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You’ve probably seen numerous dramatic photos of the recent flooding in Texas. Cars underwater, buckled roads, smashed houses. The photo below is what it looks like when the water recedes and a home doesn’t wash away. If you ignore the piles of soggy carpet, limp drywall and damp possessions awaiting the trash man at the curb, the homes look fine on the outside. On the inside, it’s a mess.
I was in Houston last week, helping share information on disaster recovery. In a flooded neighborhood along one of the bayous, home after home was deep into the drying out process. It’s a shared experience none of them wanted, and several of them had been through it before. Tropical Storm Allison affected the same neighborhood in 2001. Interestingly, I saw only one home that was elevated more than a few inches. There likely were more, but this one stood out because it stood UP high and dry above the others, at least 3 feet.
Houston homeowners who had flood damage are learning about an ordinance that requires them to elevate their homes if their damage exceeds 50 percent of the structure’s market value. This is something that Floridians need to think about, too. Do you have enough insurance to rebuild after disaster, taking your local ordinances into account? Don’t wonder about it. Be sure! Call your insurance professional to ask about your law and ordinance coverage.
The pre-hurricane season forecast was released today, and it “suggests” the 2015 hurricane season will be well-below average. I used the word “suggests” because the researchers themselves say this forecast is about probability; it cannot be an exact prediction because atmospheric conditions change like (um) the weather. And, armed with information about what is likely, most people will do…nothing. Too bad.
Hundreds of people were thinking about bad weather this week at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando. This annual event is a forum for education and training in hurricane preparedness.
Too many people only get things done in a last-minute panic. Don’t be that guy—or gal. “Make hay while the sun shines” is an old saying that makes perpetual sense. The sun is shining, there are no imminent threats of severe weather, and that makes this the perfect time to prepare for when skies are gray and winds whip up. To prove the point of “making hay” in the sunshine, the Florida Division of Emergency Management designated this as Severe Weather Awareness Week.
A cold snap is on the way for Florida. Many of us may have forgotten what that feels like. Last winter, it never got cold enough in my part of the state to freeze back the tropical plants, those that typically wither at a brush with coolness. They might succumb this week. Temperatures are expected to dip into the 30s in many parts of the state.