On a day like this, a hurricane is the last thing on anyone’s mind.
“I haven’t thought anything about that whatsoever,” says newcomer Mike H
amilton. “I’m just enjoying being here.”
But for six months, starting June first and ending November 30th, there is an uneasy watch of the Gulf of Mexico.
For more than a decade, this part of the gulf coast has been pretty lucky. But, just a month ago, a small reminder of the wrath of nature as 12-foot waves pounded the coast and that was just the remnants of a hurricane.
“I think we get lazy about it and put it in the back of our mind and not really prepare for it and then all of a sudden it’s too late to prepare for it,” says Hamilton.
Time is a funny thing when it comes to remembering what it was like to survive a hurricane, it lulls you into a false sense of security and experts say that’s as dangerous as the storm itself. “At the end of the day when or if, it’s not so much if, but when a storm comes, you’ve got to be prepared, you’ve got to know what you’re supposed to do,” says Gulf Shores spokesman Grant Brown.
In six months, that uneasy watch over the gulf waters will begin again.