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54 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Sept. 22 - Sept. 28, 2000 Project Impact gives helpful hints to weather storm season By Bridin Reynolds.Hughes The goal is a disaster resistant" community. The City of Lewes Project Impact intends to address that goal aggressively as hurri- cane season culminates in No- vember and winter northeaster season looms. Project Impact and the Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service of the University of Delaware asked Master Gardener Helen Waite to present a free seminar on hurri- cane preparations. Focused on protecting life and property, the event was held at the Lewes Public Library Sept. 13. "Our residents have become complacent through a few mild winters," said Dr. Wendy Carey, Sea Grant Marine Advisory Ser- vice coastal processes specialist. "They can not imagine 75 mph winds. Loose items become mis- siles at even 30 to 40 mph." "Be afraid," said Waite. "Bolt down your structures and prune your trees!" is her most succinct advice. The more detailed lecture en- couraged a checklist approach to weathering potential storms. Some included obvious and sim- ple preventive measures, such as lOWS: J photograph or videotape the property, estimate potential loss estimates and submit prestorm re- port to the insurance company compile valuable documents and add a tree survey in case of evacuation inspect/clean drain lines, grates and catch basins design shrub wind buffers and wind gap panels remove trees that could uproot power, gas, sewer or water lines check or create a survival kit, refill prescriptions, fill car gas tank and withdrawal cash - stores and banks may be closed. More information is available through Delaware Emergency Management Agency at 302-659- 3362. Post-storm necessities for gar- deners include removing trees with structural damage, cleaning salt spray from plants, pruning and fertilizing, and testing irriga- tion and site lighting systems. Waite also recommends a unique publication named the "Coastal Gardener." The bimonthly publication is the only one addressing concerns exclusive to coastal communities. For information and subscrip- tions call 912-651-1467 or visit the Web site cgcak@ix.netcom. com. Brldin Reynolds-Hughu photo Certified Nutrient Management Planner Helen Waite works in her home-office garden. She is well-versed in hur- ricane preparedness, which requires pruning trees and vines and reinforcing garden structures. i ROBERT V. WITSIL, JR. I CIVIL, CRIMIN NING Accidents &amp; Personal Injury Home Owners Associations f,lemean0r&Fel0rOltr .Zoning&Variances . Corporate & Business Law ' 'I" Traffic ^ff " - * Wills& Estates " ..... \\;:3- ........ 855-0120 By Appomtment o( areas of practice does not represent specialization in those areas. tuning in to designated emergency broadcasts, storing bottled water and bringing in outdoor furniture. Other action steps residents can take now are summarized as fol- Gardening Continued from page 53 structures and gardens. Waite has found an impressive cache of zealous clients in the Cape Region composed of home- grown, lifelong residents and re- plants from surrounding urban centers. "This is an active gar- dening community. They know what they like and I translate that into a design." To make an appointment, call Waite Garden Design at 645- 2156. COLLEGE SHIPPING? Once You've Reachell The Top,, .,00ZN ..... .... ,- .;" " z . .<..i ,?. " *,.? ./-N From the Low $40,000's to over $1oo, ooo Sales Center hours: Monday - Friday 9-6 Saturday 9-5 Sunday 10-4 (302) 644-2870 Try Life At Sea Level. You've accomplished a lot, and now is the time to enjoy all the best that life has to offer at HUDSON HOMES of Rehoboth Beach 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes. Manufactured & Modular Homes Land/Home Packages In one of our communities or on your lot. Retirees, first time buyers or vacation homes