As I look out my window at another beautiful , mostly sunny day in the lower Florida Keys , like many of you , we are counting ourselves lucky that Tropical Storm Ida has passed us by . Unfortunately , many of our friends , family and others are in the path of what is forecast to be a cat 4 hurricane heading to the Gulf Coast states . Should the forecast be correct , massive destruction is guaranteed and regardless of how well situated or prepared they may be , they are going to need a lot of help . Please donate whatever you can to legitimate agencies like the American Red Cross . Yes , they will need everything at some point but for now a cash donation is easiest and quickest to help . Keep in mind that these agencies need to replensish their funds as they have recently helped people that were hit by massive floods in Tennessee and surrounding communities .