Paul Davis offers safety tips to property owners to prepare for hurricane season

Contact:
Keith Trembley
(207)827-4205
cnme@pdr-usa.net

Paul Davis offers safety tips to property owners to prepare for hurricane season

Milford, ME – May 29, 2013 –The 2013 hurricane season begins on June 1st and it is predicted that this will be a very active season. The major weather services are predicting 16-20 named storms with 7-9 becoming hurricanes. Two to four will reach major hurricane status with category 3 to 5 winds. After Hurricane Sandy losses topping $50 billion last year, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched its hurricane safety theme for 2013 as a “Pledge to Prepare.”

Paul Davis, a leading provider of water damage cleanup and fire damage restoration services for residential and commercial properties, encourages families and businesses to prepare for the worst and offers the following tips for safety during hurricane season:

Pre-hurricane season preparation:
• Build an “Emergency Ready Kit” and prepare a family communications plan.
• Know your evacuation routes and shelters.
• Have extra batteries and flashlights and at least a 3-day supply of fuel, water and non-perishable foods.

Know the terminology:
• Tropical Storm – A low-pressure, tropical system with maximum sustained winds near the center between 39 and 73 mph.
• Hurricane – A hurricane forms when maximum sustained winds near the center of a tropical storm reach 74 mph.
• Hurricane Watch – A watch is issued when a hurricane or tropical storm is possible within
36 hours.
• Hurricane Warning – A warning is issued when a hurricane or tropical storm is expected within
24 hours.
• Eye – The center of a hurricane containing the strongest winds and heaviest rains of the storm. Inside the eye is typically calm with clear skies.
• Storm Surge – The onshore push of ocean water driven by the high winds of a tropical storm or hurricane that is making landfall.

When a hurricane watch or warning is issued:
• Protect windows with plywood boards or storm shutters.
• Secure outside objects.
• Pay attention to local weather reports on radio, TV or the Internet.
• Make arrangements for loved ones that are elderly or have special needs to be evacuated. (Don’t forget pets, too.)
• Leave low lying areas.
• Evacuate if instructed to leave.

What to do during the storm:
• Stay in a secure room and away from windows.
• Don’t use the telephone or candles.
• Monitor weather and civic service bulletins on regular or NOAA weather radio.
• Remain indoors when the eye of the hurricane moves over your area, the storm will resume shortly.

What to do after the storm:
• Make sure everyone is safe and accounted for.
• Monitor the radio and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook for information from emergency management officials.
• Before venturing outside, ensure the storm has completely passed.
• Report downed power lines and stay away from them.

For more information, call (207)827-4205. Visit the website at www.keithtrembley.com.

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About Paul Davis:
Paul Davis Restoration, Inc., a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation (NASDAQ: FSRV; TSX: FSV), is a national franchisor and leading provider of restoration services for residential and commercial properties since 1966. Paul Davis Restoration also provides complete remodeling services and has franchise locations throughout North America with owners and technicians who are certified by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Visit the website at www.pauldavis.com.

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