Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Professional Community Manager Association Management Group Recommends NC/SC HOAs Ready for Hurricane Matthew

Association Management Group President Paul Mengert advises HOAs across North Carolina and South Carolina to prepare for Hurricane Matthew.

      As Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 to 156 mph, tracks north to the Carolinas, Association Management Group, one of the Carolinas’ largest professional homeowner association managers, advises HOA members across North Carolina and South Carolina to prepare their homes and neighborhoods for impact. “As professional HOA managers, an important part of our job is to help protect neighborhoods and residents,” said AMG Founder and President Paul Mengert.  “We help communities succeed in times of trouble such as hurricanes by providing them with the tools and resources, the advice and support they need to be safe and protect their homes.”
            According to Mengert, while the storm track is unpredictable, there is enough of a threat to make preparedness important: Make a plan, practice your plan, prepare an emergency kit, stay in the know.

Tips for Preparing for a Hurricane
*Have non-perishable food and a gallon of water per person for up to a week.
*Put copies of insurance and identification in a watertight plastic bag.
*Stock your first aid kid, including prescription drugs.
*Gather sleeping bags or blankets.
*Pack clothing and hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and deodorant.
*Be sure to have cash or a checkbook.
*Fill the car gas tank.
*Remember your furry friends and assemble pet supplies, including food, water, medicines, leashes and vaccination records.
*If evacuated, go.
*Stay tuned to the latest news, and include a battery-operated radio in the family emergency kit.

Readying Your Home for a Hurricane
*Move items in danger of wind damage, such as bikes, bird feeders and patio furniture.
*Switch the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings and keep them closed as much as possible to keep food cool and safe if a power outage occurs.
*Use flashlights in the dark, not candles.
*Know your area’s emergency plan, including the location of the nearest shelter. Plan several routes to the shelter in case of downed trees, and always steer clear of flooded roads.
*Check your insurance policies for coverage in the event of accidental damage and natural disasters. Remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding.

After the Hurricane...
*Be ready for more rain.
*If evacuated, go home only when officials say it’s safe. 
*Never enter a building surrounded by water.
*Drive only if absolutely necessary.

*Beware of loose and dangling power lines. Don’t touch or try to move them. Instead, alert the power company.
*Assess home damage, taking pictures of both the structure and furnishings, to submit to your insurance company.
*Stay tuned to weather updates.

For details about hurricane preparedness, visit
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About AMG:  AMG is a professional community association management company dedicated to building effective community associations. AMG guides and assists executive boards to help protect the association's interests, enhance the lives of community members and improve the property values in the community. With offices throughout the Carolinas in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Raleigh, NC, and Greenville and Aiken, SC, AMG is a knowledgeable partner in enforcing community governing documents with a proven set of processes and techniques, and supporting communities with a broad range of services which can be tailored to individual community needs. Association Management Group, Inc. is a locally Accredited Business by the BBB and is a nationally Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) by the Community Associations Institute. For more about AMG, visit

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