JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – At the age of 5, I experienced the eye of Hurricane Camille. Images are branded in my brain – the dead stray dog flying through the air when my parents let us peek out the window, the large tree that sliced through the neighbor’s home, and long lines at the water truck to fill our buckets. To a 5 year old, it was an exciting adventure. Looking back and watching the devastation of storms like Katrina and Sandy, I’m grateful we survived.

At my home and at my planning firm, Life Planning Partners, in northern Florida, we have spent the last couple of days preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Matthew. My husband took care of our house, filled up the gas tanks, tested the generator and took care of all potentially flying objects outside. I was in charge of our food supply. I keep a well-stocked pantry and only had to top off our milk and buy ricotta cheese to make lasagna before the power goes out.

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