Safe From the Storm: Preparing for a large storm


OUR KHON 2 FACEBOOK PAGE. THE PAST FEW DAYS WE’VE SEEN IMAGES COMING OUT OF THE BAHAMAS OF THE DEVASTATION A HURRICANE CAN HAVE ON AN ISLAND COMMUNITY. NOW IN TODAY’S SAFE FROM THE STORM SEGMENT, WE ONCE AGAIN CALLED UPON THE EXPERTS FROM STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE EXPERT KNOWLEDGE TO PROTECT YOUR HOME. PRESIDENT DAMIAN TIPS ON HOW YOU CAN DO JUST THAT. GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING PTHANK YOU FOR HAVING ME BACK. OF COURSE. THANKS FOR ALWAYS COMING BACK WITH THESE GREAT TIPS. THIS WEEKEND AND AT THE THE BAHAMAS GET HIT BY A HUGE SYSTEM AND I THINK IT REALLY PUT IT INTO PERSPECTIVE ON THE ISLAND THAT LOOK, THIS WAS AN ISLAND COMMUNITY THAT GOT HIT BY A HUGE STORM. IT WOULD HAVE DEVASTATING AFFECTS ACROSS THE ISLANDS IF WE GOT HIT. DEFINITELY. IT IS POSSIBLE. WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PACIFIC. WE ALWAYS SEE THE HURRICANES COMING OVER EITHER FROM THE EASTERN PACIFIC OR FORMING IN OUR WATERS, SO IT IS A REAL PROBABILITY THAT WE HAVE TO PREPARE FOR. WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO TO PROTECT THEIR HOME? WHEN CONSIDERING HURRICANES AND BIG AT TWO MAJOR ITEMS AND FOCUS ON THEM AND THAT WOULD BE WIND DAMAGE AND FLOODING. INDIVIDUALLY THEY SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY BUT WHEN YOU COMBINE THEM WITH A HURRICANE OR VERY LARGE STORM, THEY CAN BE DANGEROUS AND DEVASTATING. FOR WIND DAMAGE, DO OUR HOMES AND STRUCTURES HAVE OUR FRAMING TIED TOGETHER PROPERLY WITH THINGS LIKE HURRICANE CLIPS? ARE OUR FOUNDATIONS BUILT PROPERLY TO CONCRETE FOR THE LATEST BRACKETS. ARE OUR HOMES LEVELED OR BUILT UP SO EVERYTHING FLOWS AWAY FROM THEM. ALL THOSE ITEMS ARE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT WHEN THINKING ABOUT HOW TO PREEP FOR STORMS AND HURRICANES. YEAH, LET’S CHECK INTO THAT A LITTLE BIT. HURRICANE CLIPS, I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE HEARD ABOUT THEM OR DON’T HAVE THEM ON THEIR OWN HOME OR AREN’T SURE HOW THEY HELP. SO WHY ARE HURRICANE CLIPS IMPORTANT? LIKE EVERYWHERE, HAWAI’I HAS OLDER HOMES, RIGHT? AND THOSE HOMES WERE BUILT FOR INDUSTRY STANDARDS BACK THEM, NAILS ARE CONNECTING OUR ROOFS AND BEAMS AND WALLS. WE’VE ALL SEEN THOSE VIDEOS OF ROOFS GETTING RIPPED OFF HOMES BUT THOSE NAIL CONNECTIONS AREN’T DESIGNED FOR THE WIND LOAD. THE ROOF BECOMES A BIG HUGE SAIL WHRL WE GET THOSE 100, 150 MILE PER HOUR WIND. THE UPGRADE WILL STRENGTHEN ALL OF THE ARE DECADES OLD TO GIVE US A BETTER CHANCE OF HOLDING TOGETHER EVERYTHING TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE. I’VE SEEN ROOFS FLY OFF OF HOMES FROM WINDS THAT WERE FORECAST 35 MILES AN HOUR. WHEN YOU GET THE WINDS ACCELERATING DOWNSLOPE YOU CAN HAVE STRONG GUSTS. DEAF LEERVETLE IT’S GOOD TO HAVE SOMETHING LIKE THAT YEAR-ROUND AS WELL. WHEN IT COMES TO HURRICANE CONDITIONS, WITH WINDS 75 MILES AN HOUR OR ABOVE OR WHEN WE SAW THE BIG SYSTEM OVER 100 MILES AN HOUR WINDS, SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND KEEPING THE ROOF ON YOUR HOME IS TO IMPORTANT TO PREVENT THE DAMAGE TO YOUR LIVELIHOOD. IT’S YOUR HOME. YOU WANT TO PROTECT IT. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS SIMPLE THAT CAN GO SUCH A LONG WAY. THERE ARE ALL DIFFERENT TYPES OF STEEL STRAPS AND JUST STRENGTHEN THEM AND TIE THEM ALL TOGETHER. SO WE DON’T SEE THAT. WHEN YOU GET INTO IT, IF IT’S JUST AN OLD 30 YEAR HOMES WITH JUST NAIL CONNECTIONS, IT COULD BE JUST AN ISSUE. SUPER IMPORTANT. THIS IS SOMETHING INTERESTING. PEOPLE DON’T I THINK THINK ABOUT THIS. CAN HURRICANE FORCE WINDS HAVE AN AFFECT ON YOUR HOME’S FOUNDATION? DEFINITELY. FOR FOUNDATIONS WE HAVE WITH THE ROOFING AND THE FRAME, RIGHT? IMAGINE THESE BIG STRONG WINDS PUSHING ON THE SIDE OF OUR HOMES AND IS OUR CONCRETE STRUCTURALLY TIED INTO THE FRAMING THAT’S UP ABOVE? A LOT OF TIMES IT’S NOT. WE HAVE POST AND PURE HOMES HERE IN HAWAI’I. IMAGINE YOUR BIG HOME SITTING ON OUR WOOD POSTS, SHILTS, AND THOSE ARE RESTING ON LITTLE CONCRETE PEDESTALS. UNFORTUNATELY, A LOT OF THEM AREN’T TIED TOGETHER WITH BOLTS IN THEM. IF YOU GET A 120 MILE PER HOUR WIND THAT’S HITTING YOUR HOME, YOU WANT TO BE PROACTIVE ABOUT THAT BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE FAILURES CAN HAPPEN. YOU ALSO WANT TO BE PROACTIVE ABOUT FLOODING AS WELL. SO HE WANT TO GO AROUND OUR HOME, LOOK AT OUR GUTTER SYSTEMS. IS OUR HOME SLOPED AND IS YOUR YARD SLOPED AWAY FROM THE FOUNDATION. IF WE ARE IN LOW-LYING AREAS, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE FLOOD PREVENTION MEASURES LIKE SAND BAGS, PLYWOOD, ANYTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE SURE THAT IN ANY OUR BELONGINGS ARE TAKEN CARE OF AND ELEVATED OFF THE FLOOR. IF WE GET HIT WITH A CATEGORY FIVE, THERE’S NOT MUCH WE’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO BUT THESE TRICKS AND TIPS CAN HELP US WITH SMALLER STORMS. WHICH ARE EQUALLY IMPORTANT. IF YOU DON’T HAVE THOSE THINGS COULD BE EQUALLY AS DEVASTATING. DEFINITELY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT TIPS AND JOINING US THIS MORNING. STILL THREE MONTHS LEFT

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