If you live in the United States, spring has sprung, and summer is well on its way. And if you live on the east coast of the United States, that means hurricane season is almost here. Typically recognized as running from June 1 - November 30 in the United States, the peak of Atlantic hurricane season is usually around September 10th of each year.
Approximately 10 storms develop into "named storms" each year - these storms are seen as being significant enough to merit naming by the NOAA. Of these storms, around 6 become hurricanes each year, and around 2.5 become “major” hurricanes of category 3 or greater. Most of these hurricanes are relatively harmless and end up dispersing before doing significant damage.
But every once in awhile, weather conditions are perfect for creating devastating storms that swell in size, intensity, and speed. These storms represent a serious danger to both people and property, and usually require emergency evacuation procedures.
In order to give you an idea of the size, intensity, and damage caused by these storms, we'll take a look at the top 11 most powerful Atlantic hurricanes of all time, and how they have affected the United States over the years.
NOTE: As per NOAA guidelines, these storms have been arranged by pressure - from lowest to highest. While storms are often ranked by wind speed alone, the NOAA prefers to rank storms by pressure.
11. Hurricane Ivan (2004)
Hurricane Ivan was the ninth named storm and the sixth hurricane to occur during the relatively active 2004 hurricane season. The storm system began forming in early September, around the peak of oceanic activity for the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season.
Hurricane Ivan began to form September 2, 2004, southwest of Cape Verde. The system began moving west, and began to strengthen gradually. It became classified as a tropical storm by September 3, 2004, and by September 5, it had reached hurricane status.
By September 9, winds in the hurricane had intensified to 160 mph, as it passed around Jamaica and headed westward towards the United States. Peak strength was reached on September 12, 2004, when the hurricane passed through the Yucatán Channel.
The storm then began to weaken slightly to category 4 strength before making landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States. In Louisiana and Mississippi, thousands of Americans were evacuated. In Florida, thousands of homes were destroyed, and multiple bridges were heavily damaged by the high winds of Hurricane Ivan.
According to the NOAA, Hurricane Ivan is the 6th costliest hurricane to make landfall in the United States, with damages at $22.8 billion, adjusted for inflation.
10. Hurricane "Cuba" (1924)
Measured before the NOAA began naming storms, Hurricane Cuba is the earliest hurricane to be classified as a category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, and its low pressure of 910 hPa places it at tenth on our list of the most intense Atlantic hurricanes.
This hurricane formed on October 141924 in the Caribbean, and began picking up steam as it moved in a northwesterly direction. By October 16, it had officially attained hurricane status.
By October 18, the hurricane had peaked at an intensity of 910 hPa, and sustained winds of over 165 mph. Almost immediately after the hurricane hit peak strength, it made contact with Cuba. To this day, it is the most powerful hurricane to have ever hit the country.
After moving past Cuba, the hurricane weakened quite a bit, reaching Florida with peak winds of around 90mph. Despite the catastrophic damage done to Cuba, Florida was relatively unaffected. There were no reported fatalities, though heavy rainfall occurred all throughout the state.[click to continue...]
Effective communication is an absolutely essential part of running a reputable, successful day care center. Whether you are reminding parents about upcoming bills for child care, sending out updates about their child's behavior, or even developing an Emergency Action Plan (EAP), proper communication is a must.
So, how can you communicate with parents effectively at your day care center? In this article, we'll take a look at just a few methods which you may be able to use, and give you the details. Let's get started.
1. Start with a Handbook
One of the first things you should do at your day care center- if you don't have one already- is develop a handbook. Actually, you will need to develop two handbooks. One for the parents, and one for the staff.
Both handbooks should center around your mission statement and contain information about the philosophy of your business. In addition, you will want to include information and copies of all existing, relevant policies, such as:
- Days and times of operation
- Liability waivers and other such legal forms
- Statements about how illness or absences are addressed
- Contact information for the school and all relevant administrators/teachers/staff
Parent handbooks should also include further information about things such as enrollment, payment, the responsibilities of parents, and what children are required (and permitted) to bring to your facility.
Your staff handbook will need to have different information, such as pay schedules, details about benefits and compensation, performance objectives and goals, conduct policies, and accepted methods of interacting with both parents and children.
The goal of the handbook is to make sure that both parents and staff understand their roles perfectly, and that they can work together in order to create a more healthy environment for their children.[click to continue...]
Summer is quickly winding down which is the official sign that winter weather is impending. For school boards and administrators this means getting their schools ready for cold air, icy walkways and all of the other issues that come with the onset of winter. Start getting your schools ready now, before that temperature starts getting dangerously close to freezing.
1. HVAC Maintenance
Don't wait for the boiler to break down in January, schedule an appointment with your HVAC company now. A broken heater in January can shut your school down for a week. The HVAC tech will look over the entire heating system, change any filters and make sure that it is ready to handle the coming cold and keep the kids in school.
2. Check Your Bus Fleet
Whether your district has its own fleet of buses or you contract the service out, it is your responsibility to make sure that the kids are getting to and from school safely. In the winter this means checking that each bus has been recently maintained, the tires are in shape to handle icy and snowy roads, and that the heat works.[click to continue...]
If you're thinking about implementing SMS marketing at your business, you're making a fantastic choice. Text messages have an exceptionally high open rate of over 98%, and most messages are read within a few minutes of being received, making them one of the most highly-effective marketing tools for most businesses and organizations.
If you're wondering about how this type of SMS marketing works, you're in the right place. In this article, we'll give you an overview of the basics of SMS marketing, and how it's used to send updates and promotional messages.
Keywords And Shortcodes - The Basic Components Of All SMS Marketing Programs
To understand SMS marketing, there are two terms that you need to understand - keywords and shortcodes. Essentially, these two components are at the core of all of your SMS marketing efforts.
Shortcodes - A shortcode is a specific, short number that is associated with your business or the provider that you are using for SMS marketing, and placed in the "recipient" field. Essentially, it's the number that you are sending your messages from! SMS short codes are 5-6 digits long, making them easy to enter and remember.
Keyword - Keywords are special words that trigger an action from your automated SMS marketing system. For example, if a customer sends the word COUPON to your SMS short code number, your system could be set up to send them a coupon for a discount on your products or services.[click to continue...]
Pool servicing can be extremely lucrative, particularly in more sunny, tropical areas where the mild, year-round weather extends the period of time that a pool can be serviced.
Keeping a pool clear, clean, and safe for swimming can take quite a bit of work, and many pool owners are more than happy to hire a professional to take care of their pools, so they can relax and enjoy them without worrying about maintenance.
However, it can be hard to understand the best ways to market your pool cleaning companies. Looking for a new, innovative method to promote your services? Automated text messaging and phone calls are a fantastic way to reach your customers, and bring in more business. Take a look at a few ways pool companies can use automated calls and texts from DialMyCalls now.
1. Service Reminders and Scheduling
Scheduling appointments for pool cleanings and servicing can be difficult, particularly if you require access to a gated community, or otherwise must get onto private property with the approval of the property owner.
SMS text messages are an ideal way to send service reminders, to ensure that the process of servicing a pool goes quickly and smoothly.
In addition, you can use automated text message and phone calls to remind current customers to schedule their next cleaning or pool maintenance appointment. This helps ensure that you keep your business booked, and improve your profitability![click to continue...]
Text message marketing is one of the most effective forms of digital marketing. Text messages have a 98% or higher open rate - eclipsing just about every other form of digital marketing, including emails. The vast majority of text messages are read just moments after they are delivered.
Because of this, real estate agents can benefit from the power of SMS marketing to boost their business, and sell more homes. Wondering how you can benefit from using SMS marketing in your business? Here are a few simple steps you can take to use SMS text messaging for your real estate business.
1. Start by Choosing the Right Service
First, you'll need a text messaging service to help you automate sending and receiving text messages. Sure, you could just use your phone - but you're limited to sending a certain amount of messages every few minutes, and you can't automate the process by just sending messages manually.
DialMyCalls is a fantastic choice for SMS text message automation. You can send and receive text messages online, and create different lists of contacts, schedule SMS messages, and so much more. You can even conduct polls and send special, limited-time promotions.
Best of all, it's inexpensive, and you pay based on how many messages you send - so it can scale with the size of your business!
2. Start Adding Your Text Message Opt-in to Your Real Estate Signs
To begin using your new SMS text messaging service, you'll need to build up a list of subscribers. A great way to do this is by including your SMS opt-in info on your real estate signs! Every time someone drives or walks by, they will see information about signing up for updates.
For example, you could write "Text AGENT to 80123" for more information about this listing. As soon as a customer messages DialMyCalls, you can send them updates about the property, more details about price and features, and more - piquing their interest, and making them more likely to inquire further.[click to continue...]
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