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Preparing for Hurricane Season: A Resource Guide for Texas Apartment Owners and Managers

Synopsis

The start of hurricane season is upon us, beginning June 1st. Hurricanes are no stranger to Texans, but we can never be too prepared. This period is critical for property managers, owners and operators across Texas. Even those outside the direct path of the storm face threats from flash floods and riverine flooding. The Texas Apartment Association (TAA) understands the importance of being well-prepared to protect your property, your residents, and your community. These ideas and suggestions are areas for you to potentially consider when preparing for hurricanes and may help address safety issues and minimize damage.


Understanding the Risks 

Texas, with its extensive coastline, dotted with many rental housing dwellings, is highly susceptible to hurricanes and tropical storms. These natural events can bring devastating winds, torrential rains, and flooding, posing significant risks to properties and the safety of residents. As a property owner or manager, proactive planning is essential to mitigate these risks. 

Key Steps for Hurricane Preparedness

  1. Create a Comprehensive Emergency Plan 
    • Develop a Communication Strategy: Establish clear lines of communication with your team and residents. Ensure everyone knows how to receive updates and emergency information. 
    • Assign Roles and Responsibilities: Designate specific tasks to staff members, such as securing outdoor areas and checking emergency supplies.
    • Coordinate with Local Authorities: Stay in contact with local emergency management offices and be aware of evacuation routes and procedures. 
  1. Secure Your Property 
    • Inspect and Repair: Regularly inspect your buildings for structural integrity. Repair loose roof tiles, secure windows and doors, and ensure that gutters and drainage systems are clear. 
    • Outdoor Safety: Remove or secure outdoor furniture, signage, and equipment that could become hazardous projectiles in high winds. 
    • Emergency Power: Consider investing in generators or backup power systems to keep essential services running during power outages. 
  1. Stock Emergency Supplies 
    • Essential Items: Stockpile supplies such as flashlights, batteries, first aid kits, non-perishable food, and bottled water. 
    • Tools and Equipment: Ensure you have tools on hand for emergency repairs and maintenance, such as tarps, duct tape, and plywood. 
  1. Resident Preparedness 
    • Inform and Educate: Provide residents with information on how to prepare for a hurricane, including assembling their own emergency kits and having a personal evacuation plan. 
    • Emergency Contact Information: Collect and update resident emergency contact information regularly. 
  1. Insurance and Documentation 
    • Review Insurance Policies: Ensure your property insurance covers hurricane damage and understand the process for filing claims. 
    • Document Assets: Maintain an up-to-date inventory of property assets and take photographs or videos of the property for insurance purposes. 

Staying Informed 

Keeping up with weather forecasts and alerts is crucial during hurricane season. Utilize resources such as the National Weather Service, local news, and emergency management agencies to stay informed about potential threats and recommended actions. 

Don’t Delay 

Being prepared for hurricane season is a shared responsibility between property managers, owners, and residents. The Texas Apartment Association is committed to providing the resources and support you need to safeguard your property and ensure the well-being of your community. By taking proactive steps, you can reduce risks and help your resident feel secure during this challenging period.

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