Five Things To Know During Hurricane Season
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you have no doubt seen updates on Hurricane Florence. Currently approaching the East Coast, Hurricane Florence is encouraging us to go over our preparations for severe weather. Whether you have a farm like us or a beach condominium, being better prepared gives us all peace of mind. As the adage says, “It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.”
Cell Phone Service May Be Unavailable
The National Hurricane Center at NOAA recommends keeping a list of contact information including emergency management offices, local law enforcement, fire departments, hospitals, utilities, and your insurance company. Most of us might think, “I can always ‘google’ those numbers if I need them.” Under ordinary circumstances, that would be correct. However, in the event of a hurricane or other severe weather event, it’s possible for cell towers to be temporarily out of service. It’s a good idea to save these numbers and addresses in your mobile device so they may be accessed with or without internet service.
Sharing Your Information
In addition to your contacts, most smartphones offer the option to fill out a contact for yourself, or an “ICE” (“In Case of Emergency”) contact. We encourage our friends and family to create these and update them as needed. The personal contact profile or ICE contact can inform first responders who to contact for you, medications you take, and even your blood type, in the event you were unconscious or unresponsive. Again, this is something we all hope is never utilized; however, we would be grateful for it in the event it was needed.
Every home should have a basic supply kit consisting of clean water, non-perishable food, weather radio, flashlight, first aid kit, batteries, etc. An excellent resource for a supply kit list and even where to store your kit is Ready.Gov.
Evacuation Notices & Severe Weather Warnings
Are you in an evacuation zone? Take a look at the most recently updated evacuation zone maps to find out. If you are in an evacuation zone, pay close attention to all instruction issued by local officials. Hurricane season is in full swing and has the undivided attention of all of us on the East Coast. However, tornadoes often spawn as a result of hurricanes making landfall. This is certainly not something to disregard this time of year. Make sure you’re following the instruction of all local officials regarding tornado watches and warnings.
We Are Here If You Need Us
We are blessed to call Northeast Florida our home. And like you, care deeply for all our families, friends, neighbors and communities. The health and safety of you and your loved ones is of the utmost importance. We also understand the desire to protect your investments. If you have loose fence posts, leaning fence panels, or any other type of fence damage, give us a call today. Our professionals can assess the issue at no-cost and no-obligation to you and give you a free estimate to repair your fence. Of course, there is no such thing as a “Hurricane Proof Fence”, but a well-built and sturdy fence has a far greater chance of withstanding a storm than a damaged one.
Should your fence incur any damage this hurricane season, please call our office at 904-599-8644. Our friendly staff will happily schedule a no-cost, no-obligation estimate appointment for you. We have been voted Best Fencing Company in St Augustine for two years in a row, and those two years included the devastation of Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma. No matter the challenge when it comes to your fencing needs, you know who to call.