A storm forming in the Gulf of Mexico passed tropical depression status in a matter of hours, earning the title of a tropical storm from the National Hurricane Center on July 11. With winds reaching speeds of 40 mph and a predicted 20 inches of rain in some locations, Tropical Storm Barry is expected to continue growing stronger and potentially even become Hurricane Barry by July 12-13. Landfall is expected on Saturday in mid-Louisiana.
Tropical Storm Barry has already caused significant flooding in New Orleans, and much more is expected this weekend. Although Texas may be lucky enough to escape the worst of the heavy rains and floods, increased rain across the southern Texas region indicates a need to prepare for what’s to come.
How Will This Affect Southern Texas?
The path of the developing hurricane is predicted to just barely miss the Houston area. However, that doesn’t mean Texas will get off scot-free. Houston, Galveston, and the surrounding areas will likely experience a 13-25% chance of hurricane-force winds, according to ABC-13. At least 3 inches of rain is also likely, though downpours should be expected.
Pro Tip: Heavy rains and winds could knock out your power temporarily. If this happens, track Hurricane Barry’s path and upcoming weather through the ABC-13 mobile app.
Protect Your Property from Flooding
Hurricane Barry’s high winds and potential for heavy rains can cause severe damage to unprotected buildings. For your business, consider an Aqua-Barrier to keep the flooding in check and ensure your business can open quickly after the storm has passed. Even a few inches of water can damage your business severely–don’t let it get to that point.
Other Hurricane Preparations
Once the flood barriers are in place, make sure you have all the standard hurricane supplies you’ll need:
- Non-perishable food
- Food and supplies for any pets
- Flashlights and batteries
- A battery-powered radio, battery packs for your phones, or some other way to monitor the weather
- Enough gas to fill your car
While the weather may not get much worse than a severe thunderstorm for much of Texas, power outages are still likely. Additionally, if things escalate and the National Weather Service institutes a mandatory evacuation, make sure you have enough supplies to leave immediately.
Preparing for the Worst
During hurricane season, the weather can behave in a strange and seemingly unpredictable manner. Fortunately, there are plenty of steps you can take to protect yourself and your property from heavy rains and high winds. Take the time to prepare for Hurricane Barry and be ready to sit out the rain over the weekend.
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Hurricane season is back and expected to be more active than average this year. This means it’s time to start thinking hurricane preparation to protect your projects. The financial and project impact is much higher without preparation.
Hurricane Preparation Tips for Your Construction Sites
You may not be able to prevent all damages brought on by a hurricane, but you can prevent some and lessen most others with preparation. As you begin your preparations, keep in mind the following tips:
Create a hurricane preparation plan.
You need a plan that covers what to do during pre-construction, once a storm is named, during a hurricane watch, during a hurricane warning, and after the storm. Designate a person in charge of implementing your plan and training your response and recovery teams.
Keep an eye on the weather.
Designate a team member to monitor the weather once a storm has been named. Remember, a storm doesn’t have to be considered a hurricane to impact your projects. Flooding often causes more damage than high velocity winds.
Secure job sites.
Keeping your sites cleaned and well-maintained will make emergency procedures much easier. Take photographs to record the status of all your projects before a storm hits. Deploy a flood barrier around your job sites for flood prevention. Dismantle and secure all scaffolding and move all potential projectiles indoors before the storm hits.
Train your employees.
You should conduct periodic employee trainings on your hurricane preparation plan. Make sure everyone understands the plan and how to implement it. Provide special training for the members of your response and recovery teams.
After the Storm
Once local authorities give you the green light, return to your project sites to begin the cleanup. Start by assessing the damage and taking pictures. Use extreme caution while navigating your work sites, especially if there’s still standing water. The same goes for re-entering buildings after a storm. Watch for jagged or sharp debris in the water and compromised structural elements within buildings.Activate your recovery team. Make sure all individuals involved in the cleanup process are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Protecting Your Projects
You and your team work hard to complete your projects on time and with high quality. The weather is one factor outside of your control. Don’t be caught in a hurricane or other storm without a proper hurricane preparation plan. Remember, flooding from hurricanes typically causes more damage than the high-velocity winds. Use this guide to hurricane preparation for construction sites to get started.
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Hurricane season 2016 is upon us. You may be wondering, like most property owners, how active this season will be. The 30-year average is 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. The expectation this year is almost identical. Meteorologists expect to see 13 named storms, five hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. You don’t have to remember very far back to realize the devastation just one hurricane can bring. If you haven’t already prepared, now is the time to make sure your family will be safe and your property is carefully protected.
Preparing Yourself and Your Family
First things first, you want to be sure that you and your family are prepared for the risks that hurricane season impose. The safety of you and your loved ones should be a top priority. When a hurricane watch or warning is issued is not the time to begin your preparations – start before the season begins.
Here are a few things you can do to make sure you and your family are ready for hurricane season:
- Know evacuation routes.
- Gather all tools and supplies you may need, including non-perishable food items, plenty of fuel and water, and a complete first-aid kit.
- Be sure you have somewhere secure in your home to shelter in place from the storm if evacuation is not deemed necessary.
- Pay attention to local news sources for information on the weather and any impending danger to you and your family.
- Develop a communication plan and determine a place to meet, should you and your family become separated during the storm and lose phone and internet service.
- Invest in a generator to power the main part of your home and any life-saving medical equipment, if applicable.
How to Prepare Your Home
If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, you are familiar with the damage that can be caused to your home. And not just from the dangerous wind speeds, but the massive amount of water that is released during the storm. Inland flooding is a deadly hurricane threat responsible for more than half the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States. Most homeowners are prepared with insurance policies to cover the resulting damage, but many times are not aware of preventative measures you can take to minimize the risk of said damage.
Here are a few things you can do to prepare your home and minimize the risk:
- Invest in storm shutters for your windows or protect them with plywood boards.
- Secure outside objects that may be picked up by the high-speed winds and thrown against your home.
- Purchase or rent a flood barrier and install it around your home to keep flooding waters from entering your property and home.
While there is no way to completely avoid hurricane season, learning how to prepare for hurricanes can literally save your life as well as your home or business. Contact us to learn more about preventative measures you can take to minimize your risks.