The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts above-average hurricane activity this year.
Preparing for hurricanes is not new to David Nelson Construction – it is part of doing business in Florida. The contractor has standard procedures in place to follow before and after a hurricane makes landfall to protect against damage. We review and update our hurricane plans annually following industry best practices.
Our procedures start days in advance of a predicted landfall and include backfilling and securing all open trenches, moving and/or securing all equipment and staged materials and so on. Other steps we take include:
- Inspecting all drainage structures and pipe for proper operation and removing any blockage to minimize flooding,
- Taking measures to protect against erosion and infiltration of sand and silt,
- Collecting and securing all barricades, signage, lumber, light pipe and other items that could become windborne and present a hazard to the surrounding neighborhoods, and
- Ensuring all designated hurricane evacuation roads within the project are safe and travelable/navigable.
Residents in Southeast Seminole Heights Flooding Relief Project construction zone should secure their property and prepare for any tropical activity as you normally would during hurricane season. If you haven’t already purchased disaster preparedness items, you have until June 10, 2022, to purchase them tax-free. Learn about Florida’s disaster preparedness sales tax holiday and how to prepare for hurricane season at the City of Tampa’s website. You may also sign up for Alert Tampa to receive emergency alert notifications from the City.