Resident Hurricane Preparedness Information

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WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUED:

 Watch the local news or weather station for important storm information.

 Please DO NOT tape your windows.

 Get renters insurance NOW. Once a storm is in the gulf, you cannot buy it. It will repay you for possessions lost or damaged and pay for housing your family in case your home is badly damaged.

 Take pictures of your homes contents, your vehicles and your family if you do not have current ones. Put these with your important papers that you will take with you in case you have to evacuate.

 Fill up the vehicle fuel tanks.

 Store food for at least 2 weeks: o Non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices o Foods for infants or the elderly o Snack foods o Non-electric can opener o Cooking tools / fuel o Paper plates / plastic utensils

 Store one gallon of water per person per day for a two-week period. Your bathtub and other containers should be filled with water for sanitary usage.

 If the parking lot is holding large volumes of water, DO NOT flush your toilet, as it will invite the sewers to back-up into your apartment. It does not matter which floor in the building you are on; it will come up every sink and tub drain.

 First aid kit, medicines and prescription drugs

 Special items for babies and the elderly

 Toiletries, hygiene items and moisture wipes

 Have cash available as banks and ATMs may not be available for an extended period of time.

 Buy extra batteries for flashlights, radios and portable TV.

 Have a fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone

 Toys, books and games

 Store important documents in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag such as insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.

 Keep a set of tools with you during the storm.

 Pet care items o Proper identification/immunization records/medications o Ample supply of food and water o A carrier or cage o Muzzle and leash

 Bring in lawn furniture and other loose material outside and on patios.

 We are NOT an approved shelter, if you are instructed by authorities to evacuate, you should do so. We request that you turn off your water, gas and all electric breakers EXCEPT your refrigerator. Lock all doors and windows before you leave the property.

 Make a final decision about staying or evacuating. If you plan to drive to another area consider leaving now. Go to www.Floridadisaster.org and make your personal hurricane evacuation plan. The site contains very helpful information you will be able to use. Be sure to register your emergency contact information with them. It will help others who are looking for you after the storm to know you are safe and where you can be found.

WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED:

 Stay tuned to a local news or weather station for up-to-the-minute information.

 Make a final decision about staying or evacuating. If you plan to drive to another area consider leaving now. Go to www.Floridadisaster.org and make your personal hurricane evacuation plan. The site contains very helpful information you will be able to use. Be sure to register your emergency contact information with them. It will help others who are looking for you after the storm to know you are safe and where you can be found.

 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. We are NOT an approved shelter, if you are instructed by authorities to evacuate, you should do so.

 Get renters insurance NOW. Once a storm is in the gulf, you cannot buy it. It will repay you for possessions lost or damaged and pay for housing your family in case your home is badly damaged.

 Take pictures of your homes contents, your vehicles and your family if you do not have current ones. Put these with your important papers that you will take with you in case you have to evacuate.

IF YOU STAY:

 Monitor the local news or weather station for important late developments and updated storm coverage.

 Please DO NOT tape your windows.

 Move valuables to a high location in your home.

 Fill containers with drinking water and your bathtub with water.

 Set refrigerator to maximum cold and don’t open the door unless necessary.

 Use the phone only for emergencies.

 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.

 Turn off your water, gas and all electric breakers EXCEPT your refrigerator. Lock all doors and windows before you leave the property.

 Leave early, in daylight if possible.

 Follow recommended evacuation routes to the nearest designated shelter.

 Take several weeks’ supply of prescription drugs and non-perishable foods if possible.

PROPERTY/RESIDENT HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION

Answers to commonly asked questions:

Q: Will management be boarding up residents’ windows? A: Management will not be boarding up any windows on the property nor will management be providing any materials for this.

Q: Can residents board up their own windows? A: If conditions warrant it and you feel it necessary, you may do so. However, the properties do not have the equipment and manpower to assist you. You will also be responsible for removing any boarding materials and returning the property to its original state.

Q: Will management pay for or reimburse residents for materials used for boarding up? A: No.

Q: Can residents use property tools, such as ladders? A: No, all tools and equipment will be needed by management.

Q: Can clubhouses and amenity areas (racquetball courts) be used by residents for shelter? A: No, please use the official designated shelters. Refer to local television and radio broadcasts for specific locations in the area.

Q: Will management be providing security after the storm? A: No, as usual we will rely upon the local authorities.

Q: Does management have flood maps and/or finished floor elevations for insurance purposes? A: No, these documents are not available.

IMPORTANT HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

In the event a hurricane warning is posted for this area, we would like to inform you of the steps the management office will take to prepare for the possible threat of a hurricane.

Once a hurricane warning is issued for our area, please remove all objects from your patio or balcony, and store these items well inside your apartment. Such objects include patio furniture, potted plants, wind chimes, bicycles, etc. If items are not removed from your patio area, please be advised that the management team may remove these items and may find it necessary to enter your apartment.

Please know that the management team will also be removing all pool furniture from the deck areas, latching all trash enclosures, and securing all common areas. If your property is a gated community, we will also be leaving the gates open in the event of loss of power. Please be advised that we will not be boarding any windows throughout the apartment community.

It is imperative that you listen to all hurricane related updates via radio, television, newspaper, and any Internet related services. Please follow all instructions issued from the authorities as they are professionals and equipped to handle such emergencies. Management personnel are not authorities in the field of natural disasters and cannot advise you in making decisions regarding your personal safety. We recommend that you review one of the many free hurricane preparedness/protection guides that can be found at most local supermarkets and take all necessary precautions that are suggested in those guides.

The management office thanks you for your cooperation and assistance during this time.
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