Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Hurricane Preparedness 2020

 The National Weather Service NOAA 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:  


The peak of the season is here.
Be ready for hurricane season. Today you can determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you are encouraged to complete these simple preparations before hurricane season begins on June 1.  Keep in mind, you may need to adjust any preparedness actions based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Hurricane Preparedness Guide: 2020 by Save On Energy June 3, 2020

Hurricane Preparedness Guide: 2020  

June 3, 2020   By Save On Energy Hurricane Preparedness Guide: 2020

Hurricane season in the U.S. reaches its peak from August to October, but that doesn’t mean they can’t hit earlier or later. The full season runs from June to November, making now the perfect time to get prepared for weather to come throughout the summer and fall.
Let’s take a look at this year’s forecast and a pre-storm checklist that will see you through the season safely.

Understanding hurricane terminology

The first step to being prepared is understanding what weather reports are saying. When it comes to hurricanes, there are a few key terms to know:
  • Hurricane watch. This means the area may see hurricane conditions in the next 48 hours.
  • Hurricane warning. This means the area will see sustained winds of 74 mph or higher in the next 36 hours.
  • Named storm. This is a storm that causes winds of 39 mph or higher. Storms are reclassified as hurricanes when winds reach 74 mph or higher.
  • Major hurricane. This is the name for hurricanes that fall into categories 3-5 on the wind scale, with five being the highest.
Major hurricanes are capable of extreme damage, including uprooted trees, flooding, downed power lines and extended outages, as well as home destruction.

2020 hurricane season predictions

This year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-average season across the Atlantic coast of the U.S. The predictions include:
  • 13 to 19 named storms
  • 6 to 10 which become hurricanes
  • 3 to 6 which become major hurricanes
For context, an average season includes about 12 named storms. While there is a chance this season may be less severe than anticipated, NOAA is recommending all residents in hurricane zones begin to prepare now.

How to prepare for a hurricane

Preparing for a hurricane starts long before a watch or warning arrives. Start with preventative measures that won’t impact your daily life but will make it easier to get ready when storms arrive. When the weather turns, follow up with a few extra protections.

At the beginning of the season:

  • Create an emergency kit. This includes any essential supplies you’ll need to survive for a few days.
  • Install hurricane-proof windows and shutters. This is a larger upgrade that could pay off big time when it protects the inside of your home from storm wreckage.
  • Buy surge protectors. Plug small electronics into these so it’s easy to switch everything off at once.
  • Set your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest temperature. This way food will stay fresh for as long as possible if the power goes out.
  • Designate a safe room. Pick an interior room without windows and make sure everyone knows where it is.

When a hurricane watch or warning is called:

  • Bring patio furniture inside. This will minimize the risk of dangerous debris blowing around. Do this early on or not at all – do not go outside if the wind gets too strong,
  • Turn off surge protectors. Keep them shut off for the duration of the storm.
  • Unplug appliances and large electronics. This will protect them (and you) from electrical surges and floodwater.
  • Prepare your safe room. Gather all family members and make sure all your essential supplies is in the room with you.

How to prepare your emergency kit

You should always have an emergency kit in your home, but especially during hurricane season. This kit should include everything you and the members of your household need to survive for at least 72 hours. This includes:
  1. Clean water. Tap water may not be safe to drink after an emergency. Keep one gallon or water per person per day.
  2. Non-perishable foods. This includes canned goods, dried fruits, and any other long-lasting items. Don’t forget food for your pet.
  3. Pack multiple.
  4. Backup power. Bring batteries and chargers for phones and flashlights. If you have a generator, you can use this for essential appliances.
  5. Store essentials in a dry, sealed container.
  6. First aid kit. Stock it with gauze, bandages, tweezers, alcohol swaps, and other sterile items.
  7. Also, sleeping bags and pillows. Seal these in a water-proof bag.
  8. Clean clothes. Take at least one extra outfit per family member.
  9. ATMS and card readers may be down.
  10. Or anything else to help you get someone’s attention.
  11. Face masks. Bring coverings for everyone ages 2 and above as well as soap and hand sanitizer, as needed.
This is just a small selection of everything you could include in your kit. It will depend on the members of your household and your needs. For more options, see the Department of Homeland Security’s full list.

What not to do during a hurricane

As with any emergency, there are also a few things you absolutely should not do during a hurricane. Stay away from all bodies of water and avoid stepping in puddles. Be especially aware in areas near downed power lines or damaged electrical equipment. During a hurricane, you may notice a period of calm. Do not go outside until you have confirmation that the storm is over. Additionally, don’t drink the tap water until you have heard from local authorities that it is safe.
Throughout the season, be overly cautious and make sure to pay attention to all weather alerts, regardless of what you’re seeing outside your window. Prepare now to keep yourself and your family safe later. Visit the National Hurricane Center for current alerts and more information


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Hurricane Preparedness Guide: 2020

2020 hurricane season predictions

Hurricane Preparedness Guide: 2020

2020 Atlantic hurricane season names

These are the names of tropical storms or hurricanes that may form in the Atlantic Ocean in 2020. Names are alphabetical, and alternate between male and female. Needing the entire list in a season is rare.


Sunday, March 8, 2020

Prepping, Gardening and Emergency Storage with Baytec Products

Emergency Storage, Prepping, Gardening with Baytec Products. 

Many people are interested in Prepping for any type of disaster that inevitably will occur; the American Red Cross suggests storing fresh water, food supplies and other emergency essentials needed to get through the disastrous time period. Most of these type of natural occurrences such as the flooding we experienced here in our building with Hurricane Harvey, only last mere days, but sometimes have lasting effects.  Many of us were trapped in our homes during this time, so having a new water barrel with purified water ready to use is the number one thing to have on hand in the event of an occurrence.  

We, here at Baytec, have Water Storage Barrels and a water treatment called Purogene, which is used to stabilize the water, to take out the oxygen so it does not grow bacteria.  This will remain fresh in the barrel as long as it stays water tight.  Along with this we also have a variety of pumps of which to pump out the fresh water and jugs or buckets to transport water for personal use.  

many people ask us, How much water should I store in an Emergency.  FEMA recommends storing at least 2 quarts per person per day as a guide line, for a family of 4 this is 2 gallons a day on just a normal basis, without the daily use of toilets or washing dishes, so you can see it adds up fast.  Water is the number one essential need across the world so providing the container along with a stabilizer and pump to extract the water gives a good basis for emergency preparation.   During the winter months some residents may use the Heat Blankets to keep the water from freezing in the barrels. 

Spring time of course prompts the Tight Head Rain Barrels for small water collection or for heavier water collectors, they many choose to get our Rain Harvesting Tanks, which offer a variety of colors to match their houses.  Other applications for water we have seen would include some using the IBC Totes for Pressure washing, or used at Deer Leases during the Fall months for water storage or shower sources.  One very popular item among the Baby Boomer generation these days is the Water Bags, which are used for RV Water storage, who also use the Purogene for their reservoir tanks. 

Another series of Emergency Preparation would be for Food Storage. Many of our customers will use the 5 or 6 Gallon Buckets with the Mylar Bags and Oxygen Absorbers to store dried beans, rice and the like.  We carry the Mylar Bags in many different sizes such as the quart, gallon and 5 gallon on up to 55 gallon.  Along with this we also sell the heat sealers to close the bags and the Oxygen Absorbers to take the oxygen out to preserve and stabilize the food.  Other accessories for these include bag clips, flat, spout or Gamma Seal Spin Top Lids for  our 3.5, 5 or 6 Gallon Buckets.  We also sell the containers that are sets with spin top or square with hinged lids for easy access. 

Another point to consider is food availability.  Some have expressed that growing some basic food of your own is helpful for a sense of peace of mind.  Rain Water Collection has been a very popular way to utilize nature to your use.  Here at Baytec Containers there are several products used for Gardening applications such as the Open Head Barrels or the  Rain Harvesting Tanks to harvest the rain water and store it to use at a later time, just in case there is a drought or contamination of your local water.   Our Variety of Brute Containers Buckets used to collect natural products to build Composting for gardening and making their own compost fertilizer.  We also have many different Shovels and Scoops to help with the compost  transfer process or packing it down. 

 There are many other items that can be used around the house for general use, feel free to ask us any questions to our email sales@baytec.net; call us at 800-560-2334 or visit us at our retail location: 4761 Hwy 146, Bacliff, Texas, 77518, where there are many other items we can suggest to our customers, such as our Propane and Propane Accessories or Firewood products.  

At our Propane Refill Bottle Station we Fill’em while you wait.  You can see these products on www.baytec.us, where it will give you a small idea of the prices at our retail store as well as the location and hours.  Also here we sell Local Honey among other things. 

Written By: 
Pamala A. Hook

Hurricane Preparedness 2020

 The National Weather Service NOAA  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:    https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness  ...