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Preparing for Hurricane Irma
Posted on Sep 6th, 2017

Official Notice from the Board of Directors
 
As all are aware, we are under threat of Hurricane Irma impacting our area.  The following are things that you as homeowners need to know and do to help prepare your family and home for the storm. Our office will be closed over the weekend, however, I will still receive emails at rschrutt@rizzetta.com.  Please be prepared and safe.
  1. Please bring all items in from your patio and front entrance area into the home as they can become projectiles.
  2. Please review your guidelines for the installation of hurricane protection for your home.  The Association does not install shutters.
  3. Make sure your vehicles are full of gas.
  4. Fill bathtubs with water for use if the water systems are down.
  5. Your household may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared for such an event means having enough food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours.
  6. In an emergency please call 911.  You can refer to: http://hillsboroughcounty.org/residents/public-safety/emergency-management
Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.  These items are mentioned as recommendations.  Should you need additional items please make sure you have enough for at lease a seven day period.  A basic emergency supply kit should include the following recommended items:
  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlights
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air; plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lenses solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
Hillsborough County Sandbags:
The City of Tampa plans to start its sandbag distribution ahead of Hurricane Irma starting at 10:00am Tuesday, Sept. 5th. Pick-up hours are between 10:00am to 7:00pm at the following locations:
  • Barksdale Active Adult Center - McFarlane Park: 1801 North Lincoln Ave
  • Bobby Hicks Pool - 4201 West Mango Ave
  • Jackson Heights Playground - 3310 East Lake Ave
Hillsborough County will also be making sandbag materials available at all three public works service units from noon until 8:00pm Tuesday and 8:00am to 8:00pm Wednesday at the following locations:
  • West Service Unit - 9805 Sheldon Road in Tampa
  • South Service Unit -  8718 Old Big Bend Road in Gibsonton
  • East Service Unit - 4702 Sydney Road in Plant City
For more information, residents can call (813) 272-5900 or go to the Hillsborough County website - http://hillsboroughcounty.org/residents/public-safety/emergency-management