As Florida closely watches Hurricane Irma, multifamily owners and managers have a unique challenge to provide information and support to residents as well as to protect property. Here are some recommendations gathered from apartment associations and management companies that have experience dealing with hurricanes.
- Monitor local media for weather conditions and emergency information.
- Obtain emergency contact numbers for residents, and be sure they know what number to call for community information.
- Provide team members contact information for all team members and management contact person.
- Ask residents to move furniture, plants, and other items from patios and balconies and place them indoors.
- Advise residents to fill bathtubs with water that can be used to flush toilets if necessary. Even residents who are evacuating may need water supplies upon their return.
- Ask residents who are evacuating to remove perishable food from refrigerators, to avoid having to clean out spoiled food in the event of a lengthy power outage.
- Drain pools about two feet. Move pool furniture, trash cans, outdoor seating, etc., indoors. Remove items from stairwells and walkways.
- Open property access gates that may become unoperational in the event of a power outage.
Download a "Hurricane Safety Checklist" from the Red Cross
Download a comprehensive hurricane checklist from the Texas Apartment Association's Disaster Preparedness Guide.
NAA Emergency and Disaster Library
10 Things to Do When Dealing with a Hurricane, Units, 2008
Sample Hurricane Announcement Letter
NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets by Region
Evacuation Routes - State of Florida
Help Creating a Plan - State of Florida
Download the FEMA Mobile App (in English or Spanish)
Florida Department of Financial Services free Emergency Financial Preparedness Toolkit
Checklist Based on Lessons from Katrina, Apartment Association of Greater New Orleans
Supplies and provisions recommended by the Florida Department of Emergency Management
Tips to Prepare Financially for a Hurricane
*All direction contained here is for informational purposes only. Please follow the direction of your local and state governments and your management companies.
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