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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.
PRINT CHECKLIST – PDF
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 – (View PDF)
• 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 – (View PDF)
• 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.