Hermine blew in and ended an 11-year hurricane-free streak for the great state of Florida. The storm was the first hurricane to hit Florida since Wilma visited in 2005, and on its heels was the monster Matthew, a Category 4 storm. So far we’ve seen the most active storm season in decades. As Floridians, we know the impact Mother Nature can have on our state and surrounding areas.

Florida and the world as we know it have changed considerably over this relatively brief period of time. Innovations in the digital world seem to pop out of the ether every day and we blink and can’t imagine how we ever lived without them. And, yes friends, there was a time when there was not an app for that – whatever “that” is. Today there’s a Hurricane App! But more on that later…

Let’s take a look at some of the major highlights that occurred over that 11-year hurricane-free span:

  • YouTube was launched and here to stay – at least until the next disruptive technology comes along.
  • Instagram and Snapchat were created. Really, how did we share our pictures before that?
  • iPhone & Android launched game-changing cell phone technologies. Employers are still attempting to calculate the impact on productivity levels thanks to these daily distractions.
  • Google enters the scene, and now we can’t live without it.
  • Florida college football teams took home three national titles and two NCAA Basketball championships.
  • Facebook gave everyone more “friends.” And, again employers seek to understand the impact on daily productivity.
  • Tesla introduces a truly green automobile.

From the creation of YouTube to a totally green automobile, the world today is a very different place. It’s unpredictable, like the weather.

So what’s next? We’re predicting another storm or two or three. However, as the saying goes, “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” With that in mind, be sure to read our hurricane preparedness tips and download our free mobile hurricane tracker app. You can use the app to find evacuation routes and locate active shelter locations.

The past 11 years have been a tech whirlwind. Share your thoughts on it all with us.