A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that forms in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface. All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes. Parts of the Southwest United States and the Pacific Coast also experience heavy rains and floods each year from hurricanes spawned off Mexico. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30. Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. Hurricane can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes and mircrobursts. Additionally, hurricanes can create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Floods and flying debris from the excessive winds are often the deadly and destructive results of these weather events. Slow moving hurricanes traveling into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy rain. Excessive rain can trigger landslides or mud slides. Flash flooding can occur due to intense rainfall.
To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:
- To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
- Know your surroundings.
- Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you
know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.
- Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
- Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
- Make plans to secure your property:
- Cover all of your home’ s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking. Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
- Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Determine how and where to secure your boat.
- Install a generator for emergencies.
- If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.
- Consider building a safe room.
I am writing to tell you about the exceptional service that I received from you employee Gary Burgo, I am a renter at 2930 Esmeralda Dr. in Sarasota. For 4 months that we have dealt with a very challenging mold removal / remediation situation that had us at the end of our rope. Gary was the 10th person sent to assess the situation and as you can imagine that is 9 too many. By the time he got involved we were disgusted and aggravated with the entire process.
From the moment Gary was involved, he communicated with me daily to let me know the timeline of the project and next steps. Gary got more than 2 days than had been accomplished in months. His open communication and professionalism saved the day. Gary even called the day after the project was complete to ask that I let him know if everything was “OK”.
Gary was exceptional representative of your company. I sincerely hope this feedback makes it back to him.
Enjoy your day!
Robyn Faucy, M.S.M.
Neuro Challenge Foundation for Patkinson’s
722 Apex Road, Unit A
Sarasota, FL 34240Robyn Faucy
- Karen Harvie
Dear Jerry and Kim,
Diane and I would like to offer our thanks in the assistance you, Jorge, and Katrina extended to us as we work thru water damage claim at our home.
The work done by the entire team was professional, thorough, and fully met or exceeded our expectations. We would highly recommend ServiceMaster by Wright should anyone face the daunting task we did in getting our home back into better-than-it-was-shape.
Thanks again and please pass this letter along as appropriate.
Diane and Richard WelchDiane and Richard Welch
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- Jim & Gene