The Weather Channel is predicting that hurricane season will run through November 30. Now is a good time to remind you of a few things.
Your health and safety is our priority. Please review the list below and make preparations. You can also click here for additional information. Follow these guidelines before the storm to be prepared and help you stay safe:
- Fuel your car.
- Keep your pantry stocked with a two week supply of nonperishable food that requires no refrigeration, preparation or cooking. Don’t forget a manual can opener!
- Store one gallon of water per person per day for a two-week period. You’ll use this for drinking water and sanitation purposes. Don’t forget hand sanitizer!
- Have cash available, as banks and ATMs may be disabled.
- Check batteries for portable TV, radio and flashlights and buy extras.
- Consider a portable gas-powered generator to provide backup electricity.
- Make a decision about staying or evacuating. If you plan to drive to another area consider leaving early. If you plan to evacuate to a shelter, wait and listen to local news stations for word that shelters are open.
- Preparation of your home. While your health and safety is most important to us, you’ll want to make sure your property is safe and secure.
- Remove yard objects, including lawn furniture, garbage cans, planters, bird feeders, BBQ grills, and decorative objects, to prevent them from becoming projectiles in hurricane winds.
- Board or tape windows and glass doors. Crack a window to prevent pressurization. Wedge sliding glass doors to prevent them from lifting from tracks.
- Clear drains and gutters to make sure water drains properly away from the home.
IF A HURRICANE WATCH IS POSTED FOR YOUR AREA:
- Listen to all hurricane related updates via radio, television, newspaper, and any Internet related services.
- Follow all instructions issued from the authorities as they are professionals and equipped to handle such emergencies. Our property management teams are not authorities on natural disasters and cannot advise you in making decisions regarding your personal safety.
IF A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED:
- Stay tuned to a local news or weather station for up-to-the-minute information.
- Implement your personal plan for either remaining on the property or evacuating.
- The first question you should ask is “Will I stay home or will I leave?” Your final decision will depend on the potential strength of the storm, the location of your home, your health and, above all and most importantly, the advice of local emergency planners. If the local emergency planners recommend that you evacuate, then you should leave!
IF YOU STAY:
- Monitor the local news or weather station for important developments & updated storm coverage.
- Set refrigerator to maximum cold and don’t open door unless necessary.
- Stay indoors, away from windows on the downwind side of the home.
- Beware of the eye of the hurricane. Destructive winds will resume without warning.
IF YOU LEAVE:
- Take small valuables and papers, including insurance documents, but travel light. If you don’t have renter’s insurance, now is the time to get it! Go to effectivecoverage.com/progress to check out rates from our preferred provider.
- Lock up your home when you leave.
- Leave early, in daylight if possible.
- Follow recommended evacuation routes to the nearest designated shelter.
- Take several weeks’ supply of prescription drugs (if applicable) and non-perishable foods if possible.