19 May Be a good neighbor during hurricane season
An expectant mother in Houston went into labor as the catastrophic flood waters caused by Hurricane Harvey surrounded her apartment building. Neighbors arranged for a truck large enough to navigate the flooded roadways to pick her up and take her to the hospital – but the flood waters were deep and fast flowing. More neighbors ventured outside and formed a human chain that provided a safety net for the woman and her husband.
When Hurricane Irma was approaching Florida in 2017, people reached out to help family, friends and complete strangers prepare for the Category 5 storm. Some shared resources, others tracked the supply of gasoline. Many helped put up storm shutters or board windows with plywood.
After Hurricane Irma tore through a small Palm Beach County community made up of mostly seniors leaving downed trees and extensive damage, good Samaritans showed up, unasked to help. Some brought chainsaws others went door to door checking on the residents.
In Boca Raton, volunteers delivered ice, food and other essential supplies to elderly residents of a condo building who found themselves stranded on the upper floors when Hurricane Irma knocked out the electricity, cutting power to the elevator.
If you’ve gone through any of the hurricanes that have hit South Florida in recent years, you are probably familiar with stories like these. In this day and age, when so much of the focus seems to be on the things that divide us, it is reassuring to know that when it really matters we can still come together and lend a hand where it is needed.
As we get ready to start the 2018 hurricane season here in South Florida, you might want to think about your neighbors when you start to put together your hurricane preparedness plan. Are their seniors in your community who might need help securing their homes? Are there people reliant on medical equipment who might need to be evacuated?
Life moves at such a fast pace these days, many of us don’t even know our neighbors. This might be a good time to change that. Knock on some doors or help to organize a neighborhood get together. There really is strength in numbers. Working together can help everyone stay safe.
Here are some suggestions on ways you can be a good neighbor from CGI Hurricane Impact Windows and Doors. Master Builders Impact Windows of Boca Raton and Pompano Beach is proud to offer homeowners the safety and security associated with CGI’s hurricane impact doors and windows, all of which meet the toughest hurricane safety codes:
Before a storm:
- Share your contact information with neighbors and friends so you can stay in touch.
- Be sure your planning includes what to do if you or your neighbors are out of town. You may need each other to help secure property or care for pets in case of an emergency.
- If you have room, you might want to invite neighbors who aren’t protected by hurricane impact windows and doors from Master Builders to stay with you. Even if they have invested in hurricane doors and windows, many people are on their own and may be grateful for the opportunity to ride out the storm in the company of your family.
- If you are in an evacuation zone, check to see if any of your friends or neighbors might need help getting to an evacuation shelter or other safe location where they can ride out the storm.
- Pay attention. With our busy lives, people might not be aware of the weather brewing in the tropics. Help spread the word – or offer to pick up supplies for them when you head out to the store to stock up on last minute essentials.
If you need help making sure your home will be ready for this year’s hurricane season, the experts at Master Builders Hurricane Windows of Boca Raton and Pompano Beach is here for you. Whether you are looking for impact windows and doors in Delray Beach, South Kendall or Coral Springs, we are ready to assist you with impact windows, hurricane doors and garage doors that meet the toughest codes.