Hurricane Preparation Checklist for Landlords and Property Managers

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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.

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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
•    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 – (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.

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