As I write this post, the area in around Houston, Texas is in a state of disarray and chaos.
Hurricane Harvey has hit with such lethal force and destructive violence that it will take years before all of the damage is fully repaired.
Houston is just under 1,000 miles and about a 15 hour drive from parts of Florida and yet Commercial Warehousing is fully invested in and contributing to the relief efforts.
In the past two days, we have already done over 100 loads of plywood to help with disaster relief and we expect these efforts to continue.
And now, Hurricane Irma is being tracked and is expected to hit Florida this weekend after almost certainly causing destruction in the islands. As great as out meteorological instruments and scientists are, it’s almost impossible to predict the intensity and course that any storm will take. Hey; it’s Mother Nature.
This is where I can resurrect my Boy Scout motto from too many years ago and tell you that if you live in Florida – “Be Prepared”.
The time to prepare for a hurricane or any major weather related event is? … Anybody?
If you said, “Before it happens”, you’re absolutely right!
With 15 strategic locations throughout Florida, we’ll be prepared to help, just as we’ve been doing with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for the worst (a hurricane) and hope for the best (a mild tropical storm).
The most important thing to put together for you and your family is an emergency kit that contains the basics:
• Food – A 3 day supply of canned (make sure to have a hand operated opener) and dry foods for the family. Nothing that needs refrigeration.
• Water – 3 gallons per person. Tap water is fine if you can’t buy or don’t care to buy bottled water.
• Medications – Enough for at least 3 days.
In addition, you’ll want:
• Cash: Banks and ATMs could shut down. Power outages render debit and credit cards useless.
• Sanitation: Disposable moist towels and garbage bags.
• Backup phone batteries: Extra batteries for your devices could prove essential in a power outage.
• Additional items: Flashlights with spare batteries, blankets, a first aid kid and radios.
Finally, here are tips from the US government on Preparing Your Home
• Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so trim or remove nearby damaged trees and limbs.
• Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas to prevent water damage.
• Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors.
• Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages.
• Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.
Stay inside! Hurricane and even Tropical storm winds are strong enough to pick you up and put you down – hard.