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What Is a Tornado?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

What Is a Tornado?

Tornadoes are categorized by the Fujita scale. They typically occur in the spring and summer months, but can occur at any time in any part of the country. Tornadoes are sometimes spawned by hurricanes.

Category / Typical Damage

F0 Light: Chimneys are damaged, tree branches are broken, shallow-rooted trees are toppled. F1 Moderate: Roof surfaces are peeled off, windows are broken, some tree trunks are snapped, unanchored mobile homes are overturned, attached garages may be destroyed. F2 Considerable: Roof structures are damaged, mobile homes are destroyed, debris becomes airborne (missiles are generated), large trees are snapped or uprooted. F3 Severe: Roofs and some walls are torn from structures, some small buildings are destroyed, non-reinforced masonry buildings are destroyed, most trees in forest are uprooted. F4 Devastating: Well-constructed houses are destroyed, some structures are lifted from foundations and blown some distance, cars are blown some distance, large debris becomes airborne. F5 Incredible: Strong frame houses are lifted from foundations, reinforced concrete structures are damaged, automobile-sized missiles become airborne, trees are completely debarked.

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/ism2.pdf

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Insurance Claim Tips for Partial Loss Fires

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Insurance Claim Tips for Partial Loss Fires

Q: A fire damaged my home. What do I need to know?

A: Fires that damage but do not completely destroy a home create special insurance claim issues. These claims are often called “partial losses” because the home has only been partially destroyed. Things to watch out for with partial losses include:

  • Hidden damage (water, smoke, ash, mold, air quality, ducts)
  • Inadequate or improper cleaning and repair methods
  • Delays: Particularly after disasters, partial losses can be low priority for overworked insurance adjusters
  • Disputes over “matching” and line of sight: Repairs should return your property to a “uniform and consistent appearance” even if that means replacing undamaged items such as roof tiles or carpeting.

In any property loss situation, there are basic steps to follow to make the insurance recovery process go more smoothly. Document everything that was damaged or destroyed, file a timely claim, learn and assert your rights to full and fair payment, and get help if and when you need it.

https://www.uphelp.org/pubs/insurance-claim-tips-partial-loss-fires

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After the Fire

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

After the Fire

What to expect A fire in your home can cause serious damage. Your home and many of the things in your home may be badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke and water. You will find things not damaged by the fire may still be ruined by smoke and may be soggy with water used to put out the fire. Anything you want to save or reuse will need to be carefully cleaned. To fight the fire, firefighters may have broken windows and cut holes in the roof. This slows the fire’s growth and gets rid of dark smoke that makes it hard for firefighters to see. They may have cut holes in your walls to make sure that the fire is completely out and not hidden in the walls

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa_46.pdf

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Find the safest place

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Finding a strong refuge in your home and keeping it stocked with the right supplies can mean the difference between life and death during a hurricane. Here's how to stay safe during a storm.

Stay away from windows and exterior doors

In a one-story home, the strongest room is often a bathroom or walk-in closet near the center of the house.

The strongest wall in a two-story home is often near the stairwell. A first-floor closet nearby may be the safest spot.

Reinforce your home

If you can afford to spend about $1,000, hire a reputable contractor who can create a solid plan to reinforce the safe area in your house.

Supply checklist

Make sure you have these items on hand in your safe place:

  • Food, can opener and water
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight, radio and batteries
  • Mattress and blankets
  • Cellular phone
  • Tools and protective clothing (for breaking through debris)
  • Games for the kids
  • Animal carrier

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/weather/hurricane/sfl-hc-prep-safeplace-story.html

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A burst pipe can lead to lost revenue

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

In additional to the cost of repair, a burst pipe can lead to lost revenue if your business must close for repairs.

A burst pipe or other water-related mishap can be financially devastating for a small business. When a business suffers a flooding or freezing incident, it might have to close to repair the damage, which ultimately means lost revenue. If repairs aren’t taken care of promptly, they can lead to even costlier threats, such as mold growth and structural damage.

If your business experiences a water-related incident, you’ll need to act quickly to mitigate the damage. Small business insurance can also play a crucial role in lessening the financial impact. However, it’s best to prevent such occurrences from happening in the first place. 

https://www.insureon.com/blog/tips-for-preventing-water-damage-at-your-business

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Preventing and Responding to Building Water Damage

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Preventing and Responding to Building Water Damage

All offices should take precautions to prevent damage should water enter the space from a pipe break or leak. While top floor and basement areas are more prone to water coming from the outside due to building leaks, pipe breaks can occur throughout the building from plumbing and sprinkler systems. Being vigilant about keeping equipment and materials off the floor will prevent potential loss of those items, and make clean-up if a water incursion occurs faster and easier.

Prevention

Do not store paper, boxes, or other porous materials on the floor.

Raise all computers and other electronic equipment off the floor. Facilities Management can provide platforms for CPUs or they can be purchased commercially.

Report any evidence of leaks to Facilities Management immediately.

Turn off your computer at the end of the work day, more serious damage occurs when the computer is on. (This will save energy too!)

Make sure Public Safety and Service has current contact information for your space, if a water incursion occurs at night or on the weekend.

https://www.mtholyoke.edu/ehs/bldgwaterdam

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How To Prevent Water Damage In Office

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

How To Prevent Water Damage In Office

Check appliances
Appliances that you use in the office could be the culprit that could cause water damage. Water dispensers, for instance, should be in good working condition and be placed on a flat surface. Those offices that have cooling machines should ensure that the outlet that directs water out of the system is pointed to the right place. If not, water dripping from the cooling appliances could damage the walls. Do not underestimate the power of drips of water. You will be surprised to find after the weekend that the office is a puddle of water caused by tiny drops. To ensure that your office is not susceptible to water damage by equipment, read the manufacturers’ manual and ensure everything is in place.

https://www.plumbingservices.com.sg/articles/prevent-water-damage-in-office.html

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Severe Weather Safety

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Severe Weather Safety

Apartments 

The basic tornado safety guidelines apply if you live in an apartment. Get to the lowest floor, with as many walls between you and the outside as possible.

Apartment dwellers should have a plan, particularly if you live on the upper floors. If your complex does not have a reinforced shelter, you should make arrangements to get to an apartment on the lowest floor possible.

In some cases, the apartment clubhouse or laundry room may be used as a shelter, provided the basic safety guidelines are followed. You need to have a shelter area that's accessible at all times of the day or night.

https://www.weather.gov/oun/safety-severe-homesafety

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Safe Rooms

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Safe Rooms

Bathrooms

Bathrooms MAY be a good shelter, provided they are not along an outside wall and have no windows. Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing magically safe about getting in a bathtub with a mattress. In some cases, this might be a great shelter. However, it depends on where your bathroom is. If your bathroom has windows and is along an outside wall, it's probably not the best shelter.


Bathrooms have proven to be adequate tornado shelters in many cases for a couple of reasons. First, bathrooms are typically small rooms with no windows in the middle of a building. Secondly, it is thought that the plumbing within the walls of a bathroom helps to add some structural strength to the room.

However, with tornadoes there are no absolutes, and you should look closely at your home when determining your shelter area.

https://www.weather.gov/oun/safety-severe-homesafety

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Safety Where you Live

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Safety Where you Live

Tornado plan

Again, the key to tornado survival is a safety plan. Your plan at home should be known by everyone in the home and practiced at least twice each year. Children who may be at home alone should know what to do and where to go even if no adults are there.

Your selection of a tornado shelter in your home will depend on many factors. Use the basic guidelines and the information below to find your tornado safety area. When selecting your shelter area, remember that your goals should be:

  1. Get as low as possible - completely underground is best.


  1. Put as many barriers between you and the outside as possible.

It is not the wind inside and around a tornado that kills and injures people - it's the flying debris that's in the wind. Items can fly through the air (broken glass, etc) or fall down (could range from small objects to objects the size and weight of cars)

https://www.weather.gov/oun/safety-severe-homesafety

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