Hurricane Florence Prepardness

09/12/2018

As Hurricane Florence quickly approaches the Carolina coast it is important for everyone to pay attention to the news to know where this storm is going, as well as prepare for the storm. To do so, we have provided some information specific to Link Apartments Mixson as well as from the American Red Cross in regards to Hurricanes and flooding. Hurricanes are strong storms that cause life- and property- threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Follow these instructions to make sure you are prepared for every circumstance.

 

Below are some questions that have come our way, that we would like to address with all of you so you are aware of some preparations you should take:

 

What should I do with my patio furniture?

 

• Please move your patio furniture, plants, and any other items you may have on your patio inside to insure it is secured before the storm arrives.
• Make sure your patio door and windows are locked and secured.

 

What do I need?

 

• Please refer to the below hurricane safety checklist from American Red Cross to insure that you have everything you need.
• Some items and tasks, we have thought of that you may want:

* external phone charging battery pack
* games, magazines, and books to pass the time
* insure you have enough medications
* have cash on hand in case of no power
* fill up your car with gas
* have a written list of important contact information if your phone does die

 

What do I need for my pet?

 

• Due to rain and wind, you may not be able to take your pet outside to use the restroom. We recommend purchasing puppy pads as needed. Also make sure you have ample food and water available for them. Contact your vet for any other suggested items they may have.
What happens if the power goes out in the building?
• Do not use candles or gas lanterns for light, as they are a fire hazard and you would be putting the community at risk.
• Do make sure to have flash lights and back up batteries. If you need to walk around the building make sure to have a flash light with you, as the elevators will not be working and you will need to use the stairs and hallways which may not have lighting.
• Make sure to refrain from opening your refrigerator, to insure that the items inside stay cool for as long as possible.

 

Will the office be open during the storm?

 

• Depending of the severity of the storm when it hits Charleston, we may or may not be open. We will be able to update you closer to the end of the week. If we are required to evacuate our office will close and not reopen until an all clear has been issued for Raleigh.
• If you have a maintenance request during the storm that is nonemergency, please enter it through your online portal account.
• If you have a maintenance emergency during the storm, please call the link office at 843-471-2660. We may not be able to respond right away due to our team’s travel safety, but we will respond as soon as it is safe to do so. Please remember to call 911 in the event of a life-threatening emergency.

 

 

We will keep you updated as we learn more about Florence direction and intensity.

 

 

American Red Cross Hurricane checklist below:

 

What Should I do?

 

• Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
• Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed.
• Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).
• Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
• Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
• Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
• Fill your car’s gas tank.
• Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan.
• Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
• Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
• Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
• Because standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. For more information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program Web site at www.FloodSmart.gov.

 

What supplies do I need?

 

• 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 0 Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes 0 Rain gear
• Insect repellent and sunscreen
• Camera for photos of damage

 

What do I do after a hurricane?

 

• 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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