Dear Amy: We are visiting the Florida Keys in a few weeks, but it’s the start of hurricane season. Do you have any tips for staying safe if a storm hits? — Bella Y., Jackson, Wyoming
Dear Bella: Typically, when a storm is coming, there will be advance warning so you can prepare. No matter where you’re staying in Florida, your hotel will have a disaster plan and will be able to direct you and your family to a safe place to wait out the storm.
It is important to remember to always stay inside during a hurricane, because the strong winds blow dangerous objects around. On islands like the Florida Keys, you will know in advance of the storm if evacuation is recommended and whether you and your family should be prepared to seek shelter inland.
Your parents can prepare by keeping a first-aid kit, canned food, bottled water, cash and extra clothing in your vehicle. You should also plan to have a place to meet in case you get separated during the storm. As long as you do some planning in advance, there should be no problems. For more tips, check out Weather Wizkids, Hurricane Safety, weatherwizkids.com/weather-safety-hurricane.htm.
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