Hurricane season starts June 1st and ends November 30th for the Atlantic region. It is important to take all precautions and necessary safety steps so that you and your family stay safe during this season. Below are some tips on how to prepare for hurricanes if you live in an apartment.
Recommended Supplies List
- Non-perishable food (enough to last at least 3 days)
- Water (enough to last at least 3 days)
- First-aid kit (include any prescription medication you may need)
- Personal hygiene items and sanitation items
- Flashlights (have extra batteries on hand)
- Battery operated radio (again, have extra batteries)
- Waterproof container with cash and important documents
- Manual can opener
- Lighter or matches
- Books, magazines, games for recreation
- Special needs items: baby supplies if applicable
- Pet care items (food, leash, muzzle)
- Cooler and ice packs
- A plan for a meeting area if family members are separated
- An evacuation plan should you need to leave your home
Clear Your Outdoor Space
You should remove all furniture or unsecured items from balconies/patios so they do not become projectiles during high wind storms. Make sure to follow weather reports and hurricane updates so you can take steps to protect your home as the storm begins to make landfall.
- Patio furniture
- Flower pots
- Bird feeders
- String lights
During the Hurricane
During severe storm conditions, for your safety, refrain from opening any windows in your apartment or going outside the building. It is important to keep drapes and balcony doors closed. During high winds, preferably go to a room with no windows to stay as far away from the storm as possible.
It is advised that you are always monitoring the storm with your local news and pay close attention to the communication being sent out by your community.
At McKinley, you will receive any communication via email, text or as an announcement in your resident portal. Stay safe!