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Hurricane Preparedness Checklist for Condos

By April 15, 2015May 21st, 2020Insurance


Hurricane Season is fast approaching so with that in mind we have developed a checklist to help our owners/ residents prepare. Don’t wait until a hurricane watch/ warning is issued; start getting prepared now!

I. During Hurricane Season:

  • Check your homeowners and/or boat insurance carefully to see what you will need to do to file a claim.
  • Learn safe routes inland and plan where you would evacuate to.
  • Inventory property….with video if possible. Determine what will need to be removed from patios and/or condo. Write down serial numbers for appliances, computer equipment, etc.
  • Keep all legal documents such as registration, insurance policies, rental agreements in one secure, moveable container. 
  • Stock first aid kit, batteries, radio, non-perishable food, etc.
  • Make sure emergency contact information is current and on file with Spooner’s Creek office.

II. When Hurricane Watch is Issued:

  • Review/ test condition of emergency equipment; ie. First aid kits, flashlights, radios, generators, etc
  • Remove ALL patio furniture from condo balconies.
  • Complete stocking of emergency supplies:

  1. Flashlights
  2. Battery operated radio
  3. First Aid Kit
  4. Non-perishable food
  5. Eating Utensils
  6. Manual Can Opener
  7. WATER- 1 gallon per person per day
  8. Medicine
  9. Pet food
  10. Insect repellant
  11. Extra garbage bags
  12. Ice 
  • Fuel car and generator.
  • Be sure all windows and doors are securely closed and locked.
  • Remove items from refrigerator/ freezer- power will likely go off.
  • Have enough cash for 4-5 days

III. When Hurricane Warning Issued:

If you are evacuating:

  • Plan to leave early!
  • Notify site manager you are leaving and provide temporary contact information.
  • Turn off water to condo.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances, except for refrigerator. 
  • Empty refrigerator of perishable items- expect to lose electricity!
  • Bring all medications and special medical devices. 
  • Pack personal hygiene items, ie, soap, washcloths, towels, toothpaste, toothbrush,     deodorant, first aid kit
  • Take all important legal documents with you (insurance policies, proof of residence, property inventory, etc.)
  • Extra pillows and bedding.
  • Plan for enough supplies to last each family member 5 days.

If you are staying in your Condo:

  • Purchase all necessary emergency supplies.
  • Fill bathtubs with water to enable you to flush toilets and purchase bottled water for drinking.
  • Charge cellular phones.
  • Have plenty of canned food with manual can-opener. 
  • Make sure you have enough supply of prescription medications. 
  • Have supplies of extra batteries.
  • EXPECT TO LOSE POWER- Have flashlights close by.
  • Make sure to know routes to stairs- elevators will be shut down before the storm.
  • Fill a cooler with ice. You may want to consider purchasing dry ice for freezers and refrigerators in case of extended power loss.

IV. After the Storm passes:

  • Don’t leave building until officials say it is safe to do so.
  • Inspect unit for damage.
  • Don’t call police or emergency officials unless you have a life threatening emergency. 
  • Follow curfews if they are put in place.
  • Avoid driving as much as possible to leave roads open for utility and emergency crews.
  • Take pictures of any damage to your unit and report claims to insurance company