Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. People who live in hurricane prone communities should know their vulnerability, and what actions should be taken to reduce the effects of these devastating storms.
Plan to Protect Property
Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Everyone is at risk and should consider flood insurance protection. Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect your property or business from flood damage. To learn more about your flooding risk and how to protect yourself and your business, visit the NFIP Web site, www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419.
Contrary to common wisdom that fire is the major cause of property loss, water damage is ten times as likely to cause property loss in Florida.
After examining the most common causes of water damage reported to insurance professionals, we have developed a number of easy steps homeowners can take to help avoid many non-weather-related water problems. The following list provides preventive measures to help avoid the top four common causes of non-weather related water damage:
Statistically speaking, water damage losses are eight times greater in Florida then of that fire damage. But, for the individual that experiences home fire damage, that statistic is irrelevant. While most home fires occur in the kitchen while cooking and are the leading cause of injuries from fire, most victims of fire succumb to the smoke and toxic gases and not to burns.
Home fires produce poisonous gases that can spread rapidly and far from the fire itself to claim victims who are asleep and not even aware of the fire. Even if residents awaken, the effects of exposure to these gases can cloud their thinking and slow their reactions so that they cannot make their escape. This is why it is so crucial to have sufficient warning so that you can escape before your ability to think and move is impaired.
With the development of tropical storm Debby, a new severe weather record has been set. It is the first time since record keeping began in 1851 that four tropical storms have been recorded in the gulf before July 1, beating even the hyperactive 2005 season with almost two weeks to spare. Forecasters predict nine to 15 named storms will develop in the Atlantic this season, with up to eight becoming hurricanes.
Tropical storm Debby already had dumped heavy rain on parts of Florida and spawned some isolated tornadoes, causing some damage to homes and knocking down power lines. As of 5 pm The National Hurricane Center predicted that Tropical Storm Debby would come ashore in the Florida panhandle on Wednesday afternoon. The new forecast track showed Debby remaining a tropical storm as it moves northward and makes landfall, possibly Thursday, on the Florida Panhandle.
Property Managers Expo (PM-Expo – Leap Day) in West Palm Beach
The Property Manager Expo was a success! The gals at One Call had a blast meeting various vendors and property managers at the South Florida Fairgrounds where we were able to present the benefits of using our “One Stop Building Shop” for all of their residential and commercial needs.
One Call Property Services, Inc. sponsored a booth (#443) at the “Leap Day” Property Manager Expo at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 from 9:30-3:30. One Call Property Services is committed to addressing your needs, whether they be related to disaster mitigation, mold remediation, facility maintenance services, or general construction services, all across South Florida and up the Treasure Coast.
WASHINGTON — 2011 has established a new benchmark for billion dollar weather disasters in the U.S.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that the U.S. has experienced the most billion dollar weather disasters on record this year. NOAA is listing 12 such events, including a blizzard, deadly tornado outbreaks, historic heat wave, drought, wildfire, and floods, have occurred, resulting in approximately $52 billion in aggregated damages.
Today, December 7,2011, NOAA added 2 more catastropic events to its previous list of 10 events. This record year breaks the previous record of nine billion-dollar weather/climate disasters in one year, which occurred in 2008.
With the holiday season quickly approaching Christmas in Florida can be so delightful, but with the preparations comes a need to take safety precautions around the home. Whether it is ensuring the Christmas tree is properly watered, hanging fire-safe ornaments, or not overloading electrical outlets, there are a number of steps you can take to avoid a holiday fire disaster. One Call Property Services encourages all Floridians and their families to take every precaution to ensure the holiday season is one that is safe and happy.
A very important holiday tip that should be followed all year long is to make sure that smoke alarms are working and that there is one on every level of the house. Homes and apartments should have smoke alarms near the kitchen and all sleeping areas.
The Thanksgiving holiday marks the end of the Atlantic Hurricane season for residents on Florida’s Treasure Coast, whom have much to be thankful for. Extreme weather is to be respected and major hurricanes are to be feared. Alexander Hamilton, who later became the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, experienced the full force of a hurricane while living in St. Croix (Virgin Islands) on August 31, 1772. Hamilton, who was about 15 years old at the time, wrote perhaps the most eloquent description of living through a hurricane:
“Good God! What horror and destruction,” Hamilton wrote.
“It’s impossible for me to describe—or you to form any idea of it. It seemed as if a total dissolution of nature was taking place. The roaring of the sea and wind—fiery meteors flying about in the air—the prodigious glare of almost perpetual lightning—the crash of falling houses—and the ear-piercing shrieks of the distressed were sufficient to strike astonishment into Angels.”
A particularly disturbing report for the U.S. Department of Energy calculates that the global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record in 2010. An increase of 6%, the world pumped about 564 million more tons of carbon into the air in 2010 than it did in 2009. China, the United States and India, the world’s top producers of greenhouse gases were again the worst polluters. India and China are huge users of coal and burning coal is the biggest carbon source worldwide. Emissions from coal burning jumped nearly 8 percent in 2010. Extra pollution in China and the U.S. account for more than half the increase.
The new figures mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst-case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago. In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its last large report on global warming. They warned that global warming was reaching a disaster point and that action to reduce carbon emissions must be done quickly to avert a climate disaster. The IPCC published a best case / worst case report that forecast global temperatures rising between 4 and 11 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century with the best estimate at 7.5 degrees. The latest figures put global emissions higher than the worst case projections from the climate panel.
While the Northeast reels from its third weather disaster in three months, South Florida is in the process of storm damage cleanup from an average of 5 inches of rain that fell from Friday night through Monday evening, the result of two moisture-packed systems that rolled across South Florida. If the weekend’s rain had been snow, Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast would have experienced a bigger storm Tuesday morning than the one that hammered the Northeast. As it was, the storms caused flooding in parts of Palm Beach County on Friday night and spawned a tornado that damaged 42 mobile homes in Hobe Sound on Saturday morning.
Broward and Miami-Dade counties received the heaviest rainfall, with Fort Lauderdale received 12.15 inches, Miami Beach 11.7 inches, and Coconut Grove 10.72 inches between Friday night and Monday morning.