The adage “Better safe than sorry” is very relevant when it comes to dealing with hurricanes. Being prepared to weather a hurricane safely can mean a difference between having a roof over your head and being homeless. Ignoring hurricane safety tips can only be done at the risk of life, limb, and property. This said hurricanes do strike and damage caused is unavoidable. You must also be aware of what to do after a hurricane has passed.
Hazards include downed live wires, pieces of glass and nails, fast running waters, collapsed earth, and of course sanitation problems.
Food and water gets contaminated when hurricane waters invade homes and department stores. During such times dry food and canned goods are the safest bet. Meat will spoil rapidly without refrigeration. Boil water before drinking it; do not consume tap water directly. If you have alum or chlorine, treat the water with these to disinfect it. Take all precautions that you can think of. If you wear contact lenses, rinse them with disinfected water or your risk eye infection.
Untreated sewage poses a grave risk to human health, particularly children who are susceptible to diarrhea. Always wash hands after using the toilet and before handling food. If possible make a portable toilet so that the already weakened drainage system does not get overloaded.
When a hurricane strikes the greatest casualties occur not because of fast-moving winds but because of rushing waters that can drown people even when they are shallow. Do not enter fast-moving waters even in your vehicles as these can break down or get swept away. Stay away from bays and lakes when a hurricane warning is sounded. When the waters get choppy even experienced swimmers cannot escape.
When a hurricane subsides there is a change in the weather and a period of heat and humidity follows. Take steps to protect yourself from heat exhaustion and dehydration. As hurricane weather approaches stock up on clean water for emergency use and water purifying tablets. Do not consume alcohol as it leads to dehydration. Wear a sunscreen and eat light meals. By all means help animals but do not corner or harass the already disoriented creature; if it has to be removed from a given place, contact local animal control authorities. Remove animal carcasses as these can spread water-borne diseases. Know what animals can spread rabies. Help them but always be careful.
David G. - July - 2018 - Sarasota, Florida
We wanted to self-install so we bought accordions and roll downs from Empire Construction.We measured our window and patio and sent Empire the specs.The shutters were an exact match.Installation is very doable for two reasonably mechanical people. In this case it was only one mechanical person and some extra hands. The accordions were a breeze as installation was mostly marking holes for spots, drilling holes, and screwing them in.Our accordions have locking pins that hold them open and act as a second lock when closed. Even if a projectile breaks the lock the rods will keep the shutters closed.These shutters are Bertha HV1. They are High Velocity Hurricane Zone Approved. Having seen a wide range of shutters we are extremely happy with the quality of the product we received!!
Jim J. - June - 2018 - Homestead , Florida
I installed fourteen aluminum accordion shutters which I purchased from Empire Construction.I could not be happier with my choice.The shutters are made very well and are powder-coated.The purchase included all of the required hardware which was powder-coated to match the shutters.The company is very customer-oriented.Michael and his staff were wonderful.They were attentive, helpful, and a delight to work with.The installation video on the website made the installation very easy.I highly recommend Empire Construction to anyone considering a purchase of hurricane shutters. Thanks again. Please say Hi to everyone,