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Landscaping: 4 Ways to Prevent Flooding

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

Garden flowers in rain. Summer flower background. Natural backgrounds An eco-friendly and relatively easy rain drainage option is a rain garden

Four Landscaping Options to Divert Water Away From Your Home

When you take pride in your Bal Harbour, FL, home, you make sure you have a quarterly checklist to keeping Mother Nature from damaging your home. When it comes to outside flooding coming inside from a rain storm, keeping gutters, downspouts, and drains clear is necessary. Along with general maintenance, adding some curb appeal can also prevent water from entering your home. Below are four landscaping options to divert water away from your home.

1. Rain Gardens
An eco-friendly and relatively easy rain drainage option is a rain garden. A flower bed in the right place provides an outlet for water to pool during the storm while slowly absorbing into the soil. These should be located a minimum of 10 feet from the home and where runoff typically flows to.
2. Swales
These are simply a way to redirect drainage via a depression in the landscaping. They can be used to lead water to rain gardens or other areas that drain well. They are designed to naturally contour around a slope and can be complemented with rocks, grasses and shrubs.
3. Pervious Paving
While sprucing up the patio or creating a boardwalk, using porous paving materials can keep water from pooling. They have tiny gaps that allow water to seep through and drain into a gravel layer below. Typical options include pavers, porous concrete and plastic grids. All have their own aesthetic, allowing for personalization while providing a drainage solution.
4. Mulch
Keeping outside flooding at bay may just mean sprucing up existing areas around the home. If bare soil is visible around the house, it may no longer be able to absorb much water. Adding a thick mulch, which comes in many colors, can help absorb storm runoff.
If outside flooding issues aren’t taken care of, your home can very quickly develop water issues that require extensive repairs from a water remediation and restoration provider. By doing a little sprucing up outside, you can protect your house while giving it added appeal.

How Plumbing Issues Can Cause Flooding in Your Building

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Hole on a drywall, view of a pipe A burst pipe is one of the most common ways that water can invade a building

When you think of flooding, massive storms or overflowing rivers may come to your mind. While these issues may not be unheard of in Golden Glades, FL, there are other water damage concerns you should be aware of. Plumbing problems such as a burst pipe could send water throughout your building, resulting in costly cleanup and restoration. Understanding these risks can help you prepare for or prevent flooding.

Do Your Due Diligence

You can't control the weather or what happens with city sewage systems or water lines. However, you can do your part and protect your building and everything inside if floods threaten your safety. Here are some guidelines for preventing standing water and flooding:

  • Make sure your property slopes away from the building.
  • Regularly clean and maintain the rain gutters and downspouts on your building.
  • Have a qualified plumber inspect your plumbing system each year.

When Pipes Break

A burst pipe is one of the most common ways that water can invade a building. If this occurs, you might not see the water right away, as it could hide in walls, under the floor or in ceilings. If you notice your water bill is skyrocketing, or if the water pressure fluctuates considerably, you can suspect that a pipe has broken. Other clues could be that the water smells foul or you see water puddling under sinks. Pipes can break due to age, lack of maintenance or poor construction quality.

When Pipes Freeze

Wintertime can be a headache for plumbers and property owners. When temperatures drop into the single digits and below, the risk of having a frozen pipe goes up. When pipes freeze, the water expands. This could eventually cause leaks or bursts. One of the best ways to keep pipes from freezing is to let the water drip slightly until the temperatures warm up.
Before you call water cleanup specialists to mitigate flood damage from a burst pipe, follow these tips. You can prevent and respond to a burst pipe before the flooding gets too severe.

What To Expect From FEMA Following a Natural Disaster

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

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When a significant disaster occurs in Biscayne Park, FL, some of the first responders may be professionals from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA representatives may help arrange for shelter and assistance for recovery, and they also work with local companies and inspectors to determine the extent of the damage. As you wait for this official to show up at your home, there are a couple of steps you should take:

  • Gather documents to establish proof of residency. These could be the deed to the home, tax records, insurance paperwork, or a mortgage payment book.
  • Take pictures of damages throughout your home and keep an inventory of belongings before you get rid of or move anything.
  • Remove trash and damaged property from the home and yard.


After contacting a government official, you should receive a pamphlet in the mail with further information about your responsibilities and what to expect from government programs.

The Initial Walk-Through

One of the first things a FEMA inspector does at your home is to look at the damage, taking pictures and generally assessing the destruction. Next, the inspector meets with you (the homeowner) to complete paperwork. If you can't prove that you own the property, there may be very little the official can do to help you.

Collaboration Between Professionals

With ownership established, the inspector walks through the property and writes down all of the damage. At this point, the government inspector and the insurance adjuster may collaborate. If you plan to work with local storm and flood damage professionals, this is a good time to contact them for their input. Remember the government and insurance officials aren't necessarily looking out for your best interests. A company representative you've hired has more motivation to give you a full description of the work to be done.

If natural disasters have led to flooding in your Biscayne Park, FL, home, knowing what to expect from FEMA and other officials can reduce some of the stress. Above all, make sure you have the paperwork you need to prove ownership of the property.

Tips to Minimize Roof Damage

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Two roofers inspecting a damaged roof Schedule regular building inspections

Raging winds and severe thunderstorms can wreak havoc on the roof of your business in Miami Shores, FL. As a savvy business owner, you understand the importance of contacting a professional at the first signs of a roof leak. Depending on the storm damage, your damaged roof could take time to repair. Unfortunately, during the wait, the weather may continue to give your building a beating.

Preventive Measures

Roofs may be built to withstand a beating, but only if they are properly maintained. Before a storm even hits, a few preventive measures can ensure a few missing shingles won’t eventually turn into a roof replacement.

Schedule regular building inspections. Monitoring its condition will reveal weak spots that can be more easily fixed before a storm.
Keep nearby trees trimmed and away from the roof. Branches blowing in the wind could actually be scratching protective elements off your roof.
Ensure downspouts and gutters are cleaned and flowing properly.
Inspect foundation and around the structure after any rainfall. This is a great indicator if there is a problem between inspections.
At the first signs of trouble, take action. Waiting to do a repair could turn something that was inexpensive and simple into a massive, expensive project.

Interim Protection

Weather doesn’t abide by our schedules. If a storm creates a roof leak, a temporary repair can prevent further damage from happening. An easy and inexpensive solution is to cover the damaged area with a tarp. Ensure the tarp is big enough. Tightly smooth and secure it to keep additional rain from seeping in. If another storm is brewing and you notice missing shingles, you can reattach them or apply new ones until the storm subsides and a proper repair can be made. If no shingles are available, sheet metal or copper can be used as a temporary solution.
While there is never a good time to have a roof leak, during a period of seemingly never-ending storms can make that damage snowball. Being proactive can help keep your repair budget down and property protected.

Beware of Storms

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Stormy sky with a lighting strike. Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment.

Storms, a natural phenomenon caused by violent atmospheric disturbances occurring over land and water, represent a major potential threat to the entire population of the earth because of their prevalence, the size of areas devastated and the scale of the resulting damage.

There are several different types of storms distinguished by the strength and characteristics of atmospheric disturbances. These are tropical cyclones (typhoons and hurricanes), extra tropical cyclones (winter storms and blizzards), monsoon type storms, tornadoes and thunderstorms.

Certain violent winds, which affect limited areas and the names of which vary from country to country (for example, Bora, Chinook, Faehn, etc.) can be regarded as storms and calI for special preventive, protective and intervention measures.

The different types of storms, their frequency, the seasons during which they occur and the areas usually threatened can be established with some precision but their occurrence and trajectory cannot, until they are already developing. The preventive and protective measures are decisive in such cases and the establishment of meteorological institutes and observatories in each country is necessary to enable the risks to be predicted and the political authorities, firms and population to be warned and advised accordingly.

  1. Preventive and protective measures

The damaging effects of different types of storms are generalIy known to the authorities and inhabitants of the various regions and areas at risk. It is recommended that, if need be, new arrivals’ and tourists contact the public services to find out about the likely risk of a storm in the season when they usually occur and the preventive measures and instructions relevant to such situations.

At the community level the damage caused by storms can be avoided, or at least limited, by:

  1. Permanently monitoring weather conditions and appraising the atmospheric turbulences that could affect the national territory or particular areas.
  2. Co-operating with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) of the United Nations (UN) to strengthen technical and technological assistance and to implement appropriate measures against destructive natural phenomena.
  3. Establishing construction regulations requiring more resistant structures and prohibiting building on areas particularly at risk because of exposure to violent winds, etc.
  4. Determining the probable outcome of a particular event and issuing information bulletins (alarms, protective measures) to the authorities and the general public.
  5. Establishing weIl-equipped management and rescue teams trained in the preventive, assistance and rescue measures needed to respond to the different types of storms likely to strike a built-up area or region.
  6. Training the population, and those in charge of security in companies, in the principles and application of preventive, protective and behavior measures, with a view to reducing the damage caused by a storm.

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How to Check Your Property for Damage After a Storm

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Man checking his roof damage after a storm. Your roof is the most susceptible part of your home to be damaged during a storm.

Conduct a Storm Damage Inspection

The beauty of spring is often tempered by powerful storms, with heavy rains, strong winds and destructive hail. Through it all, your home protects you from the elements, so be sure to check it for damage afterward.

Even if you have no reason to suspect that damage occurred, check your home and its surroundings (once it’s safe to do so, of course). It’s important to identify problems, make emergency repairs and determine if an insurance claim is necessary.

Here’s a handy list of things to check after a storm from the National Storm Damage Center:

Roof

Your roof might be the area of your home most vulnerable to damage in a storm, because so many things can impact it. Whether you’ve had high winds and downed tree branches or just a simple hailstorm, look for these indicators of damage:

  • Holes in the roof 
  • Split seams
  • Missing shingles
  • Leaks in your roof or ceiling

Building Exteriors

While siding, stucco and brick all are durable, they also are susceptible to storm damage. In some instances, homeowners don’t notice until it’s too late to file a claim, so check carefully for:

  • Cracking, chipping or dings and dents on siding. Even if there doesn’t appear to be damage at first, check again at a different time of day. You may see something you missed when the lighting is different. 
  • Holes in stucco. This is a serious problem, even when small, so look closely. If you find holes, have a professional conduct a full property inspection.
  • Damaged brick and tuck pointing. While brick typically holds up well, a check can identify any problem areas.
  • Detached or damaged trim, gutters, etc.

Driveways and Walkways

Concrete can chip, crack and split, not only reducing the lifespan of your driveway or walkway, but potentially creating a safety issue.

Trees

Fallen trees and limbs cause more than $1 billion in damage each year, according to the National Storm Damage Center. Keep in mind that property owners generally are responsible for removing trees and limbs that have fallen on their property, even if it is a tree from a neighbor’s yard. Your insurance policy may help to cover the cost of removal and repairs, depending on the coverage you have and the circumstances of the incident. (There are exceptions to this, depending on the maintenance of the tree, so check with your insurance agent.)

General Tips

  • Severe storms often will knock down power lines. If this happens on your property, rope off 30 feet in each direction around the line and do not touch it. Call 911 and the power company immediately.
  • Be sure to do a full check of your property, including things such as your air-conditioning unit, fences, vent caps, etc. And don’t forget to check your vehicles if they were not garaged at the time of the storm.
  • Don’t forget the crawl space. “Most people don’t ever look down there,” according to J. Szczesny, owner of 4 Seasons Home Inspections in Seattle and a Certified Master Inspector. “You need to be sure no water is getting in, and, if it is, make sure it is removed quickly via a sump pump or underground drainage system.”
  • Take pictures of all damage from different angles. You want to document as much as possible.

Finally, knowing the details of your homeowners coverage, your limits and your deductibles can help you during the insurance claims process. It’s a great idea to examine your policy and know what your homeowners insurance covers now, before the storm.

How Landscaping Can Minimize Flood Damage

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Someones hand holding mulch Using pieces of bark or other mulch will help soak up the water in flower beds and gardens

If you live in North Miami Beach, FL, you are probably accustomed to heavy rains and the threat of outside flooding. Even a moderate amount of water in your home can cause significant damage and expensive cleanup. Protecting your home from a flood can start outside with how you landscape. With some simple designs and arrangements, you can reduce the risk of flooding and feel better when storms arrive.

Use Native Plants

When you begin landscaping your yard, your first thought may be to use plants you think look nice or complement other aspects of your property. While this is certainly an option, be aware that indigenous plants are accustomed to the weather. Native plants have the following advantages during a rain storm:

  • They prevent soil erosion
  • They allow stormwater to drain effectively
  • They can absorb the water more efficiently

Grade the Property

If your yard is not graded to slope away from your home, you need to get to work right away to assist with rain drainage. You want the water to drain away from your house in all directions. This includes the water coming down the rain gutters and downspouts.

Use Mulch

Using pieces of bark or other mulch will help soak up the water in flower beds and gardens. Place mulch near windows and window wells. This will also help prevent the rainwater from washing away the dirt. It's best if the mulch is at least 6 inches deep.

Plant Grass

Xeriscaping can look nice and may be a nice eco-friendly solution. However, if you live in an area where outside flooding is common, it's better to have a thick lawn. The grass can help hold in the water and keeps it away from your home.
It's nice to know you can call a flood cleanup team after a disaster. Still, preventing outside flooding damage in the first place is even better. Using these landscaping tactics could save you a lot of trouble when the rain falls.

Managing Without Power in Miami

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Can Wreak Havoc On Your Miami Home

SERVPRO of North Miami has seen storm damage lead to power outages. This can cause water damage, fire damage, and if not addressed quickly, can also lead to mold damage. 

A power outage can:

  • Disrupt communication
  • Make transportation difficult
  • Shut down water pipes
  • Close businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, ATMS, other services
  • Lead to food spoilage
  • Lead to contaminated water
  • Disable medical devices

During a power outage in Miami, be sure to:

  • Keep freezer & refrigerator doors closed. It will reduce the chance of food spoilage
  • User generators only outdoors and away from windows
  • Disconnect appliances/electronics. Power surges can destroy equipment
  • Have already set up plan to refrigerate medicines
  • For people who use power wheelchairs, have a backup battery. You may also need a manual chair
  • The local power company should already know that someone in your home relies on medical devices
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home or business
  • If travel is safe, go to another location for proper heating or cooling
  • Check on your neighbors.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/index.html

Don't Let Storm Damage Catch You Off Guard in Bal Harbour

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Flood waters can wreak havoc on your Bal Harbour Home

Sometimes what you don’t know can hurt you. Too often, after a storm has damaged our property, what we see initially doesn’t tell the whole story. From hidden foundation compromises to the beginning stages of mold growth under a tub, costs can mount quickly and, before you know it, you’re in the middle of a spending spree that isn’t recreational. When the waters go down, and the damage becomes visible, often we are overwhelmed with the stresses associated with insurance claims and subcontractor costs and errors.  It doesn’t take a psychic to see that you need relief. If or when this happens to you and/or yours, call SERVPRO of North Miami and, in a short amount of time, a crew of professional cleanup and restoration personnel will quickly assess the damage and start the process of making your disaster look “Like it never even happened."

Most Vulnerable Hurricane Locations

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, our storm damage experts are prepared to respond immediately to any and all hurricane restoration needs.

As South Florida residents, we understand the massive dangers that hurricanes present. From coastal cities in the Southeast and Southwest parts of Florida to all of the Florida Keys, Floridians are no strangers to major storms throughout history. While storms are largely unpredictable, there are specific regions throughout the country that are more vulnerable to hurricanes than others.

The following are some of the most vulnerable hurricane locations to date:

  • Key West, Florida
  • Miami, Florida
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • New York City, New York
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Savannah, Georgia

While Florida is most often linked to major hurricanes over the years, a great number of east coast cities are also susceptible to storm damage. Many weather forecasters have stated that everyone should brace themselves for increased hurricane activity over the next 20-30 years. As such, hurricane experts emphasize the importance of hurricane preparedness for the coming years.

At SERVPRO, our storm damage experts are prepared to respond immediately to any and all hurricane restoration needs. Contact our office today to speak with our highly trained storm damage specialists!

Taking Hurricane Warnings Seriously

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

When preparing for upcoming storms this hurricane season, be sure to be an active listener of the weather channel and of warnings from the government.

As Hurricane Florence makes its way closer and closer to the United States, South Florida residents are likely thinking back to the scary and devastating memories of last hurricane season. South Florida saw some very dangerous storms and it is easy to forget just how terrifying hurricanes can be. Unfortunately, Florida homeowners (especially those who have lived here their entire lives) are particularly numb to hurricane watches and hurricane warnings. Often opting to ignore evacuation orders and hunker down, these residents are taking a major risk for themselves and their family.

Hurricanes can literally be a matter of life or death and taking them seriously is critical to maintaining safety for you and your loved ones. First of all, it is important to understand the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. A hurricane watch means that bad weather is forming and is potentially threatening for the area in that watch region. On the other hand, a hurricane warning means that the weather is no longer potentially a threat, but has developed further and has become an immediate danger.

Far too many people mistake a slow hurricane season for being a time to ignore “minor storms”. However, it is important to note that the tail end of every hurricane season is typically the most active and troublesome. Therefore, while South Florida is approaching the end of hurricane season the potential danger could just be getting started. Mandatory evacuations must be taken seriously and followed directly. No matter how much “hurricane experience” you may think you have, it is always best to follow orders from your local government.

When preparing for upcoming storms this hurricane season, be sure to be an active listener of the weather channel and of warnings from government authority. Hurricanes are a serious matter and must be dealt with as such.

Signs of Water Intrusion

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Irma took place August 30th, 2017 – September 13th, 2017, leaving destruction in its path. Many homes and businesses in South Florida were affected by the winds and rain that were brought along with it. Yet, months later there are still reports of damages being found. resulting in mold. At some case there were no signs of water intrusion, but there are things to look for, such as:

  • Cracked, bubbled, or chipped paint
  • Warped laminate flooring
  • Detached baseboards
  • Lifted wallpaper
  • Water stains

As soon as these signs of water intrusion are noticed, it is important to call SERVPRO and allow us to perform an inspection of the home or business to address any issues as soon as possible to return your home or business as to “Like it never even happened.”

Protect Your Home From The Next Storm

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Florida is known for its beaches, sunshine, and hurricane season. For most Floridians hurricane preparedness is already second nature, but at times it can still be overwhelming. But from each storm a new lesson is learned as to how to prepare our homes better for the next season. Each storm is always unpredictable, which is why you should be prepared for before, and after.

Before the storm hits: It is important to stock up on emergency supplies during the beginning of the year to not be rushing to gather what is needed in June when there are many other people scattering to do the same.

The “off season” is also the best time to look into installing impact-resistant windows to have one less worry when getting ready for the hurricane. Rather than setting up shutters, your home will already be prepared.

Just as it's important to prepare before a storm, being prepared after is equally important. If you evacuate only go home after the storm has hit and when your local governor has declared it safe. Coming too early can turn deadly if you run into flooded roadways and falling trees. 

Report any downed power lines and avoid walking through any flooded walkways or roadways. 

If your roof has suffered damages, use tarps to cover it from further water coming in. If your home has broken windows, use plywood to prevent further water damage.

One last step to better prepare for after the storm is to take a picture of all damages to better assist when making insurance claims. 

9 Hurricane Prep Tips for Your Home’s Exterior

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

No matter how many hurricanes you have gone through as a South Florida resident, it is important to remain vigilant every single hurricane season.

As Florida homeowners, business owners, and residents find themselves right in the middle of hurricane season, it is absolutely critical to establish a plan of action for protecting their properties. South Florida is no stranger to nasty hurricane seasons, but with false alarms and constantly-changing hurricane paths, it can get easy to fall into the trap of failing to prepare properly. A lot of people think that buying extra water and canned goods is enough to get themselves and their families ready, but doing just that puts your home in a very risky position. Focusing on preparing your home’s exterior during hurricane season is extremely important for all Floridians.

This hurricane season, keep the following tips in minds as you prepare to safeguard and protect your home’s exterior:

  1. Install shutters on all windows and doors throughout your home
  2. Consider replacing your windows with impact-resistant glass
  3. Be mindful of your garage door and potentially brace your door to withstand hurricane-force winds
  4. Purchase a standby generator to power your home (or a few important areas of your home) in the event that your power grid goes down
  5. Spruce up your landscaping in order to remove any and all possible debris
  6. Inspect your home’s downspouts and gutters to make sure there are no blockages which would prevent water from flowing freely
  7. Remove any and all lawn furniture, any type of planters, and grills that may blow in the wind
  8. Secure any outdoor items that cannot be moved inside
  9. Move your vehicles into the garage or close to the home to prevent damage via fallen trees

No matter how many hurricanes you have gone through as a South Florida resident, it is important to remain vigilant every single hurricane season. Far too many Floridians take for granted being lucky and thus feel immune to hurricane damage. When it comes to Florida hurricanes, it is always better to be prepared than to be sorry. Contact SERVPRO today if your home has suffered any storm damage and our team of restoration professionals will be right there to help!

Hurricane Season Preparation Tips

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

If your home has suffered any storm damage, it's critical to fix it now, before hurricane season strikes again. Contact our SERVPRO storm damage team!

Springtime is a wonderful time of year where the temperatures are perfect and spending time outside is ideal. With every spring, however, inevitably comes summer and that means South Florida residents must aware and educated on looming hurricanes. Hurricane season begins on June 1st every year and spans through September, most often reaching its peak in the month of August. As such, springtime is the right time to begin storm preparation. Homeowners in South Florida are no strangers to hurricanes and the storm damage that they can cause. Therefore, having a plan in place is essential to keep you, your loved ones, and your property as safe as possible.

Hurricane forecasts are always frustrating. Early predictions can have the storm heading right towards your area and late forecasts can change the direction completely. As a result, hurricane preparation must involve getting ready for the unexpected. Keep these hurricane season preparation tips in mind this month:

  • Make a realistic evacuation plan and make sure your family understands it
  • Purchase supplies like water, food, clothing, and blankets now and store them in an accessible place
  • Know your insurance coverage and change it if you are not covered for things like flooding
  • Do a full backup of your most important electronic devices
  • Keep extra chargers and batteries with your packed supplies
  • Keep copes of important documents (financial, medical, legal, etc.) in a safe, secure place
  • Check your shutters and generators now to ensure they are functioning properly
  • Communicate with your family so they know the status of your preparation and the steps to take right before the storm hits

It may seem early so start thinking about hurricanes again, but being prepared now will alleviate a ton of stress come hurricane season. Plus, things like stock piling supplies will put you at an advantage when stores start to run out in pre-hurricane panic. If your home has suffered any storm damage, it is critical to fix it now, before hurricane season strikes again. Contact our SERVPRO storm damage and restoration team today to learn more!

Hurricane Irma

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Irma was a category 4 hurricane when it struck the west coast of Florida, leaving a lot of damage along the way. Yet, the real work begun once the hurricane passed. Immediately SERVPRO's technicians rushed to the warehouse, waiting for the calls to come in, and they came in by the bulk. SERVPRO crews were dispatched from various franchises; which came from all over Florida and even out of state. The first week was strictly handling mitigation of the wet materials left behind by Hurricane Irma, but once the second week rolled in, the remediation process took place. This was the case for a majority of the jobs that were called in for several months after. SERVPRO is always prepared to handle any size disaster. 

Warning Differences

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.
  • Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.
  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware: A Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.

After Hurricane

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Miami Florida during Hurricane Irma

After Hurricane

  • Let friends and family know you’re safe - Register yourself as safe on the Safe and Well website
  • If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding.
Caring For Yourself & Loved Ones
  • Pay attention to how you and your loved ones are experiencing and handling stress. Promote emotional recovery by following these tips.
  • Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
  • Help people who require additional assistance—infants, elderly people, those without transportation, large families who may need additional help in an emergency situation, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.
Returning Home Safely
  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines. Report them immediately to the power company.
  • Follow these tips for inspecting your home’s structure and utilities & systems after a hurricane.
  • Take pictures of home damage, both of the buildings and its contents, for insurance purposes.
Cleaning and Repairing Your Home
  • Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots, and be cautious when cleaning up.
  • Learn more about how to clean up after a hurricane, including the supplies you’ll need, how to deal with contaminated food and water, and how to repair water damage.
  • Don’t just repair your home, build in hurricane-resistant features to help protect against future storms:
    • Secure double entry doors at the top and bottom.
    • Strengthen garage doors to improve wind resistance, particularly double-wide garage doors.
    • Select trees that are not as subject to uprooting to replace any damaged ones. A gardening or landscaping professional can give you excellent advice.
    • If your home has been significantly damaged and will require rebuilding parts or all of it, consider building a safe room.
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  • Ensure roof sheathing is properly installed.
  • Ensure end gables are securely fastened to the rest of the roof.
  • Fasten the roof to the walls with hurricane straps.
  • Elevate your home if it’s near the coast and subject to flooding from storm surge.

Hurricanes

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Tropical cyclones are rotating low pressure weather systems with thunderstorms but no fronts. When these cyclones reach 74 mph or higher, they become hurricanes. Once the storm becomes categorized a hurricane, they get rated between 1 to 5, depending on the maximum sustained winds. The higher the category, the greater the hurricane's potential for property damage. A six year rotating list of names, update and maintained by the World Meteorological Organization, is used to identify these storms. "Hurricane Season" begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th, although hurricanes have occurred outside the time frame. NOAA's (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) National Hurricane Center predicts and tracks these massive storm systems, which occur, on average, 12 times a year in the Atlantic Basin. 

Thunderstorms

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Thunderstorms may seem minor since they are common but they produce lightning and heavy rain which may be dangerous. Even though there are not ways to prevent them, there measures to take before one arrives to minimize damage to your property or self:

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. (In case of outages) 
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile. You are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.(the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.)
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

Tornadoes

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Although uncommon, tornadoes are storms to be kept on our personal radars at all times. A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground and is often visible as a funnel cloud. Tornadoes cause extensive damage to structures and disrupt transportation, power, water, gas, communications, and other services in its direct path and in neighboring areas. The extent of destruction caused by tornadoes depends on the tornado’s intensity, size, path, time of day, and amount of time it is on the ground. Tornadoes can strike in any season and at any time in the day, but occur most often in the spring and summer months. If a tornado was to form over a body of water then it is referred to as a waterspout, yet has the same features. 

Three Actions to Take Now to Prepare for Hurricane Season

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Today we released the 2016 National Preparedness Report, an important guidepost in our work to build a stronger, more resilient America. The findings of this year’s report are significant. This vital information is analyzed to gauge the progress that community partners—including all levels of government, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, communities, and individuals—are making to prepare for a wide array of threats and hazards. We should be prepared for all hazards, from hurricanes and tornadoes to earthquakes and terrorist attacks.

The good news is that this year’s report shows an increase in community resilience over the past three years. This matters because we know that the more resilient communities are before a disaster hits, the faster and stronger they’ll bounce back if disaster strikes. The bad news is that this year’s report also shows that the percentage of Americans who have developed and discussed a household emergency plan with their families has fallen for two years in a row. We must avoid becoming complacent in taking deliberate steps to be prepared for the unexpected.

Being prepared for disasters is a shared responsibility among all of us. And today, as we mark the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, I want to encourage everyone – families, communities and businesses - to take action now to prepare.

We’ve been lucky over the past several years. The United States has not had a significant impact from a hurricane or tropical storm since Hurricane Sandy struck in 2012. But luck isn’t a strategy when it comes to being ready. As we’ve seen too many times before, all it takes is one major hurricane or tropical storm to devastate a community, neighborhood, or family.

When a hurricane hits, it can bring high winds, heavy rainfall, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and even tornadoes. Storm surge produced by hurricanes poses the greatest threat to life and property along the coast. The destructive power of storm surge can travel several miles inland, and large battering waves can result in loss of life, buildings destroyed and road and bridge damage along coastal areas. That’s why if you live in an area where hurricanes are a threat, you need to know where you’d go before the danger arrives and makes evacuation impossible.

We are not powerless against the threat of these disasters. Here are three simple steps you should take today to prepare:

Know your evacuation zone. Evacuation zones are areas that may be impacted by hurricane flooding. Many communities have designated evacuation zones and routes to get citizens to safety. This information can often be found on the websites of your state, county, or town emergency management offices. If a hurricane threatens your community and local officials say it's time to evacuate, don't wait.
Download the FEMA app. With the FEMA smartphone app you’ll have all the information you need to know what to do before, during, and after a hurricane. You can also receive weather alerts in your area from NOAA’s National Weather Service, find lifesaving safety tips, and have access to disaster resources should you need them. You can download the app from the Apple App store or the Google Play store. The FEMA app is also available in Spanish.
Make a plan and build a kit. When a hurricane hits, communications systems can go out, transportation can be limited, and it could be days before emergency responders are able to reach your community if you need help. Making a plan - and practicing that plan - helps to ensure you and your family are safe and ready for these challenges. Your plan should include:
Family communication plan: Talk with your family members about how you will contact one another in an emergency. Know how you will check in with family members in different locations, how you will care for children or members with access and functional needs, and how your family will get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landlines don’t work.
Emergency Supply Kit: A ‘go kit’ is a bag that contains basic items you and your family may need, during an emergency. Kits should contain non-perishable food, water, and other supplies, such as flashlights, local maps, and a battery-powered radio, to last you and your family for at least 72 hours. Visit Ready.gov for a complete list of items.
Pets: Many local shelters do not permit pets, but laws require them to accept service animals. Know what you will do with your pet if you need to evacuate.
We want everyone to enjoy the summer without having to worry about what to do when severe weather threatens. The best way to do that is to prepare now and know what you’re going to do in the event of a hurricane. Planning ahead gives you more options and better control over situations that could become chaotic at the last moment if you’re not ready. To learn more about how to prepare for a hurricane visit ready.gov/hurricanes.

 

Floods

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

Floods

Floods generally occur as a result of bad weather ( for example : storms, cyclones, tornadoes or thunderstorms, heavy or persistent rain), melting snow or ice, or the sudden discharge of water.

These events lead to a rise in the water level of major riverbeds or to an accumulation of flow water, to the resurgence of underground rivers or to thaws in low-lying areas adjoining stream banks or river estuaries. In mountainous areas, landslides, earthquakes, and avalanches can cause the overflowing or rupture of hydraulic dams or cause unstable blockages at certain points on rivers, and thus threaten or destroy people and the infrastructure located in the lower parts of valleys.

Bursting or overflowing of hydraulic dams, as well as seismic/tidal waves are special cases which require specific protective measures.

Damage caused by floods can vary greatly according to the nature of the phenomenon at the origin of the flood. They can affect whole regions or certain limited sectors. Moreover, their impact will vary according to whether the event is sudden and violent or a steady but relatively slow rise of flood waters which will inundate a vast area, especially plains situated near or at the mouth of rivers.

The danger is obviously highest in mountainous areas or steep valleys where depressions will be totally levelled or momentarily drowned then covered in debris carried by the flood water (rocks, sand, gravel); this will result in the destruction or burial of all or some of the dwellings, of the economic infrastructure and of vital installations (energy grids, communications and drinking water). This also happens when torrential rainstorms occur in arid regions and deserts where the water cannot penetrate the impermeable soil and, depending on the topography, runs off as surface water destroying homes and settlements over a wide area.

AIl types of floods have grave consequences, mainly because of their secondary effects. Localized flood, or one involving a small rise in water level can lead to large-scale damage, to the interruption or destruction of communication routes (road, rail, etc.) or the loss of infrastructure and damage to the environment (economy, supplies, crops). 

  1. Preventive and protective measures

As opposed to other natural phenomenon (landslides) or the causes of certain floods (tidal waves, bad weather), the risk of flood from rising water levels is predictable, although it is difficult to know when it will occur. It is therefore possible to determine the areas at risk.. This is also true in the case of hydraulic dam bursts or overflows since their consequences can be calculated from the volume of water held, the slope and topography of the valley, and the absorptive capacity of the rivers located below.

Long-term preventive and protective measures will essentially consist in regulating the layout of the areas at risk by legislation calling for a systematic appraisal of potential natural dangers, and taking these into account when defining areas that can be built on, and when granting planning permission. These preventive measures will, as far as possible, be completed by an obligation to replant and maintain forests and vegetation, and by the control of upland water streams and rivers. To this end, it can only be recommended that a national hydrological or geological institute responsible for studying these problems and coordinating preventive measures be set up.

At the community level general preventive measures can be summarized as follows:

- Permanent monitoring of the risk of flooding (establishment of a network to measure the water levels of streams/rivers).

- Setting up one or several information and flood warning centers for the population especially with regard to large capacity hydraulic dams.

- Issuing regulations banning building, residing in, and access to identified risk zones and implementing specific protective systems such as alarm signals.

- Building and developing infrastructure that will prevent, avoid or limit floods and protect the population.

- Planning the evacuation of the population likely to be at risk, and instructing them on how to behave in case of a flood.

- Forming well trained and equipped management and rescue teams.

- Lowering water levels in hydraulic dams and increasing the flow of rivers ) preventive measures. 

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Please follow the tips outlined in our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.

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Earthquakes

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Earthquakes

  1. Introduction

The term "earthquake" or seismic tremor is a good description of the natural phenomenon which suddenly strikes an area causing damage that varies according to the intensity of the quake and local geological conditions. Close to the epicenter of the quake, the damage is direct, resulting in immediate destruction, such as collapsed buildings and other infrastructure, and indirect or secondary, resulting, for example, in fires, landslides, ruptured water and gas mains, interruption of electricity supplies, floods, etc..

It should be noted that the main quake is regularly followed by after-tremors, which may occur a few hours, days or even months later and which can be as violent as the initial earthquake. These can cause considerable additional damage which, unless protective measures are taken by the political authorities and their intervening bodies, can result in numerous victims.

Seismic waves (usually known by their Japanese name, "Tsunamis" or tidal waves) are caused by severe underwater earthquakes, or by collapsing sea or lake beds which often result from an earthquake or volcanic eruption. The waves produced spread in all directions at high speed (several hundred kilometers an hour) and, even after having travelled several hundred kilometers from their underwater epicenter, may become very high (tens of meters) when they reach shallow coastal waters or narrow bays. They thus give rise to major dangers for the exposed population and coastal infrastructure, such as hotel resorts, port installations and buildings on the coast.

  1. Preventive and protective measures

Because man has no control over earthquakes they must be considered as unavoidable events.

The damage they cause can, therefore, only be limited by taking long-term security measures to avoid the collapse of homes and important infrastructure, such as, for example dams, nuclear power stations, reservoirs of toxic or inflammable materials, power lines, communication networks, bridges, etc. It is the same for tsunamis. It is clear that such long-term security measures will be adapted to the major dangers that threaten different regions. This is notably the case for areas subject to high tectonic pressure or situated over geological faults, the main causes of high seismic activity (for example the areas situated around the Pacific Ocean and the Mediterranean).

It is up to the governments of the states at risk to establish local seismic building standards ensuring that buildings are resistant to earthquakes, having a solid base and foundations with shock absorbers or dampers that can reduce the effects of seismic tremors. Building should also be flexible and resistant to horizontal and vertical tensions. However, the recent earthquakes in Kobe and Los Angeles have shown that full protection from earthquakes does not exist.

It should be noted that states with civil protection shelters for use in wartime have at their disposal an additional safety measure to protect their citizens in case of an earthquake and, more particularly, from the aftershocks.

Logically, precautions against tsunamis can only consist in the establishment of an observation and warning system along the coasts which have been shown in the past to be subject to this type of disaster.

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