Hurricane Preparedness: Develop an Evacuation Plan
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Hurricane Preparedness: Develop an Evacuation Plan

Do you know if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone?

Knowing this information beforehand can help you when a hurricane or tropical storm approaches.

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Visit the Florida Disaster Map Hurricane Evacuation Zone Locator and see if your home or business lies in an evacuation zone!

Voluntary vs. Mandatory Evacuations

Technically, the government cannot force people to leave their homes… even when a hurricane is approaching the coast. As a hurricane approaches, you will hear the terms “voluntary” and “mandatory” evacuations… so what does that really mean?

When officials say “voluntary evacuation” that means the governor of Florida has not issued an official evacuation order. So why do they urge “voluntary evacuations” when the governor hasn’t made an official declaration? Because local and state authorities are trying to cut down on panic and traffic congestion for when the actual decree is given.

When the term “mandatory evacuation” is thrown out, that means the governor has officially released an evacuation order. Local services such as police and 911 will still be available, however only emergency personnel will respond depending on conditions and how many requests for help are being received. As you can surmise, waiting until you need the help of local authorities is not advisable. Anyone with health issues or disabilities needs to evacuate when orders are given or ahead of the storm to assure proper (and timely) attention is given.

WHEN IT COMES TO DEALING WITH DISASTERS…

We have 40 years experience and have seen it all. We put together this guide to help you serve your policyholders the best you can. We want you to be successful.  Reach us 772-567-4435 anytime of the day or night.

Hurricane Preparedness: Get a Disaster Plan
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Hurricane Preparedness: Get a Disaster Plan

Being prepared for a tropical storm or hurricane will help with the stress of preparing for a hurricane.

You never know where and what you will be doing when that tropical storm warning comes about. You could be coming back from vacation, a business trip or out of town altogether.

Ask these 4 questions of your employees and family members to start putting together your disaster plan:

How will you receive emergency alerts and warnings?

  • Do you have a weather radio? If not, now is the time to get one.
  • Have you subscribed to Weather Emergency Alerts from your local news? 

What is your shelter plan?

  • Identify safe places in your home to weather the storm. Make sure your safe place is:
    • Area with no windows or doors
    • Stocked with emergency supplies
    • Access to food & water

What is Your Evacuation Route?

  • Leave early enough to not be caught in traffic
  • If you cannot leave sooner, think about the best ways to get out of Vero Beach that will be the least congested
  • Develop a plan in case you get seperated from your family members
  • Keep extra gas at your home so you are ready to leave without being stuck at the gas pumps
  • Put an emergency kit in your car
  • Have a plan to evacuate family members that are disabled

What is your communication plan?

Download This Template

FEMA has developed an easy-to-use template to put together your family emergency commmunication plan.

WHEN IT COMES TO DEALING WITH DISASTERS…

We have 40 years experience and have seen it all. We put together this guide to help you serve your policyholders the best you can. We want you to be successful.  Reach us 772-567-4435 anytime of the day or night.

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May is Hurricane Preparedness Month

Hurricane season starts june 1st

Forecasters are calling for anywhere between 14-18 named storms this 2018 hurricane season. Of those named hurricanes, 7 of those are supposed to become hurricanes!

Follow these hurricane preparation tips (and share with your friends!):
get an insurance checkup

Get an Insurance Checkup

Before a storm hits, make sure you know your insurance coverage limits and what it includes. See what you should look for.

Assemble Disaster Supplies

Assemble Disaster Supplies

Once a storm hits, all food supplies & water quickly disappear! Get your non-perishable foods and water ready now. See what you need to include on the list.

Complete a written plan

Get a Disaster plan

Make sure your plan is easily accessible and that all interested parties know what it is and have access! Get your template now

Develop an Evacuation Plan

how will you evacuate?

Knowing the highways and freeways will be clogged once a potential hurricane landfall is announced... what is your evacuation plan? Get local tips

Determine Your Risk

determine your risk

What is your home or property most at risk for? Learn how to find out

Strengthen Your Home

now is the time for home projects

Instead of waiting until the hurricane has Indian River County in its sights, get your home repairs done now! See the suggested property evaluation & repair list.

Help Your Neighbor

give back

Are you aware of any disabled neighbors or community members that might need help preparing? Doing the work now is better than waiting until the impending landfall of a hurricane. See how to get involved.

when it comes to dealing with disasters...

We have 40 years experience and have seen it all. We put together this guide to help you serve your policyholders the best you can. We want you to be successful.  Reach us 772-567-4435 anytime of the day or night.

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Property Managers: How To Ensure Tenants Renew Their Lease

As property managers, profit and loss is what drives your business decisions. It is important that the property you are managing is not only kept in good condition BY the tenants but that you are also keeping the property in good condition FOR the tenants! 

When your property that you manage or own experiences water, fire, mold or storm damage… how to you handle tenant relations? 

Consider this scenario… something no one had planned for! An unexpected flash flooding throughout most of Vero Beach.

Historic Flooding in Vero Beach, May 2016
On May 17th 2016, Vero Beach was hit unexpectedly with a strain of severe weather that caused record breaking flash flooding within a matter of minutes throughout most of the city. Some areas were reporting over 12 inches of rain, leaving multiple homes flooded with inches of standing water. What happened that day no one was prepared for, but ServiceMaster By Glenn’s was. As we watched outside the streets filling with water, we knew it was time to call to action. We…
When an unexpected disaster or failures in appliances occur...
  • How do you handle tenant communications in a disaster?
  • How do you cover your expenses if you need to move your tenants to temporary housing?
  • What do you do if contractors don't fulfill their commitments in a timely manner?
  • How do you cover costs while you are waiting on your insurance claim to process?
One the most important factors for your success is tenant retention. We have some ideas to help you navigate these problems:

We also know that different types of properties present different types of problems!

Single Family Homes

See our tips for managing disasters in single family homes you manage

Apartments & Condos

See our tips for managing disasters in apartments & condos you manage

Duplexes

See our tips for managing disasters in duplexes you manage

Townhomes

See our tips for managing disasters in townhomes you manage

When it comes to dealing with disasters...

We have 40 years experience and have seen it all. We put together this guide to help you make the best decisions along your journey of being a property manager. We want you to be successful. If you have any questions, would like some tips or guidance… we are only a phone call away! Reach us at 772-567-4435 anytime of the day or night.