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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
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;
* 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;
* 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
* 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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