Hurricane Season is here…and Live the Gulf Coast has you Covered!
As always, we hope that we don’t have to enact any of these procedures, but history tells us preparation is the key to success. If you weren’t with us last year or are curious of how we handle things: here are some of our procedures and processes in the event a storm is approaching.
We will start communications to you between 3-5 days of any named Tropical storm or hurricane with updates of our preparations and storm details. Please note that in case there is an evacuation, guests will be leaving abruptly in the middle of their stay or coordinating with us on the safest move based on the storms specifics.
We will go into your home and conduct the following task list:
Verify all windows and doors have been shut to the best of our ability, empty out all refrigerator/freezer, remove all leftover trash from inside home.
Secure and/or bring in all outdoor furniture inside, store away grill and extra propane, completely remove any existing trash, Store away all empty trash cans and when applicable, turn off pool motors if possible (we don’t want debris running through the system). We will also load extra chlorine/salt into the pools, upon request, to keep them from turning green which will help in the recovery process.
*It is important to consider and understand that we are not a hurricane protection company and we do not guarantee the securement of any home. We will not be held liable for any damages that occur to any property.
If you have hurricane shutters or if you want to board up your property, we advise you to bring all needed materials from home, as price gouging happens in our area almost immediately for these items.
We will continue to communicate to you throughout the storm via email. Once the storm has passed and we are allowed to return to the beach, our management team will meet in person. Each representative will then be assigned to go to specific properties. Once the management representative is at your specific property, they will call you directly to give you an assessment. We then conduct the following inspection list:
Check on electricity (essential in our order of operations to determine if it’s ready to be put back on the rental market), any leaks that are coming through the ceiling, check on whether there is damage to the floors from flooding.
We will check if there is any visible damage to the roof, if the dryer vent is clogged with debris from the storm, if there are any trees that pose a liability and will need to be removed, check on exterior windows, whether the lanai is still secure, whether the downspouts are secure- these can come loose and swing, whether fences are damaged or knocked over, etc.
If there is any damage that would fall under a homeowners insurance claim we will take pictures and assist in your claim process. This is a quick rundown of what to expect, but if you are interested in learning more about our Hurricane Protocol, feel free to reach out to us at any time!