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Here is the Top Batman Graphic Novels To Read During a Hurricane.

So you’ve been prepared for the hurricane. You’ve got your water, food, batteries, etc. You’ve made sure that you have all the essentials.

One thing I like to prepare for when hurricanes are about to hit is my mind. If the power goes out after a few hours, you’re going to get pretty bored.

No power means no TV, no phone, and no video games. Scary. I know. Playing board games with your family will be fun for a while, but even that will get boring after a while.

Batman to the Rescue:

That’s why I love comic books. They’re a great way to entertain your mind and no recharge is needed. So when it comes to comic books, there’s nothing better than graphic novels. And when it comes to graphic novels, there’s nothing better than Batman.

There are so many great Batman stories I can’t possibly list them all. But there are some standout Stories amongst the crowd. So if you’re like me and you need a little escape from the drama, a great Batman story is a good start.

So here are some of the top Batman graphic novels to read during a hurricane.

  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

    This comic was created in 1986 by legendary Frank Miller. This comic is so good it’s still a top seller today.  This book is about Batman, who after a ten-year retirement, must confront some of his biggest enemies and fight for the soul of Gotham City. This is the book that changed Batman and comic books, forever. MUST READ.

  • Batman: Hush

    “Hush,” is one of the best-selling Batman stories ever. It’s a mind-blowing mystery that will shock you with its twists and turns. Hush also features some of the best art in comics books to date by DC Comics Legend, Jim Lee.  Don’t just watch the animated film version of Hush. Read the book. This comic is worth your time.

  • Batman: The Killing Joke

     I never thought that I could feel sympathy for the Joker until I read ‘The Killing Joke.’ This story was the first time the origin of the Joker was truly explored. The story poses the question, what was the man like before he was turned into the maniacal villain we all know? He wasn’t always wicked. Right? If you ask the ‘Crown Prince of Crime’ he would say, “If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!” 

    This is the greatest Joker Story Ever Told.

  • Batman: Year One

     Batman: Year One is the comic that inspired the Modern Day Batman movies. There would never have been Batman Begins without Batman: Year One.
    The storyline follows James Gordon’s life as a recently transferred Gotham police detective and Batman’s first year as a crime-fighter, ultimately leading to their first interaction and their eventual partnership against Gotham’s criminal underworld.
  • The Batman Who Laughs

    Could there ever be a Batman villain more sinister than the Joker? The answer is yes. His name? The Batman Who Laughs. The twisted highbred of Batman and the joker himself is born from the multi-verse and is hell-bent on destroying everyone and everything in his way

  • Celebrate Batman Day: The Best and Worst to Play the Dark Knight

    Celebrate Batman Day: The Best and Worst to Play the Dark Knight

    Happy Batman Day! On September 17, Batman Day, fans from all over the world celebrate the Dark Knight. The third Saturday in September is always the day to salute the Caped Crusader.

    Batman Day is a worldwide event. Think about the most enduring superhero of all time, and we’re certain that Batman  comes to mind.

    Every year on September’s third Saturday, we honor Batman and the timeless ways in which his life has been told in comic books and movies. On this batacular day we praise the pop culture hero. Gothamites from all over the world pay tribute to Batman’s legacy. For the past 80 years, Batman has grown in popularity as a symbol of justice for followers everywhere.

    There are lots of cool ways to get into the Batman spirit.

    Be sure to stop by your local comic shop and pick up two special comics for free at participating comic book stores: Batman: Hush #1 Batman Day Special.

    Also for the little kids you can grab a Batman Day Special Edition copy of  Batman’s Mystery Casebook.

    Are you ready for more Batman day festivities? You can Check it out here!

    In honor of this Years Batman Day celebration we are counting down the Best to the Worst versions of Batman in Film. From most loved to most loathed…

    • Ben Affleck

      The best actor to play Batman in my opinion is Ben Affleck. When the actor was first announced to play the character I thought like many other fans. No way. All I could think of were flashes of the actor from his movie Daredevil. Yikes, that movie was bad. But when I saw him in Batman V Superman. All that changed. His Tired and war-weary Batman branded his victims, swore and was willing to employ lethal force and weapons upon his enemies. He was ruthless, harsh, and badass enough to put a beating on Superman. But it’s his interaction with the Joker in Zack Snyder’s Justice League that really makes him the best Batman. Telling the Joker, “I will f***ing Kill you.”

    • Christian Bale

      Just when the world thought that Michael Keaton’s Batman couldn’t be touched… Along came Christian Bale. Batman Begins was the reboot that saved the franchise. Bale’s Batman would have a three picture arc that perfectly rooted the Dark Knight into the real world. For the first time, audiences believed that Batman could exist in our world. Christian Bale perfectly played Bruce Wayne’s billionaire playboy attitude with Bruce Wayne’s early emotional turmoil. His Batman was frightening with his growl like voice and stealth ninja reflexes. Not only did Bales Batman give us the best version of the Joker to date, but also iconic villains like Bane. Bales Batman films were the best Batman Solo films thus far. 

    • Michael Keaton

      In June 1989, Batman would never be the same. Michael Keaton debuted as the caped crusader for Tim Burton’s Batman. My kid brain nearly exploded when Keaton uttered the words, “I’m Batman.” I’ll never forget that moment. Comic book movies changed Hollywood forever in that moment. There was controversy around Michael Keaton’s choice to play Batman as well. Most fans, myself included, couldn’t see Mr. Mom as the Bat. However, in the end, Keaton would be one of the Best Batmans of all time.

    • Robert Pattinson

      Although Robert Pattinson’s time as Batman is still very much in the early stages, the actor’s audacious approach has already made a big impression. Many fans early on were not so sure about the Twilight actor being cast as The Dark Knight. Myself included. But it seems that very well may be the sign that the actor is perfect for the role. Michael Keaton, and Ben Affleck were both hated originally by most fans. However, after their film’s release, they seemed to earn respect from the fans. Robert Pattinson portrays Batman like a punishment, taking the law into his own hands by mercilessly beating criminals, while also playing up the Dark Detective aspect missing from previous films.

    • Kevin Conroy

      If we are going to mention great Batman portrayals, then we have to mention Batman: The Animated Series. Kevin Conroy voice the Dark Knight in the critically acclaimed series. Some say that his performance is the true voice of the caped crusader. Conroy has played the character more than any one actor to date. From DC Animated Original Movies to video games, even in a live action for the CW Arrowverse.

       

    • Adam West

      My favorite Batman when I was a little kid in the 80s. I remember watching the reruns of the 60s Batman show starring Adam West. The actor who played Batman on television is credited with giving the character a much more cartoonish appearance and reputation than any previous actor.
      However, this campy approach doesn’t match the focused detective techniques of the comic book character. Or the gritty Batman we get with the later films.

    • Will Arnett

      Speaking of campy Batmans, we can’t leave out the great Will Arnett. The LEGO Movie’s Will Arnett, is a fantastic footnote in Batman history. Arnett combined the gritty style of a live action Batman with the humor and campiness that appeals to children. Big kids like me too. If you haven’t seen the animated film from 2013 featuring his LEGO-fied Batman, you are defiantly missing out.

    • Val Kilmer.

      It seems like whenever Warner Bros as a good thing going, they will find a way to screw it up. Batman Forever was the beginning of the end for the early Bat franchise. Warner decided that Tim Burton’s Batman wasn’t kid friendly enough for sponsors like Mcdonalds. So they went with a new director by hiring Joel Schumacher, which brought the casting of Val Kilmer instead of Keaton. Oh, and Bat nipples too. Batman Forever had nipples on Val Kilmer’s Bat Suit. Because what’s more kid friendly than Batman and Robin’s nipples?
      Following Michael Keaton’s Batman was an almost impossible task. So what can we say about Kilmer’s Batman? Not as bad as Clooney.

    • George Clooney

      There is no way George Clooney ever took the role of Batman seriously. How could he? Batman and Robin are by far the WORST Batman movie to date. Batman wore ice skates, for christ’s sake. The Bat nipples are also back, also we are subjected to up-close shots of Batman’s behind. Let’s not forget about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s awful one-liners throughout the film. Clooney’s Batman is so bad that the actor has apologized repeatedly for his contribution to the Batman lore.

       

       

  • 2022 Hurricane Central - Preparedness Guide

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    Hurricane Central – Preparedness Guide gives you the updated information you may need in the event of a hurricane. Just because 2021 was a quiet year for storms doesn’t mean we can ever let our guard down. This guide is sponsored by local businesses here in SWFL. Gavin’s Ace Hardware, Sean King Law, and Powerhouse Home Services.

    • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
    • Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
    • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
    • Make a family emergency communication plan.
    • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

     

    • HURRICANE CONTACT NUMBERS

      HOTLINES
      FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE/REGISTRATION 800-621-3362 

      TTY: 800-462-7585

      U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 800-659-2955 

      TTY: 800-877-8339

      FEMA FRAUD HOTLINE 866-720-5721
      REPORT FALSE CLAIMS 800-323-8603
      STATE OF FLORIDA EMERGENCY INFO 24-HOUR HOTLINE 800-342-3557
      SAFE & WELLNESS HELPLINE TO SEE IF PEOPLE ARE OK OR IN A SHELTER 844-221-4160
      FINANCIAL SERVICES HURRICANE HELP LINE 800-227-8676
      RED CROSS FOOD, SHELTER AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE 866-438-4636
      DCF INFORMATION 866-762-2237
      ELDER HELPLINE 800-963-5337
      ATTORNEY GENERAL’S PRICE GOUGING HOTLINE 866-966-7226
      REPORT UNLICENSED ACTIVITY 866-532-1440
      AGRICULTURAL AND CONSUMER SERVICES 800-435-7352
      DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES 239-533-7387 – LEE COUNTY 

      239-252-7387 – COLLIER

    • EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTERS

      LEE 239-533-0622
      COLLIER 239-252-3600
      CHARLOTTE 941-833-4000
      DESOTO 863-993-4831
      GLADES 863-946-6020
      HENDRY 863-674-5400
    • CONTRACTOR INFORMATION

      DIVISION OF WORKERS’ COPENSATION 800-742-2214
      FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS 407-260-1511
      FLORIDA WALL AND CEIILING CONTRACTORS 407-260-1313
      ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS OF FLORIDA 813-879-8064
      AMERICAN RED CROSS OFFICES
      LEE, HEDRY, GLADES AND COLLIER 239-596-6868
      CHARLOTTE & DESOTO 941-629-4345
    • POWER COMPANIES

      FPL 800-468-8243
      LCEC 800-599-2356
      GLADES ELECTRIC CO-OP 800-226-4024
      SCHOOL DISTRICT 863-674-4555 OR 863-674-4622 IN CLEWISTON
      EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 863-675-5255 OR 863-983-1594 IN CLEWISTON
      COUNTY UTILITIES 863-675-5376
      HEALTH DEPARTMENT 863-674-4041 OR 863-983-1408 IN CLEWISTON
      BUILDING & ZONING 836-675-5245 OR 863-983-1463
    • Preparing Your Home

      • Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
      • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
      • Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
      • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
      • Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.
    • Shelters - Lee County

      Lee County:

      Emergency Operations Center 239-533-0622

      Bonita Springs YMCA – Bonita Springs

      Island Coast High School – Cape Coral

      Estero Recreation Center – Estero

      Germain Arena – Estero

      South Fort Myers High School (Pet Friendly) – Fort Myers

      E. Lee County High School (Pet Friendly) – Lehigh Acres

      Harns Marsh Elementary School – Lehigh Acres

      Harns Marsh Middle School – Lehigh Acres

      Mirror Lakes Elementary School – Lehigh Acres

      Varsity Lakes Middle School – Lehigh Acres

      Veterans Park Recreation Center – Lehigh Acres

    • Shelters - Collier County

      Collier County

      Emergency Operations Center: 239-252-3600

      Highlands Elementary School – Immokalee

      Immokalee Friendship House – Immokalee

      Immokalee High School – Immokalee

      Immokalee Middle School – Immokalee

      Pinecrest Elementary School – Immokalee

      Village Oaks Elementary – Immokalee

      Barron Collier High School – Naples

      Big Cypress Elementary – Naples

      Corkscrew Elem/Middle School – Naples

      Cypress Palm Middle School – Naples

      Golden Gate Intermediate School – Naples

      Golden Gate Middle School – Naples

      Golden Gate High School – Naples

      Golden Terrace Intermediate School – Naples

      Gulf Coast Intermediate School – Naples

      Gulf Coast High School – Naples

      Laurel Oak Elementary School – Naples

      Lely High School – Naples

      Mike Davis Elementary School

      Naples High School

      North collier Regional Park (Pet Friendly) – Pre-registration is required

      North Naples Middle School

      Oakridge Middle School

      Palmetto Ridge High School – Special Needs

      Pelican Marsh Elementary

      Sable Palm Elementary School

      St. Matthews House

      Veterans Community Park

      Vineyards Elementary School

    • Shelters - Charlotte County

      Charlotte County

      Emergency Operations Center: 941-833-4000

      *All Charlotte County shelters are now Pet Friendly

      Lemon Bay High School – Englewood

      Myakka River Elementary School – Englewood

      Kingsway Elementary School – Port Charlotte

      Liberty Elementary School – Port Charlotte

      Meadow Park Elementary School – Port Charlotte

      Murdock Middle School – Port Charlotte

      Port Charlotte High School – Port Charlotte

      Port Charlotte Middle School – Port Charlotte

      Sallie Jones Elementary School -Punta Gorda

      South County Regional Park -Punta Gorda

      L.A. Ainger MIddle School – Rotonda

      Vineland Elementary School – Rotonda

    • Shelters - Hendry County

      Hendry County

      Emergency Operations Center: 863-674-5400

      Central Elementary School – Clewiston

      Clewiston High School – Clewiston

      Clewiston Middle School (Primary Shelter) – Clewiston

      Eastside Elementary School – Clewiston

      Westside Elementary School – Clewiston

      Country Oaks Elementary School – LaBelle

      LaBelle Elementary School – LaBelle

      LaBelle High School – LaBelle

      LaBelle Middle School (Primary Shelter) – LaBelle

       

    • Shelters - Glades County

      Glades County

      Emergency Operations Center: 863-946-6020

      Buckhead Ridge VFW – Buckhead Ridge

      Maple Grove Baptist Church – Lakeport

      Glades County Health Department (Special Needs) – Moore Haven

      Moore Haven High School – Moore Haven

      Muse Community Assn. – Muse

      West Glades Elementary (Special Needs) – Muse

    • Shelters - Desoto County

      Desoto County

      Emergency Operations Center – 863-993-4831

      Desoto Middle School -Arcadia

      South Florida State College (Special Needs) -Arcadia

    • Terminology - Hurricane Watch

      Hurricane watch = conditions possible within the next 48 hrs.

      Steps to take:

    • Terminology - Hurricane Warning

      Hurricane warning = conditions are expected within 36 hrs.

      Steps to take:

      • Follow evacuation orders from local officials, if given.
      • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

      Follow the hurricane timeline preparedness checklist, depending on when the storm is anticipated to hit and the impact that is projected for your location.

      • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
      • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
      • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.

      • Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
      • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
      • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
      • Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
      • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
    • After The Hurricane

      • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
      • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
      • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
      • Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
      • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
      • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
      • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
      • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.