Helderberg Lake
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E M E R G E N C Y   P R E P A R E D N E S S

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Preparation for Hurricanes
Know your emergency plans.
Put together an emergency supply kit, which should include food, water, medical supplies, and any other necessities which will allow you to get by for 3 days after the hurricane hits.  
If a Storm is Approaching
Be informed of the most up to date information by listening to the radio or TV.
Please take all reasonable precautions to secure property, including lawn furniture, lawn ornaments and any outdoor items that might become airborne. If you have a portable basketball hoop, put it away.
Be sure windows and doors are fully closed and locked.
Be sure your pets are indoors.
Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn your refrigerator and/or freezer thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its door closed.
Turn off propane tanks.
Stock a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
Prepare your home by covering your windows with pre-cut ply wood
Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so that they are wind resistant.
If you are directed to evacuate by local authorities, do so in a timely manner and follow all instructions. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
Secure your necessary documentation: insurance policies, resident lists, financial records, employee records, contracts, association governing documents, community plat, and plans and specifications for the community.
Make sure your computer records are backed up.
Start taking photos and video (both with date stamps showing they were taken prior to the storm)
What to do During a Hurricane
If you are unable to evacuate, stay indoors and away from windows. Keep curtains and blinds closed.
Close all interior doors, and secure and brace external doors.
Go to a safe indoor place, such as an interior room, closet, or hallway, on the lowest level. If necessary, lie on the floor under a table or other sturdy object until the storm passes.
Don't be tricked by a lull in the storm. It may be the calmer center of the storm passing over, and the storm will resume.
What to do After a Hurricane
Immediately after a storm, use extreme caution going out of doors. Be alert for hazards such as broken glass and damage to buildings.
Continue listening to the radio or TV and follow instructions from local authorities.
Do not drink tap water until you know it's safe.
Hurricane: Generally, an intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms, with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.
Tropical Storm: Generally, an organized system of strong thunderstorms, with maximum sustained winds of 39-73 mph.
Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watch: A hurricane or tropical storm is possible in your area, usually within 36 hours.
Hurricane/Tropical Storm Warning: A hurricane or tropical storm is expected in your area, usually within 24 hours.