May 25, 2007

Marco Island | Disaster Planning

Some things to think about:

  • Have all your important personal documents and copies of those stored somewhere safe. I personally made copies of important documents and my friend in upstate NY has a set just in case...
  • To have a survival kit packed and ready.
  • To be able to grab the important things and take off inland or to the other coast...
  • Those with pets need to know where they can go with their pets.
  • Is there someone in your family who has a medical condition? You need to make additional plans for them.

For those of us with Real Estate businesses and need to keep records for several years, how secure are those records? And your computer records; when was the last time you backed them up? Where would you go if you home and business are completely destroyed?

Overwhelming questions when you sit down and think about it - but imagine if you were trying to answer those questions after a disaster?

If you live in an area like I do, Hurricane planning is important. There are tons of guides out there, but I would now get a list together of multiple handymen that you or your friends know and trust. Names, email addresses, web pages and phone numbers of roofers, screen companies and emergency relief services. The name and numbers of your insurance companies when you need to make a claim. It is those that are prepared going into a disaster that tend to have things happen very quickly afterwards. They know who to call and they get the job done.

Most of our owners are snowbirds, so they are not here to check on their properties immediately afterwards. So make sure that you have a list of people that you can call upon to check on your properties. Make sure that they are aware of a pending hurricane and are informed.

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