Jacksonville Water Damage from Hurricane and Tropical Storm Preparedness
Hurricanes and tropical storms are responsible every year for millions of dollars in water damage, loss of life, and environmental destruction. If you live in an area that can be directly affected by these systems, there are certain steps you should take to help you prepare for them and to give yourself the best chance of survival.
Communication is vitally important, not only as the storm approaches, but also after it passes and the recovery process begins. Follow the storm's movement by staying tuned in to local television or radio stations. They are good sources of information regarding storm movement and strength as well as evacuation orders, evacuation routes, and the activation of local shelters. If you have an NOAA weather radio, that can be invaluable as well.
Prepare your residence for the effects of the storm systems wind damage as well as water damage. Boarding up windows can help reduce the damage done by wind and debris. Taping windows on the inside can reduce the flying glass hazard if a window is broken. Secure any outdoor furniture like picnic tables, lawn chairs, or grills, since the high winds connected with the storm can turn those items into projectiles capable of doing serious damage. Make certain that you know the locations of the shut-offs for your major utilities; water, gas, and electric.
If you are not ordered to evacuate and plan on staying in your home for the duration of the storm, you will need to secure food and water. Filling any containers you may have with water, including bathtubs will help if the public water supply becomes compromised by the storm. Stockpiling non-perishable food like canned goods is a good idea, but don't plan on doing much cooking unless you have a safe way to do it. Utilities will almost certainly go down during a tropical storm or hurricane, so be prepared to use alternate methods of cooking. Do not use your charcoal grill indoors, as it will produce unsafe amounts of carbon monoxide which can lead to death. In addition to water and canned goods, other things that are good to have on hand include a well-stocked first-aid kit, a supply of batteries that fit your radios, candles, matches or disposable lighters, lamp oil if you have hurricanea lamps, flashlights, and cans of cooking fuel.
Whether you are ordered to evacuate or not, make certain that your vehicle is fully fueled and ready to go. Have maps and flashlights in the vehicle, too. Plans can change rapidly as storm conditions develop. Tidal surges can engulf areas quickly causing water damage and what was a safe area may become too dangerous to remain in.
Hurricanes and tropical storms are among the fiercest things that Nature can throw at us, but with preparation and common sense they are survivable. One of the best sources of survival information is talking to those who have gone through the experience already. They can share their insights about what to do and what to avoid. The main rule for surviving one of these storms is to always obey evacuation orders; many people ignore those orders every year and end up regretting it.
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