When Disaster Strikes: Preparedness for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Written by Lena Borrelli, Bankrate.com Photo by Ralph W. lambrecht from Pexels If there is anything that 2020 taught us, it is the importance of being prepared. From coronavirus and wildfires to hurricanes and civil unrest, there has been a lot going on globally. While things are looking up in 2021, last year’s losses still weigh heavily on our minds. When disaster strikes, there is often little time to prepare. Losses … Continue reading When Disaster Strikes: Preparedness for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Hurricane Season Kicks Off – It’s Time to Assemble your Hurricane Disaster Supplies

The Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on June 1st! Just having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn’t enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a long recovery period, too. Atlantic Hurricane Season: June 1-November 30 Water and electricity could be out for a week or more. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family … Continue reading Hurricane Season Kicks Off – It’s Time to Assemble your Hurricane Disaster Supplies

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What to do After a Natural Disaster

By Mary Van Keuren, Bankrate.com Image Credit: John Crux Photography/Getty Images There are few things in life as devastating as being affected by a natural disaster. From wildfires to hurricanes, natural disasters can cause widespread damage. Knowing how to start the recovery from a natural disaster can make a difference in how quickly you are able to rebuild your life and return to normalcy. Whether you … Continue reading What to do After a Natural Disaster

Hurricane Preparedness for Volusia

As Volusia residents enter the month of September, the most active month for hurricane season, now is the time to consider any last minute preparations to secure property. Remember, any severe storm can be deadly or destructive. According to Volusia.org, more than 4,800 homes, businesses and facilities were impacted by Hurricane Irma (September 2017). Many of those were still recovering from impacts of Hurricane Matthew … Continue reading Hurricane Preparedness for Volusia

Emergency Management monitors Hurricane Isaias – Sandbags become Available

Volusia County Emergency Management officials are monitoring Tropical Storm Isaias as it tracks northwest in the Atlantic Ocean. The system is the ninth named storm of the 2020 season. Volusia County is participating in daily conference calls with the Florida Division of Emergency Management and National Weather Service Office in Melbourne. Additionally, a countywide call took place yesterday with city managers to discuss the status … Continue reading Emergency Management monitors Hurricane Isaias – Sandbags become Available

Ormond Beach Distributing Sandbags Throughout August

Ormond Beach to begin early distribution of sandbags with self-serve sand for the entire month of August The City of Ormond Beach is encouraging residents to begin preparing for hurricane season by picking up their sandbags early this year.  A self-serve sand pile and fillable sandbags will be available all month, beginning Saturday, August 1, 2020 at the Nova Community Center (440 N Nova Rd, … Continue reading Ormond Beach Distributing Sandbags Throughout August

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Hurricane Season is Off to an Early Start

An update from Volusia.org While Volusia County is still reeling from the effects of the coronavirus, hurricane season is rearing its ugly head. The 2020 hurricane season is predicted to be more active than usual. The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project is calling for 16 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes. Are you ready? Create a disaster plan: “Every family should create … Continue reading Hurricane Season is Off to an Early Start

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Comfort in a Storm

By now, Floridians have weathered many a storm. We have all gone over our checklists of basic survival supplies and know what to have on hand. But what about after that? With survival supplies covered, the days following a hurricane can still be miserable with long power outages. Here’s how to be a little more comfortable – before, during and after a hurricane.  1. Prep … Continue reading Comfort in a Storm

Urban Trees Making A Comeback In NSB

In 2016 and 2017, Hurricanes Matthew and Irma resulted in the loss of over 100 live oak, palm and pine trees at New Smyrna Golf Club and 10 trees at Riverside Park. Since then, an additional 40 pine trees have been lost due to “shakes” suffered by the separation of vital plant tissue that leads to death and invites colonization by pine beetles. Last January, … Continue reading Urban Trees Making A Comeback In NSB

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Cleaning Up After The Storm

AFTER THE STORM – Hurricane Dorian Please separate storm debris into these categories: HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE Perishable items, such as food and normal household waste, will be collected by your regular garbage service provider. This type of garbage will have priority service. Service may be interrupted due to road closures. Normal recycling collection will resume as soon as possible, but all other services have priority. YARD … Continue reading Cleaning Up After The Storm