It’s Hurricane Season: Are You Prepared?

May 30, 2014

U.S.  residents living along the coast in the southeast are all too  accustomed to storm season as summer approaches, and though you think  you’ll know what to do in the event of a hurricane…do you really have a  detailed plan?

Associa is North America’s largest community  association management firm with hundreds of communities located along  U.S. coastlines subject to the deadly force of hurricanes.

“Our  employees go through an intensive hurricane training course each year  and are armed with a hurricane guide detailing exactly what to do in the  event of a hurricane,” says Associa Senior Vice President Chris  Harrison. “We want to get the message out to residents to take  precautions seriously, even if they think they are ready.”

When a storm is closing in, you MUST be prepared and ready to put your plan into action:

HURRICANE PREPARATION - GATHER PERSONAL SUPPLIES:
Water – at least 1 gal. per person for three to seven days
Non-perishable packaged or canned food, juices, snack foods
Non-electric can opener
Paper plates/plastics utensils
Garbage bags
First-aid kit
Flashlight(s)/batteries
Rain gear
Medicines/prescriptions
Cash – ATM and/or banks may not be open for a few days/weeks
Gas – fill your car with fuel in case of an evacuation
Fully charged emergency cell phone
Waterproof container of important documents

HURRICANE EVACUATION:
Contact family/friends as to the situation
Leave in daylight if possible
Secure/lock home or apartment; remove everything from balconies
Place towels on all window and door sills in case of water
Do not tape windows, this will not strengthen them
Turn off all water faucets
Turn off all electrical breakers (except refrigerator)
Have a primary and secondary evacuation route (traffic may be heavy)

Whether you are located in a high-rise building or living in a  suburban neighborhood, if you are instructed to evacuate or hear the  sounding of an alarm you should yield immediate action. We strongly  recommend you evacuate in the event of a hurricane. If you choose to  remain, please remember that you do so at your own risk. At Associa, we  consider our communities to be family and we want you to be safe this  upcoming hurricane season.

Building and managing successful communities for more than 35 years, Associa is the worldwide leader in community management with over 10,000 employees operating more than 180 branch offices in the United States, Mexico, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Based in Dallas, Texas, our industry expertise, financial strength, and innovation meet the unique needs of clients across the world with customized services and solutions designed to help communities achieve their vision. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to www.associaonline.com or www.associacares.com.

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