Bay House Condominiums   
Council of Co-Owners

Hurricane Preparedness Plan


Hurricane season is here and we all need to be prepared, familiarizing ourselves  with our responsibilities as owners, in the event that a storm is forecasted to hit our area either directly or indirectly, potentially causing damage to the Coastal Bend.  Our Managers and BOD have compiled this list to help you prepare.  We recommend that you have this information readily available to you .  We cannot depend on our Bay House managers/staff to assist with the preparation of our individual units, as they will have a multitude of duties to handle with the securing and protection of the office, grounds and common areas.   Each owner is responsible for the  preparation of their individual units in the event of an impending storm. 



PRIOR TO A HURRICANE : (before the 48 hour warning of landfall) 

·          CLEAR DECKS AND/OR PATIOS OF ALL OBJECTS THAT MIGHT BECOME A “MISSILE” IN

A  HIGH WIND.     THIS INCLUDES ALL FURNITURE, PLANTERS, BBQ PITS, FLAGS, ETC.)

EVERYTHING  TO BE  REMOVED  FROM THE BACK  DECKS AND THE FRONT ENTRANCE WALKWAYS AREA OF YOUR UNIT.

·      Secure windows and doors with either storm shutters or plywood.

·      Turn off water supply at the valve in front of  your respective condo and then depressurize

          the plumbing in the unit.

·      Turn off your water heater at the breaker.

·      Raise the arm on the refrigerator’s ice maker (if applicable).

·      Remove all food items in the refrigerator/freezer that would spoil if a  power outage occurs.

        If all power to unit is turned off,  open the refrigerator and freezer doors.

**      We recommend to turn the unit’s  power OFF.  However, if you choose not to turn the power  completely off, please cut off breakers to the dock areas (as they will more than likely be underwater).

  • Remove all boats and other watercraft from docks and under decks so they don’t become
  • floating debris”.  (This includes planters on docks and stairs, kayaks, gear boxes, paddle boats,  etc.)
  • Owners may be held personally liable for any and/or all damages caused by failure to these  recommendations.
  • When renting, the rental company is responsible for  the items above,  however contact your rental company for specific details.

 

For your reference, below listed are just a few of the duties that will be handled by our Bay House managers/staff in preparation of an impending storm:


1.   Remove and store all signs on property including pool and fish cleaning stations.
2.   Remove and store cushions from pool furniture and place pool furniture in pools.
3.   Remove  and store all pool equipment from the pool pump enclosures.
4.   Remove all trash cans from fish cleaning stations and pool areas.
5.   All dumpsters on rollers are to be chained down.
6.   Secure all mechanical room doors and set sprinklers to the “off” position.

7.   Close and secure all gates on property.
8.   Inspect fences for any loose boards and secure.
9.   Inspect fish cleaning stands and cabanas for loose pieces and secure.
10. Inspect property for any items that might become  projectile and secure. 
11. Remove and securely store all records, computers, copiers, printers and sensitive documents

      office.

12. Inspect patios and boat docks and advise owners of any potential problems. 

 


BE  AWARE
:  The City of Rockport and Emergency Management will begin turning off or isolating some areas of the city utilities (water & electric) up to 48 hours prior to landfall.    If we are targeted as the landfall area, all services may be shut down in some areas 24 hours prior to anticipated landfall. 

                                            *****BE SAFE AND BE PREPARED*****





Additional Helpful Information

When a hurricane threatens, listen for instructions from the Aransas County Emergency Operations Center.  When they call for an evacuation, get going without delay.  Make your evacuation plan NOW.  Monitor NOAA weather radio and local TV and radio broadcasts.  Prepare an emergency supply kit including: radio, flashlight, extra batteries, extra eyeglasses, bottled water, non-perishable food, dry clothes, bedding, insurance information, important documents, medications, copies of prescriptions and special products for babies, elderly and medically fragile family members.  Make sure your vehicle is in good repair.  Make a checklist of what to do before you leave.  Learn the evacuation routes.  When there’s a hurricane in the Gulf, keep your gas tank as full as possible.  If evacuation occurs, leave early as you can expect traffic delays.  Be safe and be prepared. 

 

REVERSE 911 EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

 

                        During an emergency, the City of Rockport and Aransas County will implement the REVERSE 911 Emergency Notification System.  The words EMERGENCY MSG will appear on Caller ID.  The system will call each telephone number in the database.  Once answered, the system will deliver a short voice message to you or your answering machine.  If the call is not answered or if the line is busy, the system will attempt to make the call again.  The database of telephone numbers includes all published and unpublished telephone numbers. Cellular telephone numbers are not automatically included in the database.  If you use a cell phone as your primary telephone,  please contact the  Public Safety Center  at 361-729-1111  to provide name, address and cell number.

 

                                                                                         SPECIAL NEEDS

    If you will need additional assistance with activities of daily living in the event of a disaster or emergency AND you have no other means to evacuate if a hurricane threatens, call 211 and register your name, address and special need.  This information will be given to the Aransas County Emergency Operations Center so your needs can be addressed in the event of an evacuation. 

1610 AM EMERGENCY ADVISORY RADIO STATION

The City of Rockport owns and operates a low-power emergency advisory radio station broadcasting 24 hours a day on 1610 kilohertz AM.   In the event of an emergency, tune to this radio station for public safety information, advisories and announcements. 

 

                                                 WWW.CITYOFROCKPORT.COM 
   

 Check the City of Rockport's website for information during tropical storm events.  The website is based in another state and will remain operational even if power is out in Rockport.  In the event of a mandatory evacuation, selected City staff will relocate to the Austin area and update the website with information from Rockport.

 

Hurricane Awareness Websites

National Hurricane Center
www.nhc.noaa.gov

Coastal Weather Offices
www.srh.noaa.gov/crp


FEMA
www.fema.gov

    
TX Division of Emergency Management
www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem

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