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Low pressure system likely to become tropical depression or storm

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 30, 2014

Low pressure system likely to become tropical depression or storm1. Shower and thunderstorm activity remains minimal in association with
a low pressure area located about 140 miles east-northeast of
Melbourne, Florida. However, surface pressures are falling, and
environmental conditions are forecast to become more conducive for
development during the next few days. A tropical depression is
likely to form by mid-week while the system moves slowly
southwestward and thens turns northward and northeastward near the
southeastern United States coast. An Air Force Reserve
reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the low this
afternoon, if necessary.

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Solid Waste Authority says what not to do

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 20, 2014

Solid Waste Authority says what not to do

Once a storm is named:

* Do not cut down trees or do any major yard work.

* Do not begin construction projects that produce debris.

*Once a watch or warning has been issued, do not trim vegetation of any kind.

* Mass cutting places a tremendous burden on the normal collection process and there is not enough equipment or manpower to collect the additional material before the storm makes landfall. You could put not only yourself at risk but your neighbors, as well.

* Do not take materials to the curb, transfer stations or landfill during a watch or a warning period. Services may be suspended and facilities closed early to prepare for the storm.

After the storm has passed:

*Keep household garbage, recycling and vegetative and/or construction storm debris in separate piles.

* SWA’s number one priority is the collection od household garbage.

* Securely containerize all household garbage in plastic bags or cans to be placed curbside on your schedule day.

* Don’t place any debris near or on a fence, mailbox, powerline equipment, poles, transformers, downed electrical wiring, water meters or storm drains.

* Be prepared to repair damage to swale areas from the specialized equipment used to collect storm debris.

Once a major storm has passed, the SWA’s response plan includes the following tasks:

*Asses all areas of unincorporated Palm Beach County to determine amount of damage, debris and hardest hit areas. Takes about 2-3 days to complete.

* Set up temporary debris sites. Takes about 3-4 days to complete.

* Deployment of specialized storm debris collection equipment and crews. Takes about 4-5 days to complete.

* Completely cleans up all the storm debris can take up to 180 days depending on how severe the storm was.

Be patient. Be safe. Be careful.

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Preparations for your Pet

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 20, 2014

Preparations for your Pet

* Have your pet micro chipped, so they can be identified if they go missing.

* Get your pets acclimated to a locking crate or carrier. Just leave it out and open so they can freely go in and out to get comfortable with it.

* Do not leave your pet behind and alone, they may find a way to get out and run away.

* Evacuations may last longer than a day so make sure to be prepared for a week or two if needed with their food and toys.

* Most public shelters do not allow pets. Make sure to find a pet friendly shelter and call ahead to be sure.

* Some hotels will slow pets for a storm, again always call ahead.

* Your vet or animal shelter may take in pets on a list prior to a storm coming, call and find out what steps you would need to do to get on that list.

* Be attentive to your pet even after a storm blows through. Streets and yards may be flooded and full of debris. Nails, wood, glass and other objects can injury your pet and yourself.

* It is easy for animal to become disorientated, and there will be lots of unusual smells and thing t o explore that may be hazardous to them. Down power lines, puddles and other things could harm them and your self, so pay attention when going for walks.

* Be aware of wild animals running loose looking for dry land or food, from raccoons to snakes to other creatures finding their way into your home.

No matter what the case may be, always be prepared. Your home your family and your pets.

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Floridians to get break on insurance bills

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 19, 2014

Floridians to get break on insurance billsTALLAHASSEE, Fla. —

Nearly 10 years after Hurricane Wilma lumbered through South Florida consumers across the state are finally going to stop paying the bill associated with that storm.

State officials on Tuesday agreed to end the 1.3 percent surcharge that is placed on most insurance policies, including homeowner and auto policies.

“This is good news for consumers,” said Jack Nicholson, chief operating officer for the fund that has been collecting the surcharge that some critics have labeled a “hurricane tax.”

The state was forced to place the emergency assessment on insurance bills after the backup fund used to help private insurers pay off claims ran out of money in the wake of Wilma. Wilma was the fourth storm of 2005 and the eighth storm that hit the state during a two-year period.

The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund was forced to borrow a total of $2.61 billion to reimburse private insurers.
The assessment was initially expected to remain on insurance bills until July 2016. But the state was able to reach settlements with the last batch of insurers and has enough money left over to retire the bonds it issued.
The vote on Tuesday ensures that the assessment will no longer appear on policies renewed or issued on or after Jan. 1, 2015.

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Tracking the tropics

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 18, 2014

Tracking the tropicsQuick Summary:- Currently no tropical cyclones anywhere in the world

– Weak disturbance near Florida bringing showers and thunderstorms there; not currently showing signs of tropical development
– Eastern Pacific system could eventually develop, but not doing so yet

ATLANTIC, CARIBBEAN, GULF OF MEXICO

There’s an area of showers and thunderstorms with some twist evident on satellite/radar loops over the northwest Bahamas and parts of the Florida peninsula.
A couple earlier runs of the RPM model were eye-catching, showing the system spinning like a top and heading into Florida on Thursday.
Every once in a while one of these things at this time of year will quickly turn into a tropical depression or storm, and on general principle we keep an eye on systems in such close proximity to the U.S.; however there is currently no surface circulation (the rotation is ~2-4 miles up) and surface pressures in the area are higher than what is typically conducive to tropical cyclone formation, and for now that has to be considered a long shot.
We’ll monitor and let you know if that changes; regardless, cloud-to-ground lightning and locally heavy rain will be hazards from the thunderstorms, typical of summer in Florida.
Nothing else new to report in the Atlantic, Caribbean, or Gulf.

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Hurricane Preparation Guide

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 11, 2014

Hurricane Preparation GuideHurricane season is approaching fast. It begins on June 1st. Early preparation is important and necessary. Hurricanes are strong storms that cause life and property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Educate yourself about the types of hurricanes and prepare your home and your family before the hurricane season begins.

More than 35 million Americans live in regions most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes.

Hurricane Classification and Categories

Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on their wind speed, central pressure, and damage potential (see chart). Category Three and higher hurricanes are considered major hurricanes, though Categories One and Two are still extremely dangerous and warrant your full attention. All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes or tropical storms. Parts of the Southwest United States and the Pacific Coast experience heavy rains and floods each year from hurricanes spawned off Mexico.

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. Winds can exceed 155 miles per hour. Hurricanes and tropical storms can also spawn tornadoes and microbursts, create storm surges along the coast, and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on their wind speed, central pressure, and damage potential (see chart). Category Three and higher hurricanes are considered major hurricanes, though Categories One and Two are still extremely dangerous and warrant your full attention.

Hurricane Preparation from Red Cross:

Build a disaster supply kit or check the kit you prepared last year. Include a three-day supply of water and ready-to-eat non-perishable foods. Don’t forget a manual can opener, battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries. Your kit should also have a first aid kit, prescription and non-prescription medications, and copies of important documents. Prepare a personal disaster and evacuation plan. Identify two meeting places—one near your home, and one outside your area in case you can’t return home. Make plans for your pets. Select an out-of-area emergency contact person. Be informed. Know what a hurricane WATCH means. If a hurricane WATCH is issued.
Listen to weather updates from your battery-powered or hand-cranked radio. Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, hanging plants, bicycles, toys and garden tools. Anchor objects that cannot be brought inside. Close all windows and doors. Cover windows with storm shutters or pre-cut plywood. If time permits, and you live in an identified surge zone, elevate furniture or move it to a higher floor to protect it from flooding. Fill your vehicle’s gas tank. Check your disaster supply kit to make sure items have not expired. 4. If a hurricane WARNING is issued:
Listen to the advice of local officials, and leave if they tell you to do so. Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the main water valve. If you are not advised to evacuate, stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Do NOT use open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light. If power is lost, turn off appliances to reduce damage from a power surge when electricity is restored. Hurricane Protection with Hurricane ShuttersHurricane shutters protect from all types of storms. Cyclones in the North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, or South Pacific Ocean are called hurricanes. Tropical storms along the Northwest Pacific Ocean are referred to as typhoons.

Property owners along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean should strongly consider installing hurricane shutters. Category 5 hurricanes can result in structural damages in excess of 15 miles from the shore. Cat 5 hurricane shutters are recommended for all regions close to the shore.

Cats 5 Shutters has installed Hurricane Shutters, Storm Shutters, Roll-up and down shutters, Windows Shutters, Bahama Shutters, Accordion Shutters, Shutters for Windows and Hurricane Protection throughout multiple counties in South Florida.

Contact Cat 5 Shutters today to get professional advise and installation service.

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Hurricane Season

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 5, 2014

Hurricane SeasonIn the wake of a natural disaster, essentials such as fuel, food, ice, generators, lanterns, lumber, lodging etc may be short supply. Charging excessive prices for these and other necessities happens in awake of a storm or even afterwards.

Home repairs-

Know your contractor- Fly by Night contractors who are not do not have a licenses or insurance always offer the lowest price but also bring to the table problems.

Get at least 3 estimates. Be certain you see licenses and proof of insurance from all.

Be aware of solicitors offering services you don’t need. They may just be looking to see what is inside your home.

Avoid doing any work with a company that is requiring you to pay in just cash only. Make sure to get copies of all work done and checks that were written for your records.

At the end of the day make sure you are happy with the work that was done. Keep your records and do not be afraid of asking questions. If they don’t have the answers do not let them in.

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Hurricane Shutters- Whats right for you?

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 4, 2014

Hurricane Shutters- Whats right for you?

Here are some considerations as you review your choices in window protection:

Its a lot easier to pull on an accordion shutter across sliding glass doors or to push a button and watch motorized shutters roll down.

Here are some ideas to help you think of what is best for your home and yourself.

Can you install protection yourself? Screwing plywood panels in place is a heavy, awkward task that typically takes more than one person. Many plywood users who emerged from the 2004 season of back-to-back storms vowed never again use plywood.

Plywood is the covering of first or last resort for many homeowners, but it is heavy and hard to store and attached when a storm nears. If it gets soaked repeatedly ( as it will during hurricane season) the layers can peel apart causing the homeowner to replace plywood often. It is also a fire and termite risk. If you choose to use it the plywood panels should be measured, drilled and labeled in advance. A 4 x 8 foot sheet of 5/8″ plywood is about 16.99 these days at your local hardware stores.

If you already have window protection, are you ready to roll? Do you know where the Tapcons or wing nuts or other fasteners are? Do you know how to install or operate your protection?

Storage space can be a problem for plywood and for heavy stacks of Aluminum or Steel panels. Those metal panels can tear up your hands and cause serious injury if a stack of them drops or falls on you.

No matter what you need to protect your openings. CAT 5 SHUTTERS, LLC  can help. Contact us toll free at 1-877-cat-five or visit us on the web at www.cat5shutters.net for a free estimate.

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Emergency Municipality Numbers

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 2, 2014

Emergency Municipality Numbers

Find you Municipal  and keep the number so you will have it in case of an emergency this Hurricane season.

Atlantis- 561-965-1700
Belle Glade- 561-688-3400
Boca Raton- 561-368-6201
Boynton Beach- 561-732-8116
Briny Breezes- 561-276-7405
Cloud Lake- 561-688-3400
Delray- 561-243-7800
Glen Ridge- 561-688-3400
Golf- 561-688-3400
Greenacres- 561-642-2160
Haverhill- 561-689-0370
Highland Beach- 561-266-5800
Hypoluxo- 561-688-3400
Juno- 561-626-2100
Jupiter- 561-262-7548
Jupiter Inlet Colony- 561-746-3787
Lake Clarke Shores- 561-964-1114
Lake Park- 561-688-3400
Lake Worth- 561-688-3400
Lantana- 561-540-5700
Manalapan- 561-585-4030
Mangonia Park- 561-688-3400
North Palm Beach- 561-848-2525
Ocean Ridge- 561-732-8331
Pahokee- 561-688-3400
Palm Beach- 561-838-5454
Palm Beach Gardens- 561-799-4445
Palm Beach Shores- 561-844-3456
Palm Springs- 561-968-8243
Riviera Beach- 561-845-4123
Royal Palm Beach- 561-688-3400
South Bay- 561-388-3400
South Palm Beach- 561-586-2122
Tequesta- 561-575-6210
Wellington- 561-688-3400
West Palm Beach- 561-822-1900

Stay connect with CAT 5 Shutters, LLC for all your Hurricane needs.

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5 Affordable Home Projects to Prepare for a Hurricane

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 30, 2014

5 Affordable Home Projects to Prepare for a HurricaneThe Five S’s – Shingles, Soffits, Seals, Surroundings and Shutters

1. Shingles – Spend $4 on a 10 oz. tube of roofing cement and use it to re-adhere loose shingles to prevent water damage to your roof decking. One tube = 25 feet of shingles.

Focus on shingles near the roof edges and near gable ends.Place three one-inch diameter dabs of roofing cement under each shingle tab (near the edges).On gable ends, secure the three shingle tabs closest to the gable edge.This should be done at least two weeks in advance of a storm to allow the cement to adhere properly.

2. Soffits – Spend $6 for 10 oz. of polyurethane sealant and stainless steel screws, and use to secure your soffits to the walls and fascia to prevent them from blowing off.

IBHS research has found that soffit materials are missing in approximately 75 percent of homes that suffer significant hurricane damage. When soffit materials are blown off, the result is wind and water damage to the roof decking, attic and possibly the home’s interior. Apply a bead of sealant along the joint between the edge of the channel and the wall and the track holding the soffit panels.Install sharp pointed stainless steel screws through the fascia and channels so that they connect the soffit material.Apply sealant in the grooves where the fascia material butts up against the fascia and wall channel.

3. Seal Gaps – Spend $2 on 10 oz. of caulk and use to seal gaps in outer walls to prevent water intrusion.
 
Focus on the following areas: holes where wires, cables and pipes enter and exit the house;openings for cable TV and telephone lines;all the way around electrical boxes and circuit breaker panels;pipe penetrations including air conditioning refrigerant lines and condensate lines, water heater pressure relief lines and water pipes; andcracks around wall outlets, dryer vents, bathroom and kitchen vents and electrical devices such as wall lights.

4. Surroundings –Secure your surroundings to prevent damage from flying debris. Spend $3/bag and replace gravel/rock landscaping materials and walkways with a softer material, such as mulch or dirt.

In a particularly strong hurricane, gravel has been found in mail boxes and has shredded vinyl siding. Work with neighbors to make sure everyone’s home is protected from this risk.Secure loose objects in the yard, such as lawn chairs, toys, garbage cans or signs, so they don’t become flying missiles during high winds.Trim trees and shrubbery away from structures and remove any weakened sections of trees that might easily break off and fall onto structures.

5. Shutters –Spend $9-$30 per square foot of openings for shutters to protect against wind-borne debris and pressurization.

Determine what openings need protection; this should include all windows, entry doors, sliding glass doors, garage doors and gable end vents.Choose permanent window and door protection, or install permanent fasteners before storm warnings, and pre-cut shutter panels so they can be put in place quickly.

Hurricane starts June 1 and end November 30. Make sure you do what is needed to protect your investments and family.

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