Monday, September 11, 2017

What to do after IRMA is gone

Staying safe after the hurricane is your first priority.


St. Petersburg, Fl
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin, So You Want to Blog.


If you have evacuated and are returning to your home or just venturing outside after the storm passes, here are some suggestions to keep you safe.

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From the Red Cross site:
 “Preparing to return home after evacuating will keep you safer while inspecting and cleaning up the damage to your home. Before traveling, ensure local officials have declared that it’s safe to enter your community and that you have the supplies you will need. Follow the suggestions below for returning to, inspecting and cleaning your home.”

Items to Take When Returning Home:
·         Government-issued photo ID and proof of address
·         Important phone numbers
·         Bottled water and non-perishable foods
·         First aid kit
·         Cleanser/ hand cleaning gel for personal use
·         Hygiene products and toilet paper
·         Insect repellent and sunscreen
·         Long sleeved shirts, long pants, sturdy waterproof boots and work gloves
·         Flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries
·         Cameras for photos of damage for insurance claims
·         Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.

Things to watch for:
·         Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
·         If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
·         Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
·         Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
·         Stay out of any building that has water around it.
·         Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
·         Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
·         Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
·         Check for smells of leaking gas
·         Watch out for an increased presence of rats and other rodents which may feed off spoiled food or animal carcasses. Contact animal control authorities for information on how to dispose dead animals found on your property.
·         Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
·         Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
·         Don't wade into the water. Standing floodwater on your property may hide a host of dangers including live electrical lines and fecal matter from overflowed sewage lines.
·         Do not let children play in any water or touch objects that may have been exposed to possibly contaminated water.
·         Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
·         Watch your back. Use teams of two or more people to remove debris and heavy objects that weigh more than 50 pounds.

Take care of yourself:
·         Stay Hydrated
·         Take your medications
·         Take frequent breaks 
·         Wear sunscreen
·         Wear gloves, long pants and boots when removing debries
·         If a task looks dangerous call for help
·         Don’t try to do everything in one day

Finally, don’t take any unnecessary chances. Nothing at your home is worth a serious injury or your life.

Think before you act.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma Preparation – Emergency Supplies and Photo Documentation

Be sure to take pictures and videos of your home, cars, boats, trailers and campers.


St. Petersburg, Fl
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin, So You Want to Blog.


Here is a list of Emergency Supplies from Florida’s State Emergency Response team:

o   Water (at least a gallon a day per person, for 3 to 7 days)
o   Food (enough for at least 3 to 7 days)
o   Non-perishable foods and juices
o   Foods for infants and the elderly
o   Snack foods
o   Non-electric can opener
o   Cooking tools and fuel
o   Paper plates and plastic utensils
o   Blankets and pillows
o   Clothing (Including rain gear and sturdy shoes)
o   First-Aid Kit, medicines and prescriptions
o   Toiletries ad hygiene items
o   Special care items (for babies or the elderly)
o   Moisture wipes
o   Flashlight and batteries
o   Radio (Battery operated and NOAA weather radio)
o   Cash (Banks and ATMs may not be open or available)
o   Keys
o   Toys, books and games
o   Important documents (Keep in a waterproof container)
o   Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, social security cards, etc.
o   Toolset
o   Pet care items
o   Proper identification and immunization records
o   Ample supply of food and water
o   Carrier or cage
o   Medication
o   Muzzle and leash

CAUTIONS:
If you have a generator make sure you have:
o   Adequate extension cords with the right plugs
o   Note the Power requirements of items you connect to the generator.
o   Fuel: Do Not store close to the generator.
o   DO NOT RUN THE GENERATOR INSIDE THE HOUSE OR GARAGE.
o   Generators get very hot keep them in a place where they are not near combustible materials.

Portable propane stoves or grills: 
     o   Disconnect fuel can when not in use.
o   If you are not used to cooking with an open flame use caution.

VIDEO DOCUMENTATION
Using your Cell Phone or digital camera take pictures of the following:

o   Your Home or Apartment: 
o   All angles, including a shot front and back of the roof
o   Garage door
o   Fences - each fence segment
o   Pool and enclosure: front, each side, back and top
o   Patio: Any structures (Pergolas, built in grills, fire pits)
o   Yard toys, swing sets
o   Screen rooms or Florida rooms interior and exterior.
o   Covered decks, especially those with aluminum roofs
o   Interior: Video of each room or still shots of each room be sure to get electronics
o   Detached Garage: front, each side, back, roof and door
o   Any Trees in your yard or a neighbor’s yard that might fall.
o   All your cars and trucks: front, each side and back
o   Work Trailers: front, each side and back
o   Campers: front, each side and back. If your camper is parked in offsite storage go take pictures of your camper and the surroundings and make sure they are DATED.
o   Boats: front, each side and back. If your boat is parked in offsite storage go take pictures of the boat and surroundings, if moored in a marina or mooring field take pictures and make sure they are DATED. 
o   Any other large scale or expensive item take pictures.

Upload these pictures to your cloud storage so you will have them should you lose your cell phone or camera or put them on a CD.

AFTER THE STORM PASSES
Repeat all the above photos/videos so you have before and after video documentation.

Upload these pictures to your cloud storage so you will have them should you lose your cell phone or camera or put them on a CD.

Be prepared to share this information with any claim's adjuster that you deal with.

This will be the most valuable information you will have should you need to file an insurance claim. It takes all the argument out of the “condition before” discussion.

If you have recently made major improvements to your home, new roof, paint, new windows, new garage door look up the receipts NOW so you can provide copies for any possible claim.

The better your documentation the quicker and possible larger you claim settlement will be.

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