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Hurricane Season 2014 – Are You Prepared?

Hurricane season is fast approaching. Each year, approximately 10 tropical storms form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. Out of these, six become hurricanes. Approximately five hurricanes strike the U.S. coastline during an average three-year period. Of these, two are major hurricanes over 110 mph.  Did you know home owners’ insurance does not cover flooding?

Here are some interesting facts about hurricanes:

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  • 40% of the hurricanes that occur in the United States hit Florida.
  • Hurricanes in the Southern Hemisphere spin in a clockwise direction.
  • Hurricanes in the Northern Hemisphere turn counter clockwise.
  • The terms hurricane, typhoons (Pacific Ocean), and cyclones (Indian Ocean) are different names for the same type of storm.
  • Hurricanes spin around a low-pressure center called the “eye.” Sinking air makes this 20- to 30-mile-wide area calm and free of clouds. A thick ring of clouds called the “eye wall” surrounds the eye and is the strongest part of the hurricane.
  • Though the eye is the calmest part of the storm, over the ocean, it can be the most dangerous area. While waves in the eye wall travel in the same direction, waves in the eye converge from all directions, which often creates rogue waves.
  • Water must be a certain depth for hurricanes to form, at least 200 feet (60 m). Additionally, the water must be warm, over 80º F (27 º C). A hurricane’s strength depends on how warm the water is—the warmer the water, the stronger the hurricane becomes.

Have you been through hurricane season before, if not are you prepared? Here is a list of things you need if a hurricane hits your area:

  • water-one gal. per person per day ,enough for 3 days, don’t forget your pets
  • food- 3 day supply of nonperishable items consider low salt, whole grain cereals, & high liquid content foods
  • radio-battery operated or a hand crank, to keep advised on weather situations, NOAA weather
  • first aid kit
  • flash light with extra batteriesflooded home
  • manual can opener
  • prescription medications and eye glasses
  • cell phone with charger/ inverter or solar charger
  • important documents like your state ID,  soc. sec. cards, birth certificates, insurance policies, proof of residence, stocks, bonds, wills, deeds, recent tax return and any unpaid bills
  • cash/change/travelers checks, check book
  • clean clothing for several days, comfortable shoes, also include rain gear
  • blankets, pillows and sleeping bags
  • hand sanitizer, paper towels and eating utensils
  • Personal hygiene items like toilet paper, tooth brush and tooth paste
  • mosquito repellent and citronella candles
  • garbage bags
  • 2 coolers one for food and one for ice

Here are some reliable sites to get information on what to do before and after hurricanes hit:

RedCross.org

ready.gov

nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready php

FloodSmart.gov

 

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In the event your home has water damage and if you live in the Tampa Bay area, you need an able team of professionals that will deal with your problem adequately. Made up of qualified and experienced experts, PRS is a company that will give you peace of mind even during a chaotic flood or water damage to your home. Water damage needs to be dealt with the moment it occurs. In this regard, we provide a fast response the moment you place a call with us. This greatly reduces any further damage as well as limiting health risks to you and your loved ones.

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