Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness Tips from Henderson Properties

Be Prepared – Be Safe

Stock Up

  • Non-perishable food and water for at least 7 days, and make sure you have a manual can opener.
  • Pet food and fill up bowls of water for pets.
  • Cash. ATMs and electronic registers won’t work in a power outage.
  • Batteries. Check your electronic devices, including medical equipment, to see what types.
  • Propane for gas grills. You can heat soup cans, boil water, make coffee, etc.
  • Prescription medicines. Most insurance companies allow for 2 emergency refills per year.

General Prep

  • Get an AM/FM portable radio so you can keep up with news coverage. Do NOT depend on your cellphone for communications.
  • Gas up your car and have a spare gas container for your generator or your car.
  • Drop your A/C temperature in advance.
  • Wash all dirty clothes and bed sheets. Remove anything that will cause an odor when the A/C is off.
  • Fill Ziploc bags three-quarters full of water and stuff them in your freezer to fill up the space. The less air you have in the freezer, the longer your refrigerator will stay cold.

Setup Light Sources

  • Gather all candles, flashlights, lighters, matches, batteries, and other items and keep them accessible.
  • Try to get LED flashlights and lanterns as they last longer. Have at least one flashlight for every person in your family, and ideally have a lantern or two for general lighting.
  • Charge any device that provides light. Laptops, tablets, cameras, video cameras, and old phones. Old cell phones can still be used for dialing 911. Charge external battery backups.

Create a Water Supply

  • Remember you’ll need clean water for brushing your teeth and washing yourself.
  • Store water-filled trash cans next to each toilet for flushing.
  • Fill the tub with water before the storm. Use this water to flush the toilet if the city water goes out.
  • Fill washing machine and leave lid up to store water.
  • Fill old empty water bottles and other containers with water and keep near sinks for washing hands.
  • Fill every plastic container with water and store in freezer. These will help keep food cold longer and serve as a backup water supply.
  • Keep baby wipes next to each toilet. Don’t flush them. It’s not the time to risk clogging your toilet!

Emergency Plan & Shelter

  • Pick your emergency safe place in a storm shelter or windowless area by an interior wall, and “camp” there during the storm. Store the items you’ll need in that location.
  • Check on all family members, set up emergency back up plans, and check on elderly neighbors.
  • Choose a friend or relative out of town to be the contact point for your family or group of friends. After a storm, it is always easier to get a call out of the area than within the storm zone.
  • Put a small suitcase full of clothes and toiletries in your car in case you decide to evacuate. Also put at least one jug of water in your car. Remember to pack for pets as well.
  • Think about what you will sit on if you are in a hallway or other safe spot for an extended period Have books or other non-electronic entertainment available. This is a good time to read Henderson founder Shelly Henderson’s new book, Starting From Scratch. To receive a free copy, stop by the corporate office at 3030 Latrobe Drive today or tomorrow and ask for one.
  • If you live in a high rise, be sure you know what the procedures are going to be in the building. Will the building be evacuated? Will the water continue to work? Will elevators work?
  • Do NOT count on your cellphone for communications. Cell towers may be out, or your battery may run down. Have an adapter so you can charge your cellphone in a car, have extra charges, and back-up batteries if you can.
  • Take photos today or tomorrow of key documents, all electronics, and everything valuable. Upload the pictures before the storm. If you can, take a video of your house and contents. This will help if you need to make a claim later. It will show proof of items and help you list them all.
  • Save your contacts in your phone to the cloud.

Secure and Protect:

  • Secure anything that will fly around, secure gates, bring in hoses, potted plants, etc. Bring in patio/pool furniture, lawn ornaments, and grills.
  • Think now about where you are going to park your car. A parking garage is ideal. Outside in a low-lying area or under a tree is the worst.
  • Place everything that is important and necessary in a bag / box that is easy to grab and is waterproof. Include your wallet with ID, phone, hand sanitizer, snacks, etc. Get plastic sleeves for important documents.
  • Before the storm, unplug all electronics. There will be power surges during and after the storm.
  • Remember, pets are family too. Bring them inside for the duration of the storm.
  • Tape windows in an X pattern with masking tape so that if the glass breaks, it will be in larger pieces.

Take Care of Yourself

  • Be well-hydrated before the storm hits and avoid salty foods that make you dehydrated.
  • Be sure you know a safe place where you and your family can ride out the storm, if it comes.

Remain calm and think clearly.

After the Storm

  • Make sure everyone in your household is okay.
  • Survey your property, being careful to avoid falling debris and downed trees.
  • If you see downed power lines, don’t go near them. Report this to the electric company immediately.
  • Report any gas smells to the gas company immediately and vacate the premises until it’s fixed.
  • Contact your homeowners’ insurance company for major damage.

For areas managed by the HOA, notify Henderson Properties at 704-535-1122. Keep in mind that the whole area may be in a similar position, and services will be delayed due to high demand.

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Safety First!


Greetings Homeowners,

It is officially Summer!  Magnolia Acres Community Watch Committee would like to give all the residents a few tips:

1) Get to know your neighbors!

2) Keep up your yard and encourage your neighbors to do the same

3) Improve lighting on your street.

4) Keep vacation dates off social media.

5) Please be respectful and do not block other resident’s driveways with parked cars causing problems for those who are driving on the street.

6) While walking your pet please pick-up after your pet.

7) Summer is here please be respectful of other homeowners while enjoying the outdoors and keep music to minimum.

8) School is starting soon.  Please remember to provide a buddy system for your kids in the morning and afternoons.

9) This is a friendly reminder for everyone to pay there bi-annual HOA fees!   It is encouraged for those who can to pay fees early!

10) We would like to keep crime or suspicious behavior to a minimum if you see anything please call 911 and report incident to the local police.

11) The HOA would like to host our annual summer activity for those interested in volunteering please contact the HOA board at Magnoliaacresboard@gmail.comand provide your name, telephone number and address.

12) Our next Annual HOA meeting will be on Thursday August 30that the Tuckaseegee Recreation Center at 6p,m.  All homeowners are welcome to attend. School supplies will be given away at the August meeting while supply last.

 13) Our next Annual meeting will be November 8th, 2018 to vote on the new officers for the board at 6p.m. at Mulberry Church .

13) Our next Community Watch Meeting will be held on Tuesday September 4that 6p.m. at the Tuckaseegee Recreation Center


Tips From Your Neighborhood Watch Committee

1) Be sure to remove all items/gifts/accessories from your cars from plain-view so they cannot be stolen from your vehicle.  Also make sure all doors are locked at night.

2) Remember to stay with your vehicle once it is started so that so that you will not become a victim of a car theft.  Note: It is against the law to start your vehicle and leave it running unattended and there is a $50.00 fine.

3) From time to time we are sure that you will have friends and family gatherings be mindful of your neighbors regarding loud music and parking the city has a noise ordinance and a time at which all music must be turned off please see CMPD website.

4) Magnolia Acres Community has increased police surveillance within our community within the New Year so you will see increased police patrol in our area.

5) Watch out for your neighbor if you see something suspicious be sure to call 911 to report it immediately.

6) Also if you would like to join the Neighborhood Watch Committee please attend our next Committee Meeting on Feb 17th at Showmars on Little Rock Road at 7pm.


**Remember if you see something say something***


Magnolia Acres Community Watch Community.