Mother Nature is a harsh mistress. As much as we like to believe that we are adapted to anything she will throw at us, sometimes she likes to remind us who's really in control.

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With a storm system moving in from California, it's best to be prepared for what the earth might throw at us.

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As a former Florida resident who has more than enough experience dealing with large storm systems, allow me to share a few tips to keep yourself safe when the heavens open up.

Stock Your Pantries

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The first mistake anyone makes for any large storm is believing that they'll subsist on what they already have. Making sure you have some non-perishable food and clean drinking water is vital in the case of electric or plumbing failures.

Fasten Down Everything Outside

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The increasing wind speeds that larger storms bring may be a nuisance, messing with your perfectly done hair as you walk to your car. What's even worse, however, is when that wind throws a full dining table from your backyard straight through your window at terminal velocity.

Bring smaller furniture indoors, and secure larger pieces to not become a victim of your own furniture.

Have Candles Ready

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Most candles may be solely for scent these days but can come in handy in case of an electric outage. This is common with larger storms, so make sure to keep some stand-alone light source around in case the lights decide to go out.

Stay Entertained

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When storms hit full force and the power goes out, most forms of entertainment we partake in everyday life become unusable. Keep board games, card games, and books around, and enjoy time with your family and friends while you wait out the wrath of Mother Nature.

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While storm systems tend to calm down by the time they hit the Grand Canyon state, it is best to be prepared regardless. So be prepared and stay safe.

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