Make sure panel or accordion shutters are clean, ready for installation or to be pulled shut. If you dont have shutters, consider plywood. Make sure your roof and the general structure of your house is in good order. Here, Key West artist and co-owner of Guild Hall Gallery on Duval Street Sonia Robinson walks past her message to residents as people boarded up their houses and businesses to leave the island during a mandatory evacuation of the lower Keys in 1998. "I've done all my hurricane preparation, " Robinson said. "I'm a painter and brown plywood is very dull. If people can drive by and get a one second smile, I've done my job."
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