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             Life in                                                                            P.O. Box 4368
             Hurricane                                                                          Topeka, KS 66604
             Country                                                                            (800) 367-4708 n (785) 266-0888
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    First comes the wind. It blasts violent     surge can be, is the aftermath. Heat, thirst,
gusts that bend the tops of trees and tear      hunger and mosquitoes all become a real
into rooftops. Rain soon follows. A curtain     threat if you don’t prepare properly.           President/Publisher Travis Rigby
of water pushed sideways by the wind,
tap-dancing on windows and roofs like               Power is out. There’s no air condition-     editorial
an avalanche of pebbles falling from an         ing. Phone service is spotty. And going
obsidian-darkened sky. The roiling wind         outside is unwise because of downed pow-        Editorial Director David Coake
pounds everything. It rises to an unceasing     er lines. In fact, the most common cause of     Editor Christopher Carvajal
intensity. Mixed with the swirling rain, the    hurricane-related deaths is folks acci-         Contributing Writers Cindy Hanauer
howling wind makes a ghostly battering          dentally touching downed power lines or
sound, like a never-ending freight train        stepping into a puddle where a power line                                   Kristine Kratt, AIFD, PFCI
thundering just outside your door. This will    is hidden in the murky water. Post-hur-                                     Bill Schaffer, AIFD, AAF, PFCI
go on unending for several hours, mostly in     ricane life is mostly endurance; a test of                                  Cindy McGowan
the dark, because all power will likely be      patience and will. Still, as you survey the                                 Amy Bauer
cut off when the wind first arrives. And yet,    wreckage around the neighborhood, you                                       Tim Huckabee, FSC
this isn’t even the worst part of being hit by  see damaged homes, trees that are cracked                                   Jeff Mowatt, CSP
a hurricane. The worst part is yet to come.     in two, cars with busted windshields from                                   Garden Media Group
                                                flying debris, and flooded streets. How
    A good two days before Hurricane            quickly life returns to normal depends on       design
Irma made landfall this past September,         how badly your part of town is hit.
I packed my two young sons; our black                                                           Graphic Designer Kathleen Dillinger
lab, Midnight; a bag of clothes; snacks;            Luckily for most of South Florida, the      Floral Design Coordinator Lori McNorton
flashlights; and board games, and hit the        damage was minimal. Time was lost, busi-
road northbound to central Florida. What        ness suffered, but, for the most part, lives    advertising
is typically a three-hour drive to Orlando      were spared. Sadly, the same can’t be said
turned into a near eight-hour slog, thanks to   for Puerto Rico, which was hit by both          Advertising Sales Director Lisa Strydom
a congested Florida Turnpike filled with our     Irma and then Hurricane Maria two weeks         Account Executive Teresa Salts
fellow Miami evacuees. Once we arrived          later, leaving catastrophic devastation in its  Account Coordinator Ralph Granger
in Orlando, we learned that Irma was likely     wake. We Floridians are used to life with
veering north and tracking westward, which      hurricanes. We prep, wait and always come       circulation
meant that at least some part of Irma would     out stronger. That strength of resolve was
hit Orlando. It became a chess game with a      evident as well in the floral industry, which    Circulation Coordinator Brenda Wettengel
storm. The best bet was to be farthest away     has many of its warehouses headquartered        Wholesale and Retail Florist Account Executive
from either coastline as well as the outer      here (see Page 25). Ultimately, the one
rim of the hurricane’s eye, where the storm     thing people kept saying to each other                                            Mary Lou Clark
is most intense. The rest of the time became    post-Irma is that it could have been worse.     Circulation/Book Sales Marty Bean
a waiting game. Watching the news, check-       Perspective is all about considering your
ing tweets, texting out-of-state family and     situation in relation to others, and acting                                       Judy Bent
friends with updates, and hoping the power      accordingly.
would last as long as possible.                                                                 technology
                                                    Florida is recovering, but if you’d like
    Once things are boarded up and you’re       to donate to help those impacted a hurri-       Director of Technology Shawn Cusolito
ready to hunker down, a couple of things        cane, Puerto Rico needs your help. Please
happen. One is you start to eat, and eat.       visit or call           editorial advisers
And eat. The extra food you purchased           (787) 552-9141, and give what you can. sf
suddenly becomes an all-you-can-eat buffet.                                                     John Agnew, Whole Foods Market, Inc.
Another thing that happens, inevitably, is        Reach Christopher Carvajal at                 Bill Byland, N.G. Heimos Specialty Plants/
cabin fever. Your adrenaline is so amped up or (503) 297-9982.
during preparation that the come-down is                                                           Micky’s Minis
quite hard once everything is in place. But                                                     Debora Coleman, Albertsons LLC
the worst part of living through a hurricane,                                                   Kevin Coupe,
as terrifying as the wind and rain and storm                                                    Steve Daum, Floralife, Inc.
                                                                                                Debbie Loche, Roche Bros.
                                                                                                Ben Pauley, Passion Growers
                                                                                                Rita Peters, Hy-Vee, Inc.
                                                                                                Stan Pohmer, Pohmer Consulting Group
                                                                                                Cindy Rapshus, The Roy Houff Company

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