Hurricane Response Team

Hurricane Season begins in June!

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.

If a hurricane is deemed imminent for our area, the Hurricane Response team will begin Phase 1; Set up and Registration. This normally occurs at least 3-4 weeks prior to when the hurricane is predicted to strike in our area.

Admittance- to the clubhouse shelter will begin no earlier than 24 hours before the expected storm.  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. 

The HTA Office will also be offering Hurricane Packets for residents. Please take one and read ALL of it. It has vital information on how to prepare your home before the storm.

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

 

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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.