The Atlantic Hurricane Season is June 1st until November 30th and we want you to be prepared for what happens when severe weather hits.
Have a Plan
Make sure you have a plan for a safe place to evacuate if necessary, amble time to prepare and secure the property and to extra time for travel to the evacuation site – given added traffic flow.
If you decide to shelter in place, make sure you have adequate non-perishable supplies for several days or more without power.
Good advice: www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
Do you have a plan for your pet? If it is not safe for you outside, it is not safe for your pets either! If you are leaving the property, do not leave your pets behind.
Gather and secure your important papers – renter’s insurance policies, identification, and your irreplaceable pictures, etc.
Monitor the Storm
Stay up to date on the storm and its’ path. A good resource is: www.myfoxhurricane.com/
Update your contact information
Make sure Hoffman Realty has all your latest contact information. Please login to your Renters Portal to update it, or email us.
Ensure you bookmark our Facebook Page
In 2004 when Hurricane Charlie threatened the Tampa Bay area our offices were subject to a mandatory evacuation orders well before the storm made landfall. It was chaotic with half our staff on the highways trying to leave Tampa and the other half making preparations to protect their families in place. Please don’t call us to get updates on the storm. Property managers in Houston recently found Facebook very helpful, so we will post general updates on our company Facebook Page as the situation allows.
Make sure you use the link below as there is a fake Hoffman Realty Facebook Page:
Ensure you have access to your Renters Portal
Please make sure that you have access to your Renters Portal. This and email will be the primary means for contacting us after the storm.
Securing the Property
Secure all outside items. Bring in swings sets, play houses, small planters, trash can, anything that could turn into a flying object during high winds.
Secure house against damage. Follow all recommendations by the local news and the emergency preparedness teams for your area.
Do not put tape on the windows!
If you evacuate the property or there is extensive property damage:
- Turn off main breaker to property.
- Turn off main gas line to the property. (Call Gas Company for instructions)
- Turn off main water supply to the property.
Shutter Installation or Board-Up Service
Hoffman Realty is not able to offer Hurricane Shutter installation and Board-Up service through our company. However, we have provided your landlord a list of local contractors should they want Hurricane Shutter installation and Board-Up. Some of landlords will make use of this service, most will not. If you aren’t contacted by one of these contractors assume the property will not be boarded up by your landlord. If your home has shutters available and you would like help installing them, please contact our office.
Unfortunately we cannot authorize you to add hurricane shutters or board-up the property if they are not already available for installation on site, as your lease requires all modifications or additions to a property be first approved in writing by your landlord. Any hurricane shutters added to a property must be landlord approved AND professionally installed. However, should you decide to add hurricane shutters or board-up the property without approval, you should be prepared to return the property to it’s original condition after the storm. If you would like a list of local contractors that can add hurricane shutters or board-up the property, click here.
After a Storm
Check for damage to your home.
Use caution. More people die after a hurricane than during one. Be particularly aware of downed power lines or driving on flooded roads.
Power will likely be out so use food in the refrigerator before it spoils. Discard any food that may have come in contact with floodwaters. If you cook with a grill, keep it outdoors. Conserve battery life on your flashlights.
Limit use of cell phones to emergencies.
Let us know how you faired
As you are able, please let us know how you and the property faired.
- If you have Internet service you can use your Renters Portal to report to us. You can upload photos with a maintenance request. You can also complete a maintenance request on our website and email us at Repairs@HoffmanRealty.com
- If you don’t have Internet service you can call our office at 813-875-7474 or our maintenance line at 1-855-559-5525
Please be patient and wait for us to respond back to you.
We will also post general information through our Facebook Page.
When we do contact you – please respond timely
Please monitor your voicemail and email regularly and check your Renters Portal. Respond timely to us and our vendors.
Please be Patient
After one storm in 2004 we had hundreds of calls a day and our voicemail filled with messages faster than we could respond back to them. The volume of call traffic seriously impacted our ability to assess and respond to storm damage.
It will take longer than any of us would like to get properties permanently repaired. Resources and skilled labor are in short supply. In fact in 2004 materials and resources were in such short supply after a storm, that many of our vendors were unable to repair storm damage. We had roofers that could not get roofing materials; handymen that could not get plywood or tarps; tree service contractors that could not rent cranes (to lift trees off houses); drying vendors that could not get fans, dehumidifiers and generators. Insurance companies were overwhelmed and it took weeks to get a claim approved.
Many of our staff will be working long hours and also dealing with their own storm damages affecting their families and their lives. In 2004 our office was without power for 10 days which really impacted our ability to communicate and respond. Power outages are likely to happen again, so we ask for your patience with us and our staff after the storm.