Hurricane Sandy's Anniversary is a Reminder Late Season Storms Can Be Deadly -- Gulf Coast Supply Offers an Updated 'To Do List' so Homeowers Will Remain Prepared

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When Superstorm Sandy struck Oct. 29, it was a deadly reminder that hurricane season doesn't end in September. That's why Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing, LLC, (, Florida's largest residential metal roofing manufacturer, is offering an updated checklist of what to do before a storm hits.

A total of 53 hurricanes have struck the United States in October since 1851. Of these, 16 have been major Cateegory 3 or higher huricanes.

This year's relatively weak hurricane season may have lulled some into complacency, but Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing, LLC, reminds homeowners that it was just a year ago that a late season storm dubbed Sandy caused billons in damage when it struck the New Jersey shore.

As a reminder that the 2013 season does not end until Nov, 30, GulfCoastSupply (GCS is offering an updated checklist of things to do before a storm hits.

According to the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), more than 50 million people now live along the nation's hurricane-prone coastlines, nearly double the number since 1970.

MRA notes that "more homeowners are turing to metal roofing to protect their homes and prevent costly repairs and damages. In fact, the residential metal roofing market has doubled over the last five years."

GulfCoast Supply, based in Horseshoe Beach, is Florida's largest residential metal roofing manufacturer. The geographical areas the company serves include Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and the Caribbean, all of which are vulnerable to severe storms.

For many architects, contractors and homeowners, GCS has been the metal roofing manufacturer of choice--and for good reason: Metal roofs are durable, attractive, long-lasting, fade-resistant and energy-efficient. In addition, the MRA reports that metal roofs are among the top-rated when it comes to enduring extreme weather conditions.

According to "A total of 53 hurricanes have struck the United States in October since 1851. Of these, 16 have been major Cateegory 3 or higher huricanes."

With that in mind, here are some timely tips from "A Preparedness Guide," compllied by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

"Determine safe evacuation routes inland."

"Learn locations of official shelters."

"Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and battery-powered equipment such as cell phones and your NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver"

"Buy food that will keep and store drinking water."

"Buy plywood or other material to protect your home if you don't already have it."

"Trim trees and shrubbery so branches don't fly into your home."

"Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts."

"Decide where to move your boat."

"Review your insurance policy."

"Find pet-friendly hotels on your evacuation route."

These 10 Timely Tips as well as outher useful information are available from NOOA in PDF format and can be downloaded at

According to Vice President Jonathan Sherrill, Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing has been a leader in producing quality metal roofing and componets since 1996 and is a Better Business Bureau-accredited company with a perfect A+ rating.

"For years, customers across the Southeast have trusted GulfCoast Supply as a manufacaturer of premium quality metal roofing," Sherrill said. "My dad and uncle built the company from scratch based on principles of honesty, customer appreciation, premium products and fair prices.

Headquartered at 4020 SW 449th Street in Horseshoe Beach, FL 32648, GCS opened two additional locations in recent years."

GCS Alachua -- The 7 000-square-foot sales and manufacturing facility is at 14480 NW US Highway 441, Alachua, FL, 32615, which is just off Interstate 75, less than 20 miles fron the University of Florida in Gainesville.

GCS Stuart -- A 7,000-Square-foot sales and manufacturing facility at 8701 SW Old Kansas Ave., in Stuart, Fl. 34997 (Martin County) is conveniently situated to service all of southeast Florida and the Caribbean.

For more information about the company and its products, call toll-free 1 (888) 393-0335 or visit the GCS user-friendly website at You can also visit their facebook page:


Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing, LLC is headquartered at 4020 SW 449th Street in Horseshoe Beach, Fl 32648 . The local number is (352) 498-0778; the fax is (352) 498-7852. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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