9/8/2017 Hurricane IRMA
From the desk of the Board of
Forest Hammock Home Owners
4371 Plantation Oaks Blvd, Orange Park
The Board would like to share our concern for the well-being of
our neighbor families as Hurricane Irma works its way up the state. With
luck, we'll see a downgraded storm and minimal overall impact to our
community. We do have some requests to help with safety and protection of
Ensure that you have enough emergency supplies for 7-days without
power. Fill up cars with gas prior to the storm in the event of
evacuation. Stock up on water and foods that don't require electricity to
cook. Have extra batteries and portable lighting (battery lanterns, flashlights).
Test generators and check oil levels prior to running. Have a first aid
kit handy and always prepare with a bug-out bag with clothes, medicines and
other vital personal needs. It is recommend that you use masking tape to
help secure windows in the event of damage. This will help minimize the
glass becoming a projectile. Placing an "X" in the glass panes
using the masking tape is a best practice. Here are some other requests
from the Board to help maximize safety:
1. Please secure indoors any lawn furniture or other items
that may become projectiles during the storm.
2. Secure your gas grills with bungee cords and place
them in a location that will be most protected from high winds.
3. Please park your vehicles off the street. If
necessary, park additional vehicles at the Amenity Center so that we may keep
the streets free for Emergency vehicles. It is highly recommended, when
possible, to park your vehicles in your garage to add a further layer of
protection from flying debris damage.
4. Please lay all portable basketball hoops down next to
your house. Even with sand bags on the portable, the extreme wind
potential will risk the item becoming a projectile.
5. Do not place your garbage out Sunday night or Monday
morning. We're working with Advanced to determine when their trash
pickup will be but they aren't picking up on Monday and will announce the
pick up after the storm passes. Garbage cans should be secured indoors
during the storm and out of community view at all other times other than trash
6. Please consider bringing flags and lawn banners in during
the storm so that you do not lose or experience damage. Often, the lawn
spikes will become projectiles.
7. Stay indoors! While it is tempting to experience
Mother Nature, it isn't safe. The risk of flying debris is too great and
you or a family member may be injured or killed. The storm will pass
quickly and you can survey after.
8. If we fall into the eye of the storm, it is tempting to
go outside. Remember, the stronger elements come after the eye and will
come on us quickly. Don't get trapped outdoors.
9. The Amenity center will close on Saturday at noon to
allow us time to secure the pool furniture. The gates will lock out and
we ask that you refrain from entering the pool area or using the amenities
until we're able to assess damages on Tuesday. We'll send out an
announcement notifying the re-opening via the website: www.foresthammock.com.
Should you have any needs during the storm, please feel free to
reach out to the Board via phone or by using the contact us form on the website
if you have internet. We'll do our best to assist. As always, any
emergencies please dial 911.
President & Chairman
Forest Hammock, HOA