When the hurricane season arrives, it is best to be prepared to face nature’s fury. The first thing to know is that you are not alone, you have to be prepared on your part but at the same time you are a part of a community effort. You are a part of a team and you have to fit in so that you and everybody else can weather out the storm safely and also execute the rescue operations safely.
You should be aware of the hubs or meeting places where people congregate during a storm. Each county has designated hubs, know the address and route to each hub. There are emergency coordinators to help you out. Keep their phone numbers handy. Also you should have the address of pet-friendly evacuation centers. Carry identification proof with you, medicines and toiletries; do not carry a lot of stuff with you. There will probably be a limit to the amount of luggage you can carry. So keep only the absolute essential stuff. Do not carry alcohol, flammable material, and weapons into these shelters. Keep blankets and sleeping bags, a public evacuation shelter may not have beds and cots. Check if the shelter allows people with special needs, normally all shelters do. Stock gas for your vehicle, but do not keep the gas tank full. Fill it when you’re about to leave your home.
Since evacuation destinations are based on zip codes, you should know the place designated for you and family. You may travel in a public transport vehicle or your own. Plan your evacuation route. Find out the ones that are open. Evacuate when asked to; do not wait for a hurricane to make landfall. If you stay close to the coast, leave immediately. Do not try to wait out the storm. If you decide to wait out the storm you may not be able to avail emergency medical services. When evacuating secure your home and property before leaving. Have the doors and windows shuttered. Trim bushes and branches; do not keep stuff out that could become wind-blown debris.
The city emergency management office will decide the best time to return; till then you have to wait out the hurricane in your emergency shelter. There is a chance of accidents happening even after a hurricane passes away. This is because of landslides, fallen trees, uprooted electric poles, broken glass, weak constructions, poor hygiene conditions, etc.
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,