As state officials prepare well ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac so should we, too.
It's easy to be complacent, especially when the same officials who are preparing tell us the storm track remains uncertain.
But their actions speak louder than words: It's better to be over-prepared than caught unaware.
Hurricane season opened June 1 and officials then suggested that all Floridians put together preparedness plans and kits. For those of us who wait for the first storm on the horizon, that time is now.
Among the things the state recommends we all have stockpiled between June 1 and Nov. 30 are water and non-perishable food and snacks to last three to seven days; a non-electric can opener; paper plates and utensils we won't have to wash; flashlights and other portable, self-powered light sources; batteries, medications and ice chests.
Officials also suggest we ready portable and NOAA weather-band radios and waterproof tarps, and that we make sure we have containers of fuel for propane grills or portable generators.
Storm shutters or plywood for windows remain a good idea for battening down the hatches if and when a watch is issued.
If ordered to evacuate, we should all have important papers, Social Security cards, immunization records, cash and prescription medications at the ready along with special supplies for children, and carriers and food for any pets.
For more information on hurricane preparedness, we invite you to visit cape-coral-daily-breeze.com where we have posted our annual Hurricane Guide.
It is listed in the left hand column and a click-through will bring you to information on numerous subjects.
Meanwhile, we will keep you updated, on-line, in print. and via Facebook as Tropical Storm Isaac makes its way toward Cuba.
We also urge Cape residents and businesses to register their phone numbers with the city of Cape Coral's Emergency RedAlert phone notification system.
Using the system, officials can deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notifications to the entire city or to geographically targeted areas at a rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour, officials said this week.
Register on the city's website, capecoral.net, or call the Citizen's Action Center at 574-0425 to request that a name and number be added.
Be prepared. It certainly can't hurt.
- Breeze editorial