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.