Hurricane Preparedness
As we monitor storms, preparations will begin to ensure the safety and wellbeing of you and your homes and we ask for your patience and cooperation as we perform the necessary tasks.
 
In the event an evacuation order is announced by our governmental authorities, we will make every attempt to communicate such instructions either by email and/or text message. 
 
We suggest that you pay close attention to the storm's forecast track by monitoring the following channels and be ready to take appropriate action.
 
Pensacola/Mobile area:
Cox Communications Channel 3 or 8    
dish Network Channel 3, 5, 10 or 15
 
Panama City area:
Cox Communications Channel 2 or 7                     
Cox Communications Channel 38   
 
The Weather Channel
Cox Communications Channel 38                                   
dish Network Channel 214                                          
               
The Emergency Broadcast System stations in Okaloosa County are:
  • AM 1260
  • AM 1050
  • FM 105.5
  • FM 104.7
  • FM 99.5
Listen to one of these stations during a hurricane alert for important information.
 
One Water Place strongly suggests you begin to address the following list of items:
  • Unit owners and residents should make sure that the Association has their accurate phone number, address and email address.
  • Be prepared for mandatory evacuations 2-3 days in advance of landfall. (Have an evacuation route and accommodations reserved)
  • Collect your important papers and valuables
  • Monitor the OWP website for updates
  • Remove everything from your balconies
  • Empty your refrigerator, freezer and ice makers
  • In the event of evacuation - turn off your water, hot water heater, recirculation pumps, ice makers and gas propane to your outdoor kitchen
 Here are some links that may be helpful during this time:
 
www.cityofdestin.com - City of Destin Hurricane Information Guide provides useful information for before, during and after a storm.        
www.okaloosafl.com - this website will offer links to evacuation route maps, shelter information and evacuation zones.
www.noaa.gov - this will link directly to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website with storm updates
www.floridadisaster.org/info/ - state of Florida website with latest hurricane information and mandatory evacuation notices
www.ready.gov/hurricanes - explains what actions to take when you receive a hurricane watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area
 
Additional links and resources:
  1. Alert Okaloosa provides county and municipal residents with the ability to receive emergency notifications and/or threatening severe weather on their Cell Phones, Home Phones, Email and Text.  Click this link to sign up http://www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/ps/alert
  2. Red Cross hurricane safety checklist.  Click here.
  3. Okaloosa County Office of Emergency Management Website - http://www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/ps/emergency-management
  4. City of Destin Hurricane Information Guide Click Here - This is a pdf that you can print for reference.  It has a lot of information such as:
    1. Important information to help you prepare for a hurricane
    2. Evacuation zones (OWP is in Zone C)
    3. Evacuation routes
    4. Emergency shelter locations
    5. Important phone numbers
    6. What to expect after a storm
Some things to consider in preparing for a hurricane:
  1. Photograph Your Home and Valuables: It is worthwhile for every unit owner or resident to photograph their condominium to capture on film all of the personal property within a unit. After a storm, this can be a helpful way to identify items that are missing. For unit owners with homeowner’s insurance, photographing the property (and valuable items in particular such as TVs) may make processing claims with their insurance companies much easier. It is prudent to contact your insurance company and ask them what they would ideally like to see in the event of a major claim post hurricane. They can typically provide guidance on how to properly prepare.
  2. Create a Survival Kit: Keep a survival kit in your home that you can grab in the event of an evacuation. A survival kit should include, at a minimum, fresh water supply, batteries, canned goods, proper identification, important documentation (e.g., birth certificates, social security cards, insurance policies), proof of ownership of your condominium (possibly necessary to get back onto the condominium property after a severe storm where major damage was sustained), cash, and medications.
  3. Establish An Evacuation Plan: Residents should know their community’s evacuation zone [OWP is Zone C], where they will go once an evacuation is required and the location of the nearest shelters (including if the shelter accepts pets – see www.floridapets.net).
  4. Prepare Your Vehicle: Residents should fill up their cars with gas and check tire pressure. The sooner this is done the better, as lines at gas stations tend to get longer as the storm approaches.
  5. Fill Your Bathtub: Consider storing drinking water in large containers or in the bathtub, as tap water may not be safe to drink for some time after the storm.
  6. Set Freezer & Fridge to Coldest Settings: Residents should set their freezer and refrigerator to the coolest setting to protect food for as long as possible in the event that electricity is lost. It is prudent to have several days’ worth of food on hand that does not require refrigeration.
After an evacuation order:
  1. Traffic Check: Residents should check local evacuation routes to determine which is the best option and leave as quickly as possible (traffic becomes heavier as the storm approaches).
  2. Refrigerator and Freezer Clean Out: To avoid rotting food if power is lost, refrigerators and freezers should be cleaned out prior to evacuation.
  3. Unplug Electronics & Appliances: Turn off and unplug any computers, printers, routers, coffee makers, and other appliances or electronics. If possible, remove electronics from the floor and place them in the highest available location.
  4. Water Shut Off: Residents should shut off the unit’s main water source.