Multifamily Florida - Spring 2018 - 10
for Hurricane Season
BY WENDY ANNUNZIATA
t the Mission Springs Apartments, Hurricane
Irma toppled trees, damaged roofs, and opened
up a car-sized sinkhole about seven feet from
a resident's front door when it blew through
Jacksonville last September.
Months later, there were still some tarps on the roofs
at Mission Springs, which has 444 apartments, but Irma
was mostly a bad memory - one that left community
manager Sharon Steffen with a firm goal for this year's
hurricane season: Get a generator.
After the storm, the community - like many throughout the state - lost power. From now on, Steffen said, the
community will have an office generator so that staffers
can run computers and phones, and perhaps provide
residents with a cold bottle of water from a mini fridge
or a place to charge their cellphones.
"We hadn't been hit for many years, and Irma was a
wake-up call," said Tammy Tollinchi, regional manager
for the Lynd Co., which manages Mission Springs. Several
managers of other Florida apartment communities said
they also plan to equip their front offices with generators
from now on.
That was one of many tips they and others offered
as Florida prepares for the start of another hurricane
season - one that is expected to be busier than normal,
One thing that experts agree on is that hurricane planning is best done in stages - and those stages need to
begin before the season begins.
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