What to do in case of Hurricane? To all my Twin Moms in Miami Area… This is a Must Read

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If a resident decides to stay in their home during a storm it is solely their risk and responsibility. It is recommended however, to obtain a 3 ‐7 day supply of bottled water and non‐perishable food for the entire family including pets, a manual can opener, a flashlight with extra batteries, emergency supplies of medications, mosquito repellant, a basic first aid kit and a battery operated radio. We recommend purchasing these items early, as food and water supplies diminish rapidly once a storm is announced. Complete hurricane guides with more detailed information are usually available at your local grocery store.


Hurricane Season is here.

Depending on the severity of the storm, Hurricane Evacuation is a likelihood and you should know where to evacuate should the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in Miami‐Dade County give an evacuation order. Be aware that basic services (electricity, telephone, police, and fire rescue) may not be available. Plan to relocate inland or out of town. When you have identified a safe evacuation location, notify Regency Tower Management of your alternate contact information so that we can inform you when it is safe to return home.


  •   If you are out of town during Hurricane Season, identify an individual(s) (other than Property Management

    Employees) who will secure your home prior to a storm. Notify that person of their responsibility.

  •   Prior to departing your home for the summer months, move all outdoor furnishings inside.
  •   Ensure you have sufficient Homeowners or Renters Insurance if applicable to handle repairs in the event of

    damages or loss to your residence. Contact your insurance agent.

  •   Identify where you will stay PRIOR to an OEM evacuation order: hotel, friend’s home, out of town; and find

    shelters for pets. (www.PetsWelcome.com)

  •   Once an Evacuation Order is issued, all property employees will also be required to evacuate.
  •   Keep telephone numbers of important persons and places handy, including a State road map.
  •   Listen for up‐to‐date information on local Radio and Television broadcasts.

    HURRICANE WATCH ‐ Issued within 36 hours of when hurricane conditions are expected.


    •   Listen to local Radio and TV broadcasts or NOAA weather radio reports for storm information.
    •   Bring patio furniture indoors, close hurricane shutters (if installed) and contact your hurricane designated person.
    •   Fill your gas tank and move your vehicle if you are in a Flood Zone.
    •   Check radio batteries and stock up on first aid supplies, canned foods, a manual can opener, drinking water,

      medications, extra cash, and an automobile cell phone charger.

      HURRICANE WARNING ‐ Issued within 24 hours of when hurricane conditions are expected.


  •   Listen to local news broadcasts for a ‘Mandatory Evacuation Order’.
  •   When the ‘Order’ is received ‐ Evacuate immediately.
  •   If you are caught indoors during a hurricane, stay away from windows and move to the center of your home, in a

    closet or bathroom without windows.

  •   Be alert for tornadoes that spawn during the storm, and stay away from floodwaters, which may have hidden

    dangers including downed power lines.

  •   Be aware of the storm’s ‘eye’‐ A period of deceptive calm during the storm which is usually followed by additional

    hurricane force winds.

  •   Use stairwells ‐ Electricity will be disrupted and elevators, if applicable, may be out of service.

BE PREPARED FOR HURRICANE SEASON June 1st – November 30th, 2017


Recent severe weather events over the past year causing extensive river flooding and areal flooding across the state remind Floridians that they should be prepared for the possibility of floods. The National Weather Service and state, county and city emergency management officials encourage residents to update their preparedness plans. According to the National Weather Service, flooding causes more damage in the United States than any other severe weather‐related event, an average of $4.6 billion a year in the past 20 years (1984‐2003). Flooding can occur in any of the 50 states or U.S. territories at any time of the year. Several factors contribute to flooding. The two key elements are rainfall intensity and duration. Intensity is the rate of rainfall, and duration is how long the rain lasts. Topography, soil conditions, and ground cover or ground debris also play an important role. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states.

Different types of flooding:

  •   An aerial, or urban, flood occurs when prolonged rainfall over several days, intense rainfall over a short period of

    time, or a river or stream overflows and floods the surrounding area. Severe thunderstorms can bring heavy rain in the spring and summer and tropical cyclones can bring intense rainfall to coastal and inland states in the summer and fall.

  •   A flash flood occurs within six hours of a rain event, or following a sudden release of water held by a dam or levee. Flash floods can catch people unprepared and the use of the word “flash” can be synonymous with “urgent.” You will not always have a warning that these deadly, sudden floods are coming. So, if you live in areas prone to flash floods, plan now to protect your family and property.
  •   River flooding can also cause extensive damage. These types of floods, however, can be forecast. Many rivers and streams are monitored by river gages. The National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) will provide important river and flood forecasts and water information across America to protect life and property. AHPS graphical products are available at http://www.weather.gov/ahps/
  •   The main reason why so many lives are lost due to flooding is that many people underestimate the force and power of water. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling and 12‐24 inches water will float many vehicles. More than half of all flood related deaths result from vehicles being swept away. That is why the National Weather Service and Emergency Management partners strongly encourage people to adopt the phrase “Turn Around.”
  •   Significant flooding in Florida occurs on a yearly basis. Most flood events come from slow moving thunderstorms or low pressure systems, but flooding does not always occur with just thunderstorms. When it comes to tropical cyclones, wind speeds do not tell the whole story. Intense rainfall often causes more damage and, since the 1970s, inland flooding has been responsible for more than half of the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States.
  •   What to do when a flood threatens your home or business? The National Weather Service urges people to follow these safety rules:
  •   NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is one of the best ways to receive warnings from the National Weather Service. Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
  •   If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, ditches, etc.
  •   Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.

BE PREPARED FOR HURRICANE SEASON June 1st – November 30th, 2017


  •   Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways.
  •   Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, canals and ditches, particularly during threatening conditions.
  •   Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

    Other flood safety tips include:

  •   Never play in flooded areas where hidden sharp objects, electrocution and pollution are serious hazards.
  •   In highly flood‐prone areas, keep materials such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, plastic garbage bags,

    lumber and shovels on hand.

  •   Be aware of streams, canals and areas that are known to flood so you or your evacuation routes are not cut off.
  •   Heed water contamination advisories. Do not use food that has come in contact with floodwaters.

    One of the most important things you can do to protect your home and family before a flood is to have a family or business plan and purchase a federal flood insurance policy. Flood damages are not covered under homeowners’ insurance policies.

BE PREPARED FOR HURRICANE SEASON June 1st – November 30th, 2017


  1. PREPARE A PLAN OF ACTION to ensure that everyone knows what to do.
  2. HURRICANE KITS should be refreshed with non‐perishable foods and bottled water. Check batteries in clocks, flashlights, and radios. Check first aid kits. Keep photo identification, important documents, medication, and additional cash handy, wrapped in zip‐lock plastic bags. Don’t forget toiletries, mosquito repellent and a manual can opener.
  3. OWNERS NOT IN RESIDENCE make arrangements with a designated person(s) to remove all furniture and plants from balconies, close storm shutters (if installed), and transport automobiles to a secure location inland.
  4. TRAVEL PLANS / EVACUATION CENTERS and/or suitable HOTELS should be identified a minimum of one (1) week in advance of an Evacuation Order. Locate boarding kennels for pets. Visit the webs site: http://www.PetsWelcome.com
  5. A HURRICANE WATCH is issued when hurricane conditions are possible usually within 36 hours. Prepare for an Evacuation Order. Confirm with Property Management if you think your home is located in a mandatory evacuation zone. Residents need to seek safe shelter inland, away from coastal areas.
  6. A HURRICANE WARNING is issued when hurricane conditions are expected within 24 hours. Prepare to Evacuate if your home is located in a Mandatory Evacuation or Flood Zone.
  7. WHEN AN EVACUATION ORDER is issued by OEM for your area with 35‐40 mph sustained winds, Police Departments and All Emergency Services may also evacuate at that time; therefore, emergency services would not be available.
  8. ELEVATORS are typically taken out of service in condominiums and high‐rise buildings. They are usually locked off on a higher floor because of possible storm surges.
  9. CONDOMINIUM & RENTAL PROPERTY/ PROPERTY EMPLOYEE(S) will not be available after an Evacuation Order is received for your area. Remember, employees need to also secure their own homes and properties.
  10. AFTER THE HURRICANE – listen to radio and TV broadcasts or NOAA weather radio reports for information on when it is safe to return to your respective area. Emergency telephone numbers are attached.

BE PREPARED FOR HURRICANE SEASON June 1st – November 30th, 2017


AMERICAN RED CROSS: Toll‐Free Number 800.733.2767 Dade County 305.644.1200

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICES: Dade County 305.644.1200 (Including special needs for elderly & handicapped)

LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT: (305)673‐7900 If necessary DIAL 911

LOCAL HOSPITAL: Mount Sinai Medical Center
4300 Alton RD., Miami Beach, FL 33140


Hotels & Motels that accept pets can be found at http://www.PetsWelcome.com


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