Hurricane Irma Information for our Residents
We are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma
We admit it. We've been nervous this week as we have been watching Hurricane Irma. Haven't you been?
The forecast models have shifted East. The Pensacola area seems to be out of the warning cone of Hurricane Irma at this time. As we are still 4 days out, it's hard to predict where landfall may take place, however, all hurricane guidance predict the storm to pass well east of the Pensacola area. With that being said, we are taking steps to ensure we are ready in the event of a major tropical system threatening our area.
Remember, we do live in Florida and Hurricane Season runs through November 30th. Would you be ready for a storm like this? Do take some time to prepare in case this storm or another storm makes it our way.
In order to help us double check our hurricane preparedness plan for your property, please take some time to review the information below.
How to Prepare Before a Severe Weather System
If your property has hurricane shutters on site including fabric shield shutters in tubes and metal hurricane shutters
We ask that you install hurricane shutters if the storm path shifts and we return in the projected path again over the weekend.
Installing your Hurricane Shutters
There are multiple types of hurricane shutters, but the most common are the fabric shield (rolled up in skinny tubes) and metal type. Please follow the below instructions: Please remember SAFETY FIRST!!
If your property does not have hurricane shutters:
Do not tape your windows! Taping your windows does nothing to protect your property. Tenants who tape their windows will be charged for tape removal.
In the event of a major storm threatening our area, plywood will likely not be available. Additionally, if installed incorrectly or without hurricane clips, the installation of plywood can damage the siding, window frames or exterior of the property. You must have authorization from our office before installing plywood at your property. While we appreciate your concerns to safeguard the property, we must be sure the property owner is okay with installing plywood.
We have special instructions for those properties with private pools.
In the event of a hurricane coming towards the area, we will be asking you to enable the back flow and lower the pool water level to accommodate the rains and flooding from the storm. We will also have pool companies on stand by to assist as necessary before and after a storm if required.
Should a Hurricane or Tropical System Hit the Area (now or in the future)
The National Weather Service will issue a tropical storm or hurricane watch within 24-36 hours of hurricane conditions. Local emergency management advises residents to be self-sufficient for 3-14 days. You must make several preparations to prepare for a storm should it impact our area.
Please review the following information in regards to hurricanes including your obligations in securing the home.
Protecting and Securing your Home
Per your tenant handbook, you are required to protect and secure the home just as the homeowner of the property would. The better you secure your home, the less likely damage will occur to your personal property.
Before evacuating, you must turn off the power and water supply to the home. Shut off your breakers (except to the fridge unless it is emptied) and turn off all water valves at sinks, the hot water heater, and behind your toilet. Please call your utility company or our office with questions.
Be sure to throw away any perishable items prior to evacuating.
Preparations before hurricane
Safety during Hurricane
After the Hurricane
Important Contact Information
Gulf Power- 1-800-487-6937. Use this number to report downed power lines or dangerous conditions. If power is restored to your neighborhood and not your home, you can report it here as well. Before you call, check all circuit breakers and the line going to your meter to ensure it is not damaged.
Gulf Power Outage Map http://outagemap.gulfpower.com/external/default.html
Santa Rosa County Emergency Management- (850) 983-5360 ~
Okaloosa County Emergency Management- (850) 651-7560 ~ http://www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/public_safety.html
Useful web links:
To sign up for Escambia County emergency alerts via text message or email http://www.bereadyescambia.com/?q=emergency-notification-system
Realty Masters of FL
(850) 473-3983 phone~ (850) 512-6019 emergency cell
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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Do you have Insurance?
Gather any insurance policies and important documents.
If you do have renters insurance, you should have an inventory of items that you own in the home including a list with serial and model numbers as well as photos to document. Insurance experts recommend routinely taking a detailed inventory of your possessions.
In the event of a storm, your personal property and possessions are not covered by the homeowners insurance. You must have a renters insurance policy for your contents.
Please remember, your insurance policy does not cover flood damages. You must secure a separate flood insurance policy for this to be covered. If you live near any body of water, we do recommend securing flood insurance. The good news is that renters insurance is very affordable in comparison to homeowner's insurance! Renters insurance policies start as low as $15 per month.
Do you know if you are in an evacuation zone?