While hurricanes are understood to be a common hurdle of living in Florida, everyone has their own perspective. With the uncertainty of Hurricane Matthew, several Boca Mag staffers are preparing, while others pay it no mind.
This would be the first major hurricane I would experience other than Hurricane Andrew when I was barely a year old. I was on vacation in North Carolina’s Outer Banks when Hurricane Alex hit in 2004, and instead of taking refuge inside, my brother, our friends and I were outside running in it. I remember being pushed back by the 90 mph winds. I can’t imagine winds in excess of 140 mph.
Boca Mag’s Production Manager Mandy Wynne has never experienced a hurricane.
“I’m freaking out inside,” Mandy said. “I couldn’t even sleep last night. I’ve been getting prepared since Saturday—stocking up on water and supplies, making sure my animals are OK.”
When I came into the office this morning, the “cone of uncertainty” had pointed even closer to Florida. Mandy was taking inventory of our computers and other equipment necessary for us to produce our magazine.
Allison Lewis, Boca Mag’s Associate Editor, is also going through hurricane preparedness for the first time.
“I’m originally from St. Louis,” she said. “We’re used to tornados. It makes me a little nervous not having a basement.”
Allison has a list of about a dozen items she wants to get before Thursday, including peanut butter, trail mix, candles, flashlights and batteries.
Valentine Fracassi, Assistant Art Director, recalls dealing with the last string of major storms in 2004 and 2005.
“For Hurricane Wilma, I woke up the next day and there was a porta-potty in my front yard,” Valentine said.
Subscription Coordinator Kat Algeo has two children, four and seven, who have never been through a hurricane.
“The last time I was in a hurricane I was solo and in an apartment,” Kat said. “Now I have a family and a house. We’re not telling the kids anything. Once we know it’s going to hit we’ll start preparing them.
“We’re not taking inventory of stuff—stuff is stuff. Though, we are making sure shovels and things outside are packed up so we don’t have any spears coming through windows.”
While the impacts will be felt here later in the week, it’s still uncertain how bad it’ll get. Some projections state tropical storm conditions. Some predict better, and some predict worse.
Be prepared and make sure you know the current status of the storm. Hopefully we won’t be canoeing down I-95.