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Jun 9, 2017

Top 5 Summer Disasters

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Summer is often thought of as a more mellow time of year, where the weather is more relaxed, and we’re able to enjoy the outdoors more. In reality, there are multiple weather-related disasters that can cause severe damage to your home in this season. Here are the top 5 most common summer disasters.

Hurricanes

Hurricane are a very powerful storm that can strike in any coastal city causing a great deal of damage. While often associated with flooding, fires can also be started due to the damage they create, and it can often times make getting help a more difficult task. While this may seem like it would never have an impact on us here in Central Oregon, if there happened to be a large hurricane that hit the Oregon Coast, many of our friends and families would require our help to mitigate the damage.

Tornadoes

We’ve all seen the movies where cows, trees, and even houses are being swirled around in a giant cyclone of relentless disaster. Sure, often this is over the top a bit, but it is true that winds in a tornado can exceed 250 mph and flip cars, rip apart houses, and tear trees straight out of the ground. Again, while this would seem unlikely to have an effect on the mountainous region we live in, there have been sever recent storms in the last few years that could have potentially turned into large scale tornadoes. A couple years ago, Pendleton did indeed have one touch down that caused a great deal of damage.

Tsunamis

One of the most likely large-scale disasters to hit Oregon in the next 50 years is an earthquake followed by a tsunami. This would be caused by a large slip of the Juan de Fuca plate at the Cascadia Subduction Zone (more information can be found here: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one). Again, while we feel safe here in Central Oregon, the ramifications of this disaster could definitely affect our cities, and an earthquake could definitely cause damage to our city as well.

Floods

Water damage from floods is one of the most common and costly hazards in the U.S., and flash floods are the number one weather-related killer. Ninety percent of damage related to all natural disasters is caused by flood damage. It takes only a few inches of flood water to result in major damage to your home and its contents. With causes ranging from heavy rain to ice dams, levee failures, urbanization and fires, no one is immune to flood damage (info from: https://rainbowintl.com/blog/top-5-summer-weather-disasters).

Fires

The most common weather related disaster we witness here in Central Oregon is fires. This is due to both the dry climate and the abundance of vegetation. The four most causes of natural wildfire ignition are lightning, volcanic eruption, sparks from rock falls, and spontaneous combustion; however, the most common is humans. Be sure you dispose of cigarettes properly and put out any campfires effectively. Better to be safe than responsible for multiple families being without a home.

As you can see, any of these disasters could have a real effect on our great state of Oregon. If you have any questions about how you can further protect your home from any of these situations, call us at (541) 318-7853.

 

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