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The Drake Magazine: 9 Lessons from a Seasoned Storm Vet

Harvey left its mark on Texas. In its wake, Irma, what’s being called one of the most vicious storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, is passing Puerto Rico and now barreling toward The Bahamas and South Florida, where she could make U.S. landfall in the Keys as early as Saturday. Florida-based flyfishing businesses such as Nautilus Reels, in Miami, and Florida Keys Outfitters (FKO), in Islamorada, have begun the process of boarding up. Paying homage to the ever-insightful Kenny Rogers, FKO announced on its social media pages yesterday, “You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em.... Until further notice, we’ll be closed to allow our crew the ability to pack, plan, and evacuate.”

Properly executing those three steps can help stave off property damage and, in extreme cases, preserve your life. “This sounds simple, and it should be, but we often don't think rationally in the face of a slow-motion potential disaster,” says Dr. Aaron Adams, of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. The Melbourne, Florida-based fish researcher has worked on both coasts of the U.S., as well as throughout the Caribbean. He’s also been in the direct path of several named storms—Marilyn (1995, St. Croix), Bertha (1996, St. Croix), Charlie (2004, Pine Island, FL)—and is familiar with the drill. So we asked the good doctor how he prepares for Ma Nature’s worst.

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