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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 9

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Monday, September 13, 1999
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THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 9A- ""1 111! I. How to put up plywood : Plywood hurricane shutters are simply panels of wood screwed into the walls of your house. There are 4 basic steps: BUY MATERIALS: Tape measure, 'hammer' drill, plywood, lead lag shields (anchors), washers, lag screws, wrench, hammer and petroleum jelly. CBS frame house ; x Cut plywood 4" to 6" larger around frame of window IT L&i&&B PREPARE PANELS: Mark up the plywood and drill the holes. " Stay approx. 2" from edge ..-. to avoid splintering. - Label each panel, then seal with varnish to keep from -'j'j warping. -4 Drill 38" holes in panel, at corners and along edges, not more than 18" apart Drill hole in wall of house, 58" by 2 14" deep PREPARE WALLS: To avoid mismeasuring, drill the ' anchor hole for the top corner first. Place anchor into hole and screw in panel securely. Swing panel level wMjj3 top of second hole and mark spot. After securing second anchor and panel in place, go down panel with" U a smaller bit and drill pilot holes to mark each spot. V,-. Remove the panel from the wall and complete drilling yv holes. Now that the hurricane has become a threat, you need to act quickly. Take care of these things now: YOUR FAMILY Outline emergency plans with your family. Practice where to go in the house as the hurricane intensifies. Or decide whether you should leave your house. Put together supplies and follow instructions on these pages for food and water. If you plan to leave, you need to start packing. pull out the tubing. B If you remove your roof antenna, unplug it from the set first. B Do any last-minute pruning and take clippings inside. B Remove roof turbines and cap the holes. B Get your important documents passports, wills, contracts, insurance papers, car titles, deeds, leases and tax information into your safe deposit box. Otherwise put them in a plastic bag in a safe, dry place. B Secure anything inside your home that can be thrown around. Tape or tie cabinets. Remove items from counter and table tops. Close closet doors. Wall of house 516" Washer ranei , . . . Anchor urn' expands i ; i. (;;t'; i luuI! ' Ml" 11" . t 38" X 2 14" Lou ameiu t ...i LAST-MINUTE TRIPS Get lots of cash now. Banks, stores and ATM machines will quickly run out Power failures may render ATMs useless. Lag screw I 1 I ...J I Put on your medic-alert tag. I Fill your bathtub and water bottles. I Secure and brace external doors, especially INSTALL HARDWARE: After holes have been drilled, gently tap the anchors into place, leaving them flush Limit traveling to necessary trios. The roads double doors. with the wall. Dip the end of the screw into Vaseline and crank them in. The anchor will expand, thus tightening the hold. Washers go on when the panels go up. n l Preparing your pool I Leave the water level alone. If yofl drain it more than a few feet below normal and the ground becomes saturated, the pool s shell could pop out of the ground, even if B Move as many valuables as possible off the floor to limit flooding damage. Move furniture away from windows or cover it with plastic. B Move your TV, battery-operated radio, flashlights and food to the room where you're going to spend the hurricane. B Leave gas turned on. Safety valves on most water, pool and spa heaters will shut off the gas supply if winds blow out the pilot light. WHEN THE STORM THREATENS B Close and lock shutters and secure other items attached to the home before leaving. B Turn off all but one or two lights and any unnecessary electrical equipment lithe power fails, you don't want to cause a surge later. fl In the last hours, stay inside. Being on the roads will interfere with people fleeing to emergency shelters. And conditions may deteriorate rapidly. it s concrete. In addition, damage from projectiles is greater to exposed pool surfaces. B Turn off the power to the pump motor, lights and other equipment at the circuit box. ' Disconnect gas from heater. B If the motor is exposed and you live in a flood- ' prone area, remove the pump and store it indoors. Otherwise, try to wrap it with a waterproof cover and tie securely. B Remove automatic pool cleaners, pool blankets and covers and take them inside. B Super-chlorinate or double the chemicals you normally add to reduce contamination and infestation by mosquitoes and other insects. B Stock up on chemicals; you'll need to "shock" the pool after the storm. B Don't throw patio furniture in the pool because chemicals will harm or ruin most furniture, and furniture can scratch the pool's sides and bottom. SHOPPING LIST HURRICANE KIT Flashlights and extra bulbs Battery-operated radio Battery-operated lanterns (fully charged). Don't get candles and kerosene lanterns. They are fire , hazards. Extra batteries Matches Clock (wind-up or battery-operated) Plastic garbage bags Fire extinguishers (be sure they work) Scissors Clean change of clothes, rain gear, sturdy swamp boots TV antenna. Buy an inexpensive rabbit-ears version that you can use if cable goes out. FOOD AND WATER Bottled water. Figure on a gallon of drinking water per person per day. Shelf-stable juice and milk. (Canned, boxed or powdered.) Instant coffee and tea Prepared foods. (Canned soup, spaghetti.) Canned meats and fish. (Beef, tuna, chicken, ham, corned beef hash.) Canned or raw vegetables Canned, dried or fresh fruit packaged pudding Snacks. (Crackers, cookies, hard candy, nuts, packaged pudding.) Snack spreads. (Peanut butter, cheese spreads, jelly.) Cereals Bread Sugar, salt and pepper Pet food. (Dry and canned.) MEDICAL NEEDS Medic-alert tags First-aid kit and handbook Prescription drugs Over-the-counter medicine (for colds, allergies, coughs) Children's medicines Aspirin - Sterile rolls, bandages Adhesive tape Cotton-tipped swabs Antiseptic solution Disinfectant Eardrops Thermometer Needles Feminine hygiene materials Insect-repellent spray Sunscreen Soap BABY NEEDS Disposable diapers, wipes Formula, baby food Diaper-rash ointment, petroleum jelly Baby medicines (for pain, cold, cough) Medicine dropper EMERGENCY TOILET Small, tight can with lid Plastic bags for liners Disinfectant or bleach Deodorizer Toilet paper KITCHEN SUPPLIES Plastic (to line bathtub before filling with water) Containers (to store water) Water-purification tablets (usually available only in drug stores), 2 percent tincture of iodine or ordinary household bleach (which contains hypochlorite as its only active ingredient not bleach with soap, lemon or other additives.) Manual can opener Bottle opener Matches Pocketknife (preferably Swiss Army style) Camp stove (or other cooking device) and plenty of fuel. Use canned fuel, not charcoal or gas. Disposable dishes, cutlery and cups Paper napkins and paper towels Ice chests or coolers ICE Stock up on ice and pack coolers as early as possible. Move perishables you'll use first into ice chests to limit opening of refrigerators. Designate one cooler you will open regularly; fill it with drinks and less , perishable items. Set aside other coolers for more perishable foods. Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and drape blankets over it but keep the bottom vents clear. Crank up your ice maker, break out the ice-cube trays or fill jugs with water, so you can be making and storing ice in your freezer or cooler around the clock. Store cubes and small blocks of ice in sealed bags and containers so you can drink it after it melts. ' Clean your bathtub with bleach. Rinse thouroughly. If possible, line it with plastic. Then fill it and as many clean bottles as you can with drinking water. Fill your toilet tank with water. You'll want it to flush after the storm. will be clogged with people evacuating or making last-minute trips for supplies. Tear out lists of supplies and get them as soon as possible. The lines will already be starting. Buy only what you need for the storm. Refill and obtain any special medications. The pharmacies will probably run out Fuel your car. Lines form quickly at gas stations. Make sure you have a spare tire; after the storm, most service stations will be closed for days, and you can bet on at least one flat as you drive through debris. Don't fill gasoline cans they hold only a few gallons and can be a fire or explosion hazard. Check battery, antifreeze and oil. Check flashlight and radio batteries and have extra on hand. Charge rechargeable items: cellular phones, drills, flashlights. Secure your boat If you have a plane, fly it out yourself or pay someone to do it. YOUR HOME AND YARD Get shutters, siding or plywood in place on windows. If you haven't sunk sockets, nail wood in with masonry nails. The cosmetic damage will be the least of your worries. Don't tape windows unless you're covering them. Tape will not stop windows from breaking. H Move vehicles into garages if possible; otherwise park them away from trees. Try to move them close to houses to lessen damage from flying debris. B Move grills and patio furniture into the house or garage. Clear your yard of loose objects that can become missiles. Remove swings and tarps from swing sets. Tie down anything you can't bring in. Check again for loose rain gutters or moldings. B Prepare your pool. B Remove a 6-foot panel on each side of patio screens to let the wind pass through. Simply PLAN TO LEAVE YOUR MOBILE HOME If you live in a mobile home, you must leave. If yours was built before 1976, the home and tie-downs are designed to anchor it in winds up to about 80 mph; if it was built after 1976, it will hold, with tie-downs, in winds up to 110 mph. Trees and plants EMERGENCY NUMBERS B Move potted plants, hanging baskets, seedlings and cuttings inside. B Stake small or newly planted trees to anchor them, tying them at various heights on the trunk. Pass ties through pieces of old garden hose to prevent' County numbers PALM BEACH: (561) 712-6400 MARTIN: (561) 287-1652 ST. LUCIE: (561) 461-5201 OKEECHOBEE' (941) 763-3212 Red Cross chapters PALM BEACH: (561) 833-7711 MARTIN: (561) 287-2002 ST. LUCIE: (561) 461-3950 OKEECHOBEE: (941) 763-2488 """! trunk scarring and leave slack for some movement. B If you have time, try to prune shrubs and vines to one-half or more of their height to prevent permanent damage. B Check trees for any dead or broken branches or those sticking straight up or V-shaped. Cut them back to a main branch. Then thin the tree enough to let the wind pass through. Don't trim roots. B Watch for power lines as you trim. fl Leaving trimmings at the curb will make them more dangerous than if you'd left them on the tree. Tie them and take them inside or remove them so they won't be a danger. B Some of the most vulnerable trees are ficus, acacias, bischofia, Australian pine, Norfolk Island pine, silk oak, royal poinciana, jacaranda and gumbo limbo. B Try to strip coconuts, but don't bother with citrus or other fruit. It will take up valuable time. Measuring a hurricane's strength Hurricane Andrew came ashore in Florida Aug. 1992 as a Category 4 hurricane. Only two Category 5 storms have hit the United States since record-keeping began: the 1935 Labor Day hurricane in the Florida Keys and Hurricane Camille along the Mississippi coast in 1969. The five classes of hurricanes: 1 1 Preparing your condo B Condominium and apartment dwellers near the beach may be ordered to evacuate. If you are farther inland and not in a flood Winds: More than 155 mph Damage: Catastrophic; buildings, roofs, structures destroyed. Flooding up to 10 miles inland, evacuation of area. Winds: 96 to 110 mph Damage: Moderate; larger signs, roofs, doors, windows, mobile homes, small boats, some flooding, tree branches blown down. Winds: 74 to 95 mph Damage: Minimal; signs, unanchored mobile homes, tree branches power lines blown down, some coastal flooding. Winds: 131 to 155 mph Damage: Extreme; almost total destruction of doors, windows. Some wall and roof failure. Major damage to lower floors of oceanfront buildings. Evacuations up to 6 miles inland. zone, you're safer staying put fl Remove all loose items from the Winds: 111 to 130 mph Damage: Extensive; damage to buildings, some walls fail, mobile homes, trees blown down. Smaller coastal structures washed away by flooding up to 8 miles inland. porch, patio or sun deck. Close and lock windows, sliding glass doors and shutters. ' Wedge patio doors. K you're going to ride out the storm in your apartment, choose the room with the fewest windows or a hallway. fl Be prepared to move to a lower floor. The higher up you are, the stronger the winds. Power can fail even before the storm, so avoid ' elevators as the storm approaches. A power failure also could leave you in the dark, so memorize the ' exits from your building and how many steps they are from your apartment A trough of low pre ure. Moving area of thunderstorms that maintains identity for 24 hours or more. Organized storm with winds of up to 38 mph. Identified by number. Winds of 39 to 73 mph. Storm gets a name. At least 74 mph. Threat of a strike within 24 to 36 hours. Strike expected within 24 hours. Tropical wave: B Tropical disturbance: B Tropical depression: B Tropical storm: B Hurricane: B Hurricane watch: B Hurricane warning:

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