Faster To Any Size Disaster


key-west-81664_1280Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. We have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A HURRICANE

HurricaneBeing prepared for a hurricane, like any disaster, is usually on the bottom of our to-do list.  That is, until we see the weather report that predicts a possible hurricane in your area in the next few days.  Then you join the crowds in heading to the store to buy the essential groceries, extra gasoline, batteries and other essentials before you hunker down to ride out the storm.  This approach to hurricane preparation is one of the more stressful and less guaranteed approaches.  You may find yourself stuck in traffic, long lines at the fuel pump or checkout counter and staring at empty shelves with no supplies.

You might not know this, but you are already behind the curve on preparing for hurricane season this year.  The official hurricane season for the Atlantic Coast of the US runs from June 1st through November 30th.  You may have already seen a hurricane in your area this year, but chances are you will see more as the fall approaches.  Today is your day to outsmart the crowds and prepare while the skies are blue.

The National Weather Service Hurricane Information Center has a comprehensive plan for what to do in the event of a hurricane.  Read more from the National Hurricane Center. Local stations, such as Local 10, do a great job in keeping South Florida prepared for disaster.

The first few steps of the National Weather Service’s Hurricane Preparedness plan are to gather information and supplies.  It is always a good idea to know where the emergency services are located in your area, what the hurricane evacuation routes are and have contact numbers for the local hospitals and shelters.  This information should be kept in your supplies kit along with other emergency supplies you may need during a hurricane.  Below are some recommendations for your hurricane supply kit.

Hurricane Supply Kit:

  • 3 gallons of water per person you expect to have with you
  • 3 day supply on non-perishable food for each person you expect to have with you
  • Solar or crank powered radio and/or NOAA radio
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Whistle or air horn for signaling
  • Rain ponchos for everyone you expect to have with you
  • Supplies to make a shelter like plastic sheeting, tape and rope.
  • Simple tools like a knife, pliers, and adjustable wrench
  • Local maps and emergency information

Bug-Out-BagKeep this hurricane supply kit in a location that is easy to get to for all family members, but away from windows and doors.  Consider putting it in an interior closet or basement in a water tight container.  Complete disaster kits are available from different manufactures today.  Check out this example of a 1 person 72 hour survival bag at OuttaGEAR.

After having your local information and hurricane kit prepared have a plan for after the disaster.  Make sure you talk about when and where you will meet if you are separated from friends or family, and how you will contact each other.  Also, make plans for how you will begin to rebuild or repair in the aftermath.  Getting yourself through the hurricane is the most important part of your survival plan, but it is important to consider how you will recover and restore any personal property that was damaged or lost during the storm.  ServiceMaster of by Alpha specializes in water and flood damage repair, specifically due to natural disasters.  They are prepared 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you assess the extent of your water damage, remove the water and start the drying and dehumidification process immediately.  When it comes to water damage, the more quickly you act, the more of your home and possessions you will be able to save.  As the final part of your hurricane preparation, call ServiceMaster of by Alpha today to learn more about how they can help you recover after a hurricane.  You can contact ServiceMaster at 305-899-1600 or complete our online contact form. We also recommend that you join our newsletter to stay informed about hurricane preparedness. 

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