HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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
- Rain gear
- 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
- 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 successful communities for 35 years, Associa is North America’s largest community association management firm and serves its clients with local knowledge, national resources and comprehensive expertise. Based in Dallas, Associa and its 8,000 employees operate more than 150 branch offices in the United States, Mexico and Canada. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to www.associaonline.com or www.associacares.com.
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