(June 6, 2007)

By constructing a home made of bricks and mortar, a cerebral swine established the perfect sanctuary from a bacon-loving Wolf in “The Three Little Pigs.”

As we enter another hurricane season, an important moral can be deduced from the popular children’s classic: smart people plan ahead. Although the Big Bad Wolf takes a back seat to the “huffing and puffing” of a hurricane, there is no better time to be prepared than now.

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center predicts an active season, with 13 to 17 named storms, seven to 10 hurricanes and as many as three to five Category 3 or stronger hurricanes.

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita taught many of us that preparations need to be made early.

Supplies such as batteries, radios and canned goods need to be purchased and stored as soon as possible. Wait too long, and the supplies might not be available.

Evacuation plans need to be mapped out as soon as possible, and residents should arrange pre-planned exit routes or make transportation arrangements with neighbors. Evacuation destinations should also be pre-planned.

Furthermore, residents need to have a strategy for protecting property, like precutting boards for windows, and should have a plan for keeping pets safe.

The tale of “The Three Little Pigs” teaches children the merits of planning ahead.

Hopefully, area residents will also heed this moral.