Today, we are talking about hurricanes in Florida. Hurricane season starts on June 1 and ends on November 30, so it’s a fairly long period of time that we have to be thinking about and planning for hurricanes and tropical storms. It can be quiet for awhile around here; we have had seasons without any hurricanes or bad storms, and then we have some years that two or three terrible hurricanes come through the Tampa Bay area. It’s important for the safety of the tenants in your property to know about hurricane preparedness. On our website, we have a safety guide posted for our tenants, and we share additional information that can be helpful when we know a storm is approaching.
Watches and Warnings
There is a difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. With a watch, we know that a hurricane may form and come our way. You’ll know by the squiggly lines that show up on our weather reports. A warning means the hurricane will hit our area and we need to take serious steps to be safe.
We always recommend that you have a family disaster plan in place so family members will know how to reach one another. It’s also important to assemble a supply kit, which includes drinking water and food to eat. Tenants will also be told to fill up tubs and other vessels in case water is needed for other purposes. We post a notice on our website’s community bulletin board so tenants know how to contact their property managers when it’s safe to do so after the most severe part of the storm has passed. At that point, we need to report and assess any damage caused by the hurricane.
Planning for Hurricanes
Our owners come to us for advice on preparing the property with the installation of impact windows and garage doors that are wind resistant. We do everything we can to ensure your property is protected during a hurricane. However, we do not install shutters or board windows for owners. Those arrangements need to be in place prior to a storm coming. Owners need to know what they would like to have done, and make sure someone is available to do it for them. We can suggest vendors for that type of work.
If you have any questions, or you’d like to talk more about hurricanes, please contact us at Berkshire Hathaway Florida Properties Group.