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Hurricane Season 2020
SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East
Hurricane season is right around the corner, and SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East wants to help you be better informed for this upcoming season. Hurricane hazards can include tropical depressions, tropical storms and of course hurricanes. These hazards can bring destructive tornadoes, winds and even rip currents and high surf. Here are 5 lists of things to know. Please follow the link for more information. weather.gov/safety/hurricane-plan
- Storm surge is a large amount of water generated by a storm’s wind and is one of the leading causes of hurricane-related deaths in the USA. These surges can cause a massive amount of destruction along the coast and can travel miles inland.
- Flooding from the heavy rain is the second cause of deaths from tropical cyclones. This can potentially be destructive due to the number of days the rain persists after the storm has passed.
- Winds from a hurricane can be destructive due to signs and any outdoor furniture or materials left outside.
- Tornadoes can accompany hurricanes making landfall. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.
- These waves contain rip currents and can cause damage to structures along the coastline.
Stay safe this hurricane season.
This Is Our Storm
SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East
Unfortunately, these times are comparable to a storm disaster, but this is a storm the entire world is experiencing at once. This deadly pandemic has reminded us that hurricanes or other storms all have a common element that can ultimately help guide us in how to respond to the chaos around our life. Like our city leaders and other officials, they prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, and have taken guidance and noticed what other hard-hit cities are doing to prepare for possible cases of the virus. COVID-19 is like a storm disrupting our way of living. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t be prepared. According to cdc.gov here are some helpful tips below.
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease in 2019.
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Some recent studies have suggested the COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
- Consider whether you can work from home
- Wash hands for at least 20 seconds
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
Stay safe and healthy from SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East.
Disasters are Unpredictable
Flooding in the garage due to a storm.
SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East understands that disasters are unpredictable. As we all know hurricane season can be very stressful especially when there are tropical storms brewing. However, we want to help relieve some of the stress with a few helpful tips. It's important to protect your home ahead of time so that you can limit the damage. One way is to purchase hurricane shutters or have plywood cutouts for all your windows. Another important tip is to make sure you secure your outdoor items, this can prevent any items such as potted plants, and lawn chairs to cause damage to your property due to high winds. If you are evacuating a storm, and are leaving a vehicle behind, it's important to park your vehicle on higher ground. It only takes two feet of water to carry a vehicle away. Another important tip is to record or video all your belongings. This could potentially be a helpful way to provide information to your insurance company if a disaster should strike your property. Let's hope South Texas doesn't have another Harvey, but if we do let's be better prepared for tomorrow.
Did you know that the storm surge and flooding from a hurricane can cause the most damage to properties? When your home or business is damaged by rising water, the drywall and other building materials affected by that contaminated floodwater need to be removed. It's common practice to remove all the drywall and insulation that is wet, usually two foot up from the floor. When you hear a company or your insurance adjuster, recommending a two-foot flood cut - this is what they are referring to. Of course, if the floodwater was higher, anything contaminated needs to be removed. Our technicians are trained and have the equipment to know what materials need to be removed, and then what it will take to dry the wood framing exposed by those cuts. We are at the peak of hurricane season, so your friends at SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East are always here to help.
Hurricane Peak Season
For more information please follow this link: https://www.wunderground.com/weather-infographics/hurricane-formation
Did you know that mid-August and September are the most active months of the hurricane season? Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25th - almost to the day of Katrina Hurricane Katrina made landfall. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we seem to experience a spike in hurricane activity during these months. NOAA is anticipating 2019 to be a near-normal hurricane season. They predict 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes for this year. Don't wait to have an evacuation route or a hurricane preparedness kit on hand at your home or office. If you are interested in an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East at (361)-985-6444. We are happy to help.
Disaster Recovery Team
SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East
During a large storm response, SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is not alone when it comes to deploying resources to serve the community. We have multiple Disaster Recovery Teams (DRT) strategically positioned throughout the United States ready to assist should a disaster strike the Corpus Christi area. The Disaster Recovery Teams are composed of the best of the best in restoration. During the recent events due to Hurricane Harvey, many of these teams helped serve Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas. Disaster Response Teams are ready for whatever happens should a tornado, flood or hurricane strike. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, our highly trained professionals are ready to assist. As the storms roll out, SERVPRO rolls in to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Storm Update for the Month of August
The 2018 Hurricane Season outlook has been updated w/ lower numbers predicted, due to developing El Nino, cooler Atlantic water temps & several other factors. Regardless, you should still have your hurricane plans in place as we approach the peak of the season. It only takes one!
In a separate analysis, atmospheric scientists at Colorado State University forecast an “average” season with 13 named storms, six becoming hurricanes. They find that the Atlantic has cooled a bit in the last two months, making it less conducive to fueling strong storms.
It is very difficult to predict when a hurricane may occur, however it isn’t difficult to prepare for a disaster such as a hurricane. SERVPRO offers literature through blogs and brochures that deal with hurricane preparedness. We also provide an Emergency Readiness Profile for businesses to have a plan if a disaster ever occurs.
Storms have the potential to destroy anything in its path.
2017 was a tough year when it came to storms. Most of Texas felt the danger that storms possess and can cause. Storm season, in Texas is June through November with August and September being the worst months for storms. For 2018, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75-percent chance that the hurricane season will be near- or above-normal. The best ways to stay safe is to be informed. Today there are many outlets for news whether its: news channels, weather apps, social media or radio. It’s always best to listen to your local news because the city government can release information faster that way.
If a local government is giving orders to evacuate make sure to follow the best you can. Plan accordingly for the trip and make sure all priority belongings are with you. If you are in an area that does not have evacuation orders, be sure you have your supplies ready. Visit www.ready.gov to get information on how to prepare for a hurricane. Your home and belongings can be replaced, however you can’t. It is best to stay alert and be willing to relocate if necessary.
After the storm has passed, SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is here to help – give us a call at 361-985-6444.