season 2016 is here!
The end of the winter
season marks the approach of hurricane season. With June 1 as the official
start date, it’s time to prepare. As devastating as it was,
Wilma was not a “major” storm when it struck. Forecasters tell us 2 things
that should get our attention:
1) Our area is 50 years overdue for a strike by a major
2) It is predicted that the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
will have little storm activity .
is everyone’s responsibility. Unit owners, residents, the Association,
municipal, county and state government are all responsible to prepare for
hurricane season. Unit owners and residents are responsible to
prepare themselves and their units. Doors, windows and hurricane shutters
must be in serviceable condition and secured in advance of forecast storm
arrival. It is essential that ALL items be removed from balconies for the
duration of storm watches and warnings.
The National Weather Service declares a hurricane watch for a region when
hurricane force winds (sustained winds in excess of 74 miles per hour) are possible
in the area within the next 48 hours. The National Weather Service issues hurricane warnings when hurricane
force winds are expected in the area within the next 36 hours. This is
an increased state of alert, as it indicates the forecasters are more certain
of the hurricane’s landfall.
Any opening (door or
window) that is breached during a storm event places all other units on that
floor at risk of catastrophic wind and water damage and units below at risk of
water damage. The Association has more than 1,660 openings and only 2
maintenance employees. Association personnel are required to secure
common areas in advance of approaching storms. Association personnel are
not available to secure individual unit shutters, doors and windows. Unit
owners must make their own arrangements to secure their shutters and
openings. The Association will attempt to engage a vendor to secure
unsecured openings and remove items left on balconies during storm watches and
will charge those unit owners $200 to defray the cost of shutter
closing service; that cost will be $250 if items are removed from the
balcony in addition to closing shutters.
Owners and residents
are also responsible to prepare themselves to evacuate in advance of an
approaching storm if authorities give such an order and to have necessary
provisions on hand to sustain themselves and their household in the event of an
extended disruption of utilities and other vital services. Each resident
is encouraged to help their less fortunate neighbors, particularly those with
physical limitations. In the event of a mandatory evacuation order, the
cooling towers will be shut down; there will be no air-conditioning; the
elevators will be removed from service; all staff will be sent home and the
Towers will be locked down. During a storm event, power and domestic
water service will likely be lost and emergency personnel will likely not
respond to calls for service.
This section of the
website is intended to serve as a “one-stop-shopping” resource for hurricane
preparedness. It provides links to a broad range of relevant information
including a list of items needed to prepare a Hurricane Kit, shelter locations,
and other governmental services. Forecasts and storm events are full of
uncertainty. The one certainty is that having a plan is
essential. This is the place to start.
The Association is
reviewing and revising its plans. The Recreation Association will ensure
that trees are trimmed, that coconuts are removed from trees, that the tempered
glass panes are removed from the colonnade in the vicinity of the restaurant,
that the canopies, outdoor planters and furniture are secured and that all
items that could become windborne projectiles are secured. The Recreation
Association has purchased and stored plywood for emergency protection of
Association and Recreation Offices now have emergency power supplied by the
Valencia Tower natural gas powered emergency generator. The Offices will
serve as emergency operations centers with power for lighting, essential
communications, and a refrigerator for medications that require
refrigeration. Unit owners and residents who use medications that require
refrigeration are encouraged to register with the Office in advance. The
refrigerator will not be used for food or ice. The Condominium Association
has portable radios to facilitate emergency communications between volunteers,
employees and the Office and portable emergency generators and pumps to
expedite the removal of water as/if necessary.
If you are elderly or
a care-giver please take advantage of Broward County’s Vulnerable Population
Registry. It allows those who are disabled, frail or have health issues to
register in advance by calling the Broward County Call Center at 954-831-4000,
TTY 954-831-3940 or the city's emergency management agency. Also please register with the office if there is anyone disabled or in a wheel chair, so that we may tell the Fire Dept. in case of emergency.
Effective June 1,
medical services provided in the Special Medical Needs Shelters during a
disaster will be transitioned from the Broward County Human Services Department
to the Broward County Health Department. This requires a new
application from all current registrants. If you are currently registered
in the Special Medical Needs Registry, you should have received an application
and letter of instruction. This application must be completed with the
assistance and approval of your physician.
Take the time now to
familiarize yourself with the resources below and to develop your household
plan. By doing so, you will help to ensure that Quadomain survives the
coming storm season come what may.
Scroll down to the
bottom of this page for important information and documents.
season 2016 is here!
Informed. Be Prepared.
You will find a wealth of information at www.broward.org/hurricane
The Vulnerable Population Registry: http://www.broward.org/registry/Pages/Default.aspx
Click here to register with Broward County's Emergency Update eMail System sends emergency information via email.
National Weather Service National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
FEMA Preparation Tips: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
Interested in tracking the storm's path? This links below offer several tools to help you monitor tropical storms and hurricanes as they approach South Florida. Print off your own hurricane tracking map, and plot the storm's coordinates. Or browse one of the many fine weather sites available to read discussion by the experts, view the storm's course and check computer models. There's even a historical tracking site that allows you to view information about storms that have moved through your ZIP code, dating back to 1851!
Hurricane Tracking Maps
Hurricane Tracking Map (PDF) Broadband version
Hurricane Tracking Map (PDF) DialUp version
Hurricane Web Sites
National Hurricane Center
This is the Web site for the National Hurricane Center located in South Florida.
National Hurricane Center RSS Feeds
Subscribe to the National Hurricane Center's Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds for the latest storm updates in a headline or news digest format.
National Weather Service Forecast Office
Get the latest weather information from the National Weather Service Forecast Office for Miami-South Florida.
NOAA Weather Radio
This Web site provides information regarding NOAA's Weather Radio nationwide network.
Historical Hurricane Tracks
View NOAA's new Historical Hurricane Tracks Web site. Type in your ZIP code and see how many storms have moved through your area in any given year going back to 1851.
South Florida Water Management District
The Web site for the South Florida Water Management District has a plethora of weather data, including tropical storm models and raindar.
The Tropical/Hurricane Web site for Weather Underground provides a wealth of information on tropical storms in the North Atlantic and other areas throughout the world.
On this Web site, view the flight plan of the day for the Hurricane Hunters.
Penn State University
View Penn State University's Web site for the latest tropical storm forecast models.