the start of a new school year for many parents and students. Not only is it this scary for students, Its sometimes scary for parents.
The first day is a trying time. For some parents it means starting a new school. Meeting new moms, new teachers, principals and working with a new PTO or PTA group and learning the new politics of that group. The parents you meet the first day and in the hallways are the ones that will make the biggest impression on you and your kids.
Your going to meet that one mom that no matter if its her first child going to school or her last she just can’t control the tears. Make sure to offer her a tissue.
Then you have that politician mom. She is usually in the PTO or PTA president or wants to be. You will recognize her, she will usually have a big smile on their face and a clip board looking for volunteers.
Now we come to the clique. They don’t want to make new friends. They just want you know who they are so don’t try and easy your way in.
Then we have the carpool mom. She is the one that volunteers to drive the kids to school but never goes in the building. She will sit in the driver’s seat and just wave to everyone.
Now we come to the frustrated mom. She has a handful of kids. Each one is in a different grade. She is just trying to keep her sanity and make sure all the kids have the correct supplies for the correct classes. Make sure to ask is she needs help if you see her.
Then you have that room mom. You will recognize her easy. She is the one that will never leave the teachers side. Always making sure she can help and always asking if she can do more. She might seem like all she wants to do is help but remember she just wants to make sure her child stands out.
Then you have the experienced mom. She is the one that has an older child in the school and seems to know everyone and everything. Even if she doesn’t know everything she will make you think she does.
Just remember this is a new experience and you will have a whole school year to get to know these parents. Enjoy the school year.
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