Tropical Storm Name List 2018

Tropical Storm Name List 2018Tropical Storm Name List 2018

The Tropical Storm Name List 2018 as provided by NOAA is as follows: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie and William.

Tropical Storm Name List 2018

Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms had been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. They are now maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization.

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2018 Hurricane Forecast – GWO Prediction

2018 Hurricane Forecast – GWO Prediction

The GWO  ( which perfectly predicted the 2017 hurricane season, considered by many the most accurate hurricane forecaster (87% accuracy since 2009), has released its 2018 Hurricane Forecast. GWO predicts 2018 to be a near repeat of 2017 – and possibly another record breaker. Although a similar forecast, hurricane landfalls may occur in different locations.

2018 Hurricane Forecast

16 named storms, 8 of them hurricanes, 4 of them major hurricanes, and a potential for 4 U.S. hurricane landfalls – 2 likely to be major storms. Up to 6 named storms may make U.S. landfalls. On average, the Atlantic Basin has 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 2.7 major hurricanes.

2018 Hurricane Forecast

Current Water Temps

The reason for another aggressive hurricane season is that ocean water temperatures continue to run warmer than normal across most of the Atlantic Basin, especially in the Caribbean and the U.S. coast. This is very similar to last year, and will be conducive for tropical storms and/or hurricanes forming and strengthening close to the U.S. GWO expects the Bermuda-Azores High Pressure Center will again be in a favorable location, allowing more named storms to maintain strength, or to strengthen as they move  across the Atlantic toward the U.S.

How to prepare for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

How to prepare for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

Before the Storm: What Can You Do To Protect Your Home?

Cover The Windows

If you live in an area vulnerable to hurricanes, consider installing storm shutters. They are available in several different types, and they will go a long way toward keeping the damaging wind and rain from entering through your home’s windows. As a side benefit, they may reduce your homeowner’s insurance premium.

Secure The Doors

Steel entry doors provide the best protection for your home. Double doors and French doors are most vulnerable to high winds. No matter what type of door you have, a hurricane panel is your best option to keep damage at a minimum. These galvanized steel or PVC panels are available at your local hardware store. You can also nail plywood over your doors to help keep out water and debris. Do not nail yourself inside the house, in case you need to evacuate the area on short notice.

If you have double doors that have no structural member in the center between them, you should purchase and install special hardware to secure the doors where they meet. Bolts that secure the door into the framing at both the top and bottom greatly increase the door’s strength. Wedge a dowel or a piece of broom handle into the track of sliding glass doors to prevent them from coming loose when the wind howls.

Provide stiffening support for garage doors. The pressure from wind increases with the door’s size, and wide doors in particular need bracing for stability during high winds. Make your own vertical supports by nailing two 2x4s together and attaching them to the inside of your garage door with “L” brackets.

Keep the Yard Clear of Flying Debris

Flying tree limbs pose a great danger during high winds. Trim trees to avoid the possibility of large limbs doing damage to your house. In addition, selectively thinning out the branches to allow wind to pass through will reduce the potential for damage to the tree itself. Dead or damaged branches should be removed before they become flying missiles aimed straight for your house.

Develop a Family Hurricane Plan

Discuss the types of hazards that could affect your family.  Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.

  1. Secure your home (doors and windows).
  2. Locate a SAFE ROOM or the SAFE AREAS in the home for each hurricane hazard.
  3. Determine safe escape routes and meeting places prior to the storm
  4. Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.
  5. Make arrangements prior to the storm for pets in case of mandatory evacuation.
  6. Gather all non-emergency phone numbers and discuss the proper use of 911 with all children.
  7. 7.  Prepare a Family First Aid Kit and put it in the SAFE ROOM.
  8. 8.  Have a battery-operated radio for weather and safety updates.

 Prepare a Disaster Supply Kit:

  • Water (1 gallon per person for 3 to 7 days)
  • Food (3 to 7 day supply for each person)
  • non-perishable packaged or canned food/juices
  • foods for infants or elderly individuals
  • snack foods
  • non-electric can opener
  • cooking tools/fuel
  • paper plates/plastic utensils
  • Blankets/Pillows, etc.
  • Clothing
  • First Aid Kit/Medicines/Prescription Drugs
  • Special Items
  • Toiletries/Hygiene items/Moisture wipes
  • Flashlight/Batteries
  • Radio (battery operated)
  • Cash
  • Keys
  • Toys/Books/Games for children
  • Important documents – waterproof container:
  • birth certificates
  • insurance documents
  • medical records
  • bank account information
  • pictures
  • Tools
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Pet care items (If not going to shelter)

Despite the best attempts at protecting your home, damage may still occur. Take a look at your insurance policies to make sure you are adequately covered. Keep lists, pictures and video of your belongings as documentation for the insurance company.

Helpful Websites for information and safety
Link to NOAA: 
Link to Generac’s Hurricane Preparedness’ Guide:
Florida’s disaster prep site:
Get alerts for your county/city:
Get a plan!
Florida DOT:
Florida State Emergency Response team on Twitter:
Volunteer Information:

Hurricane Tips for Horse Owners

Hurricane Tips for Horse Owners

Horses should be kept on the owner’s or caretaker’s property, if possible. If you plan to evacuate your animal out of the area, go early.

  • In a Category 1 storm, animals may be safe in a sturdy barn. In a Category 2 storm or higher, animals are probably safest in a large pasture with room to move around,allowing them to utilize their best instincts if there are no electrical wires to come down and the fences are in good repair.
  • Do NOT tranquilize your horse!
  • Make sure your animal is well identified by spray painting your phone number on your horse’s body; attach a fetlock band or mare band with your name address and phone numbers in permanent ink; braid a luggage tag into your horses mane or tail close to the body (be sure its water proofed).
  • Be sure to have photos of you with your animals, showing any unique markings, to prove ownership.
  • Be sure that your horse is wearing a leather halter which will make it easier for someone to catch your horse if it gets loose.
  • Plan for water (20 gallons per animal per day) and feed and hay for your horse.
  • Have on hand a supply of basic first aid items, i.e., bandages, anesthetics, etc.
  • Do not stay with your horse! You cannot help a frightened, thousand pound animal, and you may get hurt.

IF UNDER A FLOOD WATCH, the following reminders are also important:

  • Move your large animals to high ground.
  • Cleanse feet and hooves with iodine. Once the iodine dries, the feet and hooves should be covered with Vaseline or petroleum jelly for protection from standing water and infection.
  • Feed and hay should be moved above ground three feet to avoid water damage and mold.

IN BROWARD COUNTY, caretakers and/or horse owners should contact the Broward County Hurricane Hotline at 3-1-1 or 954-831-4000 if the horse is in standing water up to their knees post-storm.

Top 10 Reasons to Purchase a Standby Generator

Top 10 Reasons to purchase a Standby Generator

The team at 1 Stop has put together a list of Top 10 Reasons to Purchase a Standby Generator.  While we may love talking wattage, load shedding and motor sizes, you’re probably thinking“will it keep my ice-cream cold in the Freezer”.   Well … it will do that and a whole lot more!  Check it out!

1)      Air! Let’s face it, we live in South Florida and it gets HOT when we don’t have our central A/C.  A standby generator can keep you cool and calm under atmospheric pressure!

2)      Food!   Just because we have a storm does not mean we have a block party.   Don’t be that person who whips out their grill right after the storm to get rid of the Porterhouse steak you just purchased at Whole Foods the day before.

3)      Lights! A Standby Generator will kick on as soon as the power goes out leaving you in the lap of luxury and bathing in the warm glow of your very own lights.

4)      Communication!  With power you can make sure your cell, laptops, radio, TV are all ready, willing and able to keep you in the loop during and after a storm.

5)      Coffee! Have you ever been in a storm, lost power and were unable to get your caffeine for the day?  Keep those headaches away! No one wants to be hot, without coffee and starved after a storm!

6)      Home Security!  We don’t like to talk about this one much but your house is at risk of burglary when your power goes out.  Those central alarm systems are useless unless you have a stash of body guards.  Keep your family and possessions safe by keeping your alarm system active.

7)      Home Medical Equipment! Most of us take this for granted but we do have a wonderful population of elderly people here in Florida.  However, folks of all ages have medical needs as well.  Give a thought about who in your family can not go without electricity for more than 5 minutes.  If you are a caretaker who is in this situation please call us today to talk about our Generators.  We will find one that fits the needs of your household.

8)      Water! Many times we see boil water alerts right after a storm has wreaked havoc on our lives.  Generators can keep your stove running so you can boil your water for drinking, washing, brushing your teeth and scrubbing behind your ears.

9)      Hot Water! Remember Hurricane Wilma?  Taking a shower was like jumping into an ice hole!

10)   You! Sleep like a baby knowing your food is safe and your power is in check.

*Please note, keeping your Ice-cream frozen is not one of the reasons 🙂


Generator Safety

Anyone who owns a generator should be prepared to operate it safely if the need arises. Here are some tips:

  1. All gas-powered engines emit CO, a colorless, odorless gas that can build up to fatally toxic levels. Generators must only be operated outside of inhabited structures in a well-ventilated area and should never be placed anywhere near windows, doors, vents or other openings.
  2. If you’re going to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a generator, pitch in the extra twenty or thirty bucks for a CO alarm. That’s a tremendous  bargain for the life-safety benefit.
  3. Never operate a generator on the balcony of a multi-unit structure. The boundaries of most balconies force you to place the generator too close to your own   living areas, as well as those of your neighbors.
  4. Never attempt to refuel a generator while it is running or still hot. Turn it off and allow it to cool before adding fuel.
  5. Take extreme care not to spill fuel onto the generator or the surrounding area.
  6. Read your generator’s manual very carefully. Follow all directions and pay close attention to the electrical load rating. Never overload the generator.
  7. Never attempt to connect a portable generator to the main electrical panel in your home. Not only is this very dangerous for occupants, it is also fatally  dangerous for electrical workers who are trying to restore power.

If you haven’t used your generator in a while, or you’re pretty sure you’re done with it, here are some tips for safe storage:

  1.  When you pull your generator out after any storage period, remember to inspect it carefully for broken or missing parts. Wipe off all dust.
  2. Store the generator in a dry, well-ventilated area with the fuel tank empty.
  3. Give it a good cleaning before storing. Remove traces of oil, dirt and other foreign matter.
  4. Do not store near fuel supplies.
  5. Do not store near appliances such as water heaters or pumps, especially if they are gas-powered.

Tips for Pet Owners

The following information has been adapted from  We strongly suggest a visit to their website for more updated and full information about pet preparedness.

Why pet-friendly shelters?

  1. As of this year, they’re required – or no FEMA funds to help
    According to the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS) of 2006, state and local emergency preparedness operational plans must address the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals following a major disaster or emergency IF they want to qualify for grant $$$ from FEMA. The Act gives FEMA authority to help communities develop pet-friendly shelter facilities and practical assistance for individuals with pets and service animals, and the animals themselves, following a major disaster. Some counties think just saying they will not have a pet-friendly shelter until later and offering names of a couple of motels miles away on their Web site that used to accept pets is “addressing the needs.” That is incorrect. Actually, the PETS Act does away with all the excuses from county and city governments without pet-friendly disaster plans. While this is indeed progress, it has come at great cost. Laura Maloney, head of the Louisiana chapter of the SPCA, said as many as 70,000 pets were either killed or abandoned after Katrina left much of New Orleans under water in August 2005.
  2. They’re part of responsible pet guardianship
    People who have pets are responsible for their health and safety and must have a plan during a disaster that includes those pets. That plan should not include leaving them tied to trees during the storms or left in empty house with a little food and water. As Hurricane Katrina showed all of us, the lives of both humans and their beloved pets depend on the humans being prepared, being smart and staying smart. Of the 70,000 pets who died or were abandonded as a result of Hurricane Katrina, only about 15,000 were saved and only 20 percent of those were reunited with their owners. The rest ended up in various shelters around the United States. Many are probably still wondering where their families went.
  3. They’re ethically correct.Pets are a barometer of our humanity
    For many people, pets are part of the family. It’s ethically vital to help people keep all members of their family safe. A 2006 survey found that 44 percent of those in New Orleans who remained at home did so because of a pet, while only 18 percent failed to evacuate because they wouldn’t leave a family member behind.

Public pet-friendly shelters are terrific, but should not be your first choice
if you have other options.

We think the first choice of where to go should be a pet-friendly relative or friend’s house that’s out of the evacuation area. If that’s not an option, we think the next best place to go is a pet-friendly hotel or motel that’s out of the evacuation area.
If the first two options won’t work for you, our next suggestion is to find a pet-friendly emergency shelter in your area. So far this year, we’ve found the following counties not compiling with the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006: Bradford, Calhoun, Columbia, DeSoto, Escambia, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hendry, Franklin, Indian River, Liberty, Pasco, St. Lucie, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Union, Wakulla.

What to do if there are no nearby relatives, friends, motels, hotels or pet-friendly shelters?

If all the above options are exhausted, we suggest loading up the animals, necessary supplies and sentimental items that could not be replaced if lost, and leaving the state. You might call this Plan D. This is why having a plan is so important. Be sure to use a safe route, one prescribed by your county emergency management department. Pick up pamphlets in public locations and/or print out evacuation routes from Web sites now so you’ll be prepared if the need should arise later this summer. In 2004, some people on the west coast of Florida, thinking they’d be safe heading east, got into worse weather than they would have had if they had stayed put. The storm just grazed their area and blasted into central Florida, amazing even the experts. So be prepared to act, not react.

Do not leave your pet behind!

We hope you weren’t one of the people who left over 400 dogs behind, to fend for themselves, in Polk County after Hurricane Charley in 2004. Nope, we aren’t making those stats up. They came right from Hillsborough County Animal Services that set up a makeshift shelter to gather lost pets in that area after the storm. We wish we didn’t have to say this but if you leave your pet behind, you are essentially sentencing him or her to terror-filled days and nights…or much worse.

Why local kennels, veterinarian offices and humane society shelters are not good options.

While there are some kennels and veterinary offices that graciously offer to board pets during disasters, it’s important to know if your house isn’t safe, if your town is slated to, for example, get hit hard by a hurricane, local kennels and vet’s offices, may also be in peril. Those buildings aren’t necessarily built to withstand hurricane force winds. Anyway, this is a bad option – it separates you from your pet. While some humane society shelters announce they’ll house some animals temporarily, this places strain on already-full shelters and one-on-one care may be difficult, plus sometimes those buildings aren’t built to withstand hurricane force winds either. This option also separates you from your pet.

Stay informed. Verify before leaving. Not all facilities we list here
are open for every storm and decision sometimes aren’t made until the very last minute.

Broward County

1. Millennium Middle School, 5803 NW 94th Avenue, Tamarac.

Note of 05-18-07: This pet-friendly shelter is only for pet guardians living in the county’s evacuation zone (east of US 1) and/or those living in mobile homes. Pre-registration is required and can be accomplished in person at the Humane Society of Broward County, located at 2070 Griffin Road, Dania Beach, beginning June 1, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. To register, you’ll need: proof of your address, i.e., utility bill, proof of pet’s vaccinations and license, veterinarian’s information, photo of pet and a carrier for your pet.

Pet guardians must also stay at the shelter; animals will be housed in individual crates in the school’s gym and people will stay in the cafeteria. Humane Society volunteers and a veterinarian will supervise the pets. For more information, call 954-989-3977 or go to Humane Society of Broward County. There is room for a maximum of 350 pets and 500 people.

2. Sartory Senior Center, 10150 NW 29 Street, Coral Springs.

Note of 08-18-07 This volunteer-operated pet-friendly shelter will open ONLY when a hurricane warning has been issued for the Coral Springs area. Pre-registration of pets is required by completing a Pet Shelter Registration form (valid for one year),available at Coral Springs animal hospitals, Coral Springs City Hall, City Hall in the Mall and the Public Safety building. Requirements: carrying cage or kennel for each pet, 3-day supply of water and food, proof of vaccinations and any required medication. No reptiles, no rodents.

If you are interested in volunteering to help run this shelter, you need to complete a Volunteer Application and a Waiver Form – available at the same locations stated above for pre-registration forms. All forms need to be completed and returned to the Public Safety building, “Attention: Humane Officer.”

This option separates you from your pet; humans will have to leave their pets at the shelter on their way out of town during an evacuation. However, becoming a volunteer here would, perhaps, be a good way to help the communityand stay with your pet. 

Martin County

Note of 08-21-07: County Commissioners voted today to approve the proposed agreement with the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast to use their facility, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Road in Palm City, as a pet shelter ONLY for Martin County residents living in evacuation zones. Pre-registration will be required and pet guardians will need to present their pet’s vaccination records to register. For more information, contact the Humane Society at 772-287-5753 or 772-223-8822.

However, this arrangement will be just for this year and next. After than, the county is hoping FEMA will come through with some funding to help renovate a school cafeteria in Port Salerno as a permanent pet-friendly shelter.

This option separates you from your pet; humans will have to leave their pets at the shelter on their way out of town during an evacuation. While this shelter survived Hurricane Frances, Jeanne and Wilma in 2004, and it’s certainly better than no place for pets, this arrangement should not be your first choice.

Note of 07-12-07: This county recently received several awards from the National Association of Counties, one of them for their Emergency Management, “for its domestic pet-friendly shelter program and its hurricane preparedness public education program.” We hope this will translate into some cash from FEMA to help with a permanent hurricane shelter facility for people and their pets.

Palm Beach County

Note of 04-25-07: Last year was the first time Palm Beach County had pet-friendly shelters.

  1. This year, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control will once again provide and operate pet-friendly sheltering for pets and people – thank you, Palm Beach County – this year at the West Boynton Recreation Center, located at 6000 North Tree Boulevard, between Hypoluxo Road and Gateway Boulevard, off Jog Road in Lake Worth. Pre-registration will be required. Officials said dogs, cats, parakeets, gerbils and sugar gliders will be permitted – no reptiles. This shelter, which will be located in the rec center’s gymnasium. The recreation center will hold about 600 animals and about 300 people. Large dogs will be kept separate from small dogs with a room divider. Pets of people with special needs will also be accepted but the people will have to stay at a separate special needs shelter, which means they will be separated from their pets. Preregistration is required for both shelters. For more specific information, call Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control at 561-233-1266 or go here.
  2. The Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, located at 3200 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach will take dogs and cats when an evacuation order is given. Reservations can be made online at the link given here. There is a non-refundable required deposit of $100 per pet, good for the whole hurricane season. For more specifics and information, call 561-472-8874. This option separates you from your pet and if you are delayed more than 5 days in returning to the area, your pet could be considered abandoned!




  • “SPECIAL HURRICANE INSPECTIONS: During such periods of time as are designated by theNational Weather Service as being a hurricane watch, all furniture, display racks, material and similar loose objects in exposed outdoor locations, shall be lashed to rigid construction or stored in buildings.  The Building Official shall issue orders to secure all sites.  Orders shall be oral or written and shall be given to any person on the premises most logically responsible for maintenance or by facsimilie to the responsible entity if such entity is known.”
  • “It shall be the joint responsibility of any owenr of real property upon which construction is occurring, or any contractor responsible for said construction, to ensure that all road rights-of-way remain free at all times of all construction waste and trash resulting from such construction.  After a hurricane watch or warning has been suspended, the City’s Building Official shall give said owner or contractor reasonable time to clear the road rights-of-way of construction and waste trash.”
  • “Notices issued by the National Weather Service of a hurricane watch are deemed sufficient notice to the owner of real property upon which construction is occurring, or any contractor responsible for said construction, to secure loose material against the effects of hurricane force winds.”
  • “Pursuant to this section, it shall be a violation of this code for an owner of the real property upon which construction is occurring, or any contractor responsible for said construction, to have loose construction materials that are not fastened or secured to the ground or any permanent structure.  Materials stockpiled on top of any structure under construction shall be permanently installed by the property owener or contractor upon a hurricane watch; provided, however, in the event such installation cannot be timely completed, then the property owner or contractor shall:

    • Band together the construction materials and fasten them to the top of the structure in such manner so as not to present a threat of their becoming airborne during severe weather; or
    • Remove the construction materials from the top of the structure and fasten down to the ground; or
    • Remove the construction materials from the job site; or
    • Store the construction materials inside an enclosed structure.

*** From June 1 to November 30th of each calendar year (the National Weather Service designate dhurricane season), building materials shall be loaded on a roof no earlier than twenty (20) working days prior to the permanent installation of those materials.