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By Switchplace • September 11, 2018

Hurricane Preparedness: Hurricane Florence

To all Switchplace Residents in the path of Hurricane Florence:

With the possibility of Hurricane Florence making landfall in the Carolinas, Virginia, and other states in the region, we are asking our residents to be prepared; your community will prepare their property for the storm, but it is necessary for you to prepare your family and home. Below is a list of precautions you may take.

1.Stay tuned to local area weather updates. Please feel free to visit the sites listed for further information concerning your area. If evacuation is required, follow the instructions provided by local authorities.

You may track the storm to see if your area will be affected by tuning into local television and radio stations or visiting Federal Emergency Management Agency website at http://www.fema.gov/, by calling (800) 621-FEMA (3362), or visit the National Weather Service Website at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/

  1. Please remove all items from your front door, patio area, breezeways, hallways and walkways, which could be hazardous if left out during strong winds. If you need assistance, please contact the leasing office. ALL BALCONIES SHOULD BE CLEARED AND ITEMS BROUGHT INSIDE.
  2. Make sure you have an adequate supply of canned goods, bottled water and batteries. Flashlights and battery-operated radios are also good to have. You may also want to have a full tank of gas in your vehicle and extra prescription medicines on hand, if necessary.
  3. Please do not use the pool areas, sport courts, laundry rooms, or other common or outdoor areas while the storm warning is in effect.
  4. If the state puts an emergency warning in place, your leasing offices will close several hours before the official warning goes into effect to allow them to get home and prepare for the storm. You will not be able to check in under these circumstances.
  5. If hurricane force winds should occur, take cover in an interior hallway or a room with few or no windows. The safest place is the center of the building in a small room such as a closet or bathroom. Given the nature of the storm, we will not be able respond to issues until the storm has passed and it is safe to do so.

The National Hurricane Center website: www.nhc.gov provides real time details and offers valuable information. Here are some additional items you may want to have on hand from Ready.gov:

  • Have towels available to place in your window sills and at the bottom of all exterior doors. Blowing rain can enter in these areas and damage your belongings.
  • One gallon of water per person per day
  • Canned or non-perishable packaged food
  • Battery-powered radio
  • First aid kit (include mosquito repellent and water purification kit (available at drug stores)
  • Flashlights
  • Manual can opener
  • Extra Batteries Toiletries
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Change of clothes
  • Prescription medications
  • Special items for infant, elderly or disabled members of the household
  • Quiet games, books and favorite toys for children
  • Important Documents such as driver’s license, special medical information, insurance policies and personal property inventories
  • Cash (ATMs may not be functional)

Please note that a temporary trash receptacle may be placed on site if local trash removal vehicles are unable to empty the compactor/bins. Please be sure to use the provided receptacles to avoid polluting the grounds and water run off systems.

 Thank you and please be safe.

The Switchplace Team