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Hurricane Preparation Plan for Multi-Family Property Owners

[fa icon="calendar"] 06.23.2017 / by Lori Koogler

 

As hurricane season begins here are some precautions every multi-family property owner should encourage their management team to communicate with tenants to ensure a safe and happy summer.

  • Check to make sure that emergency equipment such as flashlights, battery operated radios and cellular telephones are in proper working order.
  • Store enough supplies such as bottled water, non-perishable food items, first aid kit, pet supplies, prescriptions and infant necessities to last for at least 2 weeks.
  • You will need batteries for radios; matches, candles; flashlights and a hand operated can opener.
  • Contact your insurance company to make sure your renter’s insurance is in force and to see what will be covered. Management is not liable for your personal belongings or for securing alternative housing should your apartment home be damaged.
  • Learn the evacuation route. Fill your vehicles with gas.
  • Listen to television and radio for official information.
  • Remove all personal belongings from patios / balconies / doorsteps and bring them indoors.
  • Move furniture away from windows and patio doors and place them in the center of the room.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings.
  • Freeze water in empty jugs and use them to fill empty spaces in your refrigerator and freezer.
  • Store your valuable documents in waterproof containers.
  • Have cash on hand, as ATM machines will not operate if there is a power outage.
  • If you elect to go to a shelter, you must board your pet. Shelters will not accept them.
  • Have materials such as plastic tarps available that may be useful in securing your home and personal belongings against possible damage.
  • Write down the contact info for your local utility companies so you can call to get info on outages in your area.

 

IF A HURRICANE STRIKES:

  • Take refuge in small interior rooms.
  • Use the telephone for emergencies only.
  • Do not report power outages. OUC will restore power as quickly as possible.
  • Do report down power lines or water main breaks.
  • Remain indoors until an "all clear" has been officially issued.
  • If you do suffer any property losses, report them to your insurance company.
  • Maintenance will not respond to any emergency calls once a hurricane warning is issued. Emergencies will be handled on a priority basis after the "all clear" has been published.

Here are items you need in a storm, as well as what would be useful but not essential.

 

ESSENTIALS

  •  Cash or traveler's checks
  •  Fire extinguisher
  •  Containers to store drinking water (and fresh water): 1 gallon per person per day
  •  Food (canned and dried goods are best)
  •  Manual can opener
  •  Hand tools: hammer, nails, axe, knife, pliers, hand saw, screwdrivers
  •  Electric drill with screwdriver bits to install bolts for window protection
  •  Soap and container
  •  At least one flashlight per person
  •  Spare batteries
  •  Battery-operated radio, with weather band
  •  First-aid kit: bandages, scissors, antiseptic, peroxide, antacids, aspirin, thermometer, rubbing alcohol
  •  Prescription medicine
  •  Matches
  •  Disposable eating utensils and plates
  •  Toilet paper
  •  Mosquito repellent

USEFUL ITEMS

  •  Gallon-size freezer bags to fill with water to make ice
  •  Needle and thread
  •  Whistle
  •  Disinfectant (spray and/or wipes)
  •  Gas grill or Sterno stove with extra fuel
  •  Snake-bite kit
  •  Work gloves
  •  Lantern with fuel (or wind-up flashlight)
  •  Large trash bags
  •  Rope (100 feet)

 

To ensure that your personal records survive a storm, put important documents in a waterproof container. If you choose a safe-deposit box, make copies of the documents and compile a list of the box's contents for reference at home.

 

Include:

  •  Birth certificates
  •  Marriage certificates
  •  Insurance policies and other papers that outline property coverage
  •  Identification such as passports, visas, Social Security and voter-registration cards
  •  Wills and living trusts
  •  Deeds and contracts
  •  Stocks and bonds
  •  Income-tax records
  •  Backup disks or tapes of valuable computer information
  •  Family heirlooms
  •  An inventory of personal property for insurance claims
  •  A videotape or photos of home's contents

 

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Topics: Property Management, FL, Multi-Family

Lori Koogler

Written by Lori Koogler

Lori Koogler is the Regional Property Manager for residential properties for Demetree Real Estate Services. Lori has over 25 years of experience in all phases of residential real estate, focusing mainly on profitably and NOI for third party owners on the regional level in multi-family housing.