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Tornadoes & Hurricanes

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Tornadoes & Hurricanes

Not all parts of each state are at equal risk from tornadoes. For example, while Texas has the highest number of recorded tornadoes, the state’s least tornado-prone area—along the Gulf Coast—has been hit by fewer tornadoes than northeastern Arkansas. Comparing the numbers of tornadoes recorded in different areas within a state can give you a better understanding of the potential tornado activity in those areas. Figure I.1 shows the numbers of tornadoes recorded per 1,000 square miles in the United States and its possessions and territories.

In the United States, 158 hurricanes were recorded to have made landfall between 1900 and1996. Hurricanes have made landfall in Florida more than in any other state. The second most hurricane-affected state is Texas, but every state on the Gulf Coast and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, as well as U.S. island possessions and territories, are susceptible to damage caused by hurricanes. In recent years, the U.S. territories of American Samoa and Guam have been seriously affected by numerous tropical cyclones.

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/ism2.pdf

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Smoke & Ash Question

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Q: Will my insurance policy pay for cleaning smoke and ash?

A: Smoke damage is a covered peril in most homeowners’ policies. It will (temporarily or permanently) damage porous materials such as fabrics, rugs, curtains and unfinished wood. Some items can be cleaned, others need to be replaced. Marble and tile may experience discoloration. Your insurance company will most likely pay for cleaning smoke and ash, but disputes often arise over cleaning versus replacingitems that have been exposed to smoke. For example, suppose your insurance adjuster insists that cleaning your drapes is sufficient. The scenario below presents two possible outcomes:

  • Scenario A: You take the drapes to a reputable cleaner who insists there’s no point in cleaning them, or you get them professionally cleaned but they still have an odor. In this case, replace the drapes and get reimbursed by your insurer.
  • Scenario B: A reputable cleaner does a good job and the drapes clean up just fine. In this case, repairing or cleaning can be acceptable and appropriate.

https://www.uphelp.org/pubs/insurance-claim-tips-partial-loss-fires

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After the Fire

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

After the Fire

| Take care of yourself and family Contact your local disaster relief service, such as the ARC or the Salvation Army. They will help you find food, clothing, medicine and a place to stay. You have a big job ahead of you. Get plenty of rest, and ask for help. Do not try to do it all alone.  Help your pets If you have pets, find and comfort them. Scared animals often react by biting or scratching. Handle them carefully. Try to leave pets with a family member, friend or veterinarian if you are visiting or cleaning your damaged home. Keeping your pets out of the house until the cleanup is complete will keep them safe.  Security and safety Do not enter your damaged home or apartment unless the fire department says it is safe. The fire department will make sure the utility services (water, electricity and gas) are safe to use. If they are not safe, firefighters will have your utilities turned off or disconnected before they leave. Do not try to turn them back on by yourself. Contact your police department to let them know you will be away from your home. In some cases, you may need to board up windows and doors so no one can get in.

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa_46.pdf

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Almost every state in the United States has been affected by extreme windstorms

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Almost every state in the United States has been affected by extreme windstorms such as tornadoes and hurricanes. Virtually every state has been affected by a “considerable” tornado (see the terms in Table I.1). All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas in the United States – including coastal areas of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands – and coastal areas of Hawaii have been affected by hurricanes. Even in states not normally considered to be susceptible to extreme windstorms there are areas that experience dangerous high winds. These areas are  typically near mountain ranges, and include the Pacific Northwest coast.

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/ism2.pdf

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Tips for preventing water damage at your business

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Tips for preventing water damage at your business

Inspect gutters and drainage

Fallen leaves and other debris in gutters and downspouts can lead to water damage to the exterior and interior walls of a building. Regularly inspect your business’s gutters, downspouts, and drainage system, and remove any debris or buildup. Have gutters professionally cleaned on a regular basis to ensure water is draining properly and away from the building.

Clear your Roof

Snow and ice accumulation on your business’s roof can result in weakened roofing materials and create “ice dams,” which prevent melted ice and snow from properly draining. Regularly remove snow and ice from your business’s roof to prevent structural damage. Know your roof’s load-bearing capacity, and periodically check to ensure that snow and ice aren’t accumulating beyond its weight limits.

https://www.insureon.com/blog/tips-for-preventing-water-damage-at-your-business

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How To Prevent Water Damage In Office

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

How To Prevent Water Damage In Office

Know the location of the main valve
The main valve is the point of control where all incoming flow passes through. Conventionally, it is located in the lower-most part of the building where your supply pipe branches off the main pipe. You need to find this valve and label it, clearly pointing out its location and how to shut or open it. Additionally, you need to teach your employees how to operate all the valves, and not just the main valve. Most offices close for the night after business hours. During this time, the main valve should be shut. Make it a routine that the last person to leave the building should ensure that the valve has been closed. This action will save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

https://www.plumbingservices.com.sg/articles/prevent-water-damage-in-office.html

How To Prevent Water Damage In Office

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

How To Prevent Water Damage In Office

Investigate at all times
Occasionally, you may have noticed moisture under the office carpet or even on the wall close to water pipes. This is a sign that you should not ignore. If you do, be prepared to pay the full price of wall and carpet damage among other structural damages. Insurance companies cover water damage. However, did you know that the policy only covers sudden damage? Well, the damage resulting from lack of maintenance is your fault, and your company may be forced to dig into its financial reserves to offset that damage.

Detection Devices

Detection devices function by sounding an alarm at the slightest detection of moisture by their sensors. An advantage of these devices is that they detect even the small amounts that the naked eye cannot notice. These devices are affordable and are a good idea especially if you have water equipment in the office and a lot is at stake. Place them near all water equipment, sensitive areas and water prone areas such as the windows.

https://www.plumbingservices.com.sg/articles/prevent-water-damage-in-office.html

Safe Rooms

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Safe Rooms

  • Closets

    A small interior closet might be a shelter. Again, the closet should be as deep inside the building as possible, with no outside walls, doors or windows. Be sure to close the door and cover up.


  • Hallways

    If a hallway is your shelter area, be sure to shut all doors. Again, the goal is to create as many barriers as possible between you and the flying debris in and near a tornado. To be an effective shelter, a hallway should as be far inside the building as possible and should not have any openings to the outside (windows and doors).


  • Under Stairs

    The space underneath a stairwell could be used as a shelter.

Generally speaking, you should not leave your home in your vehicle when a tornado threatens. In most cases, you will have a better chance of surviving by staying put in your home. Every home is different - there is no absolute safe place in every home. Use the guidelines. Unless you are deep underground, there is no such thing as a 100% tornado-proof shelter. Freak accidents can happen.

https://www.weather.gov/oun/safety-severe-homesafety

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Storm Cellars

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Cellars and Basements

Being completely underground is the best place to be in a tornado. If you have an underground storm cellar, use it. Make sure the door is securely fastened.

If the entrance to your storm cellar is outside, you should allow plenty of time to get to the shelter before the storm arrives. If you wait until the storm is upon you, you may be exposed to wind, hail, rain, lightning and maybe even flying debris as you go to the cellar.

A basement is also a good shelter in most cases. If your basement is not totally underground, or has outside doors or windows, stay as far away from them as possible. Items from above could fall into the basement, so it's a good idea to get under a stairwell or a piece of sturdy furniture. If possible, avoid seeking shelter underneath heavy objects on the floor above. Use coverings (pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, coats, etc) and helmets to shield your head and body and to protect yourself from flying debris.

https://www.weather.gov/oun/safety-severe-homesafety

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Snow Damage

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Snow Damage

Although snow is a common weather phenomenon, most people are not aware of the damage it can cause on roofs if it’s not removed. Snowy roofs often cause large ridges of ice or ice dams at the edge of roofs or gutters. When this happens, melting snow water cannot run off the roof and ends up backing up and causing leaks.

That’s why the proper monitoring of your roof after a snowstorm is critical. Ensure that you remove all snow on your roof after a storm. If ice dams have already formed, call a roofing expert to perform a steam removal—that’s crucial so as to avoid any damage to your roof.

https://www.scrapality.com/2017/04/how-do-storms-weather-affect-your-roof.html

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