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Preparing your Job Site for Hurricane Larry

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Hurricane Larry is expected to hit Newfoundland on Friday evening or early Saturday morning, according to forecasts.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax has released a tropical cyclone statement, stating that some meteorological forecasts predict the storm will stay offshore while others indicate it may move across the peninsula, including St. John’s.

As a trough of low pressure approaches Atlantic Canada from the west, forecasters believe the storm might shift to a post-tropical cyclone, re-intensifying the storm — although that scenario is unlikely.

On Thursday, large ocean waves whipped up by the hurricane will hit the Atlantic coasts of Nova Scotia and southern Newfoundland. As a result, the marine region of the Grand Banks should expect severe gusts and large waves later this week.

Hurricanes don’t only affect people living along the coast. They can cause damage inshore as well. Learn how to be prepared.

How to Prepare for Hurricane Larry or a Post Tropical Storm

Before a Hurricane

To prepare for a hurricane, take the following measures:

  • Secure all materials being stored on construction sites, move equipment and construction materials to an indoor or secure location if possible
  • Take steps to provide extra bracing to walls and roof trusses should structures not be fully enclosed.
  • Make sure the construction site is as free from debris as possible.
  • Clear any drainage areas of debris to assist with water runoff
  • Make sure windows are closed and secured
  • Make arrangements, where possible, to have the site watched throughout the storm. Knowing that a problem has occurred gives you a better chance to mitigate the loss
  • Remove or secure any scaffolding if possible
  • Any materials that may have rooftop exposure should be removed or secured
  • Any hazardous materials should be removed from the site and stored in a secure location
  • Where possible install extra bracing on-site fences or security perimeters
  • Remove or store vehicles or other motorized equipment away from trees or other structures

After a Hurricane

  • Continue listening to the radio or the local news for the latest updates.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed¬out bridges. Stay off the streets. If you must go out, watch for fallen objects including downed electrical wires, weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Stay out of any building if you smell gas, and if floodwaters remain around the building or your home was damaged by fire and the authorities have not declared it safe.
  • Use battery-powered flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles. Keep in mind that the flashlight should be turned on outside before entering, as the battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas if present.
  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  • NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.

We’re Here for You

Hopefully, the system will veer to the east and the impacts will be reduced, but we are ready to assist you in the event you need us. Please contact us to discuss any questions you may have.

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