If one asked me to describe Crestview in three words, I would say: hurricanes, tornados and insects. Nevertheless, I like my city. I got used to the high heat and humidity.
As for the frequency of natural disasters, I can give the official information: “The number of natural disasters in Okaloosa County (22) is a lot greater than the US average (12). Crestview-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Florida state average. It is 96% greater than the overall U.S. average” (Crestview, 2011). So, our community is at highest risk of hurricanes. There were 22 natural disasters in Crestview, 10 of them were hurricanes.
To prevent the damages and injuries our local government always notify about the approaching hurricane or other natural disasters. They have developed special protocols and levels for ‘Mass-Casualty Incidents’. There are 5 levels. Level 4 is Medical Disaster protocol. If something is wrong, you can call dispatcher, and you will get help.
In summer, we keep internet radar on constantly, as well as weather service warning for tornadoes. The best you can do for yourself and your family is to prepare the house for the disaster. You must get a solid cement block (exterior) home. As for the roof – it must be built in four directions like a pyramid. Almost every house in my town has hurricane roll-ups and shutters. All the citizens prepare food, water, medicine, etc. when they hear a serious warning.
You must be always prepared. I have one funny story about the hurricane. It happened when I was 8 years old. We heard the warning about the coming hurricane and went to buy everything that would be needed. It was my responsibility to buy the candles. I went to the supermarket alone and bought them beforehand. We have storm basement, and we used it a few times. So, the whole family gathered in the basement, and I took out the candles with the words “Look at these lovely candles that I bought.” Everybody looked at me in silence and started laughing. I understood nothing. Later my mother explained that I bought cemetery memorial candles.