We are halfway through this year’s hurricane season, June 1 through November 30. We have been blessed to have had a few years with no hurricanes. It is up to each and every resident to be prepared for the possibility of a hurricane.
Making a hurricane plan ahead of time and stocking up on vital supplies will go a long way to helping you and your loved ones stay safe in the event of a storm.
Standard Homeowners Insurance Policies Do Not Cover Losses Due to Flood
The Moors is located within a low geographical area. Therefore, we are susceptible to flooding from major storms or hurricanes. We have four lakes that can also overflow. Our drainage system consists of French Drains. The Moors does not have a sewer system. A French Drain is a subsurface drain. A subsurface drain is a gravel filled trench with a perforated pipe installed in the bottom. French Drains collect water where storm water will naturally accumulate. From the surface all you see is a metal grate called a catch basin, which is connected to the perforated pipe. Maintenance is limited to cleaning the catch basins once a year throughout the community.
Typical streets and parking lots aren’t designed to handle tropical tempests. Below ground, limestone rock is like a sponge. When it gets filled with water, it can’t absorb any more. Water collects in low spots and ditches.
Our streets flood whenever we have several inches of rain in a short period of time. Standing water usually dissipates within 24 hours. Keep in mind the following factors:
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most cars causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water can float many vehicles.
- Look out for animals that have been flooded out of their homes.
- Do not enter flooded structures as there may be many dangerous situations such as infectious organisms carried by flood water, damaged power lines, etc.
- Look where you walk. The grounds and floors are going to be covered with broken glass, nails, and debris that can be slippery.
The Associations will begin to clean all the street drains in your neighborhood this month. In preparing for a hurricane or flood you should have the basic emergency supplies ready.
Use this checklist of items suggested by The American Red Cross to put together a hurricane preparedness emergency kit:
- Nonperishable food items
- Rain poncho
- Emergency survival blanket
- First aid kit
- NOAA weather radio
- Personal hygiene items
Remember, the safety of your family is the most important thing to consider. For more information visit www.miamidade.gov.