Destin, FL (PRWEB) June 22, 2012
The 2012 Hurricane Season is just three weeks old and near tropical weather is already covering Southern Florida. Although the national weather service only gives this weather system a 30% chance of developing into a tropical storm, the current weather pattern can lead to heavy rainfall and localized flooding. This will be only one of the many storms that are expected during this hurricane season which means protection from storm damage should begin now. Constant high winds aren’t necessary to topple trees and bring down power lines. Heavy rain can cause ground saturation raising the water table to the point where tree roots can no longer stabilize the trunk of a tree. This results in down trees which can also take down nearby power lines.
Preparing ourselves for these natural occurrences can relieve the stress of living through a weather event. If power is lost, an emergency generator can make life easier while waiting for the power to be restored. Having a chainsaw to remove fallen tree branches from your yard makes clean-up faster and will save hundreds of dollars over calling a tree service. Disaster Relief Supply cautions homeowners from removing a tree or branches near power lines. If you see a down power line, keep your distance and call 911. Let the professionals take care of the problem.
Preparing for flooding is another major concern. Creeks and rivers can rise extremely fast during heavy rainfall. The Florida Panhandle experienced a 100 year flood recently due to extreme rainfall. Don’t wait until it is too late to stop the flood waters! Protecting property from flood waters can save hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs. Keeping a supply of sandbags or water barriers is the first line of defense. A small investment in flood barriers will more than offset the cost of flooding repairs. Flood plane maps (which can identify vulnerable areas), can be obtained from the city or county engineer.
No property is immune from a major weather event. Weather damage can happen anywhere. Disaster Relief Supply recommends preparation rather than cleaning up the losses. Adopting the old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” definitely applies to the weather.