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How to Prepare for a Flood

Posted by John on October 2nd, 2008

Flooding can happen anytime, anywhere. Are you prepared?

It’s important to be prepared for a flood – and it’s just as important to know what to do after a flood. Continue reading

Heavy Rain Storms Set the Stage for a Fall Allergy Explosion

Posted by John on August 27th, 2008

Here in Georgia, it rained for five days straight because of Tropical Storm Fay. The aftermath of the storm is now moving up the East Coast, as Tropical Storm Gustav threatens to slam the Gulf Coast next week.

An abundance of rain this time of year is not a good sign for allergy sufferers. Heavy rain causes ragweed plants to grow much faster – and produce more pollen.

Ragweed allergies affect 10 to 20 percent of Americans, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Ragweed pollen is a major nuisance to allergy sufferers because the plants are so widespread (they grow well even in urban areas) and because the pollen grains can travel so far. Ragweed pollen has been found 400 miles out to sea and two miles up in the atmosphere! Continue reading