We are nearly a month into the 2018 hurricane season, and ORCA and Public Safety would like to reflect on lessons learned from Hurricane Irma. If you are living in your alternate home (outside of the Reef) during this time of year, please ensure that your property manager/caretaker handles a few things around your Ocean Reef home for you.
Evacuations: Evacuations orders must be followed — it's the law. Please follow all evacuation guidelines to avoid placing your family in danger. This also prevents emergency service providers from needing to respond during hazardous conditions should you need their help.
If you are asked to evacuate, listen carefully to instructions and information from local and national news, as well as the Public Safety Emergency Notification system that will automatically contact the telephone number and/or email you have on file with ORCA.
If leaving your boat in the water:
If you plan on having Marine Max pull your vessel out of the water, have it done early as yours will not be the only request they receive in a short period of time.
Florida sees its share of severe weather. Hurricanes, tornados, even the daily thunderstorms with the associated lightning can cause hazardous conditions you should prepare for. Remember, a tropical weather system is not a point on a map - it is an area of disturbed weather that can reach hundreds of miles in any direction causing damage even further away, especially the storm surge.
Visit these websites for more information:
https://floridadisaster.org/- Florida Emergency Management
https://www.fema.gov/ - Federal Emergency Management Agency
https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ - National Hurricane Center