Hurricanes can be a stressful time for everyone. In order to ease your stress somewhat, please try to follow these tips in order to be prepared for whatever may come.
Before the Hurricane:
- Know how and when to turn off the gas, water and electricity.
- Trim back any dead or weak branches from trees.
- Secure loose items in the yard that may become missiles in high winds.
- Check into flood insurance. Find out about the National Flood Insurance Program through your local insurance agent.
- Buy a tarp to cover any potential roof damage.
- Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container.
- Take pictures of valuables now and store the photos with your other valuable papers.
- Consider an out of state emergency contact that your friends and family can check in with since it is often easier to get a message out of the state rather than the overworked channels in state.
- Stock up on water and canned goods. Make sure your electronics are charged (even things like portable gaming systems to help keep the kids occupied in the event of a power outage.)
- Fill Ziploc bags with water and place them in your freezer. They can help keep food cold if power goes out or serve as drinking water when melted.
During the Hurricane
- Keep a radio tuned to local news if your power goes out.
- Stay safely inside. Have towels available to place under sliding glass doors, windows, or other doors in the event of leaking.
- The safest areas of your home are interior rooms without windows. This is a good place for you, your family, and your pets to set up.
- Have flashlights nearby in the event of a power outage.
After the Hurricane:
- If the community were to lose power, look for communications to be posted in the common areas.
- The rule of thumb is when the power is off, the pools are closed.
- If debris begins to block storm drains, please help by removing the items so that water does not back up. If you are unable, please call your Community Association Manager to advise us of the blocked drain.
- Only open your refrigerator/freezer when absolutely necessary, and close quickly.
- Continue to listen to updates and be safe when going outside in case of flooding, debris, or downed power lines.
Safety should always come first! Be cautious and prepared.