Hurricane Safety Information

PET Registration Information (Hurricane Season June - November)

In September of 2017, Hurricane Irma struck Sebring Florida. Food and supplies arrived a few days later, thanks to our then new pastor, Dr. Bill Burnham. He needed volunteers for leadership in various areas for distribution. We came, we saw, and we conquered by sharing responsibilities during the next few weeks.

Since that time, Pastor Bill helped form a Hurricane Response Team consisting of qualified and dedicated Tanglewood Volunteer Leaders. They have a pre-planned system to aid our Residents when a hurricane is imminent. Committees will be needed for Food, Registration, Safety, Security, Medical, Pets, and more. For those new to the neighborhood since 2017, our Clubhouse was built to withstand a category four hurricane. We accommodate our Tanglewood Residents first and also provide a room for pets. Normally, the weather service will indicate the threat several weeks in advance.

In JULY, or if a Hurricane Warning is issued for Central Florida, the Hurricane Response team will begin Phase 1; Set up and Registration – The ‘Hurricane Warning’ normally posts at least 4-6 weeks prior to when the hurricane is predicted to strike. There will be postings via Blast Emails, courtesy of HOA,  and here, TWRTimes, informing residents when and where to register for staying in the Clubhouse/ Hurricane Shelter during the storm.

Admittance- to the clubhouse shelter will begin no earlier than 24 hours before the expected storm.  This is the same timeline as the county has to open their shelters. Approximately 90-100 pool lounge chairs will be set up for sleeping quarters.  The Response Team Leaders will closely monitor the wind speed through communication with the local police/medical and weather service. This will determine the time frame when to lock the doors until after the storm has passed. For the safety of those inside the shelter, the Exterior doors in the Mirrored Room, Laundry, Exterior bathroom doors and all other outside doors except for the North entrance will be locked.

A blast email will attempt to be sent out to all Tanglewood residents as to the exact time the North entrance doors will be locked. After that time, due to the safety of those inside, no one will be admitted to the building. 

Hometown America Office has Hurricane Preparedness Packets for residents. Please take one and read ALL of it. It has vital information on how to prepare your home before the storm. Look for the  ‘208-2019 Updated Pet Shelter Information’ sheet. It can also be found here on TWRTimes.

The Hurricane Response Team Leaders will be speaking at Monday Morning Coffee in June and July.  More information and updates will be posted here on TWRTimes newsletter. Stay safe while preparing for the unthinkable…Irma’s Big Sister?

Pet Hurricane Shelter in Community Room

We can maintain around 50 Pets.  Registration is required for your pet. In order to allow your pet to stay here: You must be a resident who will be staying at the Clubhouse shelter during the storm. When our pet space is full, there are several other Pet Shelters available within a few miles of Tanglewood and reservations are normally required. This is a free service offered by most all veterinarians and animal shelters. Names and locations will be posted that are within a few miles from here.

 Guidelines for Residents Requesting Clubhouse Shelter for their Pets

  • All pets are required to be registered through Pam Batey, Core Leader, Pet Shelter Area or her committee of volunteers. Pet registration sign up sheets are now available on the credenza in the Clubhouse. No more than two pets per household.
  • All pets must be contained in their own carrier or cage.
  • They must remain on a leash when allowed out of their crate for ‘cuddle breaks’.
  • There will be a ‘seating area’ for you to hold your pet for a while if needed.
  • There will be a designated ‘potty’ area if there is a need when we are on lock down due to the wind speed. All pets will be allowed an outside potty break before the storm hits, if weather conditions allow.
  • All Pet’s belongings should be marked with proper identification.
  • Bring a sheet or blanket large enough to cover the carrier.
  • All owners should bring an ample supply of food, water, food bowls, any necessary medications, and newspapers or trash bags for clean-up. Please speak with your vet about anti-anxiety pills.
  • All pet owners are responsible for the care of their own pets.
  • There will be no space available for owners to sleep with their pets.
  • All owners will be asked to sign up for ‘Pet Duty’ for a minimum of one hour in the Community Room with the animals. There will always be at least 2 people in the room to monitor the pets.

Upon departure of the pet shelter it is the owner’s responsibility to retrieve all belongings.

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Pam Batey

Moved to Tanglewood in August 2016, with husband, Steve and dog, Maggie. Retired Paramedic, now continuing my hobby writing short stories and information in the "You and Your Health" Section of the newsletter. Active Member of Tanglewood Community Church.