Hurricane Primer

Hurricane

Hurricane Primer

Having lived in Florida for almost 17 years, I’ve experienced my share of hurricanes. While they can be frightening, they are nothing to fear if you’re properly prepared. You don’t have to buy super fancy bulletproof windows or military ration MRE packs. You can get by with some simple supplies and smart spending.

First off, Hurricane winds can range from 76 miles per hour to up to 156 miles per hour. They blow around, picking up dust, debris, dirt, and plants. It’s not uncommon for a hurricane to blow whole trees over.

These simple preparations will keep you safe in your time under the big dark cloud.

When you first hear the hurricane is coming in, whether it be on the news or radio, you should fill all the tubs in your house full to the brim with water, while your power is on. There’s a good chance you’ll need this water for cooking, showering and flushing your toilet.

This may seem nasty to some, but the truth is, sometimes, during a hurricane, your water won’t work and your toilet just won’t flush.

Instead of picking a corner or getting a bucket, get the water from your filled tub, and put it in the back of your toilet. This allows it to flush, ONCE. You’ll need to refill the reservoir after every use.

If you don’t do this, you run the risk of making your toilet disgusting as well as messing up all your house’s plumbing.

Your second purchase should be a small generator. It’s extremely likely that your electricity will go out. Don’t go spending all your money on a super fancy generator that powers your whole neighborhood. You should get one that powers at least a TV.

The reason behind this is that instead of powering a fridge or microwave you want to power your radio to keep yourself updated on the news. In extreme cases, hurricanes can cause the officials to evacuate an area. You won’t know unless you keep an eye on the news.

In the same vein, having some flashlights won’t hurt.

At night, unless you want to light your whole house with candles, some good quality flashlights and extra batteries will work miracles. You might want to look into kerosene lamps.

What some forget is that when it comes to bad weather situations, you won’t have any phones, any video games or laptops. Getting some good, old fashioned board games and books can save you from the boredom and insanity.

Now to protection.

Hurricane winds, as stated before, can reach up to over 150 miles per hour. You’ll need to board up your windows. Go down to your local Home Depot or Lowes, and look for 3-ply plywood. You’ll need to get it in the size of your window, plus around 4 inches on all sides. You’ll need this so you have enough space to screw it onto your house.

Hopefully now you’re not as hopeless as when you clicked onto this page. While hurricanes can be very serious, the most important thing is to stay safe and stay calm.

Roof Repair Jacksonville Beach Area

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Lost the Race Got a Roofer

Last week I was at a giant water craft expo thing that also included a water-based marathon event. It involved a long circuit on the intracoastal waterway, and most people did it on jetskis.

I got halfway through and wouldn’t you know it, my jetski broke down and I got stranded on a little island. Anyways, before I got to the event I stopped by a gas station I met a guy we had a pretty amazing conversation. He prob won’t remember, but I will.

Turns out he does roofing in Jacksonville Beach, about four hours up the coast from here. He’s been there for like a hundred years and serves that whole area including Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach.

Roof Repair

I googled him later. I put in Jacksonville beach roofers and Neptune Beach roofing contractors and he comes right up. You can visit him here: http://monahanroofingcontractors.com

Turns out that in addition to roof installation he is also a roof repairs company and among all the commercial companies out there, he gets the best reviews for emergency work, roofing on apartments, and working with glass and metal.

He’s also known as a roof replacement company, has a great intro video on his website, and has a reputation for reasonable costs, answering questions clearly, giving lots of options, and giving an estimate before every job.

He told me that he always goes by the book and dots his i’s and crosses his t’s. He never tries to get around getting a roofing permit. In fact, when it comes to getting a roofing repairs permit, he’s usually the first one in line. The Neptune Beach roofing contractors association and board have learned that this guy is a stickler for doing things the right way, and he has a great reputation with them.

So it turns out that of all the roofing contractors out there, this guy really is the best one. If you search roofing co fl, or roofing companies fl, this guy will come up as the best roofing company.

So he and I talked a long time while I was getting my jetski there.

Oh, I forgot to say . . . as it turned out, something broke in my engine, and I had to call for a new part and just sit there and wait for someone to bring it to me. I didn’t figure out the problem until after a friend got there and we were looking at it together.  He could have left when we determined that I had to just wait for someone to bring me a part, but he said he’d hang around for a bit.

The “bit” part ended up being three hours. Yeah, it took that long for someone to bring me a part. But that was ok. We had shade and GatorAde so we just chilled and talked and watched the rest of the contestants go by.

And I got his whole story, and now I know who’s gonna replace my roof! So happy about that, because it needs it, and up until then, I didn’t know who I could get to do it. So . . . even though I totally bombed the race, I got a new friend and a solution to my roof dilemma.