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Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach: Hurricane Preparedness Guide for Peace of Mind

Hurricane season is quickly approaching, and while we hope for the best, it's always wise to be prepared for the worst. This blog will be your one-stop shop for everything storm season-related. We'll cover what Plantation Oaks is doing to gear up for potential storms, a handy guide to navigating "Tax Break Week" (a great time to stock up on supplies!), and what essentials you shouldn't be caught without during a hurricane. We'll also walk you through what to expect before, during, and after a storm, and provide links to valuable resources to help you stay informed and prepared. So, let's dive in and make sure Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach weathers any storm that comes our way!

What to Expect from Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach

Plantation Oaks Clubhouse

Knowing your safety is our priority, Plantation Oaks takes proactive steps to prepare for storms. Our manufactured homes are built with your safety in mind. They sit on engineered concrete footers with rebar for added strength, and galvanized steel hurricane straps are strategically placed around the perimeter and pressure-tested to connect the home's steel beam base to the foundation. Additionally, the homes are constructed with 2x6 exterior walls for increased durability compared to the standard 2x4 construction used in garages. Finally, the road grade sits at 31ft above sea level, with homes positioned 2-3ft higher, providing an extra layer of protection from storm surges.

The clubhouse, while not an official shelter, can be used as a temporary refuge during strong storms with wind speeds up to 150 mph.

Anticipating a Hurricane: Before, During, and After

Hurricane vintage flyer

For those unfamiliar with hurricanes, these powerful storms bring a predictable sequence of events. It is important to have a plan before the storm arrives because while the storm might have a predictable pattern, the damage, severity, and route can change instantly, leaving no time to prepare. We've provided a breakdown of what to expect before, during, and after a hurricane to help maximize your preparedness.

Before the Storm:

Accurate Weather Tracking: Modern weather stations provide detailed forecasts, pinpointing the storm's path, wind intensity, and rainfall predictions. Stay informed to make proactive decisions. If the authorities issue an evacuation order, be ready to leave your home immediately for your safety.

Prepare for Power Outages: Power outages are a hallmark of hurricanes. Filling your bathtub with clean water offers a readily available source in case of power loss or contaminated tap water. We are going to mention this more than once:


Secure Your Home: Mitigate wind damage by securing outdoor furniture, trimming tree limbs, and boarding up windows in severe situations. Consider removing wall hangings and valuables from open areas if the weather is expected to be bad. Waterproof Important Documents: Protect essential documents by placing them in waterproof containers and storing them in the most interior room of your house.

Stock Up on Essentials: Ensure you have a sufficient supply of medications, food, and other necessities before the storm hits. This minimizes post-storm scrambling and supply shortages that can occur.

During the Storm:

Heavy Rain and Flooding: The wind and rain will come in waves as the hurricane rotates across the state. Be prepared for significant rainfall, which can lead to flooding. It is important to stay updated on weather alerts and evacuation orders for as long as possible.

Heavy Winds: During the storm, heavy winds can be expected which can cause debris to be tossed around and severe damage to homes. It is extremely important to stay inside during the storm when the wind picks up.

Limited Cell Service: Cell phone service may be disrupted during the storm. Having a communication plan (including a battery-powered radio) before the storm is crucial.

Power Outages: Even minor hurricanes can cause widespread power outages lasting for hours, days, or even weeks. To preserve food, minimize opening the refrigerator and freezer during a power outage. Charge your electronic devices beforehand to stay informed and connected during an outage.

After the Storm:

Debris Removal: Expect significant debris, depending on the storm's severity. Exercise caution when navigating post-storm landscapes.

Shortages and Closures: Anticipate gas and grocery store shortages, road closures due to flooding or debris, and limited business operations.

Limited Access to Necessities: Pre-storm preparation with medications and essentials is crucial as access may be restricted.

Potential Looting: Looting can occur in heavily damaged areas. Be aware of your surroundings if venturing out immediately after the storm. Minimize travel as much as possible.

By understanding these predictable stages of a hurricane, you can take proactive steps to ensure your safety and well-being before, during, and after the storm.

What to Stock Up From a Local Perspective

empty grocery store shelves

Hydration is vital when it comes to hurricane prep. A gallon a day per person type of important. As mentioned before, fill your bathtub up before the storm so you have water for cleaning and cooking. Stock up on bottled water for drinking in case of contamination and also consider electrolyte drinks or mixes for hydration. A tip as a local is to fill a freezer with water bottles to use to keep food cold when frozen and provide cold drinking water when thawed. For food, we recommend limiting the purchase of perishables up to 5 days before the storm to reduce the chance of spoilage and waste (keep in mind trash service might not be running immediately after a hurricane). What you want to have on hand during the storm are canned goods, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, and peanut butter. We also recommend buying instant coffee or teas and shelf-stable milk of your choice should you be without power but not some comfort.

While water and food are important to stock up on during a hurricane there is so much more that may be needed in preparation for a storm. To help with preparations, Florida's government has created the Sales Tax Break Week which runs June 1-14 and includes all essentials you could need. There are dollar limits for different product categories. Items included are pet products: food, litter, crates, bedding, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, batteries, generators, coolers, etc.

Do as the Floridians and have a hurricane party!

men enjoying a hurricane drink for a party

While hurricane preparedness is crucial, there's a certain Florida flair to riding out the storm. For some Floridians, hurricane parties are a tradition – a chance to gather with friends and family, share a meal (those perishables gotta go!), and make the most of the situation. Board games come out, stories are shared, and sometimes, a little friendly competition brews. Feeling adventurous? Try whipping up a refreshing "Hurricane Punch" (check out this recipe:! Power outages might limit your options, but with a little creativity, a hurricane party can turn into a night of unexpected fun and camaraderie.

Together, We Can Weather Any Storm

Group of adults having fun

Hurricane season brings uncertainty, but by planning and working together, the Plantation Oaks community can be prepared. This blog is your one-stop shop for hurricane preparedness – from understanding what to expect before, during, and after a storm to taking advantage of Florida's Sales Tax Break Week. We'll also keep you updated on Plantation Oaks' storm preparations and provide valuable resources to help you stay informed. Remember, with a little preparation and a lot of community spirit, we can weather any storm that comes our way. Stay safe, Plantation Oaks!

Helpful Resources

National Hurricane Center


Florida Division of Emergency Management

Florida Department of Revenue

Florida 511-for the latest on traffic conditions

disaster sales tax holiday

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