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Tornado Season Is Here: Be Prepared For Cleanup Operations With BLM Automatic Clutches In Your Chippers And Equipment

The official 2016 “Tornado Season” has arrived in the U.S., with tornadoes already striking the East Coast and southern states in the late winter and early days of March. More tornadoes and “clusters” of tornadoes are predicted for the spring months. One recent report (Tornado Clusters Becoming More Deadly and More Common), says, “U.S. tornadoes are becoming more likely to strike in clusters. A NOAA study, published in October 2014 in the journal Science, showed a rise in the number of days with multiple reported tornadoes. Another study, published in July 2014 in the journal Climate Dynamics, found a similar clustering of tornadoes.” According to another weather resource, USTornadoes.com, a website dedicated to providing “the information people seek on tornadoes in the United States,” the U.S. can expect the tornado count to be “near normal this spring,” with 511 tornadoes being the average number of tornadoes occurring this time of year each year from 1991-2010.  

The expected occurrence of hundreds of tornadoes and more clusters of tornadoes means there will be lots of cleanups ahead. Fallen tree branches and scattered dirt and debris tossed by the tornadoes and other major storms this spring will require chippers, saws and other equipment to handle cleanup tasks. BLM Automatic Four Block Series clutches are commonly used in chippers used by municipal, utility and construction workers across the U.S.

We like to think our clutches help make everyone’s job a little easier, especially after a tornado or storm. BLM Automatic clutches do help make the cleanup of fallen trees and branches more efficient and easier to manage for the people involved in what can be a very stressful time. You don’t want to worry about a chipper starting or equipment being overloaded when you’re dealing with a tornado’s or a storm’s aftermath. Whatever the post-tornado or post-storm procedures might be, BLM Automatic clutches play an integral role in getting the cleanup and repairs done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Whatever the application, if it requires starting assistance and/or overload protection, our clutches can help do the job. BLM Automatic customizes the clutches we manufacture based on our customers’ needs and the specific applications. But, we produce two standard designs: BLM Automatic Four Block Series clutches with ¼-50HP, and Six Block Series clutches with up to 3,000HP. As we previously mentioned, the Four Block Series clutches are commonly used in chippers, and they’re also used in tampers, concrete pumps, mortar mixers and conveyors, and in many other applications. Six Block Series clutches are used in large and varied industrial and commercial applications.

But, getting back to talking about tornadoes and the spring cleanup season, we hope the predictions are wrong and this year proves to be a quieter year for tornado occurrences. Either way, please stay safe, and rest assured knowing that you’re prepared for cleanup operations with BLM Automatic clutches in your chippers and cleanup equipment.

Hurricane Season Preparation and Response: BLM is Ready

For most of the country, June signals the start of summer—a carefree season of long, warm days and time spent outdoors. For the southeastern United States and the Caribbean, however, June 1 marked the start of hurricane season, and it’s something they take very seriously.

While this year’s hurricane season has been predicted to be a relatively quieter one, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says this is not an indication to be lax. In fact, they point out that, “A below-normal season doesn’t mean we’re off the hook. As we’ve seen before, below-normal seasons can still produce catastrophic impacts to communities.” *The devastating Hurricane Andrew, they reminded people, occurred during a below-normal season.

At BLM, we know all about the catastrophic effects of hurricanes, and we also know how to be prepared. Our clutches are integral components within a variety of products used in post-hurricane cleanup. Once the season is underway, we receive countless panicked calls from various municipalities, requesting our clutches immediately for their cleanup procedures.

Chippers, for instance, are used to clean up the fallen trees and branches that occur from the damaging effects of high winds. If these winds get bad enough, major structures, such as buildings, must be repaired as well, and this is where rider trowels come in. They are used for doing large concrete flooring surfaces in many buildings, including high-rises.

When roads experience damage—as they often do during a tropical storm or hurricane—plate tampers are used for packing down road surfaces and redoing the asphalt. On damaged sidewalks, curbers fix the edging and make them safe again.

Then there are the pumps, which take care of the large amounts of water, as well as the sweepers, and countless other post-disaster pieces of equipment. In all of these, BLM clutches are critical components, aiding in the recovery and bringing peace of mind back to communities.

Whether your hurricane season plan includes pre-storm preparation or post-storm response—or most likely, both—we at BLM will be ready and able to help you pick up the pieces.

* http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/28/410268156/noaa-warns-of-powerful-storms-despite-seeing-below-normal-hurricane-season