August 29, 2011: Hurricane Preparedness

~ by Mary Galvano

As we approach the peak of hurricane season, it’s time to make sure we are all prepared. I know what it is like to be in a hurricane and have your home destroyed. Hurricane Charley was a whopper for us living in SW Florida. There are many inconveniences that are faced. But with a little knowledge, inconveniences can be kept to a minimum.

The following tips are courtesy of Jeanne Berdeaux, Director of the Respect Life Department for the Diocese of Venice.

The Diocese of Venice has a WONDERFUL hurricane preparedness guide you can use:

Here are a few of additional tips I learned from my Hurricane Charley experience:

1. If a storm threatens your area, empty your refrigerator and freezer as much as possible. If your power goes out and you must leave after a storm, take EVERYTHING out of both freezer and refrigerator. We were without power for 2 weeks after Charley. Don’t overlook bottled items that will go bad. Trust me, the smell will not be pleasant.

2. Do all of your laundry before the storm approaches. If your power goes out and you have to leave, you don’t want to leave dirty laundry behind or take it with you.

3. Prepare for your pets! Make sure they are up to date with vaccinations and you know where and how they will be taken to safety.

4. Cell phones won’t necessarily work if your area is hit, especially if the phone towers are damaged.

Pray the Prayer for Safety in Hurricane Season below. If not for your safety, pray for others that are might be in harms way.

Prayer for Safety in Hurricane Season

O God, Master of this passing world,
Hear the humble voices of your children.
The Sea of Galilee obeyed Your order
And returned to its former tranquility.
You are still the Master of land and sea.
We live in the shadow of a danger over
Which we have no control:
The sea, like a provoked and angry giant,
Can awake from its seeming calm,
Overstep its conventional boundaries,

Invade our land, and spread chaos and disaster.

During this hurricane season we turn to You, O loving God.
Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid
And whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with the passing of time

O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our beloved Mother,
We ask you to plead with your Son on our behalf,
So that spared from the calamities common to this area
And animated with a true spirit of gratitude,
We will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son
To reach the heavenly Jerusalem
Where a stormless eternity awaits us. Amen.

God bless you and keep safe!


Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at

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