Preparing for the 2020 Hurricane Season

2020 Hurricane Preparing

Preparing for the 2020 Hurricane Season

No one wants to see the hurricane graphic on the weather channel coming straight towards them, however, you must be prepared for the inevitable, which means preparing for every hurricane scenario before the beginning of hurricane season, June 1st. Hurricanes can cause serious damage and fatalities to those who are unprepared. Hurricanes can cause serious damage and fatalities to those who are unprepared. Accuweather hurricane expert, Dan Kottlowski, explained that of those people who were impacted by Florence and Michael (the two biggest hurricanes of 2018), the ones who did not have plans in place had the most difficulty in dealing with the storm when it was occurring and during the recovery. According to Accuweather, experts are predicting fourteen to twenty tropical storms for 2020, with seven to eleven turning into hurricanes, and four to six of those being of Category 3 or higher.

In order to be prepared, we suggest to buy all supplies necessary before the season starts to avoid the pre-storm shopping rush. Supplies should include bottled water, canned foods, a flashlight, batteries, a first-aid kit, and storm shutters or plywood to board up windows.

So, what do I do if a hurricane has formed and heading straight towards me?

First off, if you live in a storm surge risk area, be prepared to evacuate if a hurricane is heading towards your area. This should be done as soon as possible to avoid potential traveling issues.

Secure your home: No one wants to leave their home and belongings behind, but it is necessary in many situations in order to avoid fatalities. However, you can follow guidelines to protect your house as much as possible to avoid losing your home and belongings.

Windows are the most vulnerable part of the house during a hurricane due to the high winds blowing around loose debris such as trees, roof shingles, and pieces of metal. The best way to prevent debris from coming through a window and damaging your home is to cover all your home’s windows with storm shutters, 5/8-inch exterior grade plywood, or marine plywood. Make sure to keep these supplies handy until the hurricane season is over because an average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. 

A lesser known tip to protect your home from damage during a hurricane is to shut all interior doors of the house. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety explains on its website, “Closing interior doors helps compartmentalize the pressure inside the home into smaller areas reducing the overall force on the roof structure, which gives the roof a better chance of staying intact.”

Stay tuned in: It is also crucial to stay tuned in to your local National Weather Service office and local government/emergency management offices for updates, insights, and news. Hurricanes can change direction very quickly so it is important to monitor the weather frequently when a hurricane is in the area. In fact, Hurricane Michael (the strongest storm to hit the continental U.S. since Hurricane Andrew in 1992) went from nothing to a category 4 hurricane in a matter of four days. Figure out the plan of action for each possible scenario so you are prepared no matter what happens. Follow instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately to a designated storm shelter if ordered!

If you are not ordered to evacuate:

1)Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level during the hurricane. Put as many walls between you and the outside as you can.

2)Stay away from windows and glass doors to avoid being potentially hit with debris or broken glass.

3)If the eye of the hurricane is passing over your area, there will be a short period of calm, but at the other side of the eye, the wind speed rapidly increases to hurricane force winds coming from the opposite direction.

For more tips visit:

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane-action

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

https://www.accuweather.com/en/hurricane/accuweather-issues-2020-atlantic-hurricane-season-forecast-update/735844

How You can Prepare for a Hurricane Today!

Now that we are in June, the start of the 2019 hurricane season is here. This season has been predicted to be less active than 2018 but it is still predicted to be above average. This should not be cause for panic but should be a call to make sure that we are prepared for when a hurricane does hit.

For those who have not experienced a hurricane, it is a large storm system that can create flooding, heavy winds, and torrential rain. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th and tends to be most active in September.

So how do you prepare for one of these huge storms? Well there are some steps that you can take now to make sure you are ready for when a hurricane does form so you are prepared.

  1. One of the first things that you can do is find out what evacuation zone your home is in. Manufactured Housing communities are almost always Zone A. This means they are the first to receive evacuation notices. If you are ordered to evacuate, do not stay in your home. Listen to your local authorities.
  2. Second, you need to figure out where you will be evacuating to. When hurricane Irma swept through Florida, many did not plan where they were evacuating to. Some were stranded in rest stops and stuck on the road or in hotels where they had to weather the storm. Do not let this happen to you. Find a storm shelter to evacuate to or somewhere else safe.
  3. Gather needed supplies such as medications, cash and food items. It would be a good idea to have at least three days of supplies no matter where you ride out the storm. Supplies will be limited in the days immediately following the storm. Once debris is cleared, supplies will be more available.

These are just some small steps that can be taken today to make sure you have a plan and are prepared for when a hurricane is heading this way. There are more steps that need to be taken when a hurricane has formed and is on the way. Look for more tips on our blog for how to prepare as the storm is coming.

For more tips on hurricane preparedness you can take a look at Ready.gov.

How Do You Handle Natural Disasters in Your Manufactured Home Community?

NEAT or the Newby Emergency Action Team
NEAT or the Newby Emergency Action Team

If you’re in the manufactured home industry in Florida, you know how dangerous hurricanes and other natural disasters can be. What plan of action do you have in place if one strikes?

In August 2004, Hurricane Charley ripped through Southwest Florida and damaged a Newby Management community. It was more than a natural disaster to our team; it was a learning lesson that turned into a staple of our company.

By 2005, our team developed the Newby Emergency Action Team or NEAT. This 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 14 times to assist our communities across Florida.

While it does not replace state or federal resources like Red Cross, we do understand that during

A mock drill at Sandhill Shores in Fort Pierce.
A mock drill at Sandhill Shores in Fort Pierce.

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.

Our Response Teams are comprised of the corporate office team, managers, team members, residents from non-impacted communities, family, and friends. The immediate action of the response teams is to be a lifeline to the outside world, clear away debris, and make temporary repairs to homes. NEAT consists of eight teams: Security, Sanitation, Damage Assessment, Damage Repair, Kitchen, Tire Repair, Debris Cleanup and the Information Table.

The Neat Supply Trailer.
The Neat Supply Trailer.

NEAT has two fully stocked emergency trailers. These 6’ X 12’ enclosed trailers are stocked with supplies and tools that make the recovery period easier. They hold everything from generators and air compressors to bug spray and gloves.

Newby Management hosts training classes every other year for our managers, board members, and others who wish to participate. Learn more about how one of our  manufactured home communities hosted a mock hurricane drill.

When a disaster strikes, we deploy an Incident Commander from our corporate office who will receive updates from the community manager and ensure the community is prepared for the hurricane.

Examples of Supplies Needed After a Hurricane.
Examples of Supplies Needed After a Hurricane.

The Incident Commander will arrive onsite at the community shortly after a hurricane hits. We decide how many IC’s we will need depending on the number of community’s effected. Directly following
the hurricane, an Incident Commander is appointed onsite, which is usually the community manager, until one of our corporate IC’s can take over.

Our team also appoints an Information Officer who handles communication between our communities and the corporate office.They communicate with our manufactured home community board members and investors after the storm. They also coordinate relief supplies for our response teams. An onsite Information Officer sits at the information table to help organize volunteers, be the

Team members giving CPR to a dummy during a mock drill.
Team members giving CPR to a dummy during a mock drill.

main point of contact for the chairmen of the 8 committees, and records damage by lot number as reported by the Damage Assessment team.

When disaster strikes, our team is prepared to help our communities, residents and team members recover as quickly as possible. It’s a daunting task, but it’s one that has to be considered and planned for in manufactured home communities. What’s your plan?

To learn more about NEAT and how Newby Management handles natural disasters in their manufactured home communities, please contact us at info@newbymanagement.com.