Hurricane Response Team

Missed Us By That Much

What a week!  We were very fortunate that Dorian did NOT come our way. Most of all, this week showed how well we can all work together for the good of everyone. Tanglewood residents and management worked like a well oiled machine, taking precautions, having group meetings, maintenance checks, and great leadership when it was needed the most. The Hurricane Response Team has been asked to reflect on their plans for safety. What went well? What didn’t go as expected? and What would they do different?  

As one of the leaders in this group, my observation was something like this:

  1. What Went Well
    1. Volunteers were everywhere and were put to good use
    2. Registration appeared to run smoothly
    3. Residents didn’t panic as they were checking in
    4. The seating/sleeping arrangements were all in place
    5. Management cooperated fully with the Response Team
  2. What Didn’t Go as Expected
    1. Didn’t expect Dorian to miss us completely!
    2. Didn’t expect residents to come to the shelter casually.
    3. Didn’t expect the Pet Shelter to have room prior to the storm.
    4. Did not expect Management to be quite as organized or to fully cooperate with our response team.
  3. What Would You Do Different to Improve the Process?
    1. Arrange for valet parking and have assistants at the door helping to carry approved items inside
    2. Provide more education to residents on the benefits and advantages of going to a Special Medical Needs Shelter
    3. Arrange for a ‘transport service’ to go pick up prior arranged residents who need help getting to the shelter.

So, how would you answer these questions for your own preparedness for Hurricane Dorian? As mentioned before, this was the best hurricane drill ever!  Health and Safety were are top concerns. Darlene Bradley, our new manager, and her crew maintained a leadership role throughout the process. The Hurricane Response Team kept in constant communication with Management. The residents were kept informed via cell phone and group emails from management and the HOA.

In the aftermath of this great hurricane ‘missing us’ volunteers were quick to respond in returning the Shelter back into a clubhouse. The pool area is now ready for swimmers and water volleyball.

Can you imagine now what the snowbirds are thinking? (Everyone getting along? Management constantly involved in a good way? No Hurricane?)  Who are you people?

We are the full-time residents living here in our only home. Here summer and winter, through thick and thin, we hold Tanglewood together quite well and even manage a few vacation days off ourselves.

BUT, we need our Snowbirds back to complete the aura of Tanglewood, fill up the dance floor, partners for pickleball, play bingo again, and continue friendships.  

Tanglewood has changed since the snowbirds left. And we can hardly wait for you to see for yourself what is happening around here since Hurricane Dorian left our building…alone.

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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.