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Hurricane Irma & Jose

As we prepare for Hurricane Irma & Jose, please observe the following guidance:

  • Print a copy of our Hurricane Preparedness Guide and take appropriate steps to prepare your family and property.
  • If we are impacted by the hurricane, the Association will address damage and clean-up of common property only.
  • Owners are responsible for preparing their properties for a hurricane and subsequent clean-up and repairs.
  • Owners should take steps to secure their private property (e.g. boats), please do not request nor use common property to secure property that cannot be stored on your property.
  • We recommend that owners should organize a contractor in advance to carry out remedial work on their private property. Our gardening contractor – Caribbean Landscape – may also be contacted on  377-1149 ext 117 for hurricane clean-up. Note that this is outside the scope of our gardening service and therefore must be paid for by the individual owners.
  • Debris from private property must be properly disposed of and not placed on common property. The Association will not remove debris arising from private property.

If you have any questions, please email hurricane@sandyportmanagement.com

Changes to acceptable roof designs

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In light of the extensive roof damage created by Hurricane Matthew, the Board has considered the possibility that owners may want to use alternative materials better suited to severe weather events. The Restrictive Covenants state the following:

The roof structure shall be designed to meet with the wind velocity requirements of The Bahamas Building Code. Roofs shall be shingled with wood or three (3) dimensional ragged cut asphalt.

The Architectural Guidelines (revision 3) also state:

Roof construction comprises timber trusses with wood or ragged cut architectural asphalt shingles on felted plywood sheathing to roof slopes with galvanized or copper flashings, timber dormer construction where applicable and insulation to roof spaces.

Cedar wood or Celotex Dimensional III or comparable fungus resistant shake shingles that are class ‘A’ fire rated in a shade of grey. Finishes with similar appearance are allowable. Apply rain gutters with down pipes to all roof edges.

The Directors have determined that if an owner wishes to install a roof that does not comply with the guidelines, consideration shall be given to only those that are both sympathetic to the Sandyport style and are designed to withstand extreme weather events such as a category 5 hurricane. We strongly recommend that Grace Ice & Water Shield (or equivalent) is used where the installation requires an underlayment to provide added protection against water damage.

All new construction is subject to an application and approval process. Reconstruction of existing features, provided there is no material change to the dimensions, appearance or materials used, do not usually require approval by the Association. If there are changes to the dimensions, appearance or materials used in any construction visible from the exterior then an application should be made to the Association and approval granted before any work commences.

If a construction application is filed for a roof that does not conform to the guidelines, the Association will, at its sole discretion, grant approval only if it believes it is of suitable aesthetic and structural design after considering the parameters set out above.

 

 

Tropical storm Sandy

Residents should make preparations for Tropical Storm Sandy. We therefore recommend that all boats and other property that is at risk of damage or becoming a projectile be secured. In addition we urge that all construction material be secured and debris removed or covered. We also advise following these guidelines if appropriate in the event that the storm is upgraded to a hurricane:

What to do now

  • Prepare an Evacuation Plan.
  • Be certain you have adequate insurance on your home and its contents. This should include Flood Insurance through your home insurance carrier and wind and hail coverage. Review your insurance coverage in detail with your agent.
  • Ask your insurance agent or company what you can do to reduce your chance of loss, such as installing hurricane shutters.
  • Photograph or videotape your home and contents for insurance purposes.
  • Make copies of family and personal records.
  • Do not assume that the government will be able to provide for your needs. You must take steps to be self-sufficient. Be prepared: Make sure you have food, clothing, medication, and other supplies available for a week or more. During an emergency or recovery operation, public agencies will be flooded with requests for assistance. Resources will be and should be directed to the most vulnerable and needy members of the greater community.

When a hurricane watch is issued

  • Keep tuned to a local radio or television station for the latest National Weather Service advisories, as well as special instructions from local government.
  • Check battery-powered equipment. Your battery-operated radio could be your only source of information, and flashlights will be needed if utility services are interrupted. Buy extra batteries.
  • Keep your car fueled should evacuation become necessary. Also, service stations may be inoperable after the storm strikes.
  • Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, and bottles as the water system may be contaminated or damaged by the storm.
  • Obtain extra prescription medications and medical supplies.
  • Many people board their windows or protect them with storm shutters. Windows are broken mainly from wind-driven debris. Wind pressure may break large windows, garage doors, and double-entry doors. The taping of windows does not keep the glass from breaking; it merely keeps broken glass in a more confined area. If desired, install hurricane shutters/window boards on all unprotected windows. This may prevent tree limbs or debris from breaking windows.
  • Secure outdoor objects that might become debris. Garbage cans, garden tools, toys, signs, porch furniture, and a number of other harmless items become deadly missiles in hurricane winds.
  • Fasten your boat securely well before the storm arrives, or move it early to a designated safe area. We suggest tying an anchor into the middle of the canal for the bow line and another for the port in order to prevent the boat hitting the bulk heads or ending up on the bank. Do not stay on the boat.
  • Trim back dead wood from trees and remove branches and coconuts from coconut trees.
  • Park extra vehicle(s) in the garage and remove any from carports.
  • If you have a swimming pool, cover the pump filter.
  • If told to do so, shut off water, electricity, and gas
  • Turn off gas at any outdoor propane tanks.
  • Take down flags that may be flying.
  • Disconnect power and cable to your television sets, but keep one set on to receive last minute news and instructions.
  • Do not leave any pet(s) outside or tied up during a hurricane.
  • Make certain pets are wearing collars with current ID. Use adhesive tape and an indelible pen if ID is not current, and tape to pet’s collar.
  • The floods and flash floods brought by the torrential rains of a hurricane are dangerous. Even though hurricanes weaken rapidly as they move inland, the remnants of the storm can bring 6 to 12 inches of rainfall to the area it crosses. Sandyport Drive is prone to flooding so please take the necessary precautions.

During the hurricane

  • TAKE COVER – Remain indoors during the hurricane. Blowing debris can injure and kill. Travel is extremely dangerous. Be especially aware of the “eye” of the hurricane. If the storm center passes directly overhead, there will be a lull in the wind lasting for a few minutes to a half hour or more. At the other side of the eye, the winds will increase rapidly to hurricane force and will come from the opposite direction.
  • STORM SURGE – Storm surge is a great dome of water often 50 miles wide, which sweeps across the coastline near where the eye of the hurricane makes landfall. The surge, aided by the hammering effect of breaking waves, is like a giant bulldozer sweeping everything in its path. The stronger the hurricane, the higher the storm surge. This is unquestionably the most dangerous part of the hurricane. Nine out of ten hurricane fatalities are caused by the storm surge.
  • FLOODS – The floods and flash floods brought by the torrential rains of a hurricane are dangerous killers. Even though hurricanes weaken rapidly as they move inland, the remnants of the storm can bring 6 to 12 inches of rainfall to the area it crosses. The resulting floods have caused great damage and loss of life.
  • WINDS – The winds of a hurricane (74 miles per hour or more) can be very dangerous. For some structures, wind force is sufficient to cause destruction. Wooden structures are particularly vulnerable to hurricane winds that can spawn tornadoes, which contribute to incredible destruction. The greatest threat from hurricane winds is their cargo of debris—a deadly barrage of flying missiles such as lawn furniture, signs, roofing, trees, siding, etc.

Security update & hurricane tips

Warm Greetings to our Residents!

The month of August was a quiet one for Sandy Port Security. Thankfully, there are no incidents to report.

As we begin a new month, students are already back in the classrooms. As customary, Security will be at the Back Gate to assist with the Tambearly School. Please remember to inform Security when there are any extracurricular activities taking place at the school that would require Security leaving the school gate open.

We are becoming increasingly concerned about the amount of dog waste that can be seen on the grass and the streets. Please be considerate and take along a doggy bag and a scoop to clean up after your pets.

Residents who are leaving the island are asked to fill out the “Going Away” form on our website. In addition to filling out the form, residents should leave the name and number of caretakers who can be contacted in a case of an emergency. This is vital in situations where boats may be sinking, we will be able to contact you or the caretaker.

All new residents are required to register their boat with Security. Registration forms can be picked up from the Main Guard House.

It is well known that September and October is the peak of the Hurricane season. I have listed some tips, which can assist you in your preparation.

What to do now

• Prepare an Evacuation Plan.
• Be certain you have adequate insurance on your home and its contents. This should include Flood Insurance through your home insurance carrier and wind and hail coverage. Review your insurance coverage in detail with your agent.
• Ask your insurance agent or company what you can do to reduce your chance of loss, such as installing hurricane shutters.
• Photograph or videotape your home and contents for insurance purposes.
• Make copies of family and personal records.
• Do not assume that the government will be able to provide for your needs. You must take steps to be self-sufficient. Be prepared: Make sure you have food, clothing, medication, and other supplies available for a week or more. During an emergency or recovery operation, public agencies will be flooded with requests for assistance. Resources will be and should be directed to the most vulnerable and needy members of the greater community.

When a hurricane watch is issued

• Keep tuned to a local radio or television station for the latest National Weather Service advisories, as well as special instructions from local government.
• Check battery-powered equipment. Your battery-operated radio could be your only source of information, and flashlights will be needed if utility services are interrupted. Buy extra batteries.
• Keep your car fueled should evacuation become necessary. Also, service stations may be inoperable after the storm strikes.
• Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, and bottles as the water system may be contaminated or damaged by the storm.
• Obtain extra prescription medications and medical supplies.
• Many people board their windows or protect them with storm shutters. Windows are broken mainly from wind-driven debris. Wind pressure may break large windows, garage doors, and double-entry doors. The taping of windows does not keep the glass from breaking; it merely keeps broken glass in a more confined area. If desired, install hurricane shutters/window boards on all unprotected windows. This may prevent tree limbs or debris from breaking windows.
• Secure outdoor objects that might become debris. Garbage cans, garden tools, toys, signs, porch furniture, and a number of other harmless items become deadly missiles in hurricane winds.
• Fasten your boat securely well before the storm arrives, or move it early to a designated safe area. We suggest tying an anchor into the middle of the canal for the bow line and another for the port in order to prevent the boat hitting the bulk heads or ending up on the bank. Do not stay on the boat.
• Trim back dead wood from trees and remove branches and coconuts from coconut trees.
• Park extra vehicle(s) in the garage and remove any from carports.
• If you have a swimming pool, cover the pump filter.
• If told to do so, shut off water, electricity, and gas
• Turn off gas at any outdoor propane tanks.
• Take down flags that may be flying.
• Disconnect power and cable to your television sets, but keep one set on to receive last minute news and instructions.
• Do not leave any pet(s) outside or tied up during a hurricane.
• Make certain pets are wearing collars with current ID. Use adhesive tape and an indelible pen if ID is not current, and tape to pet’s collar.
• The floods and flash floods brought by the torrential rains of a hurricane are dangerous. Even though hurricanes weaken rapidly as they move inland, the remnants of the storm can bring 6 to 12 inches of rainfall to the area it crosses. Sandyport Drive is prone to flooding so please take the necessary precautions.

During the hurricane

• TAKE COVER – Remain indoors during the hurricane. Blowing debris can injure and kill. Travel is extremely dangerous. Be especially aware of the “eye” of the hurricane. If the storm center passes directly overhead, there will be a lull in the wind lasting for a few minutes to a half hour or more. At the other side of the eye, the winds will increase rapidly to hurricane force and will come from the opposite direction.
• STORM SURGE – Storm surge is a great dome of water often 50 miles wide, which sweeps across the coastline near where the eye of the hurricane makes landfall. The surge, aided by the hammering effect of breaking waves, is like a giant bulldozer sweeping everything in its path. The stronger the hurricane, the higher the storm surge. This is unquestionably the most dangerous part of the hurricane. Nine out of ten hurricane fatalities are caused by the storm surge.
• FLOODS – The floods and flash floods brought by the torrential rains of a hurricane are dangerous killers. Even though hurricanes weaken rapidly as they move inland, the remnants of the storm can bring 6 to 12 inches of rainfall to the area it crosses. The resulting floods have caused great damage and loss of life.
• WINDS – The winds of a hurricane (74 miles per hour or more) can be very dangerous. For some structures, wind force is sufficient to cause destruction. Wooden structures are particularly vulnerable to hurricane winds that can spawn tornadoes, which contribute to incredible destruction. The greatest threat from hurricane winds is their cargo of debris—a deadly barrage of flying missiles such as lawn furniture, signs, roofing, trees, siding, etc.