The Meadows at Martin DownsHomeowners Association, Inc.
2550 Waterfall Blvd., Palm City, FL 34990
Phone: 772-283-2250 Fax: 772-283-9024
"THE MEADOWS" HURRICANE DISASTER PLAN
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- Stay at home. *
- Stay with relatives or friends.
- Relocate outside the threatened area.
- Go to a Red Cross Shelter. * *
You alone can decide which plan is best for you. The following information has been prepared to help you make the safest decision for you and your family. It also outlines the requirements for each plan.
Please read carefully so you will be prepared in the event of a severe storm.
* The Meadows will have a headquarters at the Meadows House where information will be dispensed and facilities will be available to reach emergency services.
** No Pets are allowed at Red Cross Shelters **
DETERMINE YOUR PLAN
PLAN A: STAY HOME.
Hurricane preparedness is a year long necessity in South Florida. During the hurricane season (June -November) it will be important to develop your own personal plans well in advance of the emergency. If you decide to stay (and are not ordered to evacuate by authorities) a storm proof home, emergency supplies and information for periods before, during and after the storm will be important to your survival.
If you plan to stay home, make sure your home can withstand a hurricane.
- 1 - 74-95 MPH
- 2 - 96 -110 MPH
- 3 - 111 - 130 MPH
- 4 - 131 -155 MPH
- 5 - 156 + MPH
Each village in the Meadows presents different needs. Shutters, vent covers, skylight covers, garage door reinforcements would be necessary in the most severest of storms. You alone can determine whether your property will be safe for you during a storm. GATHER AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE ABOUT YOUR PARTICULAR STRUCTURE AND ACT ACCORDINGLY.
PREPARE YOUR PROPERTY
- Close shutters and all other openings.
- Bring inside
any outdoor objects such as plants, etc., which hurricane winds can transform into missiles.
- Secure or remove awnings. Brace sliding glass doors.
- Don't drain your swimming pool. Draining increases the possibility that the pool could pop out of the ground. DO turn off the electricity to pool equipment. If the filter pump isexposed, wrap it with a waterproof cover and tie it securely. Add extra chlorine to poolwater to prevent contamination.
- If you use a portable generator to supply power in case of an electrical service interruption, DISCONNECT the MAIN SWITCH in your home. Electricity from an RVor portable generator can flow into outside power lines, creating a highly dangerous situation to service crews as well as other people in the neighborhood. It could also
result in a damaged or burned out generator when electric service is restored to the home.
- Shut off water, electricity and propane gas before leaving.
- Inform the Meadows office of your plans, where you will be,
whom to notify, etc.
- Place an identifying marker on your home.
SUPPLIES YOU SHOULD HAVE AT HOME
(Compiled by the American Red Cross)
Keep these supplies at home during the June-November hurricane season. We recommend you keep them in a separate "hurricane kit", so they are easy to find when you need them. A two-week supply of water, food, and medication is recommended.
- Can opener (non-electric)
- Canned or packaged foods, milk and beverages (two-week non-perishablefood supply)
- Extra prescription medicine.
- Baby food, diapers and formula.
- Portable cooler.
- Water (for drinking purposes, two quarts per person per day; fill bath tub and other containers for sanitary usage)
- Eating utensils
- Battery-operated radio
- Extra batteries
- Emergency cooking facilities (for after storm)
- 3/4" plywood boards to board up windows.
- Fire extinguisher
- Bleach (without lemon or any other additive)
- Water purification tablets (can be purchased at your local pharmacy)
- Mosquito repellent
- Full tank of gas for car
- Cards, favorite games, books
- Important papers (insurance, etc.) in an accessible place.
- Tape to mark home that you are there.
PLAN B: STAY WITH LOCAL FRIENDS OR RELATIVES
If you expect to stay at someone else's home during the next hurricane, arrange it in advance. You'll want to be sure their home will be adequately prepared
and supplied. Have an alternate plan ready -in case a hurricane comes when the other folks are out of town.
Be sure to plan for your own family some supplies need not be duplicated, but double check with friends or relatives. Prepare your property before you leave as shown in Plan A "Prepare your property". LOCK ALL DOORS.
- Double check your supplies of nonperishable foods, baby food, diapers (if needed) and medicines. Make sure that you have enough to last two weeks.
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to colder settings. Open them only when absolutely necessary and close quickly. If you take these precautions, a good refrigerator-freezer can maintain food-preserving temperatures for up to two days without electricity.
- You might have to depend on your own emergency source of water and cooking heat. Electric utility service could be interrupted for hours or even days if the
hurricane causes heavy damage to power facilities. Municipal water supplies may also be interrupted by hurricane damage.
- Prepare your emergency water supply before the hurricane strikes. Fill all availablejugs, bottles, cooking utensils and other containers. Fill bath tub with water for sanitarypurposes.
FOR PLAN A AND B
DURING THE HURRICANE STAY INDOOR!!!!!!!!
- If the calm eye of the hurricane passes through your area continue to stay indoors-unless emergency repairs are absolutely necessary. Wind and rain may stop for as little as a few minutes or as long as half hour or more. BEWARE. The wind will pick up again - from the opposite direction, possibly with greater force than before!
- If the electricity goes off, use flashlights instead of candles or kerosene lamps when possible. A gust of wind through a door or window could help start an accidental fire. The fire department may not be readily available while hurricane winds are blowing.
- The sanitation sewer system is dependent upon electric power to run the sewer pumps. There is limited storage in the sewer system and it will not drain without pumping. There are 38 pumping stations in the county. Martin County Utilities has only a limited number of portable generators capable of powering pumping stations. Should there be a loss of electricity in this area, residents (to the maximum extent possible) should avoid putting any water into the sanitation sewer system. This means do not let water drain from sinks, showers or bathtubs. Flush toilets as infrequently as possible. With cooperation we should avoid a serious health hazard from the overflow of raw sewerage onto our streets.
- Use your telephone for emergencies only. Jammed phone lines may obstruct emergency calls.
- Continue to conserve refrigeration. Open the refrigerator/freezer door as little as possible.
- Continue to listen to local radio or television for announcements. Use battery powered radios.
- If you are with friends or relatives, do not try to return to your home until the “all clear” is given. Check with the Meadows Headquarters (283-2250) for update on conditions.Roads may be blocked.
NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS
Working with neighbors can save lives and property. Meet with your neighbors to plan how the neighborhood could work together after a disaster until help arrives. Know your neighbor's special skills (e.g., medical, technical) and consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs, such as disabled and elderly persons. Make plans for childcare in case parents can't get home.
AFTER THE HURRICANE
- Remain indoors until the official "all clear"is given. Pay attention to instruction fromlocal officials.
- Avoid electric shock:
- Don't touch fallen or low-hanging wires of any kind, under any circumstances.
- Stay away from puddles having fallen wires in them.
- Don't touch any tree or object that's in contact with power lines.
- Use your telephone for emergencies only:
- Do call the police or utility immediately to report hazards such as "live" power lines, broken gas or water mains, or overturned gas tanks.
- Don't use the phone to report interruptions in individual electric, gas, water or telephone service. Utilities have plans for complete service restoration.
- Report individual trouble to the utility only after service is generally restored in your neighborhood.
- If “Boil Water” is ordered: Use one of the following methods to purify water
- Boil for three to five minutes at a rolling boil, or
- Add four water purification tablets per gallon (available from drugstores) or
- Add 12 drops of two percent (2%) tincture of iodine per gallon, or
- Add eight drops of household bleach (without lemon or other additive) per gallon.
RELOCATE OUTSIDE THE THREATENED AREA
FOR PLAN C
If you intend to travel a few hundred miles to get out of a threatened area, use a current road map to plan a route and stay clear of major bodies of water. If you have ill or disabled persons in your home, get a doctor's advice on where they should stay if a hurricane hits. If you relocate, do it early so you'll avoid traffic jams and dangerous winds. Have a well planned trip if you leave the area. Remember, you must leave early (possibly before you are certain of direction of the storm). Motel rooms will be scarce. Plan ahead. Take valuable papers and emergency supplies in case of traffic, etc. Make sure your gas tank is full.
GO TO A RED CROSS SHELTER
FOR PLAN D
If you do not use Plan A, B, or C, Red Cross emergency shelters will be available in assigned locations. When such shelters are opened, they'll be announced on radio and television. If you plan to go to a shelter, be sure to leave as soon as the shelter's opening is announced, and bring along your irreplaceable documents and bedding. Remember a shelter is a last resort, comforts must be sacrificed.
LOCAL HURRICANE SHELTERS:
Palm City: Bessy Creek Elementary School 2201 SW Matheson Ave.
Palm City: Hidden Oaks Middle School 2801 SW Martin Hwy.
*** LISTEN TO LOCAL MEDIA AS ALL SHELTERSMAY NOT OPEN AT THE SAME TIME ***
WHAT TO BRING TO A RED CROSS SHELTER
DO NOT leave your home for a shelter until local officials announce on radio and/or television that a particular shelter is open.
- First Aid Kit
- Baby food, diapers
- One change of clothing
- Extra batteries
- Flashlight (per person)
- Battery-operated radio
- 1 gallon drinking water per person
- Special diet food
- Cards, games, books, snacks
- Cot, lounge chair, or air mattress
- Blankets or sleeping bag
- Eat before you come
- Identification, valuable papers (insurance), cash
Note: Pets are not allowed in Red Cross Shelters
It will be necessary for you to follow all instructions made by your Red Cross Shelter Manager. You will be advised when it is safe to leave the shelter. The shelter will have contact with the Meadows Headquarters and will know when it is safe for you to return.
THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW
- Make a trial run to shelter.
- Check with AAA which route
would be safest (re: water, traffic, etc.)
- Study storm forces to see if your home would be safe in the most severe storm.
- Learn as much as you can about your area.
- Be prepared to share your talents (notify headquarters) in an emergency.
- Make sure older people in your immediate area are prepared and have a plan.
- Get additional Hurricane Information from The Meadows House or Red Cross, Kanner Highway Office.
- Don't panic, adopt a plan and know your options.
- Assemble all necessary supplies now before items are depleted.