Hurricane Season 2022- Know Your Zone, Prepare Your Home, Remember Your Route

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Hurricane Season 2022- Know Your Zone, Prepare Your Home, Remember Your Route

***Just received this press release from SC EMD this morning and wanted to post it. If you’re in another hurricane state, be sure to check your own state’s EMD website for their specific information. Dr. Dave

 

2022 Hurricane Preparedness Week

NEWS RELEASE

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Derrec Becker or Brandon LaVorgna

Phone: 803-737-8515  |  Social: @SCEMD

News@emd.sc.gov  |  Hurricane.SC

Hurricane Season 2022- Know Your Zone, Prepare Your Home, Remember Your Route

Columbia, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster proclaimed May 29 through June 4 to be South Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, county emergency managers, the National Weather Service along with all members of the State Emergency Response Team urge individuals, businesses and communities to begin preparations ahead of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The theme for this year’s Hurricane Prep Week is “Know Your Zone, Prepare Your Home, Remember Your Route”:

Know Your Zone

In South Carolina, state and local officials issue hurricane evacuations based on zones in coastal counties. Know your hurricane evacuation zone instantly with the SC Emergency Manager mobile app and Hurricane.sc, South Carolina’s online hurricane guide.

Prepare Your Home

Do a safety check to make sure your home is best able to withstand the effects of a hurricane. Have your roof inspected, double check hurricane shutters and make sure your insurance policies cover the types of damages hurricanes can cause. Make a list and take photos of your belongings as records.

Remember Your Route

Be aware of the closest hurricane evacuation route ahead of the upcoming hurricane season. This will allow for a more efficient and safer route out of the hurricane’s path. Once you’ve learned your route, stick with it and remember it. Rely on the blue hurricane evacuation signs, not GPS.

Hurricanes and tropical storms not only threaten the coast, but all areas of South Carolina. Storm surge and flooding are the most deadly and destructive hazards associated with tropical storms and hurricanes. High winds and tornadoes can cause severe damage to buildings and homes. All South Carolinians should take time to prepare this week by reviewing their family emergency plans, creating a disaster supply kit and talking with their families about what could happen during and after the landfall of a major hurricane.

Daily topics for 2022 Hurricane Preparedness Week include:

  • Sunday: Understanding Hurricane Hazards
  • Monday: Know Your Zone
  • Tuesday: Official Start of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Have a Plan
  • Wednesday: Prepare Your Home, Build Your Emergency Kit
  • Thursday: Remember Your Route, Seeking Safety
  • Friday: Ways to Stay Connected
  • Saturday: Prepare Your Pets

South Carolina is one of the most vulnerable states to hurricanes and tropical storms. Six coastal counties border the Atlantic Ocean. These counties have more than 200 miles of general coastline, and another 21 inland counties may be directly affected by these storms. Densely populated coastal areas, especially during peak tourist seasons, coupled with the generally low coastal elevations significantly increase the state’s vulnerability.

Recent hurricanes to impact the Palmetto State include Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Hurricane Irma in 2017, Hurricane Florence in 2018 and Hurricane Dorian in 2019. In 2015, Hurricane Joaquin, combined with a separate storm system, resulted in historic flooding from the Midlands to the Lowcountry. Forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center expect an above average hurricane season in the range of 14-21 named storms.

Hurricane Season begins June 1 and lasts through November 30.

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It’s Hurricane Season, so get ready before a storm pops up!

It happens every year, just like tax day and any other bad news thing you can think of, like appointments for colonoscopies and stuff.

The Atlantic Ocean hurricane season runs from June through November every year. In recent years, our area has seen several significant landfalls. Hurricanes are interesting in how they affect us. You might have escaped unscathed, might have had trees or limbs in the yard, or could have even lost your roof. However, your neighbor might have experienced just the opposite.

My own experience with the last few hurricanes to hit our area is that the nearby yards flooded, and I lost a few shingles each time. No windows were broken by flying debris, but we had an advantage with clear Lexan hurricane panels over all the openings.

Here’s a few things I would recommend to prepare for hurricane season to help get you and your family ready.

I urge you to do it now so you have less stress and less to worry about during an evacuation or a landfall.

1. Put together a disaster box. Here’s a link to a great inventory list for a disaster box- https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit. Once you get it packed, just throw it in the closet or a corner in the garage and hope you never need it.

You can go further and pack Get Home Bags and Bug Out Bags, but the disaster box is a bare minimum. The link is to an online class I teach about preparing these, but if you need one-on-one help, just get in touch. I used to do contract work for FEMA, and one of our jobs was helping people assemble these.

2. Protect your home. You need to install some type of protection for all the openings in your home, to include all doors and windows. Our company installs several different types, so get in touch if you don’t have this. The most important things to consider for this are that you have the work done before a named storm and know how to use it.

I mention ‘named storms’ because most insurance companies will not help you out if you wait until after there’s a named storm in the Atlantic. Also keep in mind that most insurance companies provide discounts for various types of opening protection, like our Lexan panels, and the state of SC offers a tax deduction as well. I can help you with those forms.

3. Have a plan. Decide beforehand under what circumstances you will evacuate. Don’t wait on the storm and then decide. In addition, decide where you’ll evacuate and what you will take with you. For any storms that you will shelter in place and not evacuate, plan for that as well, to include water, food, and lighting.

4. Upload a good weather app on your phone. I would recommend two different ones. Find a good generalized weather app you like, such as the Weather Channel, and also a dedicated hurricane tracking app. This way you can check on either general stuff or specific storm-related activities.

5. On Facebook, find and like several weather stations, news stations, and your local and state emergency operations centers. The EOC for SC not only puts out great news, but their social media team is hilarious with their posts.

6. If you have window opening protection already, get it out, clean it, and make sure it’s still in proper shape. This way, you have time to repair anything that needs it. This is a good time to also make friends with someone to help you install it.

7. Go around the house and make plans for stray items, furniture, grills, etc. This way if you plan on leaving them outside instead of bringing them into a room or the garage, you can go ahead and buy rope or straps to secure them with.

8. Clean out your garage so you have room for your vehicle if not already. Most people don’t use their garage for vehicles, but if you plan on sheltering in place, I would recommend you pull your car in.

9. Buy any needed supplies now. I’m talking about bottled water, non-perishable food, gas and gas cans, batteries, and anything else you might want during a storm. This stuff runs out fast when a storm is approaching. This will also help you avoid the craziness and lines at the stores.

10. If you’re home at the beach isn’t occupied all the time or you might be gone during a storm, set up a plan with a neighbor, friend or family, or a company like ours to secure your home if a storm is coming.

I hope all this helps. My goal is to keep you safe and ready for disasters.

Your storm guide,

David Powers

You can find us at…

Ocean Breeze Exterior Remodeling – 843-238-4798 – www.oceanbreezeexteriors.com

Our showroom is located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC


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A FREE Roof for a Disabled Veteran!

I saw this email pop in from our main roofing supplier GAF. Rather than retell the story and mess it up, I’ll just screenshot the email from them and let you enjoy it.

You can find us at…

Ocean Breeze Exterior Remodeling – 843-238-4798 – www.oceanbreezeexteriors.com

Our showroom is located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC


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Is it time for Ocean Breeze Exteriors to sell?

Just an update on our business for sale to all of you that have expressed interest.

We love you guys, our customers, and want to stay completely transparent so that you know we’re not going to take this process lightly and just sell out.

Our goal is to pass the company on to someone who’s going to honor the vision of what my dad built here and take care of our customers. Best case scenario for us would be if one of our customers wanted to buy the business.

We had a contract presented this week, but it fell through when the prospective buyer refused to negotiate on ANY of the points in the contract. We’d really hoped this was the one, because he seemed like he had a good plan for the future of our business at first.

But then it came away feeling like he wanted us to carry 100% of the risk while he used the business to launch a different business. I don’t really know, though, because he balked when I started asking questions. We just didn’t feel comfortable that he was going to be the best fit for our customers.

With that said, we are still for sale.

Seller financing is certainly an option if that’s something you need to look into.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

I just analyzed our income numbers for this year, and we’re on track to do better than last year’s numbers, DESPITE all the hiccups in the supply chain and lumber pricing this year.

Dave Jr.


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We’re all certifiable, and we’re using that to raise the bar.

You ever been in an auto body shop and see certificates all over the walls?

You’ll see everything from basic fender repair to obscure things like “small dent repair in the left rear quarter panel of a red minivan with a small dent from a shopping buggy in the Wal Mart parking lot”.

The certificates are there for a reason. It shows that the techs have taken training, passed a qualification test of some kind, and should know what they’re doing.

It speaks to professionalism and competence.

You won’t see that kind of thing in hardly any contractor offices. Most times, you won’t even see an office other than the front dash of the supervisor’s truck that doubles as his desk and trash can.

You can see it in ours. Here’s a recent certification I just renewed. Just for the renewal, I had to not only prove competence, but also supply proof that we have the right kind of insurance, warranty our work, and have a business set-up that will last.

This is only one of about a dozen certifications my guys carry from various manufacturer’s and safety agencies. We’re trying to raise the bar among the other “chuck in a truck” and fly-by-night contractors.

Invite us along for the ride working on your property, and you can see for yourself. Oh yeah, even though the boss does have some paperwork on his dash, we also have a real office and showroom where you can see and touch the product.

Thanks,

Dave


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Order your Retractable Awning now for a quick install!

BAD NEWS- As you know, getting some materials in any industry has been a chore this year. We’re still running months out on some things.

THE GOOD NEWS- One of our suppliers just announced reduced lead times on their Retractable Awnings!

Futureguard is our deluxe awning supplier. They offer better warranties, more options, more colors, better customer support, and now better lead times than our other suppliers. They’re able to do this because they planned ahead, another great sign.

The basic idea I want to push is that you can get your Futureguard Awning, and we can install it fast in the next couple of weeks.

Here’s what they sent me in an e-mail-

The Season is Winding Down
We are shipping in 8 days.. or Less
With the end of summer in sight, we wanted to make sure you know all of our awning products are shipping in 8 days or less. Let us help you satisfy your customers now.  We are ready to fill your current and past due orders.

• Largest inventory of parts and fabrics
• Largest amount of factory production equipment
• Largest component and in house powder coating capacity
• Largest fabrication and a dealer support team

Remember, this ONLY applies to Futureguard Awnings, not the other brand that we carry.

Dave, the guy that wants you to enjoy your patio in the shade


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Who likes credit card points?

A lot of our materials are purchased with company credit cards. It’s the easiest way for us to buy fuel or pay for lumber, because well, who has enough cash on hand to pay for lumber these days?

Our company has been a loyal customer of Chase credit cards for years. They’ve treated us well, and the bonus points from purchases converts easily to a credit on a statement.

Every so often, they send us a special offer to send out to friends and family, so I wanted to pass this one on to you. It’s for the Chase Ink card. Full disclosure, if you sign up, both of us get bonus points.

If you need a new card or your first one, there’s a link below for the special offer. I don’t know all the specs on it, because I think the offer is tied to your spending or income or something, maybe even your dog’s name.

Hint- If it’s tied to spending, you’re welcome to use your new card for a sunroom or deck from us.

Now, on the flipside, we pay off our credit cards every month so we don’t pay interest. It’s a tool, not a debt machine. If you’re not able to pay your card off every month, don’t get another one.

If you’re trapped in this cycle, there are ways to break free. Here’s a resource for the program we follow to stay debt free. It works for business and on the personal level.

Here’s to the beginning of another awesome summer!

Dave Jr.


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Build Your Own Outdoor Projects Virtually

There’s a ton of project visualizers out there for the types of projects we do. I wanted to send out an updated list so you could take a try at it.

Most of these are really good and produce detailed plans and material lists. Feel free to build your dream project here and e-mail it over for us to look at and price out for you.

Note- There are a couple of these for projects that we don’t install, but I included them anyway just in case your dream project requires things outside our product line.

As you get into the process, feel free to get in touch with any questions.

Thanks, Dave

Fiberon Decking. Fiberon is our go-to brand for composite lumber and the makers of the one you can see in our outdoor showroom.
Deckorators
. Their railing line is among our customer favorites for accenting a deck.
Boral Building Products. We use some of their product line on our sunrooms.
Envision Decking
Royal Building Products. We use Royal for a lot of our siding, soffit, and trim.
Feeney Deckbuilder
. These are the folks that make Cable Rail.
Belgard Hardscapes
Duradek
Fortress Building Products
Simpson Strongtie. Although we don’t use their pergola materials, Simpson’s is one of the only manufacturer’s that has a pergola visualizer.
Timbertech Decking
Trex Decking


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NEW Awning Warranty INCLUDES Labor!

It’s not often that companies do MORE for you without charging more. One of our suppliers did this, so I wanted to pass on the news.

You may not realize it, but few manufacturer warranties cover labor as well as the parts. This is true for cars, appliances, and most consumer goods. With the suppliers we work with, it includes awnings, windows, doors, shingles, etc.

Sunbrella, one of the largest awning and outdoor fabric manufacturers in the world, just announced an expansion of their warranty to include labor. I could tell you more, but the article below from Specialty Fabrics magazine explains it all.

Just a couple of notes and read on for more info:

  • Sunbrella is not only MADE IN THE USA, but there is a Sunbrella factory right here in South Carolina, just outside of Anderson in the upstate.
  • Our only line of awnings that uses Sunbrella fabric is the upgraded Bel Air Awnings. Sunsetter Awnings DO NOT use Sunbrella fabric. Keep this in mind as you choose from our Good-Better-Best options for awnings.


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