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Hurricane information.

Hurricane Prep

Lessons Learned

Hurricane Season is in effect for 6 months of every year. Although Central Florida is not as prone as other parts of Florida, it is not exempt.

What can you do before the storm?

  • Read and keep handy your hurricane brochure pamphlet insert from the OTOW News.
  • Get a hurricane kit – It is essential and should include items such as a USB or car cell phone charger, batteries, propane, flashlights, lanterns, tool kit, battery operated weather radio and portable camping device that can be used for cooking in the event of outages.
  • Invest in a portable generator if you are concerned about the loss of power for an extended period of time.
  • Install Hurricane shutters which are allowed by your Association with an approved modification, please refer to your Association rules and regulations.
  • Prepare by stocking up on non-perishable items – water, gas, canned goods. Plan to be self- reliant for 3 days.
  • Medicine and oxygen should be on hand prior to a storm event. Ensure you have enough for a week.
  • If you are alone or elderly, keep in touch with a neighbor, close friend or family member. Provide out of area relatives with a neighbors contact info for wellness checks.
  • Have on hand all of the emergency phone numbers and website information for your local emergency management team and your utility providers.
  • Know where your shelter is and if you have special needs register prior to the storm.
  • If you have a pet, make your accommodations well in advance.
  • Make your evacuation decision early enough to be off the road well in advance of the storm.
  • Monitor emergency messages from the local news media and the Marion County Emergency Management Center.
  • Heed the warnings of state and local authorities.

“Being properly prepared lessens the impact of devastating events”

What can you do after the storm?

  • Stay in your home until roads can be cleared and power lines safeguarded.
  • Check on your friends and neighbors.
  • Don’t block the maintenance crew’s ability to clear debris.
  • Call in a power outage to your electric company, Duke Energy or SECO. (OTOW is not an electrical service provider and therefore cannot restore power)
  • Do not take your garbage to an inoperable dumpster area, due to flooding or an outage. Piles of garbage impedes Waste Management and your utility company’s ability to make repairs and pulls debris crews to remove waste.
Hurricane Preparedness for On Top of the World Communities.

Helpful Facts

Helpful facts:

  • OTOW is not an assisted living facility and is not responsible for the safety of residents in their own homes during or after a storm.  If residents have special needs they should seek the help of family, neighbors or emergency personnel in ADVANCE of the storm.  If residents are alone or unable to travel, travel arrangements to nearby special needs shelters can be made via emergency services prior to the storms arrival.
  • OTOW is NOT the electrical utility provider and therefore not responsible for restoration of electrical service to individual homes or facilities.  Nor is OTOW responsible for the installation of or repairs to electrical service lines, power poles, utility boxes or transformers.
  • When there is a power outage, internet service will be out as well.  Internet service cannot be restored until power has been restored.
  • Cell phone service is often compromised due to cell tower damage.  Cell phone service will be restored once your service provider makes their repairs.
  • Gates are left in the up position during a storm to allow access to EMS and to allow egress to residents should there be power loss to the community.  Gates are not staffed during a storm event for safety reasons.
  • Tree and landscape damage is a natural yet unfortunate occurrence in any storm.  Clean up and removal begins as soon as it is safe for maintenance personnel to do so
  • Residents must be responsible for their own safety and protection. They should always heed the warnings issued from state and local authorities.  Notice of an impending hurricane is provided by the weather service well in advance of the storms occurrence and updates are provided hourly.  These notices allow plenty of time to make a plan to ensure every individuals safety whether they are evacuating to a shelter, traveling outside the storm area or choosing to remain in their home.

“The decision to evacuate or ride out the storm is your personal decision”


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Living with Coyotes in Florida

Living with Coyotes in Florida

For our residents who are concerned about the presence of coyotes in the community, please follow this link to the Fish and Wildlife Commission’s website for tips and suggestions on living with coyotes. Please keep in mind these 3 tips:

  1. Feeding Coyotes is illegal. They will lose their fear of humans.
  2. Secure garbage cans. Clean up pet food and fallen fruit.
  3. Keep pets in enclosed areas. Walk dogs on a short leash.

Click here to learn about coyotes in Florida.

Living with Coyotes in Florida

Recycling at On Top of the World Communities Ocala, FL

A Message from Lynette Vermillion

A message from Lynette Vermillion, General Manager at On Top of the World, regarding recycling changes:

Waste Management changed the recycle dumpsters to minimize contamination of recycled items. Due to the complaints we received about the new dumpsters, Waste Management was on site interviewing our residents. Waste Management realizes the new dumpsters are not user-friendly and have promised to add an additional slot for larger items, such as gallon milk containers. Hopefully, all will be converted within a couple of weeks.

Waste Management also listened to the feedback regarding no longer accepting glass in recycle and has agreed to once again accept glass. Signage is being updated and will be back on the dumpsters very soon. You may recycle glass now.

We appreciate your patience during this time and hope that you will continue recycling and be mindful of those items that contaminate loads.