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                   Be Prepared For All Types Of Natural Disasters

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

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