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Florida Disaster – Get a Family Plan!

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on April 30, 2012

Florida Disaster - Get a Family Plan!Welcome to the Family Disaster Planning website, brought to you by the State of Florida! This website will better prepare you and your family for future disasters by helping you create your own personalized Family Disaster Plan.

CAT 5 Hurricane Shutters is located in West Palm Beach, Florida, Palm Beach County. We design, manufacture and install hurricane shutters according to the 2010 FL bldg. codes. We are licensed CGC # 1517869.
We service Palm Beach County, Broward County as well as the upper and middle Florida Keys in Florida. We are licensed and insured. CGC# 157869. Contact us for a free estimate at (561) 333-2285 or http://www.cat5shutters.net

First Time Visitors: Please read the message below and then http://www.floridadisaster.org/family, click Start My Family Disaster Plan! at the bottom of the page. One of the first actions you will take is to create a Username and Password and provide your email address so that you can later retrieve your plan when changes are needed.

In a major disaster, emergency workers may not be able to reach everyone right away, and in some cases it may take 3 or more days for help to arrive. What would you do if you had no electricity, no gas, no water and no telephone service? Having a plan for your family and their needs will help ensure their safety and comfort during these difficult times.

Over the next few minutes, you will be asked to provide information about your home, family, and pets. Using the information you provide, this website will create a personalized Family Disaster Plan that you can print out and save for future emergencies. Included in your plan will be:

• Recommended amounts of food and water based on your family information.
• Contact information for your local emergency responders and maps of your local Evacuation Zones
• Checklists of important steps to take before, during, and after a disaster!
Remember, the best way to make your family and home safer is to be prepared before a disaster happens.

Creating your plan is easy and only takes about 10-15 minutes. To begin, http://www.floridadisaster.org/family and follow the simple instructions!

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How To Choose Exterior Shutters For Your House

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on April 27, 2012

How To Choose Exterior Shutters For Your HouseTips For Choosing The Right Exterior Shutters

It is not very difficult to find a shutter style that will match your home. You should always choose an exterior style that matches the interior of your house. A question which frequently arises in the mind of buyers is “Which windows on my home should I put exterior shutters on?” The answer is to decorate only the windows that are visible to passers-by. But some people consider putting vinyl exterior shutters on their rear-facing windows as well. But it is the front windows that get the most attention, so its good to decorate them.

There are basically four basic shutter styles. They are the Louvered shutters, Raised panel shutters, Board and batten shutters and the Bahama style shutters.

The Louvered shutter is a traditional type of shutter. It can be used for older as well modern homes. But it a better match for those with traditional style.

Raised panel shutters look good on brick surfaces. Its sleek and simple lines give a contemporary/modern look and are seen more on newly constructed homes. They are also seen on older homes that have been remodeled to reflect today’s modern design style. The Raised Panel is a solid shutter with, a raised panel in the center. You can chose this shutter style if your homes has an updated interior and exterior design.

Board and batten shutters are usually seen on cottage style homes. But they look good on modern homes as well. They give an old world feel to your home.

Bahama style shutters are generally seen on homes warm and tropical climates. In the Bahama style shutter, one shutter panel hinges at the top of the window; opening vertically instead of horizontally. When it is closed it gives great privacy, and when its open it still allows protection from the elements.

You also should decide on the kind of material that you want for the shutters. Shutters are usually made of wood, vinyl and aluminium.  Vinyl shutters are usually low cost and low maintenance. Wood, on the other hand, is a more versatile material and can easily be changed to meet your design needs. It is much easier to achieve custom sizes and can be painted or stained to match any look. If the shutters become weathered, they can easily be stripped, sanded and repainted, or stained. 

Shutter hardware is as critical to the overall look of your shutter project as the shutters themselves. If your shutter hardware is properly painted and cared for, it will last for a very long time.

Stainless steel hardware is an option because it provides additional durability and longevity for any installation. Stainless steel hardware is ideal for coastal areas and humid climate where rusting may be an issue.

There are different styles of hardware to choose from, and a good supplier will take the time talk to you about your personal preferences. At a minimum you will need to select hinges and some form of tie back (shutter dog or otherwise). You may also want to consider locks, pull rings and bullet catches.

Following the above tips will make it easy for you to select the right exterior shutters for your house.

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Severe weather: Know your risk, take action, be a force of nature

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on April 26, 2012

Severe weather: Know your risk, take action,  be a force of natureAs the nation marks the first anniversary of one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are teaming up during this week to save lives from severe weather by encouraging the public to know your risk, take action, and be a force of nature by taking proactive preparedness measures and inspiring others to do the same.

In late April last year, tornadoes raked the central and southern United States, spawning more than 300 tornadoes and claiming hundreds of lives. That devastating outbreak was only one of many weather-related tragedies in 2011, which now holds the record for the greatest number of multi-billion dollar weather disasters in the nation’s history.

The country has already experienced early and destructive tornado outbreaks in the Midwest and South this year, including a significant number of tornadoes last weekend. May is the peak season for tornadoes so it is important to take action now.

“The damaging tornadoes that struck this year, causing widespread devastation as well as loss of life, also spurred many heroic survival stories,” said NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. “In every one of these stories, people heard the warning, understood a weather hazard was imminent and took immediate action. We can build a Weather-Ready Nation by empowering people with the information they need to take preparedness actions across the country.”

“One of the lessons we can take away from the recent tornado outbreaks is that severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “While we can’t control where or when it might hit, we can take steps in advance to prepare and that’s why we are asking people to pledge to prepare, and share with others so they will do the same.”

To “be a force of nature,” NOAA and FEMA encourage citizens to prepare for extreme weather by following these guidelines:

• Know your risk: The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly and sign up for alerts from your local emergency management officials. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
• Take action: Pledge to develop an emergency plan based on your local weather hazards and practice how and where to take shelter. Create or refresh an emergency kit for needed food, supplies and medication. Post your plan where visitors can see it. Learn what you can do to strengthen your home or business against severe weather. Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio. Download FEMA’s mobile app so you can access important safety tips on what to do before and during severe weather. Understand the weather warning system and become a certified storm spotter through the National Weather Service.
• Be a force of nature: Once you have taken action, tell your family, friends, school staff and co-workers about how they can prepare. Share the resources and alert systems you discovered with your social media network. Studies show individuals need to receive messages a number of ways before acting – and you can be one of those sources. When you go to shelter during a warning, send a text, tweet or post a status update so your friends and family know. You might just save their lives, too. For more information on how you can participate, visit www.ready.gov/severe-weather

About NOAA
NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook , Twitter and our other social media channels.
About FEMA
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Take the pledge and learn more information at http://www.ready.gov/severe-weather — and encourage the rest of your community to join.

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“Irene” retired from list of Atlantic Basin storm names”

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on April 24, 2012

Irene has been retired from the official list of Atlantic Basin tropical storm names by the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) hurricane committee because of the fatalities and damage it caused in August 2011 and will be replaced by Irma.

Storm names are reused every six years for both the Atlantic Basin and eastern North Pacific Basin, unless retired for causing a considerable amount of casualties or damage. Irene is the 76th name to be retired from the Atlantic list since 1954.

Irene became a hurricane on Aug. 22 and intensified to a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Aug. 24 while centered between Mayaguana and Grand Inagua in the Bahamas. It gradually weakened after crossing the Bahamas, making landfall in North Carolina on Aug. 27 as a Category 1 hurricane. Irene made another landfall the next day as a tropical storm very near Atlantic City, New Jersey. The center moved over Coney Island and Manhattan, New York, the same day.

Irene caused widespread damage across a large portion of the eastern United States as it moved north-northeastward, bringing significant effects from the mid-Atlantic through New England. The most severe impact of Irene was catastrophic inland flooding in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Irene was directly responsible for 48 deaths: five in the Dominican Republic, three in Haiti, and 40 in the United States. For the United States, six deaths are attributed to storm surge/waves or rip currents,13 to wind, including falling trees, and 21 to rainfall-induced floods. Including flood losses, damage in the United States is estimated to be $15.8 billion.

NOAA’s National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA’s National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy. Working with partners, NOAA’s National Weather Service is building a Weather-Ready Nation to support community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather.

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Nasty Weekend on the Way!!!

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on April 20, 2012

Nasty Weekend on the Way!!!All morning long, we’ve been talking about a severe threat around the area this weekend, and as time passes, the models continue to come into agreement.

There is plenty of moisture over the Sunshine State again Friday, so expect another round of afternoon showers and storms, some of which could be heavy.

FUTURE TRACK: Nasty Weekend On The Way

This weekend, the WPBF First Alert Weather Team will be tracking an area of low pressure form in the Gulf of Mexico, and as it does so, it will add more moisture to the area. That will aid in developing our typical afternoon showers and storms both Saturday and Sunday, but the low might generate a very strong line of storms and allow them to move through the peninsula.

This line will bring upper-level winds, favorable for an isolated tornado to spin up, and lots of gusty winds embedded within the storms.

The timing on the worst of the weather looks to be Saturday evening through the overnight hours into Sunday. This means strong storms are possible through the overnight hours, and folks around town might not know severe weather is impacting them until it’s too late. This is the perfect time to go out and purchase an NOAA weather radio, so the warnings could wake you up in the middle of the night. These radios have proven to be lifesavers time and time again.

It is rare that we have a weather setup like this — only three or four times a year as a matter of fact. The whole First Alert Weather Team will be with you throughout the weekend, and remember, you can follow WPBF weather on Facebook at WPBF First Alert Weather or on Twitter at @WPBF25Weather!

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Hurricane Basics

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on April 20, 2012

Hurricane BasicsBasic Hurricane Safety Actions

• Know if you live in an evacuation area. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. Have a written plan based on this knowledge.
• At the beginning of hurricane season (June 1st), check the supplies for your disaster supply kit, replace batteries and use food stocks on a rotating basis.
• During hurricane season, monitor the tropics.
• Monitor NOAA Weather Radio. It is an excellent / official source for real-time weather information and warnings.
• If a storm threatens, heed the advice from local authorities. Evacuate if ordered.
• Execute your family plan

WATCH vs. WARNING – KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

TROPICAL STORM WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

HURRICANE WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified coastal area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

HURRICANE WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

Basic Hurricane Safety Action:

Know if you live in an evacuation area. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. Have a written plan based on this knowledge.
At the beginning of hurricane season (June 1st), check your supplies, replace batteries and use food stocks on a rotating basis.
During hurricane season, monitor the tropics.
Monitor NOAA Weather Radio.
If a storm threatens, heed the advice from local authorities. Evacuate if ordered.
Execute your family plan.

Watch vs. Warning:

A HURRICANE WATCH issued for your part of the coast indicates the possibility that you could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours.
This watch should trigger your family’s disaster plan, and protective measures should be initiated, especially those actions that require extra time such as securing a boat, leaving a barrier island, etc.

A HURRICANE WARNING issued for your part of the coast indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 36 hours or less.
Once this warning has been issued, your family should be in the process of completing protective actions and deciding the safest location to be during the storm

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Hurricane Protection With Storm Catcher Roll Down Screen

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on April 19, 2012

Hurricane Protection With Storm Catcher Roll Down ScreenFabric Based Hurricane Protection With Storm Catcher Roll Down Screen

Enjoy incredibly effective hurricane protection and the convenience of an electronically controlled or manually operated rolling hurricane screen system. Protecting you, your family and your home even when you are not there, this highly innovative and advanced design is like having a bulletproof vest for the vulnerable openings of your home. Additionally, the Storm Catcher Rolling Screen can cover large openings while the cutting-edge mesh structure filters in light, allowing you to see out.

• Always in place, ready for use
• Withstands hurricane force winds and impact from flying debris
• Operates from inside or outside the home
• Can easily be deployed manually or electronically with optional remote control
• Provides privacy and keeps the lanais clean of rain, dust and debris
• Reduces sun glare
• Increases the resale value of your home
• filters light in, allowing you to see outside.
• blocks 97 percent of all wind and rain, protecting the envelope of your home.
• meets stringent Florida Building Codes.
• eliminates that cave-like feeling produced by aluminum and steel shutters.
• peace of mind during storms.

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NEWS ALERT 2012

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on April 19, 2012

NEWS ALERT 2012The official start of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is nearly two months away, but it’s never too early to prepare customers for the wind damage, debris damage and flooding that might occur. Even with a below average season, four hurricanes can be expected according to pre-season predictions. Meanwhile, the country’s mid-section is experiencing severe spring storms and tornadoes, which can be mitigated through secure construction and storm shelters.

Below Average 2012 Hurricane Season: CSU

The Colorado State University (CSU) hurricane forecast team predicts 10 named storms and 4 hurricanes, of which 2 are expected to become major hurricanes (Cat. 3, 4 or 5), for a below average 2012 Atlantic hurricane season.
The forecast team places the probability of a landfalling hurricane along the U.S. coast at 42 percent. The long-term average probability is 52 percent.

The CSU team released numbers for its 29th Atlantic basin hurricane forecast on April 4.
“Despite this below-average forecast, we remain — since 1995 — in a favorable multi-decadal period for enhanced Atlantic Basin hurricane activity, which is expected to continue for the next 10 to 15 years or so,” said William Gray, founder of the CSU Tropical Meteorology Project.

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Hurricane Preparedness

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on April 17, 2012

Hurricane Preparedness2.  Storm Surge

Introduction

Along the coast, storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane. In the past, large death tolls have resulted from the rise of the ocean associated with many of the major hurricanes that have made landfall. Hurricane Katrina (2005) is a prime example of the damage and devastation that can be caused by surge. At least 1500 persons lost their lives during Katrina and many of those deaths occurred directly, or indirectly, as a result of storm surge.

Storm Surge vs. Storm Tide
Storm surge is an abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted astronomical tides. Storm surge should not be confused with storm tide, which is defined as the water level rise due to the combination of storm surge and the astronomical tide. This rise in water level can cause extreme flooding in coastal areas particularly when storm surge coincides with normal high tide, resulting in storm tides reaching up to 20 feet or more in some cases.

Factors Impacting Surge
Storm surge is produced by water being pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds moving cyclonically around the storm. The impact on surge of the low pressure associated with intense storms is minimal in comparison to the water being forced toward the shore by the wind.


The maximum potential storm surge for a particular location depends on a number of different factors. Storm surge is a very complex phenomenon because it is sensitive to the slightest changes in storm intensity, forward speed, size (radius of maximum winds-RMW), angle of approach to the coast, central pressure (minimal contribution in comparison to the wind), and the shape and characteristics of coastal features such as bays and estuaries.

Other factors which can impact storm surge are the width and slope of the continental shelf. A shallow slope will potentially produce a greater storm surge than a steep shelf. For example, a Category 4 storm hitting the Louisiana coastline, which has a very wide and shallow continental shelf, may produce a 20-foot storm surge, while the same hurricane in a place like Miami Beach, Florida, where the continental shelf drops off very quickly, might see an 8 or 9-foot surge. More information regarding storm surge impacts and their associated generalizations can be found in the FAQ section.

Adding to the destructive power of surge, battering waves may increase damage to buildings directly along the coast. Water weighs approximately 1,700 pounds per cubic yard; extended pounding by frequent waves can demolish any structure not specifically designed to withstand such forces. The two elements work together to increase the impact on land because the surge makes it possible for waves to extend inland.
Additionally, currents created by tides combine with the waves to severely erode beaches and coastal highways. Buildings that survive hurricane winds can be damaged if their foundations are undermined and weakened by erosion.

In confined harbors, the combination of storm tides, waves, and currents can also severely damage marinas and boats. In estuaries and bayous, salt water intrusion endangers the public health, kills vegetation, and can send animals, such as snakes and alligators, fleeing from flooded areas.

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Hurricane Preparedness

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on April 16, 2012

Hurricane PreparednessCAT 5 Hurricane Shutters, located in West Palm Beach, Florida, Palm Beach County, designs, builds and installs according to the 2010 Florida Building Code! Cities include, but are not limited to, the Florida Keys, Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Greenacres, Hypoluxo, Jupiter, Lake Clarke Shores, Lantana, Lake Park, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Royal Palm Beach, Riviera Beach and Wellington. Contact us at (561) 333-2285 to get a free estimate!

Learn about hurricane hazards and what you can do to help protect yourself, your family, and your property.

Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. This means it is important for your family to have a plan that includes all of these hazards. Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

1. Hurricane Hazards
• Basics
• The ingredients for a hurricane include a pre-existing weather disturbance, warm tropical oceans, moisture, and relatively light winds aloft. If the right conditions persist long enough, they can combine to produce the violent winds, incredible waves, torrential rains, and floods we associate with this phenomenon.
• Each year, an average of eleven tropical storms develop over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. Many of these remain over the ocean and never impact the U.S. coastline. Six of these storms become hurricanes each year. In an average 3-year period, roughly five hurricanes strike the US coastline, killing approximately 50 to 100 people anywhere from Texas to Maine. Of these, two are typically “major” or “intense” hurricanes (a category 3 or higher storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale).
• What is a Hurricane?
A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone, which is a generic term for a low pressure system that generally forms in the tropics. The cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms and, in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface. Tropical cyclones are classified as follows:
NOTE:
* Sustained winds
A 1-minute average wind measured at about 33 ft (10 meters) above the surface.
** 1 knot = 1 nautical mile per hour or 1.15 statute miles per hour. Abbreviated as “kt”.
• Tropical Depression
An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds* of 38 mph (33 kt**) or less
• Tropical Storm
An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39-73 mph (34-63 kt)
• Hurricane
An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 kt) or higher
• Hurricanes are categorized according to the strength of their winds using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. A Category 1 storm has the lowest wind speeds, while a Category 5 hurricane has the strongest. These are relative terms, because lower category storms can sometimes inflict greater damage than higher category storms, depending on where they strike and the particular hazards they bring. In fact, tropical storms can also produce significant damage and loss of life, mainly due to flooding.
• Hurricane Names
When the the winds from these storms reach 39 mph (34 kts), the cyclones are given names. Years ago, an international committee developed names for Atlantic cyclones (The History of Naming Hurricanes). In 1979 a six year rotating list of Atlantic storm names was adopted — alternating between male and female hurricane names. Storm names are used to facilitate geographic referencing, for warning services, for legal issues, and to reduce confusion when two or more tropical cyclones occur at the same time. Through a vote of the World Meteorological Organization Region IV Subcommittee, Atlantic cyclone names are retired usually when hurricanes result in substantial damage or death or for other special circumstances.

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