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Enjoy the long weekend!Happy Labor Day!

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on August 30, 2013

Enjoy the long weekend!Happy Labor Day!This Labor Day holiday weekend, the AAA Auto Club has teamed up with Bud Light for their ’Tow to Go’ program which offers a confidential ride home and tow – both free of charge over the holiday weekend. You don’t even have to be a AAA member.
The Tow to Go program will provide safe rides home to intoxicated drivers August 30 – Sept. 2.
“This program is invaluable because it brings attention to the dangers of drinking and driving beyond just giving an intoxicated driver a safe ride home,” said Gerry Gutowski, Sr. Vice President, Automotive Services, The Auto Club Group.


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Hiring Professionals

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on August 20, 2013

Hiring Professionals
We normally don’t look for contractors unless an issue arises. It is best to already have one in place before an emergency happens.
We have found this great article written by Bob Formisano, that talks about the stress of finding a good contractor and tips that will help you make an informed decision. Good rule of thumb is do your research before for hiring just anyone.

How To Select a Good Contractor:This may seem daunting but it’s really pretty straightforward. A good tip I can give you is try to select contractors you may need on an urgent basis before you need them. Why? Because if you have an emergency repair and need to find someone quickly (who is also good and fair) you don’t have time to go through a lengthy selection process. And the WORST thing you can ever do is picking someone from the Yellow Pages without interviewing them first. I’m not talking about getting a bid for work you don’t need, but try to at least get the names before you need them of some well recommended emergency contractors, like a plumbing or heating contractor.
The easiest, and one of the best ways to select a possible contractor, is to get references from friends, family or a Realtor you trust. Please, do not just use the “Yellow pages” and hire someone.

Once you have some names, meet with them, look for “chemistry” or rapport between you and them and observe their level of professionalism. Courtesy, respect, punctuality and the ability to communicate are some of the most important attributes a contractor can have next to their basic competency. Actually, no matter how good someone is, if they don’t click with you on these points, don’t hire them. Period.

I’m sorry to say that I have to suggest you should also be observant for signs of substance abuse such as alcohol or marijuana. If you suspect anything here, do not hire the contractor.

Here’s a checklist of things to consider when selecting your contractor.
Let’s use ratings of “Best”, “Good”, “OK”, “Fair” and “Reject” to classify some of these items.

Getting Names of Possible Contractors:
You have had good personal prior experience working with contractor [BEST]
Reliable referral from direct experience of family or friends [GOOD]
You know of the contractor’s reputation but have no direct experience [OK]
You found them from a trade association or general advertising [FAIR]

State Contractor Licensing (they must provide the number if licensed):
Licensed; has never had a complaint filed or had disciplinary action taken [BEST]
Licensed; has no prior complaints filed for at least 3 or more years [FAIR]
Licensed; current complaints or actions against them within the past 3 years [REJECT]
Contractor has no license [REJECT]

Insurance (ask to see their certificates):
Workman’s Compensation and General Liability [BEST]
General Liability only (bodily injury and property damage) [GOOD]
Contractor has no insurance [REJECT]

Business Longevity:
In business more than 10 years with the same name [BEST]
In business 5 or more years with the same name [GOOD]
In business 1 to 5 years with the same name [OK]
New business under 1 year [FAIR]

Stability and Permanence:
Has a physical business office and address [BEST]
Has only a Home office or answering service [FAIR]
Cell phone contact only, no office [REJECT]

Reference Check (yes, you should check references)
Positive prior current references from at least 5 customers [BEST]
1 to 4 positive references from past customers [FAIR]
No real references or negative references provided [REJECT]

Specializes in the work you want performed [BEST]
Can perform the work you want but also does other types of work [OK]
Little to no experience in the work you want performed [REJECT]

Scope and Price: (All Items are Required)
Detailed description of the scope of work
Assumptions (if any) are clear and accurate
Contractor DID NOT offer discount to “sign up now”
Contractor will Guarantee the work
All verbal Contractor representations are in writing
No more than 25% to 33% asked for up front
Final payment not required until work is complete

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Before a hurricane, During a hurricane and after a hurricane.

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on August 7, 2013

Before a hurricane, During a hurricane and after a hurricane.

To begin preparing:

 You should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan .Know your surroundings .Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.Make plans to secure your property:Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.Determine how and where to secure your boat.Install a generator for emergencies.If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.Consider building a safe room.

During a hurricane:

Listen to the radio or TV for information.Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.Turn off propane tanksAvoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.Moor your boat if time permits.Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.You should evacuate under the following conditions:
If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.
If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure – such shelter are particularly hazardous during hurricane no matter how well fastened to the ground.If you live in a high-rise building – hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an island waterway.Read more about evacuating yourself and your family. If you are unable to evacuate, go to your wind-safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:
Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors.Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.Avoid elevators.

After the Storm:

Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.If you have become separated from your family, use your family communications plan or contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS/1-800-733-2767 or visit the American Red Cross Safe and Well site: The American Red Cross also maintains a database to help you find family. Contact the local American Red Cross chapter where you are staying for information. Do not contact the chapter in the disaster area.If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.If you cannot return home and have immediate housing needs. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).For those who have longer-term housing needs, FEMA offers several types of assistance, including services and grants to help people repair their homes and find replacement housing. Apply for assistance or search for information about housing rental resourcesDrive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed¬ out bridges. Stay off the streets. If you must go out watch for fallen objects; downed electrical wires; and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks.Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.Walk carefully around the outside your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage before entering.Stay out of any building if you smell gas, floodwaters remain around the building or your home was damaged by fire and the authorities have not declared it safe.Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes. If you have any doubts about safety, have your residence inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before entering.Use battery-powered flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles. Note: The flashlight should be turned on outside before entering – the battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present.Watch your pets closely and keep them under your direct control. Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes. Use a stick to poke through debris.Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.Use the telephone only for emergency calls.NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.

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Breakdown of our hurricane thus far

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on August 1, 2013

Breakdown of our hurricane thus far

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is an event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. The season officially started on June 1 and will end on November 30. These dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin. The first system, Andrea, developed on June 5, made landfall along the Florida Big Bend on June 6, and became a post-tropical cyclone on June 7 while in North Carolina after merging with a cold front. The season’s next storm, Barry, developed on June 17, making landfall in Mexico. Chantal, the next cyclone, developed on July 8, not making landfall as a hurricane, but it caused flooding in the Antilles, causing 1 death in Maimón. The season’s latest storm, Dorian, developed July 24 off the coast of Africa, causing strong rip currents in Cape Verde, but faced dry air and weakened, until it degenerated into a tropical wave on July 27.

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