COMMUNIQUE- GETTING READY FOR THE STORM, ISAIAS

With the approaching storm Isaias, the Board wants to remind everyone of what to do to prepare for this storm. Please keep an eye on the forecast; also watch for whether the City of Norfolk opens their garages for you to move your car(s) to, for safety.

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 lot of damage. Or, if you’re not around, please arrange with someone else to do this for you.

  • Move 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.

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Safety Committee Responsibilities

Gary OR designee from the Safety Committee will call The Select Group and they will contact the vendors listed here and coordinate their activities with Gary or designee.

  • Landscaping service: install sand bags at flood prone locations and at the drain in the pump room (sandbags stored at South end of the garage) and Hydrologs around the lower lobby (stored in the electrical room located on the right side of the garage lobby).

  • As needed: Sunbelt: (499-1338) transport pump to Pilot House.

  • Cleaning Service: clean tracks for flood doors and install flood doors in electric and storage rooms.

Gary or a Safety Committee designee will

  • Shut off electricity for dock at the main panel in the electrical room using the big handle marked “Pier” when the water level reaches the top of the pier.

  • Reset dock electricity with 2-3 days drying time after the storm has passed.

  • Put the elevator on the 2nd floor and place into “Independent Service".  The key for this is stored in the mailroom. In the elevator room located to the right of the garage lobby, cut off the 2 main breakers. After our elevator maintenance service inspects the elevators, the elevators will be reset.

  • Open upper and lower level parking gates and shut off power.

  • Remove deck and lower lobby furniture to higher levels.

  • Deploy portable gasoline-powered water pumps in garage after storm has passed (stored in the electrical room in 2 large yellow bins).

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