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HOW EFFECTIVE IS YOUR HURRICANE PLAN?
Many community associations in Florida have an emergency plan that they will activate as a hurricane approaches. But just how thorough is yours?.
With 119 units, the Esperia at Bonita Bay condominium in Bonita Springs isn't among the largest in the state, but it has a highly structured and detailed hurricane plan. A committee produced the plan, which was approved by the Esperia board in April and distributed to staff and residents.
it's written with military-style precision, featuring an Incident Command System complete with a flow chart of key steps to be taken before, during, and after a major storm.
The document includes many standard features of a hurricane plan, such as:
- Emergency contact information.
- Responsibilities of the board, building management, and residents.
- A list of services that might be unavailable during and after a hurricane. In addition, it includes some features that might be worth adding to formal storm plans by other associations, such as:
- A checklist for managements incident commander
- A checklist of things that residents should do before they evacuate
- A prepared notice advising residents of an impending hurricane and the risks of staying
- A form to be filled out by residents who decide to stay
- Checklist for pre-storm and post_storm communications
- A checklist for the post-storm grounds survey and cleanup
- A checklist for the post-storm inspection of residential units
- What residents should know about the association's insurance coverage and reserve funds. S.B.
By: Common Ground CAI's Magazine for community Association Leaders
Hurricane Florence Spins Up Into A Category 3 Storm, Aiming At U.S. East Coast
Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the southeastern U.S. as "a large and extremely dangerous hurricane," the National Hurricane Center says, after the storm quickly strengthened on Monday. Florence is now predicted to bring "life-threatening impacts" to the U.S. late this week.
Those impacts range from a strong storm surge to flooding from torrential rainfall and hurricane-force winds. Forecasters warn that the predicted track will likely change — but for now, it shows the strong hurricane bearing down on the North Carolina coast, with a potential landfall north of Wilmington.
With each passing flight into the eye of the storm and every new computer model forecast, it has become increasingly unlikely that Florence will turn out to sea and spare the Eastern Seaboard from potentially devastating storm surge, flooding and wind. There’s even some indication that the hurricane will slow or stall out over the Mid-Atlantic later this week, which could lead to a disastrous amount of rain.
Like Hurricane Harvey stalled over Texas in 2017, Florence could linger over the Southeast for several days after landfall. Forecast models suggest more than two feet of rain could fall over the higher elevations of the Carolinas and Virginia, which would generate dangerous flooding downstream. The flooding might be similar to what the Carolinas experienced during Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
Start your storm prep now if you live in the projected path of Hurricane Florence don't wait until last minute.
STORM PREPARATION INFORMATION
Taking proactive steps to protect your family and property from severe storms before they hit can save lives and minimize damage to your home or business.
Severe storms including hail storms, tornadoes, floods and hurricanes cause billions of dollars in damage in the United States every year. When big storms hit, many families find themselves disorganized and unprepared. When preparing for a storm, it is important to have a storm plan and make sure everyone in your home knows the plan, in case of emergency.
Having a plan increases your chances of keeping you and your family safe. If you live in an area prone to flooding, consider buying flood insurance, as flooding is typically not covered under most homeowners insurance policies. In order to stay safe, it is important to understand your risks and have a plan of action in place before the storm hits.
Creating Your Storm Safety Plan
The first step is to create a written disaster plan and review it with everyone in your family. Make sure everyone knows where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. Identify an emergency meeting place, such as a park, building, or other landmark near your home. If you get separated during the storm, have everyone meet at the designated location.
It is smart to assign an out-of-state friend or relative to be your family’s emergency contact person. Teach all of the adults and responsible children how to shut off utilities in your home. Shutting off gas and water mains can decrease your risk of additional damage.
Steps You Should Take to Prepare for a Storm
To prepare for a storm, each family should have an emergency kit. Since you may have to evacuate on short notice, pack your emergency kit into backpacks and have them ready to go. Everyone in the family should know exactly where the emergency kits are located.
Your emergency kit should contain:
- Battery powered flashlight
- Portable battery powered radio
- Extra batteries
- List of emergency phone numbers
- Prescriptions and essential medicines
- First aid kit
- Nonperishable emergency food
- Bottled water (1 gallon per person, per day)
- Non-electric can opener
- Disposable camera
- Credit cards and cash
- Change of clothing
- Sturdy shoes or boots
- Important papers, identification and bank information
When a severe storm is approaching, tune into a local TV or radio broadcast covering the storm and follow evacuation orders, if they are issued. Check your emergency supplies and make sure you have enough water for everyone in your home, typically 1 gallon of water per person, per day for at least 3 days. Fill up your bathtubs with clean water. Turn your refrigerator and freezer up to the maximum setting so your food will stay cold for as long as possible in the event of a power outage. If you have storm shutters on your windows, make sure they are closed and secured. If not you can use pre-cut plywood to cover exposed glass. To prevent damage from flying objects, bring outdoor furniture, tools, pots and toys in from outside. Secure important documents, photographs and other valuables in a waterproof and fireproof case.
Fill your car up with fuel and review evacuation routes. If you are ordered to evacuate, you’ll want to leave immediately, so have your emergency kits and supplies already packed in the car. Before leaving home, unplug appliances, shut off the electricity, and other utilities including water and gas main lines. If you have time, consider moving furniture, electronics and other valuables to a second floor, or elevate it the best you can to project against flooding. Secure your doors by locking and bolting them shut before you leave.
If you evacuate your home, do not leave your pets behind. If you have pets make sure they have an emergency kit with 3-5 days-worth of food and supplies, including a pet carrier, leash and current identification tags. Since most emergency shelters will not accept pets, if a severe storm is headed your way, it’s always smart to try and place your pets at a kennel, or with a friend that is out of harm’s way.
How to Stay Safe Immediately After the Storm
After the storm is over, return to your home only after you are cleared to return by authorities. Enter your home with caution.
Check for signs of gas and water leaks and damage to electrical or sewer systems. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, leave immediately, keeping doors and windows open. Call your gas company to report the problem. Stay clear of frayed electrical wires and downed power lines.
Do not drink any tap water or use tap water to prepare food until you have been notified it is safe to do so. Stay tuned in to a local radio station that is reporting status updates and recovery information.
Upon return home, use the disposable camera from your emergency kit to take initial photographs of the damage. Make sure you take pictures of any roofing, structural damage, flooding, broken windows or other debris, and make notes of anything that is broken or damaged. When it comes time to file an insurance claim, the pictures you take after the storm can go a long way in helping you recover from the storm, prove your claim is valid and getting approved for repairs as quickly as possible.
When you have settled back down, you can ensure you are treated fairly by your insurance company, avoid scams, and have your property repaired as soon as possibly by taking advantage of a free damage inspection by an experienced storm restoration contractor.
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Weathering Mother Nature's Worst
HURRICANES ARE ONE OF NATURE'S fiercest and least predictable forces. Though it can be nearly impossible to forecast severe storms.
Due to the unpredictable nature of hurricanes, it is important to take steps now to protect yourself, your business and your family. Even areas far removed from the coastline may feel the impact of the side effects of a major hurricane, such as spin-off tornadoes, storm surges and flooding.
The following tips are designed for safety in hurricane conditions, though many of the precautions also apply to any severe storm situation.
1 Plan your escape route early.
Find out where the nearest official shelter is in your area. The Red Cross or local government can give you this information.
Keep a good map in your car in case you are forced to seek an alternate route on your way out of town.
2.- Take inventory of your personal property.
Make a detailed list of your possessions and back it up with photos or video footage. Keep one copy in your home and another in a separate location, in case the storm damages the original copy. For help with your business or home contents inventory, contact your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
3.- Take steps to protect your home.
Hurricane-force winds can turn landscape materials into missiles that can break windows and doors. Trim weak branches off of trees and replace gravel/rock landscaping with shredder bark.
Also consider buying the materials needed to brace garage doors and windows in advance since many of these items may be in high demand when a severe storm is forecasted.
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Summer IS UPON US, AND THAT means another hurricane season has begun. Though this issue of the Restoration Newsline will focus on raisin awareness and giving safety advice for hurricanes, these tips apply to all types of disasters - whether earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, blizzards or wildfires.
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals want to spread the same message no matter which corner of the country you call home: Be prepared! It is never easy to be ready for the unpredictable, but now is the time to ensure your business and your customers are prepared for a natural disaster situation.
Inside this Newsline, you will find:
- Basic hurricane and disaster safety information.
- A list of recommended items for your disaster supply kit.
- Steps on what you can do now to prepare, as well as directions to more resources.
Whether you live in the gulf coast,the west coast or anywhere in between, contact your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals. They can provide preparedness resources to help you protect yous home, business and loved ones. Justo give us a call, and leave the restoration to SERVPRO.
When a Storm Hits
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Broward County.
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Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
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The Essential Guide to Hurricane Preparedness
Each year hurricane season begins on June 1st and lasts 5 months, with storms typically peaking in August and September. As with every hurricane season regardless of forecast, knowing the essentials of how to prepare could truly be a life saver.
First, know your hurricane facts and understand common terms used during hurricane forecasts. Storm conditions can vary on the intensity, size and even the angle which the tropical cyclone approaches your area, so it is vital you understand what the forecasters and news reporters are telling you.
Tropical Depressions are cyclones with winds of 38 mph. Tropical Storms vary in wind speeds from 39-73 mph while Hurricanes have winds 74 mph and greater. Typically the upper right quadrant of the storm (the center wrapping around the eye) is the most intense portion of the storm. The greatest threats are damaging winds, storm surge and flooding. This is in part why Hurricane Katrina was so catastrophic when bringing up to 28 foot storm surges onto the Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines.
Here are some important terms you may hear:
- Tropical Storm Watch: Tropical storm conditions are possible in the area.
- Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible in the area.
Watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.
- Tropical Storm Warning: Tropical storm conditions are expected in the area.
- Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected in the area.
Warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of tropical storm force winds.
- Eye: Clear, sometimes well-defined center of the storm with calmer conditions.
- Eye Wall: Surrounding the eye, contains some of the most severe weather of the storm with the highest wind speed and largest precipitation.
- Rain Bands: Bands coming off the cyclone that produce severe weather conditions such as heavy rain, wind and tornadoes.
- Storm Surge: An often underestimated and deadly result of ocean water swelling as a result of a landfalling storm, and quickly flooding coastal and sometimes areas further inland.
During a watch, prepare your home and evacuation plan in case a warning is issued. During a warning, carefully follow the directions of officials, and immediately leave the area if they advise it. In the event of an Extreme Wind Warning/Advisory, which means that extreme sustained winds of 115 mph or greater are expected to begin within an hour, immediately take shelter in the interior portion of a well-built structure.
Predicting a tropical cyclone's path can be challenging; there are many global and local factors that come into play. The storm's size and path can directly influence what sort of wind patterns guide, enhance or hinder its growth, and vice versa! Forecasters have computers that take huge amounts of data and try to predict where the storm will go and usually can calculate 2-3 days out fairly accurately. This is where you hear the terms computer models and spaghetti models being used. Generally the forecast track or path is given with the average consensus of these models. The National Hurricane Center has the most up-to-date information on tropical cyclone developments, forecasts and weather alerts, discussions analyzing the data and more. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Hurricane names are picked randomly, then rotated and recycled every 6 years. If a hurricane was catastrophic or severely deadly and costly (i.e. Charlie, Katrina, Irene) it is officially retired since use is not appropriate and can be confusing when naming current storms. To view the current list of tropical cyclone names click here: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml
It is important to create a kit of supplies that you could take with you if you are forced to evacuate. This kit will also be useful if you are able to stay in your home, but are still affected by the storm, such as through the loss of power. One common trend seen when hurricanes are approaching is a wide-spread panic. When this happens, people rush in large numbers to get all the supplies they think they need. However, if you prepare your kit ahead of time, you can alleviate a lot of the potential stress of a very chaotic situation. You should create your kit in a bag that you can easily take with you. Some recommended items to include are:
- Non-perishable food (enough to last at least 3 days)
- Water (enough to last at least 3 days)
- First-aid kit (include any prescription medication you may need)
- Personal hygiene items and sanitation items
- Flashlights (have extra batteries on hand)
- Battery operated radio (again, have extra batteries)
- Waterproof container with cash and important documents
- Manual can opener
- Lighter or matches
- Books, magazines, games for recreation
- Special needs items: pet supplies and baby supplies if applicable
- Cooler and ice packs
- A plan for evacuation and for if family members are separated
Securing Your Home
Know how to secure your home in the event of damaging winds, storm surge and flooding.
- Cover all of your windows, either with hurricane shutters or wood.
- Although tape can prevent glass from shattering everywhere, be warned that tape does not prevent the window from breaking.
- If possible, secure straps or clips to securely fasten your roof to the structure of your home.
- Make sure all trees and shrubs are trimmed and clear rain gutters.
- Reinforce your garage doors.
- Bring in all outdoor furniture, garbage cans, decorations, and anything else that is not tied down.
- If winds become strong, stay away from windows and doors and close, secure and brace internal doors.
In the event a storm should leave you without power, there are a few things to consider and help you be ready and stay safe outside of your normal hurricane preparedness.
- Gas: Make sure your tank is full far in advance of an approaching storm. Most people wait until the last minute, rush to get extra gas for cars and generators, and subsequently gas stations can run out early.
- ATMS: Have extra cash on hand in the event no ATMS in your area are accessible or working.
- Cell Phones: Charge your cell phone and limit use after power is out.
- A/C: This can be the most uncomfortable side effect of losing power during a storm. Try to prevent as much light from entering and warming the house by covering up your windows on the inside. If you have back-up or battery operated fans, don't run them unless you are in the room. Fans create a difference in perceived temperature but do not cool the room; instead they create a cooling effect by dispersing the heat off your skin. It is said they can actually add heat to a room just by running.
- Water: Fill bathtub and large containers with water for washing and flushing only.
- Food: Turn your fridge temperature down and/or freeze any food or drinking water that can be frozen if you expect a power outage. Here is a guide on freezing food: Freezing and Food Safety. Have a cooler with ice packs prepared to cool your drinks and snacks after power has been out for more than 4 hours. And importantly, check out this food safety guide for when to discard your perishable food: http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html
- Health/Safety: The CDC has a great guide on how to stay safe in the event of a power outage: Power Outages
Remember, any severe storm can be deadly and destructive. If you've survived a landfilling cyclone, you know the inconvenience and distress it can cause. One of the best tips to be prepared is knowing the cycle of a cyclone - Approach, Arrival & Aftermath. Prepare ahead of time and listen to the directions of officials for the approach. Secure your home, or find a safe shelter for its arrival, and know how to proceed safely during the aftermath.
Author: Christine Harrison www.stateofflorida.com
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Floods and Flood Insurance: Don't Be Up the Creek Without a Paddle
As we, our neighbors, families, and friends, here and in Puerto Rico, are picking up the pieces in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, the prospect of making claims on our homeowner’s insurance policies can seem overwhelming in the face of the destruction caused by these storms. Much of the damage in our neighborhoods are caused by strong winds, including roof and fence damage. Wind related damages are generally covered by your windstorm insurance policy. The flooding from rainwater and storm surge is excluded from both your general liability and windstorm policies likely because flooding is the most common and costly natural catastrophe.
In Florida’s four southernmost counties — Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Collier — more than 1.3 million homes lie in high-risk flood areas, according to data from the National Flood Insurance Program. Of these 1.3 million homes, more than 861,000 of them do not have flood insurance! As for those homes that are not in designated flood zones, the numbers of homes having flood insurance are much worse. This is cause for concern because, depending on the source, as little as 20-25% up to more than 50% of flood events occur outside of designated flood zones. Though your home and community may be in a low-risk flood zone, there is never a no-risk flood zone. Remember, even if you live inland, Florida is a peninsula surrounded on three sides by water and is at sea level. Flooding is always a risk.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the governmental organization which designates flood zones and creates flood maps for most parts of the United States. Whether or not an area is a designated flood zone depends on numerous factors, including elevation, average rainfall, and proximity to waterbodies. Flood zones are organized into three categories: high-risk, moderate-low risk, and undetermined. Although some homeowners within certain flood zones are required to obtain flood insurance in order to obtain a federally insured mortgage, most are not. Because the purchase of flood insurance policies is often not required by the declarations of covenants of many community associations, many homeowners’ and community associations alike opt not to purchase flood insurance to lower the cost of assessments. In low-risk and moderate-risk flood zone areas, premiums can be several hundred dollars per year for homes, depending on the value of the home and the contents covered under the policy. In high-risk flood zone areas, annual premiums can reach into the thousands.
While it is reported that most Floridians do not have flood insurance coverage, Floridians actually account for a third of all of the flood insurance policies nationwide. Without flood insurance coverage, flood victims must rely on savings and other assets to finance their recovery.
FEMA also administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which was created by the Federal government in 1968 to help control the growing cost of federal disaster relief. The NFIP offers federally secured flood insurance to community associations that adopt and enforce effective floodplain management policies to help reduce future flood losses. You can see if your community participates in the NFIP by visiting NFIP’s Community Status Book online through FEMA’s website. Is your community adequately covered in the event of a flood event? Check with your association’s insurance agent regarding flood insurance to find out more and remember this: If you do not buy flood insurance for your home and your community association does not have flood insurance for its clubhouse and the like, then one day when you least expect it, you too, could be all wet and up the creek without so much as a paddle!
By Jeffrey A. Rembaum, Esq.
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The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross continues to help people impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Irma was the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane on record. People in the potential paths of storms should monitor weather reports and prepare accordingly.
The Red Cross has robust disaster response capabilities, which allow the organization to respond to two significant disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma without compromising assistance to those in need.
The Red Cross is doing everything it can to get help where it’s needed. Access to many areas remains challenging but the Red Cross is expanding its reach into more communities every day. The Red Cross is working around the clock to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma.
More than 16,000 people sought refuge in 90 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas. The Red Cross is also assisting the Louisiana state government with emergency shelters. Even now, more than 3,100 Red Cross disaster workers have helped:
- Along with its partners, serve more than 906,000 meals and snacks;
- Provide care by supporting 26,000 mental health and health services contacts;
- Distribute more than 194,000 relief items like diapers and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items for people forced from their homes; and
- Mobilize more than 190 emergency response vehicles to help deliver meals and relief supplies.
The American Red Cross mounted a massive response for hurricane Irma. Red Cross workers are hard at work on many island nations throughout the storm’s path and, with Irma bearing down on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the American Red Cross is there helping.
To prepare for Hurricane Irma, the American Red Cross:
- Mobilized relief materials through Florida and the mid-Atlantic region.
- Staged responders in nearby areas so they may respond quickly.
- Planned to have the resources to shelter more than 120,000 people.
- Activated 80 emergency response vehicles.
- Prepositioned 100,000 shelf-stable meals.
Even as The Red Cross continues to operate shelters, serve meals, and provide critical relief supplies in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey & Irma, people returned home and still need assistance. The Red Cross will work with individuals and families to help them recover. The Red Cross will help residents start the recovery process by connecting them to needed services and resources. In some cases, the Red Cross may provide financial assistance.
Recovering from a disaster can be a challenging, emotionally draining and complicated process. Each community and each family will have different needs, and will require different support to meet those needs. Red Cross caseworkers connect one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies.
The Red Cross works with government and nonprofit partners to help develop coordinated community recovery plans and strategies. In some situations, the Red Cross may give grants to partner organizations for specialized activities such as mold remediation or building storm shelters. Our recovery support could also include preparedness activities so people and communities are ready for the next emergency.
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Dallas preps mega-shelter as Texas braces for more rain
Harvey is no longer a hurricane, but life-threatening flooding continued in and around Houston on Sunday night as citizens with boats assisted authorities in search and rescue efforts.
Flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey is overburdening resources in the country's fourth-largest city, prompting authorities to call on volunteers with watercraft for help in rescuing those trapped in homes and buildings.An immediate respite from Harvey's wrath seems unlikely to come. The National Weather Service calls the flooding "unprecedented," and warns things may become more dire if a forecasted record-breaking 50 inches of rain does fall on parts of Texas in coming days. In anticipation of a worsening situation, Dallas is turning its main convention center into a "mega-shelter" that can host 5,000 evacuees. The rainfall threatens to exacerbate an already dangerous situation, as Harvey's rains have left many east Texas rivers and bayous swollen to their banks or beyond. The storm killed two people in Texas, authorities said, and the death toll will likely rise. More than 1,000 people were rescued overnight, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner warned that some 911 calls are going unanswered as operators "give preference to life-threatening calls." Harvey blasted ashore as a Category 4 hurricane just north of Corpus Christi. It brought with it 132-mph winds but was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm. Still, it continued to spawn tornadoes and lightning. The slow-moving storm is expected to drop 15 to 25 inches of rain over the Texas coast through Thursday. Isolated storms could drop up to 50 inches of rain, the weather service said. The weather service says rainfall of this magnitude "will cause catastrophic and life-threatening flooding."
By Eliott C. McLaughlin, Ralph Ellis and Joe Sterling, CNN
Storm Response by SERVPRO !
When Disaster Strikes!
SERVPRO’s Commercial Large Loss Division in 2016 activated 15 Storm Sites. Even though we saw a decline in managed events, the estimated revenue for 2016 increased almost 60 percent due in large part to the Louisiana floods and Hurricane Matthew. This does not happen every year. In fact, Matthew was the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Arthur in 2014.
What does this mean for SERVPRO®?
As we cannot forecast the number of major storm events nor rely on hurricanes year after year, it
is vital we identify each and every opportunity in an effort to quickly determine capacities and respond with resources to help “keep it green”.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) report on every weather event throughout the year from winter storms, to hurricanes, to flooding, and everything else in between. They gather this data from a multitude of sources
and are even able to capture the estimated property damage from each event. In 2016, NOAA reported close to 1,000 weather
events totaling more than $13.8 billion dollars in property damage from January to September. Flooding alone resulted in an estimated $9.9 billion dollars.
There is no such thing as a storm too small!
If you need help, our office SERVPRO of Sunrise and SERVPRO Storm Teams will respond. As we all strive to create happy customers.
By: Casey Watkins from SERVPRO e-Zine
Earthquake or Aftershock
When an earthquake occurs, followed by a stronger jolt, which is the earthquake and which is the foreshock or aftershock?
The terms are relative, and one may not know which is which until the shocks start to get smaller.
Foreshocks are earthquakes that precede larger quakes in the same place. The largest quake is the "main shock." Aftershocks are the smaller earthquakes that take place nearby after the main shock.
Mainshocks don't always have foreshocks-the big one may hit without warning-but they nearly always have aftershocks, which are adjustments that occur until seismic activity in the area returns to normal.
By Marilyn vos Savant in Ask Marilyn . Parade, Parade.com
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Verano y lluvias intensas en Miami
Junio le trajo su primer regalo al sur de la florida, casi por sorpresa, como para recordarnos que el verano está aquí en la mejor de sus formas. El viernes Junio 2, 2017, los que salieron de casa temprano, se encontraron en medio de un inacabable diluvio que inundó calles y dejó una buena colección de autos varados por muchas partes. Escampó un par de horas después, pero no por mucho tiempo. Para los próximos días el Servicio Nacional del Tiempo anticipa cielos nublados, con chubascos y tormentas en las tardes con probabilidad del 50 al 60 por ciento sobre Miami.
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Watch the Weather
Ready for Whatever Happens
Warm weather usually means fun in the sun, but summer heat also can bring severe weather. Threatening thunderstorms often loom large on summer afternoons so it's important to be prepared for downpours and accompanying lighting, which can strike outdoors or indoors. Consider the following suggestions when planning both outdoor and indoor events this summer to reduce the risk of lightning strike.
Watch the weather.
Pay attention to your local weather forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If there's a chance of thunderstorms, consider rescheduling or moving events indoors. If that’s not possible, have an emergency plan in place in case a severe storm rolls in and designate a sufficient nearby structure as emergency shelter.
If severe thunderstorms are imminent, go indoors and wait until they pass, Safe, enclosed shelters include homes, schools, offices, shopping malls and vehicles with hard tops and closed windows. Open structures and spaces do not provide adequate protection.
Duck and crouch.
If you're caught outside during a severe storm, it's important to crouch low on the ground, tuck your head and cover your ears to help protect yourself from harm. Do not lie down; lightning strikes can produce extremely strong electrical currents that run along the top of the ground, and laying horizontally increases electrocution risk.
Turn off faucets.
During a thunderstorm, lightning can sometimes be conducted through the plumbing. Avoid any type of contact with running water, including bathing, showering, and washing your hands, dishes or clothes.
Turn off electronics.
All electrical appliances televisions, computers, laptops, gaming systems, stoves, and more that are plugged into an electrical outlet could carry a current from lightning strike. Surge protectors will reduce the risk of damaging electronics.
Stay away from windows. Not only is lightning a threat, but high winds and hail create flying debris that could be harmful during thunderstorm. Close all windows and doors and keep away from them.
SERVPRO of Sunrise has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding.
When a storm hits your home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.
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Atlantic hurricane season in 2017 - Part I
The Atlantic’s2017 hurricane seasonwill likely be above normal, with 11 to 17 named storms, between five and nine hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes.
Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration based their prediction on the likelihood of warm ocean temperatures in the Atlantic continuing through the summer and the lack of an El Niño weather pattern in the Pacific, which can tamp down storms, said acting NOAA administrator Ben Friedman.
There is “the potential for a lot of Atlantic storm activity this year,” he said. “We cannot stop hurricanes. But again we can prepare for them.”
The 2017 season, which begins June 1, follows one of thelongest seasons on recordthat also marked the end of Florida’s 10-year lucky streak without a hit.
In between, two hurricanes pummeled Florida. Hermineslammedthe Big Bend on Sept. 2, becoming the first hurricane to make landfall since Wilma. In late August, Matthew — a compact but fierce storm — strengthened to a Cat 5 just hours before tearing across Haiti’s southern peninsula and killing an estimated 300 people. Matthew sideswiped much of the east coast of Florida for more than 24 hours — putting more than a million Florida residents under evacuation orders — before making landfall in South Carolina.
But as past years have shown, hurricane seasons don’t have to be particularly busy — or storms intense — for damage to be severe. Hurricane Andrew hit Florida during a slow season 25 years ago.
“Just because it’s not a major hurricane doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous, doesn’t mean it’s not deadly, doesn’t mean we don’t need to be prepared”.
If Tropical Storm Arlene, which formed April 20 near the Azores, is any indication, this year could also be sizing up as an unusually long season. Arlene was only the second tropical storm on record to form a month before the official start of the season.
BY: JENNY STALETOVICH
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Atlantic hurricane season in 2017 - Part II
Be Ready - Hurricane Preparedness !
This season, forecasters will be better armed at making more accurate predictions thanks to the launch of a powerful new satellite that dramatically improves the quality of pictures taken from space and the speed at which they’re delivered.
The National Hurricane Center is also replacing a forecast model used for the last 22 years with a new model that improves predicting a storm’s intensity by five to 10 percent, said National Weather Service deputy director Mary Erickson. Forecasters have dramatically improved their track forecast, shrinking their margin of error by 65 percent since Hurricane Andrew ripped across Miami-Dade County in 1992.
Thursday’s forecast counters earlier predictions of a slow season based on unusually cool Atlantic oceans temperatures in the spring. In April, Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorological Project predicted a below average season based on higher odds of a weak El Niño at the peak of the season.
Klotzbach put the odds for Florida getting hit again with a major storm at 24 percent on either coast.
But on Thursday, NOAA hurricane specialist Gerry Bell said the likelihood of an El Niño now looks low.
“It is not clear that will happen,” he said. “We’re predicting near normal or above normal with above normal most likely.”
BY: JENNY STALETOVICH
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Esta temporada los meteorólogos estaran mejor armados para hacer pronósticos mas precisos.
Corrientes oceánicas tibias podrían provocar una temporada de huracanes más fuerte de lo normal en el Atlántico, y se prevén pocos efectos de El Niño, dijeron el jueves meteorólogos del gobierno.
La Oficina Nacional de Administración Oceánica y Atmosférica pronostica entre 11 y 17 tormentas con nombres, con entre cinco y nueve huracanes.
Meteorólogos esperan que las corrientes estén más tibias de lo normal en el océano Atlántico y el mar Caribe, cizalladuras débiles efectos débiles o nulos de El Niño, dijo Ben Friedman, administrador interino del NOAA.
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Hurricane's, International and Domestic Readiness
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INFORMATION UPDATE: Hurricanes, International and Domestic Readiness
Hurricanes are strong storms that can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Know the difference between the threat levels and plan accordingly.
Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
- Check your disaster supplies. Replace or restock as needed.
- Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).
- Close your windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
- Turn off propane tank.
- Unplug small appliances.
- Fill your car’s gas tank.
- Create a hurricane evacuation plan with members of your household. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
- Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
- Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
Annual Disaster Giving Program and Disaster Responder
Through the generosity of our American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Responder members, the American Red Cross is prepared before disaster strikes. ADGP and Disaster Responder members help secure a reliable funding base for disaster relief services that enables the Red Cross to respond immediately, meeting the needs of individuals and families affected by disaster, regardless of cost.
Right now the Red Cross is on the ground and taking action with the support of our ADGP and Disaster Responder partners.
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Hurricane Preparedness - Hazards
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Heavy Rainfall & Inland Flooding
Tropical cyclones often produce widespread, torrential rains in excess of 6 inches, which may result in deadly and destructive floods. In fact, flooding is the major threat from tropical cyclones for people living inland. Flash flooding, defined as a rapid rise in water levels, can occur quickly due to intense rainfall. Longer term flooding on rivers and streams can persist for several days after the storm.
Rainfall amounts are not directly related to the strength of tropical cyclones but rather to the speed and size of the storm, as well as the geography of the area. Slower moving and larger storms produce more rainfall. In addition, mountainous terrain enhances rainfall from a tropical cyclone.
A better understanding of tropical cyclones and hurricane hazards will help to make a more informed decision on your risk and what actions to take.
The major hazards associated with hurricanes are:
Before and after Hurricane Ike on the Bolivar Peninsula, TX - September 2008/USGS
Storm Surge & Storm Tide
Storm surge and large waves produced by hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property along the coast.
Storm Surge is an abnormal rise of water generated by a storm's winds. Storm surge can reach heights well over 20 feet and can span hundreds of miles of coastline.
Storm Tide is the water level rise during a storm due to the combination of storm surge and the astronomical tide.
The destructive power of storm surge and large battering waves can result in loss of life, buildings destroyed, beach and dune erosion and road and bridge damage along the coast. Storm surge can travel several miles inland. In estuaries and bayous, salt water intrusion endangers public health and the environment.
Learn more about storm surge from the NHC Storm Surge Unit.
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Tips for Safety!
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Health and Safety Information for Workers and Employers
OSHA and NOAA encourage workers and employers to be aware of weather forecasts, train workers on severe weather plans, and keep emergency supplies, including a battery-operated weather radio, on hand to be better prepared when severe weather strikes.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides resources for workplace preparedness and response to severe weather emergencies during summer, including: extreme heat, hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, wildfires and floods. Employers must ensure that workers involved in response and recovery are protected from potential safety and health hazards. OSHA also provides information and resources to assist in these efforts.
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Get to Know NOAA
NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, water and climate data and forecasts and warnings to protect life and property and enhance the national economy. Our vision is a Weather-Ready Nation, one that is prepared for and responds to weather-dependent events. Here’s what we’re doing to prepare the public for summer weather hazards.<ulsquare">
- NWS leads Seasonal Safety Campaigns (like this one) to prepare the public for seasonal weather hazards.
- NWS provides hourly weather forecasts to help you plan ahead.
- NOAA issues a Hurricane Outlook as general guide to the expected overall activity during the upcoming hurricane season.
- NWS warns the public about severe weather through Wireless Emergency Alerts and NOAA Weather Radio.
- NOAA, EPA and other federal agencies created an Excessive Heat Events Guidebook to help emergency managers prepare for heat waves.
- NWS offices issue Surf Zone Forecasts routinely to let people know of the expected conditions at a particular beach; including a daily outlook for rip current potential.
- NOAA and the National Weather Service, in partnership with the EPA, issues daily air quality forecast guidance as part of a national Air Quality Forecasting Capability.
- NOAA issues Fire Weather Outlooks to help local officials prepare for potential wildfires.
- NWS operates two tsunami warning centers that monitor Earth for tsunamis and the earthquakes that cause them and issue tsunami alerts to emergency managers and the public.
Follow NWS on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news on weather preparedness.
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Hurricane season has begun !
Hurricane season is here once again!
Here is a checklist of 5 helpful hints to keep you safe and worry free this year:
1. If you have a generator, test it on a nice, sunny day to make sure it works before all the chaos of hurricane warnings come. If it works, great. If not, now is the time to get it serviced. Once you have it running well, give it a test run every two weeks for the remainder of the season. Also have a plan of what you want to run so you don't overload the generator.
2. Those of you with overhead electrical services should be looking to see if any trees are threatening the FPL power lines. FPL will trim them if they are. They have crews that are available now, but won't be once a storm threatens.
3. Check around your property to see if you have any hanging lights or decorations that could get damaged. Now is the time to secure them.
4. If you have generator transfer switches, now is the time to test them for operation. The linkages need to be exercised and lubricated or they will bind up.
5. For those of you who do not have generators, make sure you have plenty of battery powered lights and radios.
6. For more preparedness tips, contact SERVPRO OF SUNRISE Professional or visit www.ready.gov.
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How to Prepare for a Tornado.
Tornadoes are violent by nature. They are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles. A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. Tornado intensities are classified on the Fujita Scale with ratings between F0 (weakest) to F5 (strongest). Although severe tornadoes are more common in the Plains States, tornadoes have been reported in every state.How to Prepare for a Tornado
- During any storm, listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings.
- Know your community's warning system. Communities have different ways of warning residents about tornados, with many having sirens intended for outdoor warning purposes.
- Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
- Practice periodic tornado drills so that everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching.
- Consider having your safe room reinforced. Plans for reinforcing an interior room to provide better protection can be found on theFEMA web site.
- Prepare for high winds by removing diseased and damaged limbs from trees.
- Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.
- Watch for tornado danger signs:
- Dark, often greenish clouds – a phenomenon caused by hail
- Wall cloud – an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm
- Cloud of debris
- Large hail
- Funnel cloud – a visible rotating extension of the cloud base
- Roaring noise