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Preparedness can reduce your risk of damages and inconveniences resulting from a storm. With this in mind, we have provided a list of some items to include in your preparedness checklist.
- In the event of an evacuation, we will try to keep you informed. Please make sure you update your on-site office with any changes of emergency contact information, including your cell phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and alternate contact persons. This is really important so that we can stay in contact.
- Closely monitor radio, TV, NOAA weather radio for official bulletins.
- Plan a safe primary and alternate route in the event of an evacuation.
- Prepare for power failure: Turn refrigerators to maximum cold and open only when necessary.
- If cold weather is expected to follow, heat up your home to a very warm state to provide a residual should power fail. Likewise, if warm weather is expected, cool your home to a very cool state to provide a similar residual.
- Unplug small appliances and your personal items to prevent damage from power surges.
- Remove all items from patios and balconies to prevent flying hazards.
- Keep your blinds and/or drapes closed to reduce hazards from flying glass.
- If the water appears to be high, do not drive your vehicle through it.
- Watch for falling limbs, wires and broken glass.
- If you decide to stay in your apartment, please stay in the smallest part of the dwelling, preferably the bathroom. Avoid rooms with windows.
- Fill your bath tub with water. In the event the water is shut off, you will need this water to pour into the toilet tank to flush the toilet.
- Have your vehicle filled with fuel and battery fully charged.
- Have your cell phone batteries fully charged. You may want to consider purchasing an extra battery. Please consider limiting your use of phones during and after the storm to free lines for emergency communication and prolong your battery life.
- Remove valuables, including computer towers and electronics, from the floor in case of flooding.
- Put away other valuables in the event emergency outside contractors are making repairs in your home under an expedited response plan which may not include advance notice of entry.
- Inventory your property...with video equipment if possible...and review your insurance.
- Make arrangements for pets ahead of time. They are not allowed in shelters.
- Check prescription medications – obtain at least a 10 day supply.
- Have a supply of bottled water and non-perishable food available.
- If time allows, empty perishables from refrigerator and haul trash off. In the event of a power outage (which is very likely in a hurricane) items left in the refrigerator will quickly spoil and may spoil before streets are opened for cleanup.
- Have an extra supply of cash on hand.
- Keep emergency contact information on your person, wallet, purse, etc.
- Back up important computerized documents or e-mail copies to protected storage.
- Should a roof leak arise and you are home, please use a broom handle to poke a small hole in the ceiling and then place a trash can under the drain hole that you created to capture the water. This will funnel the water into a contained area as opposed to filing the ceiling cavity with water and risking a potential collapse.
- If you are in an area where flooding is likely, you may want to raise your furniture. There are a number of ways to do this. One easy way is to place small Styrofoam pads under the legs of such furniture. These foam pads can be purchased from your local hardware store or be acquired by cutting Styrofoam insulation into square blocks or a Styrofoam ice chest into small square blocks.
- Please call the office and/or email us as damage is observed. You do not need to wait until the storm passes to report this. We want to schedule and be in your home to make repairs as quickly as possible and in some cases we may be available during the storm.
- Give your friends and loved ones your management office contact information. In the event the management office cannot be reached, we will have a backup plan at www.Catalyst-Gem.com/HurricaneSandy and back up email address of HurricaneSandy@Catalyst-Gem.com. As always, your on-site office is the first line of contact, these are back up measures. Call 911 to report emergencies then call the office as soon as you can safely do so.
- Report property damage as soon as you can safely do so.
In the event we are unable to open the office, we have created a website link at www.catalyst-gem.com/HurricanceSandy and a temporary email address of HurricaneSandy@catalyst-gem.com for back up communication. If you call the office and office personnel do not answer, please leave detailed information so that we can schedule repairs and promptly relay information, or email us at this link. We will have people on-site working as safely as possible. Please understand the large volume of calls we may be experiencing under emergency conditions. If e-mail access is available, e-mail transmission of information is preferred and appreciated.
HOWEVER, IF THERE IS NO POWER…please communicate via a written note placed in a Ziploc baggie or other form of waterproof container and dropped in the office drop slot. This will prevent any flooding from destroying your note.
Please remember that this may be a very serious situation. Please take warnings seriously. If you have any questions, please call the office.
|( ) Baby food
( ) Baby formula
( ) Batteries for radios, flashlights and lanterns
( ) Books, magazines, cards and games
( ) Bottled water
( ) Can openers- hand model
( ) Portable radio
( ) Disposable diapers
( ) Disposable plates, cups, and utensils
( ) First aid supplies
( ) Ice chest and ice
( ) Canned meats and fish
( ) Coffee and tea
( ) Canned fruit and vegetables
( ) Peanut butter & jelly
( ) Canned, powder or shelf pack milk
( ) Condiments
( ) Powdered or individually packaged drinks
( ) Dried fruit
( ) Cereal, cookies, crackers, and snacks