Recovering in Manufactured Home Communities Post-Hurricane Irma

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Post-Irma Tree Clean Up in Edgewater, FL.

On September 4, Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Florida as one of the strongest hurricanes in history pummeled toward the state.

Just four days later, hundreds of thousands of Floridians across the state were under evacuation, making it the state’s largest evacuation on record. Among many of the mandatory evacuations were residents in manufactured homes, which are considered to be highly susceptible to strong winds.

Hurricane Irma was the first time in Newby Management’s history to have every community in the portfolio effected by one hurricane. While some communities had minimal damage, all were effected.

At the beginning of the hurricane season, each community has a packet available for residents. It features shelter listings, a list of items to take during an evacuation and evacuation routes so that residents have a plan.

The Newby Management corporate team began preparations for Hurricane Irma nearly a week prior to landfall. The team watched updates, double checked supplies, and made sure the team had evacuation plans.

3 days out, the Newby Management Emergeny Action (NEAT) was mobilized to begin prepping communities. NEAT  was formed in 2005, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Charley.

NEAT is a first response team to check on resident safety and property damage after a disaster like weather, fire, flood, terrorism, and violence. Over the past 11 years, the NEAT team has been deployed 15 times to assist our communities across Florida.

Tpyically, counties issue mandatory evacuations for RV and mobile home communities at least two days prior to a hurricane. While some residents choose to stay, all team members are required to evacuate.

At the home office in Ellenton, the entire team comes together to discuss NEAT deployment strategies for recovery after Irma. Because Irma was so large, our team had to be ready to head to almost any part of Florida following the storm.

There were four teams ready to go to the worst hit areas. From the home office, Newby Management had the CEO, president, IT, regional managers, marketing and training teams, along with the chaplain with boots on the ground for recovery.

As Irma made landfall in Florida, our plans changed with the storm. Todd Newby, the president, and the regional managers stayed in contact to keep the team updated. Once regional managers began hearing from the communities, the latest deployment plans were put into action.

Irma made landfall in many of our communities through Saturday night and into Sunday. Some of the NEAT team was ready to respond as quickly as Monday afternoon.

From Tuesday through the following Monday, there were teams from the home office and sister communities in Lakeland, Fort Myers and east coast areas. Most of he communities had resident volunteers who helped each other, as well as assisted in the clean-up of common areas.

It was a blessing to see our team members and residents come together and serve each other following the hurricane. In one community, there was a couple who couldn’t do physical work, so they grilled hamburgers. In another community, there was a resident who rode around giving out coffee and doubts.

Thanks to the efforts of NEAT, the team and residents, within a week of the hurricane you’d never know there was a disaster in most communities. There are still repairs in some, but largely the communities fared well. The amazing response of the team helped keep everyone safe and make recovery easier for all.

Learn more about NEAT and how Newby Management assists our communities in times of disaster.

How to Prepare for a Hurricane in Your Manufactured Home

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If you live in a manufactured home, preparation is key. Here is a checklist of items you should check on your home today:

  • Ensure your manufactured home has secure anchors and tie-downs as required by Florida law.
  • Make sure your address is clearly marked on your home.
  • Purchase plywood, shutters, plastic sheeting and nails to secure your home.
  • Review your insurance and document your home, along with your valuables.
  • Gather all outdoor furniture and decorations and move them to a safe indoor location. Tie it down or bring it in!
  • Check the skirting and roof on your home and make sure any loose pieces are secure. 
  • Trim dead or broken branches from trees.
  • Get your disaster kit ready with items like flashlights, batteries, radios and more. Check out USA Today’s Hurricane Kit recommendations.
  • Get out cash and fill up your tanks now.
  • Refill any prescriptions. 
  • Have an evaucation plan- if your area is evacuated please leave!

At Newby Management, our team has NEAT (Newby Emergency Action Team), which mobilizes after a natural disaster. NEAT was formed in 2005 to respond to disasters that may occur in our communities.

These disasters include hurricanes, fire, tornadoes, flooding and terrorism. The goal for NEAT at the community level is to equip community management to be prepared to deal with disasters when they happen within their communities in a professional and organized manner, that will help protect people and property. In this way, we are serving the residents and meeting their needs.

Our team is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma and working with our communities and team members to keep everyone safe. Please take this time to prepare, and stay tuned to the local news to watch progress as the storm nears.

How One Manufactured Home Property Management Company Responded to Hurricane Matthew

mobile homes, hurricane matthew, property management company, mobile home property management For more than a decade, Florida has avoided catastrophic hurricanes. Catastrophic storms like Wilma and Charley, the kind that rip along our peninsula and leave a path of destruction, disaster and sometimes, even death. But in early October, we watched as forecaster’s predicted Florida in the path of a dangerous Category 3 storm, Hurricane Matthew.
At the time, the National Hurricane Center projected Matthew as a potentially historic disaster for much of Florida’s east coast. At Newby Management, our team was on high alert with several of our communities in the storm’s direct path.
With experience in previous hurricanes, we activated the Newby Emergency Action Team (NEAT). In August 2004, Hurricane Charley tore through Southwest Florida and severely damaged a Newby Management community. From that experience, the team created NEAT to respond to natural disasters that may occur in Newby communities including hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, flooding and terrorism.
Despite predictions, Hurricane Matthew never made direct landfall in Florida. Instead, the harsh outer bands of the storm licked the state, causing widespread flooding, damage and power outages across the state, leaving 5 people dead.
In our communities, although there were reports of some significant damage, we lost no lives and no one was injured. NEAT responded before, during and after the storm to help keep residents safe and get their lives back on track quickly. Over the past 11 years, the NEAT team has been deployed 14 times to assist our communities across Florida.
While NEAT does not replace state or federal resources like Red Cross, we do understand that during times of natural disaster, these agencies can get overwhelmed. That’s where NEAT steps in. Our team of trained volunteers is able to provide resources and organization until the appropriate agencies can take over.mobile homes, hurricane matthew, property management company, mobile home property management
Here is a break-down of Newby Management’s response to Hurricane Matthew:
BEFORE HURRICANE MATTHEW:
• Corporate team members including the president, vice president, CEO and regional managers began reviewing NEAT documentation pertaining to storm preparation in the days leading up to Hurricane Matthew.
• Regional managers at the corporate office called their community managers to review their preparations and storm procedures.
• Based on Hurricane Matthew’s projected path, 2 NEAT teams were formed. One was set to deploy to Sandhill Shores in Fort Pierce, and the other was set to deploy to the east coast, where Newby Management has three communities. These two areas were projected to get the worst of the storm.
• The corporate office continued to monitor the path of Hurricane Matthew to ensure the proper personnel and resources where in place.
• Team members worked to ensure the 2 NEAT trailers were stocked and ready. These 6 x 12 trailers hold everything from generators and air compressors to bug spray and gloves.
• Community managers were instructed to board up clubhouses, clear debris and ensure their community was prepared to handle strong winds and potential flooding.
AFTER HURRICANE MATTHEW:
• Hurricane Matthew hit on Friday October 7, 2016. Although the storm did not directly hit the state, the east coast sustained strong winds and some serious damage.
• After receiving reports from the on-site NEAT teams at several communities, the corporate team made the decision to deploy both stocked NEAT trailers to the east coast, where two communities needed immediate attention.
• Saturday and Sunday the NEAT team deployed to the communities.
mobile homes, hurricane matthew, property management company, mobile home property management • Saturday morning, the team made a preliminary assessment of all affected communities.
• 3 NEAT team volunteers went to Highland Country Estates in Debary to help with moderate clean-up there. The NEAT trailer also made a stop at this community to drop of necessary supplies.
• The rest of the NEAT team met at Magnolia Village to prioritize response activities. Teams were then split up between the 3 communities to begin work.
• Teams worked to clear roadways and clean up twisted metal.
• On Sunday, 2 regional managers and Newby Management’s president made final preparations for the second team of NEAT volunteers to finish the initial relief efforts on Monday. Although, full clean up and recovery will take weeks.
COMMENTS FROM TEAM MEMBERS ON NEWBY MANAGEMENT’S HURRICANE MATTHEW RESPONSE:

  • ”I cannot say enough about how grateful I am for all of my community managers,” said Neil Brown, Newby Management Regional Manager. “They all responded wonderfully in the preparation and response to this event. I have yet to hear a complaint. This is true also of the response volunteers from the corporate office and other communities.”
  • “I am always amazed at how in the face of tragedy people will pull together to accomplish difficult tasks, said Barry Campbell, Newby Management Regional Manager. “The way our company personnel responded with positive attitudes, ready to work, focused on serving and preserving property is what made this response so successful. Training and planning helped, solid leadership did its part, but the aforementioned attitudes of service made it a successful “team” response.

Learn more about NEAT and Newby Management’s response to natural disasters.