There are three aspects to safely negotiating a hurricane – preparedness before a hurricane occurs, actions during a hurricane, dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane.
In preparing for a hurricane, the first and most sensible thing to do is to secure the house with storm shutters. Be informed on the safe land routes and official hurricane shelters. Stock on dry food, clean water for emergency use, and medicines. Dehydrated food, canned juice, milk powder, food for the elderly and babies should be stocked. Check if the storm water drains around your house are working properly so that water can flow freely. Check for the type of damage that your insurance policy does not cover. If you are a boat owner, see if there is a safer place for it than the marina where it is currently located.
If you own pets then plan in advance for their safety. Public shelters and hotels do not allow pets, so these animals are totally dependent on your foresight. If there are handicapped people in your family, you need to think in advance for them too.
Keep your home stocked with emergency use items such as flashlights and a stock of batteries. Avoid using matches. Keep a portable radio handy and know the frequency at which weather broadcasts are made. Brush up your first-aid skills and keep a well-stocked first-aid kit that contains waterproof bandages, disinfectants, anti-diarrhea tablets, etc. You should have a fire extinguisher in place that can help you douse electrical fires.
Each member of the house should have thick-soled footwear to protect from debris and shards of glass on the ground. Make arrangements for cooking in an open place, store charcoal for grilling and barbecuing. Your toolbox should be within easy reach and you should know the location of the gas and water valves to turn them off if necessary. Arrange for the security of important things such as certificates, medical records, finance records, cash, and jewelry.
Your family response plan should center on staying together and staying safe. Inform a relative staying in a safe zone that he will be the contact person in case of an emergency. All family members should have his phone number. Have an evacuation route planned and make sure all family members are aware of it.
If you get caught outside during a hurricane, take shelter immediately. If you are at home, stay indoors if the house is well-reinforced. This calls for some advance learning about the structural integrity of your residence. Unplug all appliances, minimize electrocution risks, and fire hazards. Stay away from windows during strong winds. If things get really bad then take shelter under a sturdy table or behind a cupboard.
Do nothing contrary to local authority orders, if you are ordered to evacuate, then do so. Do not take short cuts to reaching an evacuation center; follow the designated route to emergency housing and feeding stations. Ensure that your vehicle is carrying sufficient amount of fuel.
Mark M. - May - 2020 - Surfside Beach, South Carolina Hi Elizabeth, I just wanted to let you know my order arrived today. Everything looks great! I will not hesitate to recommend Empire, I am very satisfied with the whole ordering process. Thank you for the excellent service and product.
Mike A. - April - 2020 - Daytona Beach, Florida Michael, Bill and staff, Thank you for all your help with re-setting the Rolling Shutter I purchased from you. It is back up and runnning with the limits set. You’ve been very helpful as usual!!
Lew G. - March - 2020 - Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida Thanks again for your advice, technical support, and for all your help and Michael's help. You gave the best customer service and helped me find the best product for my needs. You guys have been awesome and thank you for putting up with me!!
Douglas C. - January - 2020 - The Villages, Florida First let me express how pleased I am with my new rolling shutters and how the whole process was handled. I received the shipment nicely packed with no damage to the contents. The assembly and mounting went very well and the end product fit perfectly, works very well and looks great!
Doc and Christy B. October - 2019 - Waynesville, Georgia
Hello again, it’s Christy B from Waynesville, Georgia. My husband and I have installed 6 out of the 9 roll shutters and we cannot say enough about them! The quality and workmanship is excellent, the shipping packaging was quite satisfactory and the fit is perfect. The shutters roll nicely and the installation video on your website is what we went by. After the first one’s learning curve, the rest have been no problem at all! We hope that you get some additional orders from up here as several of our friends and neighbors plus a local general contractor are anxious to check the shutters out. Our daughter in St. Augustine is jealous.....their subdivision builder used window storm panels and she hates manhandling them and storing them. Thank you Liz, Barbara, Mike, Bill and the rest of the staff. We are very, very pleased that we chose your product to protect our home.
Matthew B. - September - 2019 - Long Island, Bahamas Your Rolling Shutters are an Amazing Product! Thank you so very much. Wonderful service from beginning to end. Much appreciated.
Gary L. July - 2019 - Island Park, Idaho
You have a great product. The way you shipped it in a big box was so nice.
I was so impressed. Attached is a picture of the installed shutters. It was a pleasure to install these Rolling shutters. You guys make it so easy. Thanks again!!
Rodney D. - June - 2019 - Sable, Texas I received the Bahama Shutters. Thank you for the quick shipment and for including one put together already so I know how they go up.Your company service is wonderful and I already have neighbors asking where I got them.
Larry A. - March - 2019 - San Diego, California I am writing this email to say Thank You to everyone at Empire. I have just finished installing the rolling and accoridon shutters you shipped to me on order 26692.The quality of your product is excellent, and your delivery was shorter than expected. The care that was taken by the people that packaged my shutters is above and beyond, and greatly appreciated. The patience Michael Joiner and his sales team showed me over the weeks I was debating what kind of shutters to by, and from whom, was also greatly appreciated. I would be happy to be a reference here on the West Coast if you should ever want one. -Larry
Mark P. - February - 2019 - St. Croix. U.S. Virgin Islands Thanks Empire Construction! Job well done with no issues. I really appreciate purchasing your products. I'm also looking forward to doing more business with you guys in the future. You guys are the best!!
Judy S. – January – 2019 - Cocoa Beach, Florida
Thanks so much for all your help!! My husband is thrilled with the Rolling Shutters and they look great.
Guven Y. – January – 2019 – Malabar, Florida
Thank you very much for everything. All of the Bahama Shutters have been hung and they all look great! They are very quality work and I am getting a lot of inquiries about them.Thanks again.
Gerald B – December – 2018 - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
The Rolling Shutters are up and running and fit perfectly. They appear to be a very high quality product.
Jan T – November – 2018 – Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida Barbara,I just wanted to tell you the storm panels went up very nicely and you sent me all the proper panels. I'll be ordering the panels for the rest of the house after the holidays. Thank you again for your assistance and it was a pleasure working with you.
Mike G. - October - 2018 - Port Charlotte, Florida
Excellent Product! Thank you Ryan. Please pass my thanks along to Bill and the rest of the team as well. I am really impressed with the system we received. Thank you all for continuing that quality product with good support.
Robert H. - September - 2018 - Beaufort, South Carolina
My Accordion Shutters are up! The windows took about 1.5 hours each. The shutters all fit very nicely, the material and finish is excellent, and they look very good. They are not intrusive at all. I am pleased, my wife is pleased ( you know that is important) and my neighbor, who helped me was impressed based upon his window/door experience. Good job! Thanks.
Marcus J. - August - 2018 - St. John, U.S Virgin Islands Hello everyone at Empire, Marcus from St. John here. This project is being done by me and 1 helper, and we're going back much stronger, with many more tap cons, and wedge anchors than the original installers had done. Your rolling shutters are amazing, great quality and workmanship. Everything is going great so far!
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,
Steffan L. - May - 2018 - St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, Florida
I picked up my shipment today at Paradise freight here on St Croix. Your shipping (and your products) deserves the highest rating. Thanks for excellent service..