The Board wants to remind everyone to prepare for hurricanes, nor’easters, and for high winds—all the storms that tend to affect us the most.
For this season, please keep an eye on the forecast and if you see a storm coming, follow these guidelines. The information below is taken from our general Safety Procedures document and is relevant to flood and storm emergencies. Please read this entire message!
FLOOD/STORM EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
Unit Owners Responsibilities
Move all balcony furniture, planters, and decorative items to a safe place, away from the wind. Flying objects can cause a significant amount of damage. If you’re not around, please arrange with someone else to do this for you.
If you park in the garage, consider moving your car to the street, or if the City of Norfolk opens their garages as they often do, please consider that option as well. If you’re going to be out of town and unable to move your car, please leave a key with someone who can move it for you. Keep in mind there isn’t enough clearance in the garage to allow for a tow truck.
Boat owners should move their boats to a more secure location not affected by tidal surge. Boat owners are responsible for the necessary labor, lines, tools, tackle, and evacuating or securing of their boats.
The City of Norfolk has designated the Pilot House as located in Zone A. During a mandatory evacuation order, Zone A will be the first group affected by the evacuation. Please follow recommendations from the City.
Safety Committee Responsibilities (and that residents need to be aware of)
Gary Naigle OR a designee from the Safety Committee will call The Select Group to coordinate:
Installing sandbags at flood prone locations and at the drain in the pump room and installing our flood prevention Hydrologs around the lower lobby doors.
Securing and setting up a pump in the garage as needed.
Cleaning the door tracks and installing flood doors at the electrical and storage rooms.
Gary Naigle or a Safety Committee designee will (as necessary)
Shut off electricity for the dock when the water level reaches the top of the pier.
Reset dock electricity allowing 2-3 days drying time after the storm has passed.
Put the elevator on the 2nd floor and place into “Independent Service”, meaning they will stop working. After the storm passes, our elevator maintenance service inspects and resets our elevators.
Open upper and lower-level parking gates and shut off power.
Move deck and lower lobby furniture to higher levels.
Deploy portable gasoline-powered water pumps in garage after storm.