Up North, they hunker down for winter with a big stack of firewood, a new snow shovel and a couple of bags of rock salt.
In Florida, here's how we prepare for the toughest times: with stacks of plywood, pallets of bottled water and cans of food we're prepared to eat cold. Welcome to Hurricane Season '08.
Even if you've lived through a hurricane, it's easy to develop a case of hurricane amnesia after two years without a serious storm in our area. And if you've never experienced a hurricane, you may shrug and say, "How bad could it be?" The answer: Worse than you think, and not just on hurricane day but for weeks and months after.
To prepare for the season — even as we hope we'll never need our supplies and our shutters — we offer advice on what to do and what to expect, before, during and after the storm.
2008 HURRICANE GUIDE