Hurricane Preparation Checklist for Landlords and Property Managers

June 1 marks the first day of hurricane season. Below we have create a few checklist that may be beneficial to you as a landlord or property manager in the instance a hurricane or storm is near.
By: Aeiko Mitchell
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Below we have create a few checklist that may be beneficial to you as a landlord or property manager in the instance a hurricane or storm is near.

Gather Important Information:

   * Make note important phone numbers and information
         o Nearest Hurricane Shelter:
         o Map of Evacuation Route(s):
         o Local Police Department:
         o Local Fire Department:
         o Insurance Company, Phone Number and Policy Number:
         o Tenant’s Emergency Contact Info: (Tenant Name, Where evacuating, emergency phone numbers)

   * Notify friends and family of your plan

Contact your Tenants

   * Give your Emergency Contact Information to your tenants
   * Get your tenant’s emergency contact information
   * Ask your tenants to park vehicles against the garage door and keep the gas tank full
   * Move furniture away from exposed windows and doors
   * Take all pets indoors to shelter them from the storm
   * Ask them to fill bathtubs and sinks with water in case water supply in interrupted or contaminated; turn off main water to house
   * Garden tools, awnings and grills should be anchored or sheltered
   * Set the refrigerator on maximum cold; do not open unless necessary; keep a full stock of non perishable items and canned foods
   * Stay in central room or on the downwind side of the house; move to another room as wind direction changes
   * Close all windows and storm shutters
   * Bring all lawn furniture inside or store it
   * Turn off propane tanks

Protect your Property

   * Turn off main gas valve before the storm hits
   * Install storm panels, plywood, or shutters over all windows, skylights, doors and open vents; tape exposed glass to protect from shattering
   * Prune dead or dying tree limbs
   * Insert wedges in sliding patio doors; if not protected, damaging winds will lift them off their tracks and blow them into the house
   * Elevate appliances and furniture off the floor and cover with plastic
   * Keep swimming pools filled to 12 inches below the edge; cover the filter pump and turn off the electricity; add additional chlorine
   * Lower radio and television antennas, protect satellite dishes
   * Close all outdoor electrical outlets and cover with duct tape
   * Secure garage and porch doors

Red Cross Supply Checklist for you and your tenant(s)
Provided by The Red Cross

   * Water at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
   * Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
   * Flashlight
   * Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
   * Extra batteries
   * First aid kit
   * Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
   * Multi-purpose tool
   * Sanitation and personal hygiene items
   * Copies of personal documents(medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
   * Cell phone with chargers
   * Family and emergency contact information
   * Extra cash
   * Emergency blanket
   * Map(s) of the area
   * Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
   * Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
   * Tools/supplies for securing your home
   * Extra set of car keys and house keys
   * Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
   * Rain gear
   * Insect repellent and sunscreen
   * Camera for photos of damage

Checklist for After the Hurricane
Provided by The Red Cross
   * Let your family know you’re safe
   * Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
   * Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
   * If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
   * Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
   * Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
   * Stay out of any building that has water around it.
   * Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
   * Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
   * Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
   * Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
   * Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
   * Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
   * Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

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