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       Be Prepared For All Types Of                      Emergency Notification System, can be found on the   level of the water, the duration of the flood, terrain and soil
                                                                                                           conditions, and the built environment (e.g., buildings, roads,
                                                         Palm Beach County Public Safety Division of Emergency
       Natural Disasters                                 Management:  and bridges). Everyone should be aware of flood hazards.
                                                         Pages/default.aspx.                               If you are in a flood-prone area, be prepared to evacuate
       By O’Neal Bardin Jr.,                                Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling   flooded areas on short notice, elevate electrical panels and
       Executive Director,                               on your home. Consider buying surge protectors, lightning   utilities, clear debris from gutters and downspouts, and
       Northern Palm Beach                               rods or a lightning protection system to protect your home,   consider purchasing flood insurance.
       County Improvement                                appliances, and electronic devices.                  Avoid flooded roadways. Turn around. Don’t drown! Just
       District                                             When thunder roars, go indoors! Pay attention to weather   6 inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and 1
                                                         reports and warnings of thunderstorms. Be ready to change   foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
       Get The Facts: Know Your                          plans, if necessary, to be near shelter. A sturdy building is   Hurricanes
       Risk                                              the safest place to be during a thunderstorm. If necessary,      Hurricanes can
          Hurricane season                               take shelter in a car with a metal top and sides. Do not touch   cause loss of life and
       starts June 1 in our area,                        anything metal. If boating or swimming, get to land and find   catastrophic damage to
       and  for  many,  that  is  the                    a sturdy, grounded shelter or vehicle immediately.   property on coastlines
       time that residents begin to                      Tornadoes                                         and several hundred
       prepare for weather-related                          About 1,200 tornadoes hit the United States every year,   miles inland. A hurricane
       emergencies. But all types of natural disasters can affect   and every state is at risk. Tornadoes can strike in any season,   is a tropical cyclone or
       us at any time of year. Knowing what to do before, during   but most often occur in the spring and summer months.   severe tropical storm
       and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared   Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms, spawned from   with  sustained  winds
       and may make all the difference when seconds count. See   powerful thunderstorms. Tornadoes appear as a rotating,   reaching speeds of 74 miles per hour or higher. These storms
       below for information about potential emergencies that can   funnel-shaped cloud extending between a thunderstorm and   form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of
       happen and how to prepare for and respond to them.  the ground. Some tornadoes are clearly visible, while others   Mexico, and the eastern Pacific Ocean. Hurricanes develop
       Wildfires                                         may be hidden from view by rain or nearby low-hanging   in four stages: tropical disturbance, tropical depression,
          Wildfires can occur at any time throughout the year and   clouds. Winds in most of these storms blow at 100 miles   tropical storm and finally, hurricane. Hurricanes are
       anywhere in the country. These events are usually triggered   per hour or less, but in the most violent occurrences, wind   classified into five categories based on sustained wind speed.
       by lightning or accidents and often begin unnoticed. The   speeds can reach 300 miles per hour. Tornadoes can cause   The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 to Nov.
       destruction caused by wildfires depends on the size of the   fatalities and devastate a community in seconds. Damage   30, with the peak season from mid-August to late October.
       fire, the landscape, the amount of fuel in the path of the fire,   paths from these weather events can exceed one mile wide   To prepare for these powerful storms, learn whether your
       and the direction and intensity of the wind. Fires spread   and 50 miles long. Everyone is at some risk of this hazard.   property is flood-prone, prepare an emergency kit, secure
       quickly igniting brush, trees and homes. Each year many   That’s why it’s important to establish a protective location,   your property against high winds and water damage, and
       homes are destroyed by a major wildfire. Homes that survive   secure financial, insurance, medical documents and contact   know evacuation routes.
       almost always do so because the homeowners were prepared.   information to prepare for tornadoes.      Trim trees and shrubs now since garbage collection
       Before a wildfire strikes your area, prepare an emergency   Floods                                  may stop once tropical storm force winds effect the area.
       kit; reduce sources of fuel near your property, use irrigation,      Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the   After the storm, make sure to separate yard trash from
       allow for open space, plant fire-resistant landscaping, and   United States and can happen in any U.S. state or territory.   household garbage and recycling. Be patient – the first
       plan evacuation routes from home and work.        Flooding can occur during any season, but some areas of   priority for garbage collection is to restore normal collection
       Thunderstorms And Lightning                       the country are at greater risk at certain times of the year.   of household garbage and food waste. Depending on the
          Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from   Coastal areas are at greater risk for flooding during hurricane   severity of the storm, it could take three to six weeks for
       weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims   season (i.e., June to November), while the Midwest is more   the first collection of storm debris.
       survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety   at risk in the spring and during heavy summer rains. Ice   Additional Resources
       of long-term, debilitating symptoms. Thunderstorms are   jams occur in the spring in the Northeast and Northwest.      For more information on protecting yourself from natural
       dangerous storms that include lightning and can include   Even the deserts of the Southwest are at risk during the   disasters and protecting your property and belongings,
       powerful winds over 50 miles per hour; create hail; and   late summer monsoon season. It is particularly important   please visit
       cause flash flooding and tornadoes.               to be prepared for flooding if you live in a low-lying area      NPDES tip: Before a storm, make sure all of your grass
          Prepare now by signing up for your community’s warning   near a body of water, such as a lake, marsh or canal; along   clippings and tree trimmings have been properly stored – do
       system. Information on AlertPBC, Palm Beach County’s   a coast; or downstream from a dam or levee. The physical   not leave them outside to become potential projectiles, and
                                                         destruction caused by flooding depends on the speed and   clog the storm drains and canals.

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