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Hurricane Season 2020: How to Weather the Storm

Hurricane Season 2020: How to Weather the Storm

Hurricane Season 2020: How to Weather the Storm

We all know how devastating a hurricane storm can be, especially during the peak of hurricane season 2020. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts 19 to 25 named storms and 7-11 hurricanes. Also, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season might be worse due to a La Nina expected to develop a few months ahead.

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So, you need to start thinking of hurricane preparedness to protect your family and property when a storm is forming. Otherwise, you may not reverse all the damages caused when the hurricane or tropical storm hits hard. Thankfully, we’ll look at what you should do to prepare adequately for the hurricane season 2020. Let’s get started!

Construction Site Preparedness

The best way to protect a construction site from the devastating impacts of hurricanes is by creating a hurricane preparedness plan. Once a climate prediction center has named an impending hurricane, figure out what to do before, during, and after the hurricane activity.

Here are some ways to prepare a construction site for the hurricane season 2020.

  • Keep the site clean and well-maintained for quick emergency procedures
  • Deploy a water inflated property protector around the site to prevent flooding
  • Secure or move potential projectiles indoors, including the scaffolding

Pro Tip: You should always monitor the weather once the National Hurricane Center has mentioned an impending hurricane storm in your area.

School Safety Preparedness

Most schools use flood insurance policies to cover damage costs caused by tropical storms and hurricanes. However, there are measures you can take to prevent or mitigate the damages.

Here are some of the ways to prepare your school for the hurricane season 2020.

  • Devise an effective communication plan to inform everyone of potential floods
  • Create a flood emergency plan to promote the safety of everyone in the school
  • Install an inflatable flood barrier around school buildings to prevent flooding
  • Move computers and other expensive electronics to higher levels

Business Property Preparedness

If you’ve set up a business in a hurricane-prone area, you need to protect it from the storm’s impacts, such as flooding. Otherwise, your property might get damaged.

Here are the ways to prepare your business property for the hurricane season 2020.

  • Move treasured or expensive items such as furniture to higher levels
  • Invest in a water inflated property protector to protect your property from floods
  • Communicate a hurricane emergency plan with all your employees
  • Clear gutters and drainage systems to carry away water from your property

Are You Ready for the Next Storm?

An effective hurricane preparedness plan can help prevent or mitigate the storms’ destructive impacts during the hurricane season 2020. Major hurricanes such as Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Katrina can be catastrophic and require you to take advanced safety measures. Just follow all the tips we’ve discussed to protect your family and property.

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Getting Your Construction Site Ready for a Hurricane

Getting Your Construction Site Ready for a Hurricane

Since strong hurricane winds can cause significant destruction in a construction site, hurricane preparedness is essential. When the storm hits hard, it can blow away building materials, flood the construction site, and weaken buildings under construction.

As a construction manager, it’s essential to prioritize the safety of all workers on the site. You need to protect them from the devastating impacts of hurricanes by preparing in advance. Let’s look at the best hurricane preparedness strategies to help.

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Developing a Plan Before the Storm Hits

As the peak of hurricane season approaches, you need to create a hurricane plan to guide you. It should highlight all the guidelines to follow before, during, and after the storm. You can appoint someone to oversee and implement the plan appropriately. 

Stay Alert

You need to keep an eye and ear on the weather. The best way to achieve that is by appointing a team to monitor the weather 24 hours closely. Also, frequently visit weather websites to check for weather alerts that require an immediate response.

Locking Down the Worksite

As the storm approaches the construction area, you need to lock down the construction site to keep everyone safe. Secure structures and equipment and evacuate all the workers from the site. Here’s a more detailed look at both of these steps:

Securing Structures and Equipment

  • Cover delicate materials with plastic sheets to avoid water damage
  • Weigh down all light materials using sandbags and ground anchors
  • Tie up loose materials together using a rope to prevent dispersing
  • Remove tools and equipment that can get damaged with water
  • Place sandbags around the perimeter of the structure to reinforce it
  • Install Aqua-Barrier cofferdams around structures to keep away flood water

Evacuating Workers from the Site

  • Develop an evacuation plan from the site
  • Stay tuned to radios, social media, and televisions for weather alerts
  • Evacuate as soon as the local authorities give a word

After the Storm

The storm is over, and the local authorities have given you the green light to return to the construction site. So, what are the things to do after the hurricane storm?

  • Assess all the damages on the construction site
  • Clean up all the materials and debris scattered on the site by floodwater
  • Pump out the flood water in the construction site
  • Engage your recovery team to oversee the re-entry process

Pro Tip: Beware of sharp objects in the floodwaters as you return to the construction site! Stay out of the water and stay away until it’s safe to go back.

Riding Out the Hurricane

Construction site hurricane preparedness is of crucial relevance before a hurricane or tropical storm makes landfall. The best way to avoid the destructive impacts of hurricanes is by completing construction projects on time. If the hurricane storm comes before you finish the project, create emergency plans to protect workers and property.

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Hurricane Safety Tips to Ride Out the 2020 Hurricane Season

Hurricane Safety Tips to Ride Out the 2020 Hurricane Season

Hurricanes are one of the most devastating natural events in the world. From major flooding, mandatory evacuations, property damage, and even fatalities, hurricanes can quickly cause destruction wherever they land. As the peak of hurricane season approaches, it’s important to know all the hurricane safety tips to keep your family safe. 

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Preparing to Hunker Down

When hurricanes hit land, they can create tornadoes, torrential rains, tropical storms, and landslides. These events can cause widespread devastations, such as deaths and property losses. In response, it’s important for both home and business owners to prepare early in order to avoid the devastating impacts of hurricanes.

Here are five hurricane safety tips to help you ride out the 2020 hurricane season.

  1. Keep your fridge as cold as possible
  2. Don’t enter the floodwaters
  3. Stay on higher ground
  4. Cover your windows
  5. Stock up on emergency supplies

1) Keep Your Fridge as Cold as Possible

Place a thermometer inside your fridge to ensure the temperature remains food safe when the power goes out. A refrigerator can keep your food cold for up to four hours and a freezer will continue to stay cold for up 48 hours. If you have a fridge, you can make freeze packs to keep it cold when the power goes out for more than four hours. In the event of a power outage, be sure to keep the freezer and refrigerator doors closed.

2) Don’t Enter the Floodwaters

Flooding caused by hurricanes is devastating, especially in places where it isn’t adequate drainage in place. To avoid getting swept away by water currents, stay out of floodwaters. Most importantly, don’t drive in flooded areas. If the flooding comes into contact with the electricity grid, it can be hazardous to get into floodwater. Dire consequences such as electrocution could occur.

3) Stay on Higher Ground

If you live in an area prone to flooding or a hurricane evacuation zone, consider moving to higher ground to stay away from the floodwater. If your home or business starts to flood when you’re inside, move upstairs or to the attic where water cannot reach you. Remember to carry essential supplies with you, such as drinking water and food.

4) Cover Your Windows

When a hurricane hits hard, many pieces of debris can fly uncontrollably and shatter your windows. To guard against sharp flying glasses, be sure to cover all the windows in your home before the hurricane winds strike. Use affordable DIY fixes, such as hurricane films or marine plywood covers.

Pro Tip: Install plastic, metal, or fabric pieces on the windows or high-impact glass to protect against flying debris during a major storm.

5) Stock Up on Emergency Supplies

Emergency plans and supplies are essential, especially if you live in high-risk areas. As you assemble an emergency kit, be sure to include all the materials for first aid and medical supplies. If you use life-support devices that use electricity, get a generator to supply power during an outage. Other emergency supplies might include flashlights, batteries, and a weather radio that picks up frequencies from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Be Ready for Severe Weather

If you live in a hurricane-prone area, follow these hurricane safety tips to keep your family and property safe. If a hurricane is headed your way, don’t forget to cover your windows, move to higher ground, and stock emergency supplies for your safety. By being prepared beforehand, you can ensure that you will be ready for whatever major storm is forecasted in your area.

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4 Resources for Hurricane Information

4 Resources for Hurricane Information

2020’s hurricane season isn’t over until November 30. And for Houstonians, hurricanes and their fallouts are all too familiar. Staying up to date on local developments and news can save lives. Where can you go for reliable information during hurricane season?

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Where to Find Information

Anything from local news networks to neighborhood social media pages can keep you updated on any potential problems from severe weather. During a natural disaster, keep these resources in mind:

  1. National Weather Service forecast
  2. Local news sources
  3. DriveTexas.org
  4. American Red Cross hurricane app

1) National Weather Service Forecast

This one should be a no-brainer. The National Weather Service forecast provides you with live information and warnings on local conditions. Keep an eye on this page to monitor the storm.

Pro Tip: A hurricane watch means that conditions may be right to form a hurricane. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are highly expected in a given area. A warning means you should evacuate the area as soon as possible.

2) Local News Sources

National news services may be able to tell you how the storm is moving, but your local news is more equipped to show what’s actually happening nearby. Local TV stations or even your neighborhood social media groups are excellent ways to stay on top of developments close to your home. Consider contributing your own updates if you can–the more information is made available, the better equipped your community will be to handle the hurricane.

3) DriveTexas.org

DriveTexas.org maintains an up-to-date map of road conditions, construction, and closures across Texas. Use this website to plan your evacuation route and avoid closed or flooded roads.

4) American Red Cross Hurricane App

The American Red Cross has developed safety apps for every situation from tornadoes to earthquakes to emergency pet care. But when a hurricane is forming in the ocean, you should definitely use their hurricane app. This app allows you to track the hurricane, monitor local conditions, and let loved ones know you’re safe if all other communications are down. If you don’t have easy access to the National Weather Service or local forecasts, this app is an excellent backup plan.

Stay Informed & Stay Safe

Hurricanes can turn a perfectly safe neighborhood into a flooded disaster zone in an alarmingly short time. Don’t get caught unaware! Take full advantage of these hurricane information resources to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this hurricane season.

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The 5 Hurricane Categories Explained

The 5 Hurricane Categories Explained

Hurricanes are an unfortunate reality for many coastal states. However, the term “hurricane” on its own isn’t sufficient to describe the storm. Hurricanes can range from particularly severe thunderstorms to truly devastating disasters. To give people an accurate idea of the potential damage that can result, weather organizations such as NOAA use a system of five categories to differentiate hurricanes.

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The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, also known as the scale of hurricane categories, uses wind speeds to determine the potential severity and damage of a developing hurricane. This provides an at-a-glance perspective for people hurrying to evacuate and for meteorologists trying to estimate the danger. But this scale isn’t a perfect predictor of damage. Hurricanes bring heavy rain, storm surges, and lightning as well as high winds. Don’t assume that a lower-category hurricane will implicitly do less damage–other factors at play could have the opposite effect.

1) Category 1

A category 1 hurricane is defined as a rotating storm with wind speeds between 74-96 miles per hour. Homes and businesses will suffer minor damage from wind and possible flooding, though reinforced glass windows are generally safe. The biggest risk of a category 1 hurricane is its ability to knock out the local power supply. Keep a generator handy or be ready to wait several days for the electricity to come back on.

Pro Tip: Some people choose not to evacuate from a category 1 hurricane. While you will likely be safe from a category 1 hurricane in a sturdy house with plenty of emergency supplies, anything worse than that warrants immediate evacuation.

2) Category 2

Category 2 hurricanes have wind speeds between 96-110 miles per hour. Hurricanes of this strength will definitely deal some damage to homes and businesses on a larger scale than a category 1. Low-lying areas will likely flood, and power outages can last for days or weeks depending on the extent of the damage.

3) Category 3

This is where things start to get really serious. A category 3 hurricane, considered a major hurricane, has wind speeds between 111-130 miles per hour. This type of hurricane can destroy small, weak buildings and can damage even sturdier structures. Victims may be without electricity or running water for weeks, and debris will likely block or damage roads. 

4) Category 4

With wind speeds between 131-150 miles per hour, category 4 hurricanes are true catastrophes. Trees will be snapped in half. Homes can lose their roofs or exterior walls. Heavy flooding can render entire regions uninhabitable for weeks or months, placing local residents in serious danger. You will definitely experience total power loss and likely lose your access to running water for several weeks.

5) Category 5

A category 5 hurricane, the highest of the rankings, is also the most dangerous. With wind speeds over 155 miles per hour, category 5 hurricanes are capable of completely destroying your business, office building, or home. Severe inland flooding and the total destruction of local communities will render large areas uninhabitable for months. 

Watch the Weather

Nobody likes to think about a devastating hurricane knocking out power and making neighborhoods uninhabitable for weeks. Unfortunately, summer and autumn in a coastal Texas region are prime time for hurricanes. Keep an eye on the weather and take note of the predicted hurricane categories. While it’s not a perfect indicator, it will give you an idea of what to expect.

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Hurricane Preparedness Guide for Your Business

Hurricane Preparedness Guide for Your Business

Staying safe during hurricane season is important for both big and small businesses. The best way to prepare for any tropical storm or hurricane headed your way is by planning ahead. Ensure the continued protection of your employees and property assets with this guide to hurricane preparedness.

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According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility.” While certain measures might be made by your governing authorities, it’s ultimately your priority to protect your business. If major flooding occurred in your area, having the right tools and equipment should be done in advance. Get your business prepared for this year’s hurricane season with the following recommendations.

Evaluate Any Potential Risks

To ensure proper planning, It’s important for you to know how your business could be affected by major weather storms. What scenarios would you face if your business activities were paused or disrupted due to a severe storm? Based on questions from FEMA’s Back-to-Business Self Assessment, you may experience:

  • Not having access to office or computer equipment
  • Loss of utilities such as gas, electricity, internet, or water
  • Having to pay your employees on a limited business income
  • Obstructed roadways making it impossible for your employees to commute
  • Disruption of your regular business processes
  • Storm damage to your property or equipment

Make an Emergency Plan

With an accurate view of your business’s risks, you can better prepare for an incoming storm. Consult with local officials and your employees to formulate an emergency plan that is customized for your business. Every business has different dynamics to consider, such as your location, types of services, and equipment handling. That being said, the goal of any emergency plan is to keep your employees safe and ensure business continuity.

Consider implementing the following safety measures:

  • Backing up data or storing it on a cloud for easy access
  • Storing important documents in airtight containers
  • Mapping evacuation routes
  • Installing storm shutters or flood-barriers
  • Investing in a first-aid emergency kit
  • Setting up a communication tool for employees

Pro Tip: Move any equipment to higher ground or away from windows to guard against damage from rising flood water.

Pay Attention to Weather Alerts

In the days before a hurricane strikes, local news forecasts can help to give you a clear picture of the storm’s path and severity. However, circumstances can change in a matter of days, or in many cases, hours before a storm hits. Make sure you have a way to keep a tab on current weather conditions so that you can plan accordingly. Whether you need to send your employees home early or gather extra supplies, staying up to date will keep both you and your team safe.

Preparing Your Business

The power of hurricanes can’t be underestimated. With high winds ranging from 74 mph or higher, the impact of a hurricane on your business could be catastrophic. Make sure you have the proper plans and flood protection equipment in place to get ready for any storms headed your way.

Not sure where to start? Connect with our team to determine how you should be preparing for a major tropical storm or hurricane.