Becky Coretti

Spotters Field Guide.pdf

Spotters Field Guide.pdf

Family Readiness Kit.pdf

Family Disaster
Supplies List.pdf

Florida Hurricane Facts
  • An oak tree on the ground looks four times bigger than it did standing up.
  • When house hunting, look for closets with lots of leg room.
  • Water from the shower is much colder than water from the kitchen sink--and tastes just as bad.
  • AA, C and D are the only alphabet we need (batteries)
  • The four-way stop is still an ingenious reflection of civility.
  • Radio can be the best way to watch television.
  • Chain-saw wielding men are nothing to be afraid of.
  • SUV's are the best makeshift tents on the market.
  • You can use your washing machine as a cooler.
  • It's your God given right to sit on your back porch and eat Chinese takeout by candlelight in your underwear.
  • We shouldn't complain about "useless" tools in the garage - we actually DO need a generator
  • You can't spell "priceless" without I-C-E.
  • Downed power lines make excellent security systems.
  • Lakes can generate waves.
  • Gasoline is a value at any price
  • Cell phones: Breaking up isn't hard to do.
  • The life blood of any disaster recovery is COFFEE
  • The need for your dog to go out and take care of business is inversely proportional to the severity of the storm.
  • Candlelight is better than Botox--- it takes years off your appearance
  • Air Conditioning: BEST. INVENTION. EVER.
  • Water is a comfort food. But 3-day-old Cheetos are too.
  • Shadow animals on the wall---still fun.
  • No matter how hard the wind blows, roadside campaign signs will survive.
  • You should never admit to having power at your house in the presence of co-workers or neighbors who do not.
  • There's a plus to having NOTHING in the refrigerator.
  • Getting through the day should be an Olympic event.
  • The movie theater can be a most pleasant place, even if the feature is Alien vs. Predator
  • Somebody's got it worse.
  • Somebody's got it better. Obviously, they're getting preferential treatment.

You know you live in Florida when:

  • You have FEMA's number on your speed dialer.
  • You have more than 300 C and D batteries in your kitchen drawer.
  • Your pantry contains more than 20 cans of Spaghetti-O’s.
  • You are thinking of repainting your house to match the plywood covering your windows.
  • When describing your house to a prospective buyer, you say it has three bedrooms, two baths and one safe hallway.
  • You are on a first-name basis with the cashiers at Home Depot.
  • You are delighted to pay only $3 for a gallon of regular unleaded.
  • You decide that your patio furniture really does look better at the bottom of the pool.
  • You own more than three large coolers.
  • You wish that other people get hit by a hurricane for a change and don't feel guilty about it.
  • You have a hundred 2-liter coke bottles and milk jugs filled with water in your freezer.
  • Three months ago you couldn't hang a shower curtain without reading the directions; today you can assemble a portable generator by candlelight.
  • You catch a 13-pound redfish in your driveway.
  • You can recite from memory whole portions of your homeowner's insurance policy.
  • You have had tuna fish more than five days in a row.
  • There is a roll of tar paper in your garage.
  • You can rattle off the names of three or more meteorologists who work at the National Hurricane Center
  • Someone comes to your door to tell you they found your roof.
  • Ice is a valid topic of conversation.
  • Relocating to Cleveland does not seem like such a crazy idea.
  • You spend more time on your roof than in your living room.
  • You've been laughed at over the phone by a roofer, fence builder or tree worker.
  • A battery-powered TV is considered a home entertainment center.
  • You don't worry about relatives wanting to visit during the summer.
  • Your child's first words are "hunker down."
  • Having a tree in your living room does not necessarily mean it’s Christmas.
  • You know the difference between the "good side" of a storm and the "dirty side."
  • You go to work early and stay late just to enjoy the air conditioning.