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Hurricane Preparation

As hurricane season is upon us once again and will last through November 30th, the coast of South Florida can be threatened at anytime during this season. The information contained in this report will help you prepare for a hurricane emergency and understand how the Association will also prepare our building. This report has also been written to help you take precautions to protect your family and property. Please take a moment to read this very important information.

Account Ability, Inc. and our Association would like to ensure that all unit owners receive as much information as possible to aid in the preparation for an upcoming storm. During these months, special precautions need to be taken by everyone in the community.

The following links will aid you in those preparations.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
http://www.fema.gov/
http://www.floridadisaster.org/

South Florida television station websites also include hurricane preparedness links. Your local supermarket will also have guides to hurricane safety.

Please be advised that the time of a Hurricane Watch, the management company and its personnel will begin to secure the association's common areas. All personnel - Manager, maintenance, janitorial, administrative assistants will remain at the property maintaining the association common areas. When sustained winds reach 45 MPH and the hurricane remains an imminent threat, the essential personnel will shut down the property's equipment such as clubhouse/guardhouse electric, pool/spa equipment, irrigation pumps; open the gates and make sure that the association's ornamental landscaping/pool furniture has been secured and/or removed. This will help assure your systems will be operational after weather conditions return to normal and power has been restored. After the shut down has been completed, our essential personnel will evacuate in the same manner and time frame that all governmental essential services do.

PLAN AHEAD

Implement as many precautions as practical in advance, such as removing all furniture from the balconies and patios, removing and securing all outside items that might become missiles during the storm, closing hurricane shutters and placing towels on window sills and on the bottom of all doors and sliding glass doors. If your home is located in areas of flooding, you may want to purchase sand bags should the water rise.

Please note that all Hurricane Shutters must be removed no later than 10 days after a hurricane unless there is an imminent hurricane threat behind it. Masking tape on windows must also be removed within this period.

Please make arrangements in advance as to where you will stay during an evacuation. Remember that pets are not allowed in all evacuation centers. Contact your assigned evacuation center in advance to pre-register and make plans for you and your pets.

Leaving town for any length of time during hurricane season? BEFORE YOU GO: remove all balcony/patio furniture, plants, loose objects and assign a nearby relative or friend to close the shutters. In the event of a storm, do not rely on the association's staff to make preparations for your individual home; their time will be dedicated to securing the community's common areas.

PLAN TO EVACUATE

Most important: Our community is NOT located in an evacuation zone. However, if an evacuation order is issued, EVERYONE must evacuate the community and go to our community's assigned shelter. Employees and residents are all expected to evacuate. There will be no emergency services during a storm, and authorities will not be available to help you.

At the time a call for evacuation has been issued, the Association employees will conclude the procedures to prepare the community common areas and clubhouse for the storm and leave. Once an evacuation order is given, you should be packed and prepared to leave.

Your city officials advise the elderly or handicapped residents not to wait for the official evacuation order. Please leave early.

AFTER THE HURRICANE

All essential personnel will return to our property as soon as physically possible after sustained winds have dropped below 45 MPH and an all clear has been issued.

Please be prepared. If you have any questions, please contact the office at
305-662-4869.