Eight of the twelve biggest natural disasters affected the Sunshine State, so if there’s one thing Floridians know, it’s that lack of hurricane preparation and awareness is an easy recipe for disaster. On June 1, 2003, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) kicked off its National Hurricane Preparedness Week celebrations. An article from the International Business Times presents five tips from the NOAA’s National Hurricane Center on how to prepare for a hurricane from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center.
First: know the difference between hurricane and tropical storm “watches” and “warnings.” A hurricane watch means that you need to be on alert for a potential storm. A storm warning, on the other hand, means you need to take immediate actions against safeguarding life.
Pack emergency kits ahead of time. Essential items such as bottled water, snacks, and canned foods can be the difference between life and death since storms frequently cause homes to lose gas and electricity. Pack items such as hand radios, flashlights, and batteries for them.
Prepare an emergency evacuation plan and discuss it with your family. Be sure to have the answer to questions like “Where will you meet?” or “How will you check in so you’ll know who’s doing okay and who isn’t?” If you have a pet, you’ll need to find temporary housing locations for it prior to a storm warning.
Stay alert in case of other natural disasters. While many believe that the passing of the hurricane’s eye signals the end of a storm, NOAA warns that tornadoes, high winds, and the possibility of a hurricane changing its course makes it important to remain alert following a storm.
Keep emergency contact at hand. Phone numbers for hospitals, local law enforcement, insurance providers and roofing contractors in Miami are recommended to be kept nearby during storms. Don’t forget to fully charge your cell phone or other mobile devices so you can call these numbers immediately after a storm.
Lastly, once the storm has passed, have your home inspected for damage. This is when the number of reliable Miami Roofers like A-1 Property Services will come in handy. They can ensure that any damage your roof sustains is fixed and any further potential risks are efficiently eliminated.