2000 Summer FLASH Newsletter - Florida Alliance for Safe Homes


2000 Summer FLASH Newsletter - Florida Alliance for Safe Homes

Florida Alliance for Safe Homes - FLASH, Inc.FLASH PARTNERSOrganizations and individuals who share adedication to mitigation excellence.Building Officials Association of FloridaFEMAFederation of Manufactured Homeownersof FloridaFirst FloridianFlorida’s American Red Cross ChaptersFlorida Department of Community Affairs*Florida Department of InsuranceFlorida Division of ForestryFlorida EmergencyPreparedness AssociationFlorida Farm BureauFlorida Insurance Council*Florida SelectInstitute for Business & Home Safety*Nationwide*NOAA/National Weather ServiceState Farm Insurance Companies*USAA** FOUNDING PARTNERSFLASH STAFFLeslie Chapman-HendersonExecutive Directorlhenderson@flains.orgTraci BuzbeeOutreach Directortbuzbee@flains.orgKelly WilkesProgram Specialistkwilkes@flains.orgALLIANCEFLORIDAFLORIDASAFE SAFEFOR HOMESINCORPORATEDDedicated toll free homesafety hotline, 1-877-221-SAFEBy Joe MyersDuring my 26-yeartenure in emergencymanagement, I haveseen the coordinatedpartnerships betweenthe private sector,private non-profit andgovernment agencies evolve into a teamthat works together to serve the disastervictim.The Department of Community Affairs’partnership with the Florida Alliance forSafe Homes stresses the importance of predisastereducation and mitigation programs.While the emergency managementcommunity has always embraced mitigationand prevention efforts, FLASHprovides the public with valuable tools andinformation to make their homes disasterresistant.The 2000 legislative session providedcritical emergency preparedness measuresthat will help further our ability torespond and recover from future disasters.The first initiative is Mobility 2000, aSummer 2000 Vol.1 No.5Florida Better Prepared than Everfor Hurricane SeasonFLASH LINKSgroup of transportation projects that willsupport emergency evacuation efforts.Also, the legislature approved a bill thatnow provides critical dollars to retrofitlocal shelters. Some $18 million will bemade available to help retrofit localbuildings to increase shelter capacity andsafety. We will now examine the use ofcommunity colleges and universities asshelters. In addition, for the first time inhistory, a unified building code that willhelp make homes more disaster resistantwas passed. Finally, the DCA is partneringwith contractors and construction tradesto educate them and raise their awarenessabout disaster resistant techniques whichcan greatly enhance family safety during ahurricane or a tornado.Through these continued partnerships,we can continue to work together toensure Florida is a safer place to call home.Joe Myers is the Director of the FloridaDepartment of Community Affairs, Divisionof Emergency Management. His e-mailaddress is: joe.myers@dca.state.fl.usFLASH Interactive – www.flash.orgThe FLASH Web site is full of useful tips on how to best prepare for the upcominghurricane season, which begins June 1 and runs through November 30.■ www.redcross.org - Red Cross■ www.floridadisaster.org - Florida Division of Emergency Management■ www.nws.noaa.gov - National Weather Service5

FLASH FEATUREHurricane Season 2000 Forecasters Pred"A major storm coming in anywhere in the Houston area, the Gold Coastof southeast Florida or the Long Island-New York area, because of thehigh populations, will do catastrophic damage. It's possible we couldget a storm that could do $50 to $75 billion in damage."WILLIAM GRAY, HURRICANE FORECASTERWeather expertshave predicted anabove-average hurricaneseason this year,with storms expected tobe stronger and longerlasting than usual.The outlook byWilliam Grayfederal forecasters atthe National Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration (NOAA) is for 11 tropicalstorms, seven of which will becomehurricanes, three of them major.The La Nina effect in the Pacific Ocean,the same condition that influenced the 1999FLASH FACTSKnow the Difference BetweenWatch and WarningThe National Weather Service can usually provide 12 to 24 hours of advance notice whena hurricane is approaching.A hurricane watch is issued whenever a hurricane becomes a threat to coastal areas.Everyone in the area covered by the watch should listen for further advisories and beprepared to act promptly if a hurricane warning or evacuation order is issued.A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane winds of 74 miles per hour or higher, or acombination of dangerously high water and very rough seas, are expected in a specific areawithin 24 hours. Precautionary actions should begin immediately.When a hurricane warning is issued you should:■ Closely monitor radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio for official bulletins.■ Follow instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered to do so.■ Complete preparation activities, such as putting up storm shutters, storing loose objects, etc.■ Fill sanitized containers with fresh drinking water.■ Turn your refrigerator controls to the coldest setting to allow food to keep longer if you shouldlose electricity.■ Evaluate areas that might be affected by storm surge flooding.■ If evacuating, leave early – possibly in daylight.■ Leave mobile homes in any case.■ Notify neighbors and a family member outside of the warned area of your evacuation plans.■ Hurricane shelters will be open for people who have no other place to go. Do not leave your home fora shelter until government officials announce on radio and/or TV that a particular shelter is open.2

ict Busy Hurricane Seasonhurricane season, remains in place, accordingto D. James Baker, director of NOAA.“For this reason, we expect we’ll haveanother major economic impact on theUnited States,” he said.Professor William Gray of ColoradoState University, predicts an even busierseason, with 12 named storms, eighthurricanes and four intense hurricanes.In terms of probability of landfall, Grayand his team of meteorologists forecast thatthe U.S. Atlantic Coast, including Florida,have a 52 percent chance of being hit by oneor more major storms – Category 3 to 5 onthe Saffir-Simpson scale, with winds aboveHurricane Season 2000: The ABC’s ofProtecting Your Family and HomeANCHOR■ Bring anything from the yard insidethat could become windborne. Askneighbors to do the same.■ Replace gravel/rock-landscapingmaterial with fire-treated shreddedbark to reduce damage.■ Trim and anchor down foliage.■ Make sure your home has a wall-tofoundation(anchor bolts/re-bar)connection.BRACE■ Bolt all doors with foot and head boltswith a minimum one-inch boltthrown length.■ Reinforce the garage door and trackswith center supports.*■ Brace all gable end framing withhorizontal and vertical beams.100 mph. The Gulf Coast faces a 40 percentprobability of one or more landfall majorhurricanes. The chances of one or moreintense storms coming ashore somewherealong the entire U.S. coast, from Texas to theCanadian border, is 71 percent.“With buildup of coastal areas, especiallyin the southeast United States, and with theshift toward a multi-decadal pattern of astronger Atlantic thermohaline system andmore landfalling major storms, I think we’regoing to see more hurricane damage thanwe’ve ever seen in this country.”COVER■ Cover all large windows and doors –especially patio doors – with securelyfastened, impact-resistant shutters withproper mounting fixtures, or replacethem with impact-resistant laminatedwindow and door systems, if feasible.■ Make sure all doors and windows areproperly caulked and/or weatherstripped.■ Install roof covering that is rated forhurricane force winds.STRAP■ Harness any free-standing fixtures inyour yard.■ Strap rafters/trusses to walls withhurricane straps/clips.* Approximately 80 percent of residential hurricane wind damage starts with wind entry through garage doors.Storm Namesfor 2000Storms are named toprevent confusion whenmore than one is active at atime. The names are chosenby a committee of the WorldMeteorologicalOrganization and intendedto represent the ethnicmakeup of the Caribbeanand Gulf of Mexico.AlbertoBerylChrisDebbyErnestoFlorenceGordonHeleneIsaacJoyceKeithLeslieMichaelNadineOscarPattyRafaelSandyTonyValerieWilliam3

Hurricane Kit Checklist✓✓Get a 2-week supply ofthese itemsMake your kit portable ifyou live in an evacuationzone✓Items in bold should goin an evacuation kit❑ Alarm clock (battery-operated)❑ Baby food and supplies❑ Battery-operated radio and/or TV❑ Batteries for several days❑ Blankets and pillows❑ Bleach (without lemon or additives)❑ Butane lighter❑ Canned and dry food❑ Cans of gas and oil❑ Cash, credit cards❑ Cell phone❑ Changes of clothes (one set foreveryone in family)❑ Cooler for water❑ Driver’s license❑ Eating and cooking utensils❑ Emergency cooking facilities (grill orcamp stove)❑ Extra pet food❑ Fire extinguisher❑ First aid kit❑ Flashlights (for everyone inthe family)❑ Fuel up the car❑ Gas for grill (fill up tank)❑ Glasses or contact lenses❑ Heavy shoes❑ Important phone numbers❑ Ice chest❑ Insurance information❑ Lightweight folding chairs/cots❑ Medicines and prescriptions❑ Non-electric can opener❑ Pots and pans❑ Portable cooler❑ Sleeping bags❑ Soaps, shampoo and toiletries❑ Sponges and paper towels❑ Toys (to occupy children)❑ Valid ID❑ Valuable papers❑ Water purification tablets❑ Water jugs (7 gallons ofwater per person)✓Florida Alliance for Safe Homes - FLASH, Inc.ALLIANCEFLORIDAFLORIDAFOR SAFE SAFE HOMESINCORPORATED1430 Piedmont Drive, EastTallahassee, FL 32312www.flash.orgToll Free 1-877-221-SAFEFLASH is a non-profit, public-private coalition.4

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