Hurricane Preparation for your Building

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Are you in a Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach county evacuation zone? Review our map, including shelter locations.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/weather/hurricane/guide/sfl-hurricane-shelter-map-20170602-htmlstory.html?updated

The map shows the evacuation zones in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. We also mapped out all the shelters if you need to evacuate. Not all the shelters will be open at the same time. Check the status of a shelter or for more information, call your county’s hurricane hotline:

  • Palm Beach Emergency Management Office: 561-712-6400
  • Broward Red Cross: 954-797-3823; Broward County Emergency Management Hurricane Hotline: 954-831-3900
  • Miami-Dade Emergency Management Office: 305-468-5402

 

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You can begin this process by gathering family members and making sure each person is well-informed on potential hazards and community plans Discuss with them what you would do if family members are not home when a warning is issued. Additionally, your family plan should address the following:

  • Escape routes: Establish a place to meet in the event of an emergency, such as a fire. Record the locations below:
  • Evacuation plans: The amount of time you have to leave will depend on the hazard. If the event is a weather condition, such as a hurricane that can be monitored, you might have a day or two to get ready. However, many disasters allow no time for people to gather even the most basic necessities, which is why planning ahead is essential. Keep a full tank of gas in your car if an evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages. Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.
  • Family communications: Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another. Think about how you will communicate in different situations.
  • Utility shut-off and safety: In the event of a disaster, you may be instructed to shut off the utility service at your home. Below is some general guidance for shutting off utility service. You should modify the information provided to reflect your shut off requirements as directed by your utility company. Gas, Electric, Water.
  • Insurance and vital records: Obtain property, health, and life insurance if you do not have them. Review existing policies for the amount and extent of coverage to ensure that what you have in place is what is required for you and your family for all possible hazards
  •  Flood Insurance
    If you live in a flood-prone area, consider purchasing flood insurance to reduce your risk of flood loss. Buying flood insurance to cover the value of a building and its contents will not only provide greater peace of mind, but will speed the recovery if a flood occurs.
  •  Inventory Home Possessions
    Make a record of your personal property, for insurance purposes. Take photos or a video of the interior and exterior of your home. Include personal belongings in your inventory.
  • Important Documents
    Store important documents such as insurance policies, deeds, property records, and other important papers in a safe place, such as a safety deposit box away from your home. Make copies of important documents.
  • Money
    Consider saving money in an emergency savings account that could be used in any crisis. It is advisable to keep a small amount of cash or traveler’s checks at home in a safe place where you can quickly access them in case of evacuation.
  •  Special needs: If you or someone close to you has a disability and other access and functional needs, you may have to take additional steps to protect yourself and your family in an emergency.
  • Care for pets: Information for pet owners: If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own; and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.
  • Care for livestock: Information for livestock owners: If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats, or pigs on your property, be sure to prepare before a disaster.

Preparation Guidelines:

  • Ensure all animals have some form of identification that will help facilitate their return.
  • Evacuate animals whenever possible. Arrangements for evacuation, including routes and host sites, should be made in advance. Alternate routes should be mapped out in case the planned route is inaccessible.
  • The evacuation sites should have or be able to readily obtain food, water, veterinary care, handling equipment and facilities.
  • Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers.
    Note: It is best to allow animals a chance to become accustomed to vehicular travel so they are less frightened and easier to move.
  • If evacuation is not possible, a decision must be made whether to move large animals to available shelter or turn them outside. This decision should be determined based on the type of disaster and the soundness and location of the shelter (structure).

It is important that family members know how to administer first aid and CPR and how to use a fire extinguisher.

  • Learn First Aid and CPR
    Take a first aid and CPR class. Local American Red Cross chapters can provide information about this type of training. Official certification by the American Red Cross provides, under the “good Samaritan” law, protection for those giving first aid.

Learn How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
Read about fire extinguisher selection, location and use. Be sure everyone knows how to use your fire extinguisher(s) and where it is kept. You should have, at a minimum, an ABC type fire extinguisher

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We’re prepared for storm season and urge our customers to prepare as well. Keep your family or business safe with a plan that includes evacuation routes, special medical needs, important phone numbers and supplies.
The following checklist can help you and your family prepare:

GO TO THE LINK FOR YOUR FPL CHECKLIST. http://www.fpl.com/storm/storm_prep.shtml

These are a list of 10 things that Building Owners, and Property Owners are suggested to do:

Please use a Qualified Contractor for any Job you may have. Some of these improvements to your Properties could result in reductions in insurance premiums after your insurance company has been informed of the improvements.

Install Hurricane Tie Downs: Roofs often go first in severe storms. Simple metal tie-down straps can keep roof rafters tied to the top wall of the house and prevents uplift during a hurricane’s high winds. Straps can also secure walls to floors and keep floors tied tight to foundations. While this improvement takes some specialized skills, it’s simple and inexpensive to accomplish, even without professional help.

Brace or Reinforce Garage Doors: More homes are “blown-up” in hurricanes then “blown-down”. The reason? Weak garage doors blow into the house during a storm. When this happens, wind pressure fills the house with air and causes severe damage. For better protection invest in a sturdy garage door or bracing the one you have makes sense. For a quick reinforcement, secure two 2×4’s across the inside of the door by attaching them to the side jambs of the garage door opening in the exterior wall.

Flood Proof Basements: Basements and crawlspaces flood when the volume of water in the soil builds to the point where walls can no longer hold it back. To avoid this, act now to remove obstructions from gutters, extend downspouts and eliminate low lying areas of soil, which allow water to run back into foundations. By keeping water away from the foundation, flooding can be minimized or avoided completely. To be extra cautious, be sure to remove important personal property from all below grade spaces in your home and check sump pump operation by filling the sump with a garden hose. The pump should come on before the sump overflows.

Trim Trees: Survey your yard for weak tree branches that lie within crashing distance of your home and trim these away before the hurricane. Also, you can avoid uprooting of larger trees by strategically removing branches to allow high winds to flow through.

Pick Up Projectiles: Every item left outside your home during a hurricane can become a dangerous projectile when fueled by high winds. Remove all outside furniture, garbage cans, toys, flowerpots or any other piece of personal property you can move.

Avoid Losing Power: Power outages are one of the primary hurricane damages. Prepare now for when the lights go out by buying a portable or standby generator and, for portables, enough fuel to run it for several days. If local stores are sold out, try Electric Generators Direct. They offers a wide range of products and delivery can be accomplished in just a few days.

Inventory and Document House Contents: An accurate inventory of your home’s contents is a critical first step to getting back on your feet after a hurricane. An easy way to do this is to videotape each room of your home, making sure to open every drawer and closet.

Store Records Safely: It’s important to store the inventory and other financial and legal safely so the records can’t be destroyed in the very disaster you’re trying to protect against. If possible, keep important records off-site in a safe deposit box, or at least in a fire-proof box.

Purchase Flood Insurance: According to the American Red Cross, even a Category 4 storm can trigger storm surges 13 – 18 feet above normal making flooding a real risk. Unfortunately though, protection for flood damage is not covered by homeowners insurance policies. Therefore, the best way to protect your home in a hurricane and prevent the financial sting of hurricane damage is to purchase flood insurance. Flood insurance is available through a government backed Flood Insurance Program, but it’s not cheap, has a 30 day waiting period and the coverage is minimum. Anything you can do now to minimize potential damage to your property before the storm hits is the best investment you can make.

Please be safe durring this season. Frank J. Mari / Association Director