Hurricane Season—Are You Ready?
NOAA predicts an active Atlantic hurricane season with 5 to 9 hurricanes……
There it is—the advent of the long hurricane season here in Florida (starts officially June 1). In the Jacksonville area, with the exception of last October, we have been exceedingly fortunate. Storm Matthew brought many of us out of our complacency and hopefully everyone has now taken steps to PREPARE.
Here are the steps the National Weather Service recommends (Owners, note steps 1, 4 & 5):
- Determine Your Risk: Research what your area is likely to experience in the following impacts: storm surge, rip currents, tornadoes, inland flooding and strong wind.
From the National Weather Service:
Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland. It’s easy to forget what a hurricane is capable of doing. The U.S. has not been directly impacted by a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) in more than a decade. However, hurricanes such as Ike, Sandy and Isaac reminded us that significant impacts can occur without it being a major hurricane.
Translation? If the area experiences a near or direct storm “hit”, it won’t matter if your property is in Neptune Beach, San Marco, Julington Creek or Orange Park—it will only mean different degrees of possible impact!
- Develop Evacuation Plan: Are you in an evacuation zone? Plan your route. If and when they come, follow orders to evacuate and plan for your pets!
- Assemble Disaster Supplies: This includes food & water, medications, batteries/chargers, gassing up (the car), having cash on hand
- Secure an insurance checkup: Hopefully you rad our last newsletter and already did this! Know your policy, keep documents handy and consider flood insurance
- Strengthen your home: Trim trees, secure loose items, secure doors, move car to safe location, cover windows
- Check on/Know Your Neighbors: help prepare, help evacuate. Check on after.
- Complete your written plan: Probably most important--share it (especially with loved ones outside the area), keep important documents organized and ready/waterproofed and have photo documentation of valuables.
The good news? Your property manager, FPM Properties, is taking steps to educate the rental residents that can assist in some of this effort (i.e. securing loose items) and to insure they know how to access relevant information for evacuation routes, preparation, etc. Additionally, the property managers conducting renewal move out and move in reviews are noting conditions needing to be addressed in advance of storm threats, i.e. tree trimming. Lastly, as result of FPM Properties property review process, there is most likely a photographic record of the property and particularly critical valuables like major appliances.
Disclosure: First Place Management Properties, LLC is "not" a real estate brokerage and does not lease or sell properties.
All sales and leasing activities are conducted through FPM Properties, dba. & First Place Management, Inc. both are licensed Florida Real Estate Brokerages.
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