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Joined: April 1992
||Posted: Aug. 26, 2006, 10:40 pm
A special second collection might be taken up either this weekend or on Labor Day weekend for Gulf Coast hurricane relief in CAtholic parishes around the US. The US Conference of CAtholic Bishops website about teh fundraising said August 26-27, our church this evening announced it would be next weekend. So go to the USCCB website and take a look, if you miss the collection there is an address there to send a donation to.
We have Disney Echo members in the area where Ernesto is projected to go. EVen though they may be taking a break for a long time from posting here, RichKoster the Site Administrator does not delete them as members of this site. So they are still considered members of this site. At least one lives just east of Mobile, Alabama, and another lives south of Tallahassee, Florida.
If you want to send Pixie Dust (secular, means "well wishing thoughts, support, encouragement a la Disney "pixie dust" ) and prayers (faith-based) then the thread for that is here for the 2006 hurricane season:
The folks in that part of Florida went through a battering in the 2004 hurricane season not just from Ivan (in September) but a series of tropical storms also went through that part. The significant storms that hit Florida in August through September of 2004 were Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne, and of those Charley, Frances and Jeanne did go across Central Florida in some way shape or form. And in 2005 it was Wilma that visited Florida.
Those folks really could use a break!
Heck, we Katrina and Rita people could use a break too!
Compared to last year, it seems like the 2006 season is no big deal. 'Til now. Those accustomed to this season each year know the peak months are August and September. That there was no activity is actually normal. Last year, with so many storms, that was a highly ABnormal year!
Statistically, the peak months start just a week or two into August, the peak of the peak is September 10, then it decreases significantly after that. In so far as statistics of past events can be helpful to predict future activity, there it is. Mother nature does what Mother Nature wants to do year after year, however. As Barbossa the pirate says in "Pirates of the Carribbean" the hurricane past statistics are more like "guidelines, than actual rules" and believe me it can vary year to year.
As travellers to Disney:
Be aware their hurricane policy for handling ticket and other refunds is now posted on their website at Disney.go.com. Choose WDW. and in left hand menu bars, in teeny print, if you search enough and squint enough you will see it.
If you have "soon" travel plans to Central Florida, familiarize yourself with Disney's hurricane policy. I'm betting other Central Florida travel industry members (off-site hotels, the airport, airlines, airport shuttle services such as limo services and Mears and bus services, shows, dinner shows, condo rentals, competing theme parks and water parks, etc.) all have soemthign similar somewhere, or at least if you ask they will work with you on understanding what to do if a storm comes and you decide not to ride it out, but you decide to "bug out" and leave early.
Hurricane season is June 1 - November 30, but the peaks months, again, are the latter half of August through around October 1, with the peak of the peak at around September 10. Mother Nature disregards calendars, so anything can happen.
Get an alternate Plan B in mind, if you travel to Disney this time of year, of what you would do, what arrangements you may have to cancel, do they offer rain checks or will they credit yoru account back or otherwise refund? Will they shelter you? How would you notify work, or your children's schools? If you have special needs, require prescriptions, bring your health insurance and preferred provider info, and pharmacy info, and your doctor's contact information, just in case you may be in Orlando longer than expected due to weather conditions, the airport shut down, etc. Reconfirm with transportation providers, that if you want to leave they will be able to come get you, or come get you earlier.
I mean really and truly: Think these issues out. In 2004 it happened with Charley, Frances and Jeanne! Ask your travel agent and any travel industry providers (hotels, cruises, transportation, show tickets, park tickets, show and dining reservations, special event tickets, any special arrangements you had going like a destination wedding or a Grand Gathering) what their policies are. Know before you go. Just in case tropical weather systems do interfere with continuing with your vacation plans, know before you go.