#3: Secure Your Property

Do you have any loose or missing shingles on your roof? Is your roof sheathing properly installed? Are the main electric panel board, outlets, and switches above potential flood waters? Now is the time to assess your structure and make any repairs that will help your home endure a storm. For more information on how to avoid hurricane and flood damage, click here. For information on how to avoid wind damage, click here. Make sure you know how to secure your elevator at the top level of your home. Locate the house isolation or shut-off valve so you can turn off water before evacuating. If you do not have one, it is suggested to have one installed by a plumber.

Live oak Jun 2018Do you have tree branches touching your house or condo? Do you have dead trees on your property? It’s time to clean up the yard, remove dead trees that could become projectiles in a major windstorm, and trim back any branches that could be a danger to your home.

Remember, if you are removing branches or a damaged tree, first check with Adrea Hughes at the SIPOA office and complete the necessary paperwork. Click here to review the policies regarding tree removal/trimming which can be found in Appendix L, Tree and Natural Vegetation Preservation/Removal Policy. Click here to review Appendix R, Tree Trimming/Pruning Guidelines.

Remember, be prepared; stay safe.

Tidelines Editors