Announcement: Hurricane Shelter in Tanglewood

Registration for Hurricane Shelter

It’s Hurricane Season, again. This year the Registration forms are much easier to complete. One is for Household Residents and the other for Pet Registration.

Please fill them out even if you don’t plan to use the Clubhouse as your Shelter. It will aid the HTA work crew’s when they set up the 100 pool lounge chairs to be used as your bed. Some will need to bring their own lawn recliner (same size as pool lounge chairs).

For our new residents; In case you weren’t aware, the Clubhouse was built to withstand a Category 4 Hurricane. Tanglewood Community Church is the head of  “Hurricane First Responders“, that consists of a group of residents, many of whom had prior training in various areas for disaster situations. Dr. Bill Burnham, Pastor of TCC and the core Responder group, did extensive research along with other disaster programs in the area which includes the Highlands County Disaster Relief Program. 

You do not have to be a church member to join the Responder Program. If you have experience as  paramedics, nurses, fire fighters, chefs, cooks, organizers, there will be a sign up sheet at the drill. They are always looking for new volunteers. There will be a question and answer time provided after a few volunteers demonstrate what to do and what NOT to do while inside the Clubhouse Shelter. 

A ‘Hurricane Drill’ is scheduled for July where you will see how the Clubhouse transforms into a Safety Shelter for Tanglewood Residents. The focus is on the night before the hurricane is expected to hit. 

In 2017, Hurricane Irma whirled up the middle of the state, and kept an ‘eye’ over Sebring for several hours in the middle of the night. There were around 300 residents tucked safely inside, waiting for daylight to see the damage many faced. There were no Wizard Of Oz‘ scenes. Everyone’s home was still on the property! Praise God!

Click on the links below to complete the forms.

Hurricane Shelter Registration link: 

Pet Shelter Registration link: 

Stations will be set up during the Drill to assist with registration for those who do not have access to a computer. 

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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.