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July 24, 2020

Hurricanes

As I write this, Hurricane Douglas is expected to reach Hawaii in a day or two as a severe tropical storm.  It's definitely unnerving, especially since we're also in the middle of a pandemic.

Hopefully, like with most threats we've experienced over the years, any effects will be minimal. 

I once was in Mexico when Hurricane Ivan approached.  Being in another country was quite scary.  At the resort I was in, we watched them prepare (placing all the pool lounge chairs into the pool, designating a building for guests to hunker down in should the weather get extremely severe), and we were met by armed security in one town if we went too close to the ocean. 

I've been through really bad storms in Hawaii and even in other states, and I distinctly remember sitting through Hurricane `Iwa as a child, thinking the house I was in was going to fall down a cliff. 

It's great that we now have social media in addition to the local news to stay informed and updated, but it's also can be a bit weary - as during a hurricane threat a couple years ago in which national media somewhat sensationalized it and, in my opinion, unnecessarily added to the public panic (very minimal damage resulted from that storm).

It never hurts to be prepared.  But I also think you should look for reliable sources of information when it comes to hurricanes (or pandemics, or any crisis) that will give you facts. 

What / who are you reliable sources of news information? 

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