Advice from experts


Published: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 1:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 1:16 p.m.

Hurricane information and advice from Alachua County Emergency Management Assistant Director Dave Donnelly and Alachua County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Megan Crandall:

WHAT SINGLE ITEM WOULD BE THE BEST TO HAVE IN HURRICANE SEASON?

Donnelly says a weather alert radio. "It's kind of a smoke alarm for weather," he said. "It's relatively inexpensive. And if you are just going to the beach, you can get the day's weather."

IS IT TRUE ALACHUA COUNTY WILL NEVER BE UNDER AN ACTUAL HURRICANE WARNING OR WATCH BECAUSE WE ARE TOO FAR INLAND?

Yes, however, the area could be hit with some mighty winds. "I've heard that if a Category 5 were to barrel ashore at Cedar Key, we can expect sustained winds of 115 mph plus. In 2004, we were gusting to 60 mph," Crandall said.

HOW DO I PLAN FOR MY PETS?

Some of the most poignant stories from Hurricane Katrina dealt with pets people not wanting to leave without them and the suffering of pets that were left behind. Have proof of vaccinations, the pet's license, medication, a carrier, food and water on standby in case you must evacuate with your pets.

WHAT'S THE 3-1-1?

It's the emergency information number that is activated during key events such as storms. Callers will get updates on roads, damage, flooding and other matters.

Dealing with trees

Survey trees near your home for damaged, dead limbs, insect infestation and lack of foliage at the start of the hurricane season.

In addition, some trees are more wind resistant than others according to a University of Florida study:

MOST WIND-RESISTANT

  • Dogwood (Cornus florida )

  • Live oak (Quercus virginiana )

  • Sabal palm (Sabal palmetto )

  • Sand live oak (Quercus

    geminata )

  • Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora )

    LESS WIND-RESISTANT

  • Laurel oak (Quercus laurifolia )

  • Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris )

  • Pecan (Carya illinoensis )

  • Red maple (Acer rubrum )

  • Silver maple (Quercus saccharinum )

  • Slash pine (Pinus elliottii var. elliottii )

  • Southern red cedar (Juniperus silicicola )

  • Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua )

  • Turkey oak (Quercus laevis )

    LEAST WIND-RESISTANT

  • Carolina laurelcherry (Prunus caroliniana )

  • Sand pine (Pinus clausa )

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