Originally Posted by Cervus
I think the "money wasting" would be the risk of your windows breaking and needing replacement (not to mention storm damage that blows inside your house through the broken window). It's better to invest in good storm shutters than to take the risk of having to replace broken glass panes and a water/wind damaged interior.
Honestly, considering you get at least a weeks' notice that one might be headed your way, it's the only natural disaster that I'd want to deal with.
Yeah, considering the town I grew up in had had two (I think) hurricanes hit in the time I have been alive (I am almost 42).
I said in a earlier post that we don't tend to get them in Brisbane but it does happen. I remember about twenty years ago, one could was threatening Brisbane. I was with a friend's family to go on holiday and they were shutting the house up, and weren't even planning to put their out door furniture inside or secure it in any way. I suggested they should. I was told (rather condescendly), by them "You are really worried about this aren't you, it will be ok" no I was overly worried "about this" I knew what a hurricane was, it's not just a bad thunder storm.
Luckly it didn't hit (but they mostly don't) but ever since then I am worried what will happen if one does hit if most residents think like this.
Oh yeah another comment I have heard about a hurricane hitting Brisbane is "We will be ok, our bay while protect us" . Now I don't know enough about the protective power of geography
to comment at the time, but it doesn't sound right.
Growing up we were also told to keep one window open during a hurricane. I was about to type it had to be for hurricanes cause we don't get tornadoes where I grew up but a tornado went through my old suburb the other week.
Had to actively remind my self to type hurricane instead of cyclone.