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June 1 may mark the official start of Hurricane Season, but anyone near Subtropical Storm Alberto's path through the Gulf of Mexico last week can tell you the storms don't wait for calendar reminders.
WTDC has updated its Hurricane Preparedness Guide for 2018. We recommend all customers keep a copy for future reference and those in hurricane prone areas review and create their own preparedness plans.
Miami-Dade County has now added an App (ReadyMDC on App Store) to its list of Hurricane Preparedness tools, as seen above. This is a useful tool to track storms and public resources available to Miami-Dade County residents in the event of an emergency.
While WTDC's infrastructure was not damaged by the record 2017 hurricane season, many of our staff and their families were affected. We will work with our employees and neighbors to supply Hurricane Readiness resources as we prepare for the 2018 Hurricane Season.
June 1st marks the first day of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. There has already been one named storm in May, Ana, and the beginning of the season is as good a time as any to share our WTDC Hurricane Preparedness Guide 2015 and Hurricane Preparedness Tips. Please keep this information handy for future reference.
1. HURRICANE ALERT: (72 hours)
Issued by Miami-Dade County if readiness actions are required.
2. HURRICANE WATCH: (24 to 36 hours)
Covers a specific area and time period. Indicates Hurricane conditions are possible usually between 24 to 36 hours.
3. HURRICANE WARNING: (24 hours – WTDC closed)
Issued 24 hours before hurricane conditions (winds greater than 74 MPH) are expected in the area. If the hurricane path changes quickly, the warning may be issued 10 to 18 hours, before the storm makes landfall. A warning will also identify where dangerously high water and waves are forecast, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.
Emergency contacts during HURRICANE WARNING for WTDC
• WTDC Main Line 305-594-7484
• Ginger Diez cell 305-588-8071 (Operations)
• Sean Gazitua cell 305-609-5295 (Operations)
• Sean Powers cell 305-528-9050 (Office Space)
• Ralph Gazitua cell 305-903-5295
1. Hurricane Alert Recommendations:
Make sure the person in charge of safety in your office or warehouse has stocked with the basic supplies for hurricane preparedness (labels, plastic bags, tarps, waterproof tape, storage boxes, data backup media, etc) Make sure there is an up-to-date contact list for your organization’s staff and that this list has been properly distributed.
2. Hurricane Watch Recommendations:
Be prepared to take action if advised to do so. Make sure advisory announcements (by county or weather services) are monitored. Begin preparation in case HURRICANE WARNING is imminent. Prepare home and office for impending weather.
3. Hurricane Warning Recommendations:
At this point WTDC policy will be to discontinue operations and dismiss non-essential
personnel. We recommend tenants to do the same.
WTDC’s objective is to resume operations 24 hours after the announcement is made that a hurricane has passed. Contact emergency numbers and check our Twitter account (@WTDC) for updates https://twitter.com/WTDC
Limited supply drives pallet price
Pallet suppliers in South Florida and across the country are raising prices in light of the most recent pallet shortage. While the cost of pallets may not be be discussed as widely as fuel surcharges, it is every bit as integral to the base pricing passed along by logistics service providers to their customers.
What is driving this recent hike? For one thing, the price of lumber has skyrocketed: U.S. lumber prices increased by almost 85% from late 2011 to April 2013.
Pallet scarcity has followed the general curve of all lumber, a supply that dwindled through disease (pine beetle) and economic factors tied to the recession (nearly half of all U.S. mills closed due to decreased demand and those that have reopened are slow to ramp up production). Current demand from the recovering U.S. housing market (new housing starts were up 28% in May over the same time last year) and sustained Chinese buying have further strained the available supply.
Hurricane Preparedness 2013
Tropical Storm Andrea developed seemingly overnight in the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in Florida on June 7, a surprise reminder that hurricane season is once again upon us. According to the Florida Division of Emergency Management over 40% of businesses that close due to hurricanes never reopen. Each company should take the time to ask themselves: What would I do if my company was impacted by a disaster?
By evaluating the risks (property damage, business down time, loss of communication and data) then developing a plan of action for response and recovery (Procedures for employee and customer notification, Procedures for operation cloud computing, insurance), companies can mitigate their risk to such disasters.
FEMA offers a number of useful tips on how to protect your business on its website:
WTDC also has a number of useful resources on its website:
New offices available for lease
WTDC, Foreign Trade Zone 281-4, is a multi-tenant facility with Office Space for lease on its second floor. We offer a number of amenities that make for a great work environment such as a conference room, full service cafeteria, and ample parking all in a secure environment.
150 sq.ft. Great starter office, Only $321/mo.
458 sq.ft. 1 private office, windows
613 sq.ft. 2 Private Offices and bullpen area
882 sq.ft. 3 private offices, bullpen area
1,597 sq.ft. 2 Private Offices and large bullpen area
Congratulations to Vera Gazitua, WTDC Accounting Dept, our July Employee of the Month!