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Be Prepared for the 2013 Hurricane Season. . .

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Commentary by Susan Harmon:

Well, hurricane season is now here and it is predicted to be an “above normal, active and possibly extremely active season”. Needless to say, everyone needs to be cautious and prepared. See the following information and please share it with others. If you have any question or concern, please do not hesitate contact us: Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP – 954-989-6333.

2013 Hurricane Season
June 1st – November 30th

Prediction for the 2013 Hurricane Season: 20 Main storms
6 Major storms

Hurricane Categories: Category Wind
I 74 – 95 mph
II 96 – 110 mph
III 111 – 130 mph
IV 131 – 155 mph
V 156 + mph

Severe Weather Terms:

Tropical Wave or Disturbance: A cluster of clouds and/or thunderstorms without an organized circulation, moving through the tropics. Stronger systems start as Tropical Waves.

Tropical Depressions: An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined circulation and top winds of less than 39 mph.

Tropical Storm: An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined circulation and top winds of 39 to 74 mph. Storms are named when they reach Tropical Storm strength.

Tropical Storm Watch: Tropical Storm conditions are possible in the specific area of the Watch, usually within 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Warning: Tropical Storm conditions are expected in the specified are of the Warning within 24 hours.

Hurricane: An intense tropical weather system with a well-defined circulation and a sustained wind speed of 74 mph or higher.

HURRICANE PREPARATION

Hurricane Season is from June 1st to November 30th. Make plans for action now:

Learn the storm surge history and flood zones of your area

Learn safe routes inland

Check insurance coverage (it is best to have coverage for replacement cost, not case value)

Consult with a contractor for advice on securing your office and home

Stock first aid kits

Obtain plastic containers for storage of important papers, valuables and medical supplies

Prepare hurricane supplies
SUGGESTED HURRICANE SUPPLIES

Portable cooler with ice
Canned/pre-packaged foods (non-perishable) – two (2) week supply
Canned/pre-packaged beverages (non-perishable) – two (2) week supply
Baby foods/juices/milk (non-perishable) – two (2) week supply
Baby diapers – two (2) week supply
Bottled water – two (2) quarts per person per day
Manual can opener and disposable eating utensils
First Aid Kit
Medicines (prescription/over-the-counter) – two (2) week supply
Toiletries/personal hygiene items/toilet paper/soap – two (2) supply
Pre-moistened wiping towels
Extra clothing
Portable radio/extra batteries
Flashlights/extra batteries
Fan – can be used with or without batteries
Birth and marriage certificates
Medical and immunization records
Insurance policies (property, health, dental)
ID cards: driver’s license/Medicare (if applicable health/dental member cards
Plastic bags (heavy duty)
Cards/games/books
When a Hurricane Watch is Issued:

Check often for official bulletins on radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio
Fuel car, fill propane gas tanks
Fill coolers with ice
Get cash from bank or ATM
Tape, board or shutter windows to prevent shattering
Wedge sliding glass doors to prevent their lifting from their tracks
Have hurricane supplies ready
Back up all data
Make sure first aid kits are stocked
Charge cellphones
Make a plan – just in case

When a Hurricane Warning is Issued:

What’s your plan?
Stayed tuned to radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio for official bulletins and information about shelter locations
If you have not already done so:
Fuel car, fill propane gas tanks
Fill coolers with ice
Get cash from bank or ATM
Tape, board or shutter windows to prevent shattering
Wedge sliding glass doors to prevent their lifting from their tracks
Have hurricane supplies ready
Back up all data
Make sure first aid kits are stocked
Charge cellphones – and us phone only for emergencies
Turn up refrigerator to maximum cold and don’t open unless necessary
Make arrangements with friends or family if you will need to evacuate
Leave early – in daylight if possible
If you are staying in your home, find a nice safe part of your house to let the storm pass
Do not leave your house in the middle of a storm
AFTER A HURRICANE

Be Careful!!!

Beware of outdoor hazards
Stay clear of downed power lines and adjacent puddles
Be alert of poisonous snakes often driven from their dens by high water
Beware of weakened bridges and washed out roads
Look out for weakened limbs on trees or damaged overhanging boards
Wear thick sole shoes to prevent stepping on nails or other debris
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Broward County Customer Service: 954.831.4000 or 311
TTY: 954.831.3940
(It converts in an open line of 24 hours during Hurricanes and in emergency situations only)
Human Services Dept for Special Needs Shelter Registration: 954.357.6385
Emergency Management Offices

Broward County Emergency Management: 954.831.3900
Miami-Dade County Emergency Management: 305.468.5400
Palm Beach County Emergency Management: 561.712.6400
School District Hotline

Broward County: 754.321.0911
To Report Problems with Utilities’ Services

FPL: Broward – 800.4OUTAGE (1.800.468.8243)
TECO Peoples Gas: Broward 1.877.832.6747
Florida City Gas: 1.800.993.7546
American Red Cross

Broward County: 954.763.9900
Miami-Dade County: 305.644.1200
Palm Beach County: 561.833.7711
Salvation Army

Broward County: 954.524.6991
Animal Control and Care

Broward: 954.359.1313
Miami-Dade County: 305.884.1101
Palm Beach County: 561.233.1200
Government Agencies

FEMA Hotline: 1.800.342.3557/1.850.413.9900/1.800.462.7585
Consumer Affairs Division: 954.357.5350
WEBSITES

Before a power outage, the following are some internet websites that you can browse in order to prepare for a hurricane:

National Hurricane Center
www.nhc.noaa.gov

Federal Emergency Management Agency
www.fema.gov
www.fema.gov/spanish

Broward Office of Emergency Management
www.broward.org/emergency/pages/default.aspx

Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management
www.miamidade.gov/oem/home.asp

Florida Emergency Management Storm Watch
www.floridadiaster.org

American Red Cross of Broward Chapter
www.arcbcc.org

American Red Cross of greater Miami and the Keys
www.miamiredcross.org

Jordan A. ShawBe Prepared for the 2013 Hurricane Season. . .

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