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Understanding Flood Zones

Flood Zones are geographic areas defined by FEMA according to varying levels of flood risks. According to FEMA flooding is the #1 natural disaster in the United States. Considering Jacksonville is only 16’ above sea level we are at a very high risk for flooding, even long bouts of rain put areas of the city underwater until the sun comes back out (thankfully the intense heat of Florida can help to dry rain fairly quick). First Coast Hurricane Shutters Explains Jacksonville Flood Zones The St. Johns River cuts through the heart of our city. While in normal times it is […]

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Which hurricane shutter is right for me?

All types of hurricane shutters will offer you protection against incoming weather. Businesses tend to purchase Accordion or Rolling Shutters while residential homes usually go for the Bahama or Colonial look. Some offer enhanced security while others boost your curb appeal even if they aren’t Fort Knox. Different Types of Hurricane Shutters Bahama Shutters have a tropical look to them that can be a great accent to your home and help boost the curb appeal. They open outwards from your home which gives you privacy and shade inside. Bahama Shutters can also be opened and closed quickly which allows you the […]

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Things to consider for hurricane season

Hurricane Season Overview Hurricane season occurs from June 1st through November 30th. Although if the weather starts getting warmer, the season can start a bit early. In the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season we had 30 named storms, 12 of which made landfall in the US. It made for quite a busy season and cost over 52 billion dollars in damages. Hurricanes are inevitable, but when they do come we should do our best to be prepared. Things To Consider How many people live in your household?This question is very important because if affects the calculations of things like how much […]

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Time to prepare for the storm

When hurricane season hits there are a checklist of things that you should complete in order to be prepared should the worst occur. Some things can be left until the threat is more imminent but there are some things that should be accomplished well before hurricane season. Things That Can Wait There are some basic day-to-day needs and situations that don’t need too much time to prepare should a hurricane be on the horizon. Personal Supplies are crucial to have because stores will most likely be closed for a few days during a bad storm. Ample amounts of toilet paper, hand sanitizer […]

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What is a Hurricane?

A combination of wind and rain over warm waters is what starts every hurricane. Moisture begins to evaporate and gets sucked up into the wind. As the wind intensifies and continues to hold onto more and more water a tropical depression begins to form. This is the earliest stage of a potential hurricane. Once a tropical depression forms scientists begin to monitor them with satellites and even airplane surveillance to see if they continue to develop into a potential hurricane. While a tropical depression has winds around 38 mph, which is manageable to most people, they lay the groundwork for […]

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Fortify Your Home Against The Storm

Many of us in the South are used to going a couple days without power when a hurricane comes through our town. We know we should have an ample supply of water and dry food just in case we get trapped inside, along with some other necessities like flashlights, first aid, and battery backups. But there are also some things you should check around your actual household to make sure you will stay safe during the storm. Surge Protection is something we may not think of normally, but it can be an easy thing to protect against. If lightning hits […]

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What You Can Do To Prepare For The Storm

Waiting until the last minute when it comes to hurricane preparation is a risky move. It is better to know your home is prepared for the storm than to run out and prepare at the last minute. Let’s take a look at some suggestions FEMA has when it comes to hurricane preparation. Buy Flood Insurance – This ensures that your home is covered should damage occur and you can rest easy knowing even if the worst happens you won’t have to pay out of pocket for everything. Install Hurricane Straps – These help keep the roof fastened to your walls […]

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Security Shutters Stop More Than Hurricanes

Hurricanes are one of the largest concerns when you live in the South. They are devastating natural disasters that can tear through cities if they are strong enough. But your Rolldown Shutters can stop more than just weather, they are top of the line Security Shutters as well. They are made from high grade aluminum that not only help to reduce corrosion but also make it near impossible for people to break in. How Do Security Shutters Work? Security Shutters are metal panels that slide down over your doors and windows. These are the highest form of safety you can […]

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Don’t underestimate a storm – Rapid Intensification

Many Floridians have the mindset that a Category 1-2 hurricane is not life-threatening and that they will just get out of town if a storm appears to be growing to a cat 3 or above. Unfortunately this thought process is a dangerous one. See rapid intensification: “The defining feature of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was the number of hurricanes that underwent rapid intensification and continued to intensify up until landfall. Rapid intensification occurs when a hurricane’s maximum sustained winds increase by 35 mph or more in a 24-hour period. This season saw ten such hurricanes, many intensifying as they […]

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The Damage Hurricanes Can Do

We are all familiar with some of the massive damage hurricanes can cause when they hit a city. They rip up power lines, flood the streets, and hurl debris through the air. But there is always a cause to the damage and a hurricane is an all encompassing word for the wind and rain that are the real culprits behind the devastation. Wind Damage The high wind speeds the storm brings are probably the most frightening aspect of a hurricane. Sure, wind is fun on a nice day or if you want to stand in one of those wind tunnel […]

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