We opened the new corporate office with great success!!!! You are all invited. Our new address is:
1300 N Sam Houston Pkwy
Houston, TX 77032
May came and went in the blink of an eye. With so much going on internally with our organization, I got a little behind in my posting. Did I mention that June is here and so is the Summer heat. So, stay cool and hydrate as often as possible.
Not only does June usher in the heat for the Gulf Coast, it also brings with it Hurricane season. Here is a refresher to help us all endure the season safely.
What are Hurricanes
Hurricanes are among nature's most powerful and destructive phenomena. On average, 12 tropical storms, 6 of which become hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. In the Central Pacific Ocean, an average of 3 tropical storms, 2 of which become hurricanes form or move over the area during the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. Guam, the Northern Marianas and Micronesia experience typhoons all year round but the main season in July through November with a peak from mid-August to mid-September. Over a typical 2-year period, the U.S. coastline is struck by an average of 3 hurricanes, 1 of which is classified as a major hurricane (winds of 111 mph or greater). By knowing what actions to take before the hurricane season begins, when a hurricane approaches, and when the storm is in your area, as well as what to do after a hurricane leaves your area, you can increase your chance of survival. If you, or someone you know, have been a victim of a hurricane, please share your story, including the town and state you were in and the year the event took place.. Please note that NS will then have permission to use your story for educational campaigns. Sharing this information may help save someone’s life in the future. Read stories from survivors and learn how to stay safe.
While hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property, tropical storms and depression also can be devastating. The primary hazards from tropical cyclones (which include tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes) are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive winds, tornadoes, and high surf and rip currents.
Storm surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm's winds. This hazard is historically the leading cause of hurricane related deaths in the United States. Storm surge and large battering waves can result in large loss of life and cause massive destruction along the coast.
Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers, and estuaries.
Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.
Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes. Signs, roofing material, and other items left outside can become flying missiles during hurricanes.
Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.
Dangerous waves produced by a tropical cyclone's strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners. These waves can cause deadly rip currents, significant beach erosion, and damage to structures along the coastline, even when the storm is more than a 1,000 miles offshore.
Before we can determine our planning steps, we have to know what it is we are planning for. Here the types of warnings giving by our local officials to help determine the next steps.
What is a Hurricane Watch?
Hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or greater) are possible somewhere within the specified area.
What is a Hurricane Warning?
Hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or greater) are expected somewhere within the specified area. Evacuate immediately if so ordered.
What is a Tropical Storm Watch?
Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible somewhere within the specified area within 48 hours.
What is a Tropical Storm Warning?
Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours.
What is a Storm Surge Watch?
There is a possibility of life-threatening storm surge flooding from rising water moving inland somewhere within the specified area, generally within 48 hours.
What is a Storm Surge Warning?
There is a danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding from rising water moving inland somewhere within the specified area, generally within 36 hours. If you are under a storm surge warning, check for evacuation orders from your local officials.
Have a plan
Once you know what type of weather event you are dealing with, it's easy to create a plan.
1. Know your Evacuation Zone
2. Make photo copies of your immediate needed documents such as state issued ID, SS card, Marriage License, etc... Keep these items in a water proof container. Some of our clients use ziplock bags.
3. Have a plan for medication, electronics and pet care. Prepare a bag of sort to keep meds together. Have a charger for your phones and a crate for your pets.
4. Know your evacuation method. It is always a good idea to register with 2-1-1 especially if your client is bed or chair bound. If evacuation is with family or friends, make contact for preparation days prior to the weather event.
5. Make sure to make provisions for food and water. Purchase these items days prior to the weather event and have means for their transportation to your destination.
6. Have a plan for returning home and the aftermath of the storm. Know the numbers of emergency management agencies, your neighbors and homeowners and renters insurance agents.
Not every hurricane affect us in the same way. But, with simple planning, we can weather the storm in peace.
We have new Front Office Operator for the all our regions Esmeira Lopez will bring her expertise and experience to help our company grow. She has worked in this official capacity for quite a while and brings a wealth of knowledge. Please welcome Esmeira to the Team.
Krishna Wall - Region 5 Client Affairs Coordinator - contact information:
Office: 832-288-2531 Ext: 1201
Vickie Brown - Intake Coordinator - contact information
Office: 832-288-2531 Ext: 1103
Michelle Collins - EVV Specialist - contact information
Office: 832-288-2531 Ext:1104
Esther Schwaab - Staffing Coordinator - contact information
Office: 832-288-2531 Ext: 1105
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