- Hurricane Preparation Information

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Preparation for Hurricane/Significant Storms

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The east coast hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30 of each year.  Significant weather systems other than named storms may also cause damage from high winds, high tides and flooding in low-lying coastal areas.  Although hurricanes pose a significant potential threat to coastal populations, advance warning is usually available before a hurricane becomes a local hazard. 


The goal of this Hurricane/Severe Weather Policy is to stimulate Hampton Plantation property owners to take time now to develop a customized hurricane/severe weather preparedness plan for both real and personal property. Advance planning can help property owners limit both injuries and damage, which might result from the effects of the storm.  https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes is a good site; the Associated Content at the bottom of the page has lots of publications (How to Prepare for a Hurricane especially) and links to other sites.


All members are encouraged to monitor the community website, http://www.hppoa-ssi.com, for information and important reminders during the hurricane season. During and after a storm, Glynn County Emergency Management Dashboard site is a key resource. (http://glynn.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=40cf579420064e6c9e86ca2a7fa88022). Also, signing up for Code Red Alerts on the Glynn County site is a good idea. The local social media site, Next Door Hampton Point, is also a forum that was used extensively during Irma.






Before Hurricane Season Begins:



Prepare a Family Disaster Plan



Inventory Personal Property (Video, Photos, Copies of Receipts)



Review Insurance Policies for Adequate Coverage



Store Important Documents Off-Premises



Remove Debris from Gutters



Fill Low Areas in Grounds/Clean Drainage Swails and Ditches






When a Hurricane Watch is Issued: A Hurricane is Expected within 36 Hours



Read “Evacuation Information”



Observe Weather Warnings/Listen to Radio and Television for Updated Forecasts



Check Disaster Supplies Kit/Fill Gas Tanks






When a Hurricane Warning is Issued: A Hurricane is Expected within 24 Hours



Follow Evacuation Orders/See “Evacuation Routes”



Advise Association Management of Evacuation Destination/Provide Contact Information



Remove All Patio/Deck Furnishings, Landscape Ornaments, Plants, and Moveable Objects from Patios, Balconies, & Yards



Remove Vehicles, Trailers from Flood Plain Level



Retract and Secure Awnings



Remove Flags and Portable Signs



Place Portable Garbage Cans in Secure Area



Close Windows, Draw Blinds and Drapes



Turn Off Electrical Power to Pool, Irrigation Pumps, Landscape Lighting (if applicable)






After the Storm:



Clear Property of debris



Monitor Community and Glynn County Websites for Updates on Recovery Efforts








Prepare a Family Disaster Plan


The National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the American Red Cross suggest you develop and practice a family disaster plan.


  1. Obtain Information about Possible Disasters.
    1. Contact the National Weather Service office. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/organization.php
    2. Learn your Community’s Warning Signals and Evacuation Plans. 
  2. Create a Plan. 
    1. Pick Two Places to Meet.
    2. Outside the Home/Outside the Neighborhood. 
    3. Choose an Out-of-State Contact Person for Family Members to Call if Separated.
    4. Make an Evacuation Plan.
  3. Implement Your Plan.
    1. Post Emergency Phone Numbers by Each Phone.
    2. Teach Children About 911.
    3. Learn Basic Safety Measures, such as first aid, CPR.
    4. Install Smoke Detectors and Fire Extinguishers.
  4. Keep a Disaster Supply Kit.
    1. Easy to Carry Container (Back-pack or Duffle Bag).
    2. Include:
      1. Water for 3 Days (one gallon per person per day).
      2. Three-Day Food Non-Perishable Food Supply.
      3. Non-Electric Can Opener.
      4. Paper Plates/Plastic Utensils.
      5. Blankets or Sleeping Bags for Each Family Member.
      6. A First Aide Kit.
      7. Personal Hygiene Items.
      8. Emergency Tools, such as NOAA Weather Radio, Flashlights, Batteries.
      9. Extra Cash.
      10. Extra Set of Car Keys.
      11. Important Documents in Waterproof Container.
      12. Pet Care Items.

V.       Keep Your Vehicles’ Gas Tanks Full During Hurricane Season.

VI.     Keep Enough Prescription Medications to Last at Least Two Weeks.

VII.    Listen to Local Radio and Television Stations for Updates.




Evacuation Information


If an evacuation order is issued, leave the area as soon as possible.  Leave early with a full tank of gas!  Know where you are going before you leave; if you plan to stay in a motel/hotel, make reservations before you leave.  Some facilities do not accept pets; facilities along the evacuation routes will fill quickly.


If you do not evacuate, you may be stranded without fire, law enforcement or medical support for an extended time.  Please review the following important reminders:


  1. You will experience high winds.  Objects from surrounding properties may break your doors and windows and expose you to wind, rain, and other blowing objects.
  2. Utilities, including water, will be shut off.
  3. Beach areas are generally the first to lose power in a storm.
  4. Emergency services may not be able to respond to help you should you become sick or should you need to evacuate during the storm.
  5. Sanitary facilities may not be available during and after the storm.


If you do not evacuate, place a visible notice on your door so that emergency personnel will know where to look for you after the storm passes and recovery efforts are begun.





Emergency Shelters & Websites

Glynn County Shelter Information



Evacuation Transportation Assistance

Submit Request On-Line at the Above Website

Red Cross


Federal Emergency Management Agency




Local Weather & News Information


Call Sign


NOAA Weather Radio


162.425 MHz

Glynn County Emergency Ratio


106.7 FM

Georgia Public Radio- Hurricane Information


91.1 FM

The Weather Channel


Channel 31


Coastal Georgia Evacuation Routes

Chatham County

SR 21, US 80, I-16, SR 204 to US 80

Bryan County

SR 144 to US 301 (Glenville)

Liberty County

US 84 to SR 196 to US 301 (Glenville)

McIntosh County

SR 57 to US 301 (Glenville)

Glynn County

US 341, SR 32, SR 520

Camden County

SR 40 to US 1/301 (Folkston) to SR 520 (Waycross)




Facts About Hurricanes


Hurricanes form under specific atmospheric conditions.  Counterclockwise winds draw heat and moisture from the tropical ocean, contributing to the formation of an intense and strong tropical cyclone.  Hurricane conditions are reached when winds are sustained at 74 mph or more.  Winds revolves around a relatively calm 20 to 30 mile-wide center, referred to as an “eye,” which may spread outward as much as 400 miles.  The storm, moving forward at about 15 mph, releases heavy rains, accelerating winds and strong ocean swells.  A hurricane may be preceded by tornadoes in the right front quadrant.  As the storm approaches land, severe wind, rain, and tidal storm surges inundate coastal areas.  Most hurricanes lose strength as they move inland, but high winds and rain will continue.

Hurricanes pose three major threats:

  1. Wind.  Hurricane winds exceed 74 mph.  Such winds can rip buildings apart, uproot structures or objects, damage utility lines and threaten lives.  Wind damage can occur hundreds of miles inland.  Heavy rains in mountainous areas can cause flash flooding with little warning.
  2. Heavy Rain.  Hurricanes may be “dry” or “wet.”  A dry hurricane moves quickly over land and may drop a total of 5 inches of rain or less.  These hurricanes usually do not pose much of a risk from flooding but can cause great wind damage.  Wet hurricanes can drop more than 90 inches of rain per square mile and are slow moving.  If they stall, 18 inches or more of rain could drop.
  3. Storm Surge.  A large dome of water, often 50 miles wide and exceed 20 feet high, can sweep across a coastline near the area where the eye of the hurricane makes landfall. The surge, aided by the hammering effect of breaking waves acts like a giant bulldozer sweeping away everything in its path.  This build-up of water level can cause severe flooding in coastal areas, particularly when the storm surge coincides with normal high tides.  Most coastline hurricane deaths are caused by storm surges.


Hurricane Watches and Warnings


The National Weather Service issues a hurricane watch when a hurricane is expected to arrive in your area. You should remain alert for approaching storms, listening carefully to broadcast weather forecasts and alerts. Remind family members where the safest places within your home are located.  A hurricane warning is issued when a hurricane has been sighted or indicated by weather radar to arrive in your area within the next twenty-four (24) hours.


The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale


The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1-5 rating of the hurricane's present intensity. The rating provides an estimate of the potential property damage and flooding expected to result from a hurricane landfall. Wind speed is the determining factor in the scale, as storm surge values are highly dependent on the slope of the continental shelf in the landfall region. Note that all winds are estimated using the U.S. 1-minute average.


Category One Hurricane: 

Winds 74-95 mph (64-82 kt or 119-153 km/hr). Storm surge generally 4-5 ft above normal. Building structures will sustain minor damage. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees. Some damage to poorly constructed signs. Also, some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.


Category Two Hurricane: 

Winds 96-110 mph (83-95 kt or 154-177 km/hr). Storm surge generally 6-8 feet above normal.  Damage to buildings will include roofing materials, doors, and windows. Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some trees blown down. Considerable damage to mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers. Coastal and low-lying escape routes flood 2-4 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Small craft in unprotected anchorages break moorings.


Category Three Hurricane: 

Winds 111-130 mph (96-113 kt or 178-209 km/hr). Storm surge generally 9-12 ft above normal. Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings with a minor amount of curtainwall failures. Damage to shrubbery and trees with foliage blown off trees and large trees blown down. Mobile homes and poorly constructed signs are destroyed. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by battering from floating debris. Terrain continuously lower than 5 ft above mean sea level may be flooded inland 8 miles (13 km) or more. Evacuation of low-lying residences with several blocks of the shoreline may be required.


Category Four Hurricane: 

Winds 131-155 mph (114-135 kt or 210-249 km/hr). Storm surge generally 13-18 ft above normal. More extensive curtainwall failures with some complete roof structure failures on small residences. Shrubs, trees, and all signs are blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Extensive damage to doors and windows. Low-lying escape routes may be cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Major damage to lower floors of structures near the shore. Terrain lower than 10 ft above sea level may be flooded requiring massive evacuation of residential areas as far inland as 6 miles (10 km).


Category Five Hurricane: 

Winds greater than 155 mph (135 kt or 249 km/hr). Storm surge will be generally greater than 18 ft above normal. Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. All shrubs, trees, and signs will be blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Severe and extensive window and door damage. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Major damage to lower floors of all structures located less than 15 ft above sea level and within 500 yards of the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas on low ground within 5-10 miles (8-16 km) of the shoreline may be required.