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                   Be Prepared For All Types Of Natural Disasters

                                           By O’Neal Bardin Jr., Executive Director, Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District

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