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Hurricane safety: flood, damage, disaster recovery, shelter, emergency.

View Poll Results: The 2007 hurricane season will be:
Another repeat of 2004 - 2005. I am getting ready NOW! 6 25.00%
Weaker than 2004 - 2005 hurricane seasons. 11 45.83%
Nothing to worry about! I am not preparing at all. *yawn* 9 37.50%
I already got my emergency kit, plywood, etc and I am ready! 5 20.83%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 24. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-03-2007, 10:15 AM
 
Location: The best country in the world: the USA
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***Because of how hot this winter has been in the East Coast and the fact that 2007 will be the hottest year on record, Atlantic waters are going to boil and hurricanes will have more fuel than Al Gore's daily caravan of gas guzzling SUVs.

Make some early preparations this year. Get your plywood, water jugs, ice bags in the freezer, flashlights, power generator, etc. Aviod candles because of fire hazards and if you cause a fire, phones won't work and the fire dept will not come.

Unlike 2006, which predictions were solely based on the nighmare we lived in 2004 - 2005, the 2007 season predictions are based on how hot the Atlantic waters are (the fuel for hurricanes). This year, El Nino/La Nina is back. Ugh. ***

'Very active' hurricane season predicted

Story Highlights
• William Gray predicts five intense Atlantic hurricanes in 2007
• Forecaster expects 17 named storms
• Last year, Gray's forecast, like others, overestimated storms
• 2006 brought just five hurricanes, two of them major

FORT COLLINS, Colorado (AP) -- The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season should be "very active," with 17 named storms, a top storm forecaster said Tuesday.
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http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/03/hurricane.forecast.ap/index.html (broken link)

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Old 04-03-2007, 10:24 AM
 
Location: The best country in the world: the USA
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Lightbulb Here is some hurricane preparadness info!

Very good to know since FL is under hurricane season 7 months out of the year.

Mind you, a local news chanell had hurricane season starting in May, as there are tropical storms boiling already in May.

http://www.floridadisaster.org/bpr/EMTOOLS/Severe/hurricanes.htm (broken link)
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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Be prepare not scare or confuse.



Before a Hurricane

* Know where you will go if you have to evacuate.

* Plan your evacuation route.

Contact the local emergency management office or other disaster preparedness organization, and ask for the community hurricane preparedness plan. This plan should include information on the safest evacuation route and nearby shelters. This information can also be obtained by visiting County's Hurricane Preparation web pages.

* Have disaster supplies on hand in the event of a storm, or if you have to evacuate:

Flashlight and extra batteries
Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries
First aid kit and first aid manual (click here for a first aid checklist)
Food (non-perishable) and water (one gallon of water per person per day)
Non-electric can opener
Essential medicines
Baby supplies (diapers, non-perishable milk, baby food)

If you are ordered to evacuate, you should also take:

Personal items, such as toilet paper, toothbrush, towel, tampons, soap
Books, small games and other small entertainment items
Important papers and valuables in a waterproof container
Names and addresses of relatives, friends and other important contacts
Clothing and bedding
Cash and credit cards
Sturdy shoes

* Make arrangements for pets.

Pets may not be allowed into emergency shelters for health and space reasons. Contact your local humane society for information on local animal shelters.

* Make plans for your boat.

Decide what to do with your boat if a storm hits. Choices include taking it out of the path of danger, securing it on a trailer and leaving it parked in a safe area, securing it in a marina or mooring it in a "safe" harbor. If you decide to leave the Keys with your boat, make sure to leave early because after the advent of storm force winds, trailers will no longer be allowed on the highway.

* Protect valuable documents and property, including:

Birth certificates
Marriage certificates
Social security cards
Passports
Immunization records
Bank account and credit card numbers
Photos/video of your home and valuable property
Vehicle titles
Military service papers
Wills
Insurance policies, including personal, homeowners and disaster insurance
Deeds
Stocks
Bonds
Irreplaceable photos
Computer back up of important electronic data
Jewelry

* Make sure that all family members know how to respond after a hurricane. Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.
* Teach children how and when to call 911, police, or fire department and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.
* Protect your windows.

Permanent shutters are the best protection. A lower-cost approach is to put up plywood panels. Use 1/2 inch plywood--marine plywood is best--cut to fit each window. Remember to mark which board fits which window. Pre-drill holes every 18 inches for screws. Do this long before the storm.

* Trim back dead or weak branches from trees. Trim coconuts from palms so they don't become deadly missiles during a storm.
* Check into disaster insurance.

If you do not already have flood and windstorm insurance, you should consider getting it. Remember: Windstorm insurance policies are not sold when a storm threatens, so think far enough ahead. You can find out about the National Flood Insurance Program through your local insurance agent or emergency management office. There is normally a 30-day waiting period before a new policy becomes effective. Homeowners polices do not cover damage from the flooding that accompanies a hurricane.

* Develop an emergency communication plan.

In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), have a plan for getting back together. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.

* Take pictures of your house and property.

Take photos and/or video of your house, it's contents and the surrounding property. This will make it easier to prove loss to your insurance company following landfall.

Hurricane Watches and Warnings

Click here for information about storm classifications

A hurricane watch is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 36 hours. A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane conditions (winds of 74 miles per hour or greater, or dangerously high water and rough seas) are expected in 24 hours or less.
During a Hurricane Watch

* Listen to local radio or television stations for hurricane progress reports and emergency orders.
* Check emergency supplies.
* If you have not already done so, fuel your car.
* If you have not already done so, stock up on water, non-perishable food, water and ice.
* Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
* Secure buildings by closing shutters and/or boarding up windows. Remove outside antennas.
* Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
* Fill bathtubs, washing machines, sinks and other containers with clean water.
* Review evacuation plan.
* Moor boat securely or move it to a designated safe place. Use rope or chain to secure boat to trailer. Use tie downs to anchor trailer to the ground or house.

During a Hurricane Warning

* Listen to local radio and television stations constantly for official instructions.
* If you are in a mobile home, check tie downs, then evacuate immediately to a safe location.
* Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home, or take them with you if you evacuate.
* Avoid elevators.

If you are at home:

* Stay inside, away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.
* Keep your emergency supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. Avoid using open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.
* If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power "surge" when electricity is restored.

If officials indicate evacuation is necessary:

* Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the main water valve.
* Tell someone outside of the storm area where you are going.
* If time permits, and you live in an identified surge zone, elevate furniture to protect it from flooding or better yet, move it to a higher floor.
* Gather pre-assembled emergency supplies, warm protective clothing, blankets and sleeping bags. Review directions to the nearest shelter.
* Leave as soon as possible. Avoid flooded roads and watch for washed-out bridges.

After the Hurricane passes

* If you evacuated, return home only after authorities advise that it is safe to do so. Click here to see more information about Hurricane re-entry.
* If you evacuated, and your house has been vacant for a period of time, enter with caution.
* Stay tuned to local radio and/or television for information. Emergency officials will announce when you may return to your home, or when it is safe to venture outside
* Help injured or trapped persons if you can do so without injury to yourself. Give first aid where appropriate.
* Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Call for help if possible, otherwise wait and help will come to you.
* Avoid loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately if possible to the power company, police, or fire department.
* Beware of snakes, insects, and animals driven to higher ground by flood water.
* Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home.
* Check refrigerated foods for spoilage.
* Drive only if absolutely necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
* Use telephone only for emergency calls.
* Take pictures of the damage, both to the house and its contents and for insurance claims.
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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The danger starts in August and ends in October. 3 months, no big deal. Got a better chance of becomming a millionaire!
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Old 04-03-2007, 04:06 PM
 
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MAKE SURE YOU GET 4 FIVE GALLON GAS CANS AND FILL THEM UP! Trust me....

Also, make sure you have a generator and a portable air conditioner. You could also put a gas grill and ice cooler on the list of items to purchase.

For me: I am just taking my 4 five gallon gas cans and going on a nice trip, if I need to. I don't automatically assume that a storm is going to brew up every year and come here, but I would prepare to take all the necessary precautions.

I wouldn't stay here after a storm without any electricity. It was hard enough taking cold showers and drinking warm water. But, what made it really hard was the allergies! It wasn't just me...my neighbor had a red nose, too!

I was so uncomfortable! Heck, take your four, five gallon gas cans and get on the highway and head north. Don't come back till after the electricity comes back on! Don't worry about your employer. Tell them your life is more important! Besides nobody is going to get any gas after a storm anyway. It's not like your in any position to drive anywhere, anyway. They put curfews out for each neighborhood and tell everybody to stay indoors! Heck, enjoy your vacation! It's better than being here!

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Old 11-12-2007, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Sunny Phoenix Arizona...wishing for a beach.
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I vote for #3
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Old 11-13-2007, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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I vote for #3
That's what I voted for also.
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:12 PM
 
Location: on an island
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Originally Posted by Nirvana-Guy View Post
the 2007 season predictions are based on how hot the Atlantic waters are (the fuel for hurricanes). This year, El Nino/La Nina is back. Ugh. ***

'Very active' hurricane season predicted


FORT COLLINS, Colorado (AP) -- The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season should be "very active," with 17 named storms, a top storm forecaster said Tuesday.

Those named storms are expected to include five intense or major hurricanes, according to forecaster William Gray's team at Colorado State University. Gray said there is a 74 percent probability of a major hurricane hitting the U.S. coast.

Gray has spent more than 40 years in tropical weather research. He heads the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State.
Hmm.
So much for the 17 named storms.
I thought Gray was retired?
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Old 11-20-2007, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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We need a few years like this for everyone to get back on track.. Hurricanes affect the economy for 7 month and the recuperation process can be 5 to 10 years.

Let be thankful...
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Old 12-11-2007, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Any one that listens to these so called hurricane experts need to have their head examined.
Ditto for local weather forecasters..
NO ONE absolutely NO ONE can predict a hurricane and NO One can predict where the hurricane is going to hit land with 3 days.
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