When living in South Florida, or any coastal state, the threats of hurricanes and tropical storms are inevitable. With another tropical storm threatening the coast of Miami, it is important to be prepared, as well as have a disaster relief plan if the damage following the storm is too severe. Each hurricane is categorized by a number to let us know the severity.
Category 1 and 2 hurricanes bring minimal to moderate damage. When a hurricane turns into a category 3 and 4 the threat and damage caused becomes extensive and extreme. Once a hurricane hits a category 5 it is catastrophic and damages are devastating. When your county is going to be hit by a category 4 or 5 you will be told to evacuate immediately.
However, even a category 1 hurricane or tropical storm can create a vast amount of damage in their path. Hurricanes tend to leave us without power, running water, and can completely destroy our homes. These natural disasters can be and have been devastating for countless amounts of people. This is why it is important to prepare early and have a plan post-storm.
Tropical Storm Fred Continues Towards Florida
As of Tuesday night tropical storm Fred’s cone has Florida in its midst. The storm is forecasted to bring heavy rains and winds while sweeping across the Dominican Republic and Haiti today into the night. Unfortunately, the heavy rains could cause dangerous flooding and mudslides for these islands. Although when making landfall this tropical storm can dissipate, however, it is always important to take precautions.
Floridians should continue to monitor the forecast closely and stay updated on the storm’s path.
Tropical Storm Preparations
Below is a list of 8 things to do before a hurricane or tropical storm makes landfall. It is important to not wait until the last minute. This is because many necessities fly off the shelves when people catch wind of a potential storm heading their way. If you or your loved ones wait until the last minute, there is no guarantee you will be able to purchase what you need.
- Secure the exterior of your home
- Make a plan pre and post-storm
- Install storm shutters if you do not already have impact windows.
- Secure loose items that may fall off walls around your home
- Move your cars into the garage or under carports to help prevent damage
- Fill gas tank of each vehicle, as well as gas cans for generators
- Before a storm hits, unplug appliances when directed to
- Prepare an emergency kit and designate a safe room
Disaster Relief with Doodie Call
There are storms that cause complete devastation, even when you prepare to the best of your ability. Homes can be completely destroyed leaving families hopeless and with nowhere to turn. In some cases, people are left with no clean or sanitized water for weeks and months on end following these natural disasters. Doodie Calls is an industry leader when it comes to disaster relief and emergency portable sanitation services.
The experts at Doodie Calls know how important and urgent it is to get sanitation equipment on site quickly after a storm hits. Offering a variety of necessary equipment from portable restrooms, showers, laundry, and bunkhouses. Doodie Calls makes sure you and your loved one do not have to go through the loss alone. No matter the time of day, Doodie Calls has the resources to quickly set up “base camp” during natural disasters, allowing help to arrive quickly to those in need. Our team is available 24/7.