Prepare for hurricane season


As Floridians, we know better than anyone that preparedness saves lives. As we continue to do everything we can to stop the spread of the coronavirus, we must also prepare for what lies ahead.


The 2020 hurricane season is approaching, and preparing for a storm this year might look a little different. You’re probably asking questions like: How can I evacuate if I’m socially distancing? What would a hurricane shelter look like if we’re avoiding crowds? How do I build a disaster preparedness kit for my family if I can’t go to the store?


Hurricane season begins June 1, and while we all hope that the threat of the coronavirus will be over by then, we must prepare for the worst.


Federal, state and local officials are going to have to address how to keep families safe while adhering to CDC guidelines. Floridians are going to have to get creative in their preparedness efforts. And the time to start thinking about this is now.


Consider purchasing supplies online, including vital supplies like food, water, flashlights and batteries. Every family needs to make or revisit their emergency plans. You can find resources and information on creating a personalized emergency plan at ready.gov.


As your senator, I’ll do everything I can at the federal level to protect Florida’s families and businesses. I’m working with FEMA to issue guidance to states, local governments, tribes and territories regarding how to address hurricane preparedness in the wake of the coronavirus.


We cannot let our guards down. In case of a storm, always stay tuned to your local news reports and follow the direction of local law enforcement and emergency management officials. As I always say, you can rebuild your home, but you cannot rebuild your life.


Rick Scott, Florida senator


New age of ridiculousness


The reporters ask ridiculous questions. The leaders give ridiculous answers. Oh, to attend one of the governor's press briefings!


My first question would be: "Governor, the things you are saying sound ridiculous. Are the people just supposed to accept these ridiculous directives you are imposing?"


He could say, "Look behind me. Do you not see the wildly gesticulating figure with exaggerated facial expressions dancing around behind me? America can say whatever ridiculous thing it wants as long as this caveat is present. Um ... you weren't supposed to notice. The ridiculousness, that is."


I guess my next question would be, "Do you know what solemn decorum is?"


My next question would probably be something about closed captioning or not patronizing the disabled, but I would probably not get another chance at it.


Then onto a White House briefing. I would have to ask Trump: "Do the American people live with a Machiavellian wannabe fascist government that just spent trillions of dollars to ensure every American business or individual is on the take from big government, thereby purchasing a portion of their sheepish compliance in this, our new age of ridiculousness?”


I would probably be removed for lack of decorum.


When it's down to brass tacks, I don't know who to ask: “Has the West been attacked?” A virus is more like a bullet than an enemy. These unseen things are floating everywhere. People have been made so afraid that they will cease and desist from all the social activity that keeps us sane.


The world that is not with the West hates the West. How does the West get the job done? With a coat and tie, a firm handshake, a sudden look in the eye and an easy smile.


These things likely disappear in this, our new age of ridiculousness.


Shawn Montgomery, Ocala


Lining up


Under President Hoover we lined up for bread.


Under President Roosevelt we lined up for work.


Under President Nixon we lined up for gasoline.


Under President Trump we line up for toilet paper.


Doug Pritchard, On Top of the World