Oct 04 2016

Prepare for the Hurricane! Don’t Delay!

Nerdel wants you to be prepared for a tropical storm, hurricane, tornado or any severe weather condition.hurricane-prep-1Please be careful and the best way to deal with severe weather is to PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME!!! The following is an important message from the CDC(CDC.gov) and FEMA(FEMA.gov).

You can’t stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect you and your family.

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. These large storms are called typhoons in the North Pacific Ocean and cyclones in other parts of the world. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale classifies hurricanes into five categories based on their wind speed, central pressure, and wind damage potential. With wind speeds of 111 miles per hour or more, Category 3, 4, and 5 hurricanes are major according to this scale. Category 1 and 2 hurricanes can also cause damage and injuries.

If you live in coastal areas at risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to begin preparing yourself for hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 each year.

Please follow these important hurricane preparedness tips from CDC:

In addition:

  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.
  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
  • Make plans to secure your property:
  • 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” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Install a generator for emergencies.
  • If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.

Consider building a safe room.

For more information, go to www.Ready.gov and www.FloridaDisaster.org.


After you have read these tips, please review the other resources available on the CDC Hurricanes website.

CDC strongly recommends that you print all important resources before a hurricane strikes. Power outages during and after a hurricane can prevent you from accessing information online when you most need it. Preparing now can help keep you and your family safe.

You can receive weekly tips from CDC throughout hurricane season by signing up for the following:

If you would like more information, the following resources may be helpful.

FEMA Against the Wind: Protecting Your Home From Hurricane and Wind Damage: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/2988?id=1641

FEMA Community Hurricane Preparedness Training: www.training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=is-324.a

FEMA Coastal Construction Manual: Principles and Practices of Planning, Siting, Designing, Constructing, and Maintaining Residential Buildings in Coastal Areas (Fourth Edition): www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/3293?id=1671

FEMA Design and Construction Guidance for Community Safe Rooms: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/3140?id=1657

FEMA Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/6131

FEMA Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting: Six Ways to Protect Your Home From Flooding: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/480

FEMA Safety Tips for Hurricanes: Publication for Teachers and Parents for Presentation to Children. To order, call 1-800-480-2520.

FEMA Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room in Your Home or Small Business: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/2009?id=1536

FEMA Wind Retrofit Guide for Residential Buildings: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/21082 FloodSmart: www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart

Institute for Business and Home Safety Protect Your Home Against Hurricane Damage: www.disastersafety.org/hurricane

National Hurricane Center: www.hurricanes.gov

NOAA, Marine Safety: www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/marine.php

NOAA, Tropical Cyclone Preparedness: www.nws.noaa.gov/os/hurricane/resources/TropicalCyclones11.pdf Ready: www.Ready.gov/hurricanes

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Disaster-Specific Resources: Annotated Bibliography: www.samhsa.gov/dtac/dbhis/dbhis_specific_bib.asp#disaster

Parents remember: after a storm there may be downed electrical wires, flooding which can conceal sharp objects, and wind that may be forceful enough to sweep young people off their feet. Never allow children to play alone, walk alone or be in any area where they may come into contact with dangerous objects.


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