TROPICAL STORM AND HURRICANE PREPARATION
Hurricane season begins June 1st of each year and ends November 30th. South Florida can be threatened any time during this season. This information will help you prepare for a hurricane. Please take the time to read this information carefully.
The following are some useful definitions:
• TROPICAL DEPRESSION has winds of less than 39 miles per hour or 34 knots.
• TROPICAL STORM has winds from 39 to 73 miles per hour or 34 to 63 knots.
• TROPICAL STORM “WARNING” once issued, can develop into a hurricane.
• HURRICANE “WATCH” - a hurricane may threaten the area within 24-36 hours.
• HURRICANE “WARNING” - a hurricane is expected to strike the area within 24 hours or less.
• HURRICANE has winds of greater than 74 miles per hour or 64 knots.
Category 1 74-95 MPH Minimal
Category 2 95-110 MPH Moderate
Category 3 111-130 Major
Category 4 131-155 Extensive
Category 5 156 MPH + Catastrophic
The Board of Directors and management have a hurricane preparedness plan in place for before and after a storm. The manager will work with the various community contractors to secure the common areas of the community. The following are some preparations you can expect in the common areas of the community:
Before the Storm
- The maintenance team will remove and store all pool furniture, trash cans, and any other items in the common areas that can become projectiles.
- The maintenance will install the hurricane shutters on the gate house. (Approx. 36 - 24 hours before the storm)
- The irrigation team will turn off the sprinkler pump. (Approx. 36 - 24 hours before the storm)
- The pool company will add additional treatment to the pool, turn off the pool pump, and lock down the pool gate. (Approx. 36 - 24 hours before the storm)
- The security company will removal all gate arms, secure all computer components in the gate house and suspend operations at the gate and in the community. (Approx. 24 to 12 hours before the storm)
After the Storm
- The manager will complete an onsite inspection, and list storm damage to the common areas (After
- The Landscape company will clear hazardous tree debris from the main roads. After the hazardous debris has been removed from the main roads they will work on removal of additional tree debris in the common areas.
- The security company will reinstall the gate arms, and restore operations to the gate house (dependent on the return of electricity, and telecommunications services)
- The maintenance team will take the hurricane shutters down from the gate house, and return the pool furniture to the pool area.
- The pool will be treated, and reopen (dependent on the return of electricity)
- The irrigation pump will be turned back on (dependent on the return of electricity and safe water)
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO BE READY IN THE EVENT OF A DISASTER?
Before the Storm
Preparing in advance for hurricane season can determine not only how safely and comfortably you ride out the storm, but also how easily it is to handle the days and weeks after the storm has passed. Take a look at the information collected below to learn how you can prepare in the days and weeks before a hurricane.
Plan your stay or evacuation:
Stay Home: However, before you choose this option, make sure you know your elevation. If we experience a storm that may put a significant storm surge in your home, you need to look at the other options. Also, people in manufactured and mobile homes cannot use this option. Mobile homes and manufactured homes are not built to withstand the high winds associated with tropical storms and hurricanes.
Stay With a Friend or Relative Who has a Safe Place: If this is your plan, make arrangements in advance. You need to make sure that where you are going is safe. It defeats the purpose of evacuating if you go to an unsafe place.
Relocate Out of the Area: You may wish to travel out of harm’s way. Be sure to bring a road map and make sure that your car is full of fuel. Stay away from major bodies of water. Make arrangements in advance if you can. If you decide to use this option, go early, traffic will be heavy if you leave at the last minute, and you may not make it to your destination.
Emergency Public Shelters: For more information on Emergency Shelters and a list of available Public Shelters please visit a Broward Public Library or Publix Super Market near you, or www.broward.org/hurricane
Have a 72-Hour Survival Kit
You should plan to be self-sufficient for at least 3 to 5 days during and after a disaster. You should anticipate no water, electrical power, or utilities for that period of time. To ensure the comfort of your family, whether at home or evacuated to another location visit www.broward.org/hurricane for information on what you will need in your hurrcane kit.