Prepare For Hurricane Season Early

In the midst of the current worldwide Corona pandemic, it is difficult to think about the fact that hurricane season is two months away. While the season doesn’t begin until June 1st, federal and local officials anticipate the coronavirus will have an impact until then, if not beyond. Unfortunately, for those of us in Florida and other eastern and gulf coastal states, one crisis does not negate the necessity of preparing for the other! The season continues through November 30th.

The early forecast for the 2020 storm season is out and it is projected to be above average. Dr. Philip Klotzbach and researchers from Colorado State University, are predicting 16 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes. With this forecast in mind, amid dealing with the current state of Safer at Home mandates, we really must take time to step back and prepare ourselves, now more than ever.

Preparation is always key for hurricane season, but now we must consider other possibilities for evacuation because of Covid 19. Where will we go? One must consider the possibility of getting sick or making others sick. Get all of your health insurance card and prescriptions ready, in case you have to evacuate. Start planning now!

Most of us are working from home now, due to Covid 19, it’s a great opportunity to get your insurance in order and make sure you have flood insurance. Get the valuables you scramble to put in a safe place organized now! You can begin storing your provisions for hurricane season while maintaing your Safer at Home stockpile.

Get your house in order! Being at home more affords you the time to see what needs to be taken care of around the house. Trim the trees back from the house, clear out gutters and see if repairs are needed, have the roof inspected and/or repaired. Any exterior housekeeping that has been put off, because of lack of time, see to it now. Roofers, tree trimmers and general construction businesses are considered “essential”, so take care of those things and help support your local businesses at the same time.

No one is thinking about purchasing boards to cover windows at this time. This makes it a perfect opportunity to get those purchased and ready to put in place. If you haven’t in past years, go ahead and get your anchors installed around the windows, so boarding up windows will be less stressful when the storm comes. Become a weekend warrior and get outside and prepare your house.

Covid 19 is part of our reality right now, so use the two months of preparation for hurricane season as a distraction. Prepare yourself for the storm season to come, even though there are still so many unknowns in our future.

Thermal Fogging For Home Disinfection

In this unusual time of uncertainty, due to the Covid 19 Crisis, people are looking for ways to make themselves and their homes safer. Cleaning and sanitizing have become a daily task that can’t be overlooked, but are we really getting our spaces as clean and sanitized as we’d like? Probably not!

Methods of biological fogging have been around for years, but the problems in the past with the cold fogging process, have been the dangerous chemicals. Yes, the chemicals kill bacteria and viruses, but they are also harmful to all living things. The chemicals have been shown to be damaging to substances, such as fabric, plastic and metal, causing break down over time. Those dangers make it less than ideal choice for residential or office use. However, there is a new process, called Thermal Fogging, which uses a biocide to kill viruses.

Thermal Fogging produces a smoke-like fog, which can penetrate any porous surface that an air molecule can reach. The thermal fog spreads the biocide in a dry form, making it useful in spaces with electronics, like computers, televisions and all the other modern creature comforts our lives have become dependent on. It is quite often used by restoration professionals to fight odors left behind by fire and smoke damage, as well as mold remediation to produce a microbial free environment, but can also be used to neutralize viruses, bacteria and allergens.

Professional Restoration Services of Tampa Bay, Inc. offers a full range of services, including the Thermal Fogging of interiors. The process only requires the homeowner to be out of the home for 30 minutes or so. Once the fog dissipates, it is safe to return inside. The process leaves behind no film, so there is no need to wipe down the surfaces in your home afterward. Thermal Fogging is not meant to replace the daily cleaning we must remain vigilant about, but as an added precaution for those spaces where tiny particles can penetrate, but not be reached or adequately cleaned by hand.