JACKSONVILLE, FL — The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November and is forecasted to include 11 named storms, including five hurricanes. However, El Niño is on its way which may play a major role in severe weather. This year, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awareness theme Resolve to be Ready, focuses on the family and preparedness including: who to call, where to meet and what to pack.
Paul Davis Restoration, Inc., a national franchise company and leading provider of fire and water damage clean up and restoration services for residential and commercial properties, encourages families and businesses to get ready and offers the following tips for safety during hurricane season:
Pre-hurricane season preparation:
- Build an “Emergency Ready Kit”
- Prepare a family communications plan
Know the terminology:
- Tropical Storm – Alow-pressure, tropical system with winds near the center between 39 and 73 mph.
- Hurricane – A hurricane has sustained winds near the center of a tropical storm that reach 74 mph.
- Hurricane Watch –When a hurricane or tropical storm is possible within 36 hours.
- Hurricane Warning –When a hurricane or tropical storm isexpected within 24 hours.
- Eye – Thecenter of a hurricane with the strongest winds and heaviest rains. Inside the eye is typically calm.
- Storm Surge – The onshore push of ocean water from high winds that is making landfall.
When a hurricane watch or warning is issued:
- Protect windows with plywood boards or storm shutters.
- Secure outside objects.
- Pay attention to weather reports on radio, TV or the Internet.
- Make arrangements for the elderly or those who have special needs to be evacuated, pets too.
- Leave low lying areas.
- Evacuate if instructed to leave.
What to do during the storm:
- Stay in a secure room and away from windows.
- Don’t use the telephone or candles.
- Monitor weather and civic service bulletins on regular or NOAA weather radio.
- Remain indoors when the eye of the hurricane moves over your area, the storm will resume shortly.
What to do after the storm:
- Make sure everyone is safe and accounted for.
- Monitor the radio and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook for information from emergency management officials.
- Before venturing outside, ensure the storm has completely passed.
- Report downed power lines and stay away from them.
For more information, contact Paul Davis at 888.473.7669. Visit the website at www.pauldavis.com.
About Paul Davis:
Paul Davis Restoration, Inc. is a national franchisor and leading provider of restoration services for residential and commercial properties since 1966. Paul Davis Restoration also provides complete remodeling services and has franchise locations throughout North America with owners and technicians who are certified by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).Visit the website at www.pauldavis.com.