2017 is here!
The end of the winter season marks
the approach of hurricane season. With June 1 as the official start date,
it’s time to prepare. It took nearly 6 years for all of Quadomain to
fully recover from Hurricane Wilma. As devastating as it was, Wilma was
not a “major” storm when it struck. Forecasters tell us 2 things that
should get our attention:
1) Our area is overdue for a strike by a major hurricane
2) It is predicted that the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season could have above
average storm activity .
Hurricane Preparedness is everyone’s
responsibility. Unit owners, residents, the Association, municipal, county
and state government are all responsible to prepare for hurricane season.
Unit owners and residents are responsible to prepare themselves and
their units. Doors, windows and hurricane shutters must be in serviceable
condition and secured in advance of forecast storm arrival. It is
essential that ALL items be removed from balconies for the duration of storm
watches and warnings.
Weather Service declares a hurricane watch for a region when hurricane force
winds (sustained winds in excess of 74 miles per hour) are possible in
the area within the next 48 hours. The National
Weather Service issues hurricane warnings when hurricane force winds are expected
in the area within the next 36 hours. This is an increased state of alert, as
it indicates the forecasters are more certain of the hurricane’s landfall.
Any opening (door or window) that is
breached during a storm event places all other units on that floor at risk of
catastrophic wind and water damage and units below at risk of water damage. The
Association has more than 1,660 openings and only 2 maintenance
employees. Association personnel are required to secure common areas in
advance of approaching storms. Association personnel are not available to
secure individual unit shutters, doors and windows. Unit owners must
make their own arrangements to secure their shutters and openings.
Owners and residents are also
responsible to prepare themselves to evacuate in advance of an approaching
storm if authorities give such an order and to have necessary provisions on
hand to sustain themselves and their household in the event of an extended
disruption of utilities and other vital services. Each resident is
encouraged to help their less fortunate neighbors, particularly those with
physical limitations. In the event of a mandatory evacuation order, the
cooling towers will be shut down; there will be no air-conditioning; the
elevators will be removed from service; all staff will be sent home and the
Towers will be locked down. During a storm event, power and domestic
water service will likely be lost and emergency personnel will likely not
respond to calls for service.
This section of the website is
intended to serve as a “one-stop-shopping” resource for hurricane
preparedness. It provides links to a broad range of relevant information
including a list of items needed to prepare a Hurricane Kit, shelter locations,
and other governmental services. Forecasts and storm events are full of
uncertainty. The one certainty is that having a plan is
essential. This is the place to start.
The Recreation Association will ensure that trees are
trimmed, that coconuts are removed from trees, that the tempered glass panes
are removed from the colonnade in the vicinity of the restaurant, that the
canopies, outdoor planters and furniture are secured and that all items that
could become windborne projectiles are secured. The Recreation Association
has purchased and stored plywood for emergency protection of damaged openings.
The Recreation Offices now have emergency power supplied by the Valencia Tower
natural gas powered emergency generator. The Offices will serve
as emergency operations centers with power for lighting, essential
communications, and a refrigerator for medications that require
refrigeration. Unit owners and residents who use medications that require
refrigeration are encouraged to register with the Office in advance. The
refrigerator will not be used for food or ice. The Recreation Office has portable radios to facilitate emergency communications between volunteers,
employees and the Office.
If you are elderly or a care-giver
please take advantage of Broward County’s Vulnerable Population
Registry. It allows those who are disabled, frail or have health issues to
register in advance by calling the Broward County Call Center at 954-831-4000,
TTY 954-831-3940 or the city's emergency management agency.
Take the time now to familiarize
yourself with the resources below and to develop your household plan. By
doing so, you will help to ensure that Quadomain survives the coming storm
season come what may.
Scroll down to the bottom of this
page for important information and documents.
2017 is here!
Be Informed. Be
You will find a wealth of information at www.broward.org/hurricane
The Vulnerable Population Registry: http://www.broward.org/registry/Pages/Default.aspx
Click here to register with Broward County's Emergency Update eMail System sends emergency information via email.
National Weather Service National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Interested in tracking the storm's path? This links below offer several tools to help you monitor tropical storms and hurricanes as they approach South Florida. Print off your own hurricane tracking map, and plot the storm's coordinates. Or browse one of the many fine weather sites available to read discussion by the experts, view the storm's course and check computer models. There's even a historical tracking site that allows you to view information about storms that have moved through your ZIP code, dating back to 1851!
Hurricane Tracking Maps
Hurricane Tracking Map (PDF) Broadband version
Hurricane Tracking Map (PDF) DialUp version
Hurricane Web Sites
National Hurricane Center
This is the Web site for the National Hurricane Center located in South Florida.
National Hurricane Center RSS Feeds
Subscribe to the National Hurricane Center's Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds for the latest storm updates in a headline or news digest format.
National Weather Service Forecast Office
Get the latest weather information from the National Weather Service Forecast Office for Miami-South Florida.
NOAA Weather Radio
This Web site provides information regarding NOAA's Weather Radio nationwide network.
Historical Hurricane Tracks
View NOAA's new Historical Hurricane Tracks Web site. Type in your ZIP code and see how many storms have moved through your area in any given year going back to 1851.
South Florida Water Management District
The Web site for the South Florida Water Management District has a plethora of weather data, including tropical storm models and radar.
The Tropical/Hurricane Web site for Weather Underground provides a wealth of information on tropical storms in the North Atlantic and other areas throughout the world.
On this Web site, view the flight plan of the day for the Hurricane Hunters.