Hurricane Matthew, the strongest hurricane to strike Florida’s east coast since Hurricane Andrew, is hours away from touching down in the Sunshine State. At Newby Management, we know how important it is to prepare your mobile home for a hurricane. We’re here to share some last minute preparations you can do to help keep your home and family safe in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
Be sure to have a radio, cell phone or television tuned in so you can hear the latest updates on the path of the hurricane. You’ll want to know when and where it’s going to touch down, especially because hurricanes are known to be unpredictable and change paths quickly.
Walk around your home and pick up loose objects like lawn ornaments and furniture and move them indoors. Place protective coverings over the windows, and move objects up off the ground in case of flooding. Think high for electronics, valuables, pictures and other keepsakes. Try to keep most everything off the floor of your home if you can.
If you live in a manufactured home community, make sure you know the evacuation plan. At Newby Management, our communities are assisted by the Newby Emergency Action Team (NEAT) in the event of a natural disaster. Our corporate team, community managers and residents are trained on the program so everyone knows what to do during a hurricane or other disaster. Be sure you’re aware of the plan in your community so you can follow it when necessary.
Ensure your emergency supply kit is well stocked. Visit the store for supplies like batteries, water, and non-perishable food. Check out a great list by AARP Emergency Checklist to see what you might need to get. Make a list and have family members work together to complete the tasks quickly.
Check and secure all of your mobile home’s tie downs. This is an incredibly important step before a hurricane. These tie downs help secure your home and keep it safe during natural disasters. Here’s a great guide you can reference as you check your mobile home tie downs before Hurricane Matthew.
If you are told to evacuate from your community or home, please do so! Florida is in a state of emergency, so it’s important to follow all state protocol. If you are being asked to evacuate it’s for good reason, no matter how much preparation you’ve done or how safe your home. Stay safe and use good judgement as we prepare for Hurricane Matthew.
This article provided courtesy of Newby Management, which has served the owners and residents of manufactured home and RV communities for 41 years with 55+ communities throughout the state of Florida.