Hurricane safety tips
June 4, 2012 at 1:04 a.m.
Important Information • Cover all of your home's windows. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
• Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
• Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
• Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
Trash, recycling and debris collection are vital services for recovery after a severe storm or hurricane.
Waste Management is urging residents and businesses to prepare prior to advancing storms by securing their garbage cans and other recycling and trash containers in a safe location.
If a hurricane directly impacts your area, put household garbage such as food refuse and diapers - everything you ordinarily throw away - into containers or bags, and place them at the curb separate from large storm debris, such as large household debris, trees and limbs. By separating your household garbage, you help your street get picked up more quickly and safely.
"Following a powerful hurricane strike, one of the most essential needs for a community to begin recovery is the reliable return of its most vital services," said Jeffrey Poche, district manager for Waste Management.
The company's investment in emergency and storm recovery preparedness includes stockpiling of supplies and needed rapid-response equipment, including communications technologies and response vehicles.
The effort includes mobile "command centers" that include overnight functionality plus satellite voice and data-enabled systems. These are stationed in Georgia and Texas, but can be mobilized to be accessible anywhere in the Southeast following a storm's impact.
After a storm, Waste Management works to restart waste and recycling collection and operations as soon as possible on passable streets.