If you have lived in the south, then you know hurricanes are a big deal. Preparations are needed to secure your home, supplies need to be on hand for emergencies and an evacuation plan needs to be prepared if the situation calls for it. Other than these normal preparations, what tips can help you better prepare for a hurricane? At South Pointe Apartments and Homes, we’re used to hurricane season and what it brings. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of important tips to help you prepare for hurricane season.
Make a plan
As we all know, hurricanes are unpredictable. In the case of a last-minute evacuation being ordered, it’s important to know what to do and where to go to evacuate. That’s why it’s critical to have an emergency plan on hand for anything unexpected. Make a plan to have necessities ready to go and a way to stay updated to follow any local community orders. Decide where you plan to evacuate and have personal documents and information included when you pack.
Secure the exterior
One way to help minimize damage to your home is to bring all outside patio furniture, toys and potted plants indoors. Move your vehicle away from trees with loose branches, branches that can potentially drop onto your vehicle or power lines during the hurricane. If necessary, secure any outdoor sculptures or newly planted trees with blankets or burlap tied with rope. If you’re in a home, consider plywood or storm shutters to protect your windows.
Make sure to power up all of your technological devices to have ready in the case of power loss or evacuation. Along with powering up your devices, fill up your car’s gas tank to add to your preparations. Gas stations may be out of gas depending on your area so it’s important to have that taken care of before the hurricane hits. Test your generator and have plenty of fuel if you have one to ensure it will work if the time comes.
Store important documents
If you store your important documents and haven’t taken a look at them, make sure to pull those documents out and have them ready to take in the case of a last-minute evacuation. Some of these documents can include marriage licenses, financial papers, birth certificates and legal documents. Even valuable and sentimental items you want to keep should be stored and packaged for travel to ensure safety.
Prep an emergency kit
No one wants to find themselves in a situation where they do not have the supplies they need during an emergency. Before a hurricane, gather non-perishable foods, flashlights, batteries, candles, matches, cash, bottled water, clothing, toiletries, blankets, a portable radio, medical supplies and more to help ensure your safety in case the unexpected happens. Having these supplies on hand will help your experience during a hurricane.
Identify a shelter room
If you choose to bear the storm during a hurricane, be sure to identify a shelter room in your home to avoid injury in case windows, doors or your home’s structure is breached. The best shelter room usually has no windows and is in a central part of your home. Try to avoid all unprotected windows and doors until the hurricane passes. If the hurricane strengthens, your shelter room will be your best option until the hurricane is through.
Implementing steps of preparation for hurricane season can be the difference in a make-or-break situation. South Pointe Apartments and Homes is committed to keeping our residents safe during hurricane season. Contact us today by calling (251) 971-3800 or visiting our website at www.southpointeapartmentsandhomes.com.
What Our Residents Have To Say
My boyfriend and I applied for a South Pointe home in the Summer of 2020. Turns out, someone applied for the same house about 30 minutes ahead of us! Sarah and the office staff were very helpful, and processed our application and put it down on the next available house. Me and my boyfriend LOVE the house we live in. We have lived here since August, and have not had a single issue. The houses and neighborhood are both really quiet and kept so clean! I love not having to cut my own grass! They are also pet friendly (which is hard to find). They even plan fun and safe events for neighbors to come together (while practicing social distancing), and enjoy the neighborhood. I can’t wait for it to warm back up so we can enjoy the pool and other great things offered while living here. We plan to stay here for quite some time!
I promised my roommate if we made it through hurricane Sally and got everything back to normal, I’d 5-star this place. The constant updates when there was news, the free meals, and quick clean up . Really this would have been a nightmare without this team. I will never forget their kindness.
Moved to Foley about 7 months ago and decided to lease a house at South Point Apartments & Homes. My husband and I couldn’t be happier with our choice. The office staff and maintenance crew are excellent! The location is WONDERFUL! Far enough from the beach to escape that traffic yet just a 15 – 20 minute drive when the ocean ” calls “.After owning for most of our life it’s wonderful to not have any upkeep or yard maintenance as it’s all provided. The saltwater pool, nice clubhouse, dog park and wooded areas all provide nice amenities that are well cared for.
I have lived here at South Pointe apartments for almost 3 years. It is the best community and apartment complex I have ever lived in. Not only is it quiet, you are surrounded by trees and other beautiful landscapes. Maintenance is friendly, quick and I trust them to be in my place when I am not. The office is courteous and very helpful (they also love to spoil your pups with treats anytime they see them!) I’m very excited to renew my lease for the fourth time since moving to the area. You won’t find the charm and seclusion in any other complex in Foley.
I am beyond impressed with my experience living in the South Pointe Apartment Home community! The ladies in the office go above and beyond in making sure tenants are comfortable and satisfied with their homes. The genuine care and understanding of the staff is something I have never experienced while living in previous apartments. Not to mention the exceptionally well-kept property; from the luscious green grass and the beautiful trees that create the perfect amount of sunshine and shade. The community amenities are spectacular as well; the olympic size saltwater pool, the grassy green fenced in dog park, multiple sidewalks, the well-kept fitness center and even a community garden. To top it off, all the neighbors I have met have been extremely friendly and kind, which is just icing on the cake. South Pointe Apartments stand apart from other apartments in the area; from the beautiful landscape and calm serenity, to the superb amenities and the friendly, caring staff always willing to help. I recommend South Pointe Apartments to anyone looking for a place that they can truly call home.