What can my neighborhood or POA do to prepare for a hurricane?

•    The Town emails Property Owners Associations (POA) at the beginning of each hurricane season and prior to a storm to remind property managers of the following:   

  • Turn off any well water being pumped into man-made lakes and lagoons. This will allow water levels to decrease therefore, increasing their storage capacity.  
  • Shut off any common area irrigation systems. 
  • Inspect all storm drains for debris and blockages (i.e. pine needles, leaves, dirt, sediment or trash) and remove this material.
  • Inspect all pipe outfalls to ditches or ponds for blockages and remove any obstructions.
  • Confirm arrangements for debris/vegetation removal with a landscaping company or contractor.
  • Reduce/pump out water levels in lagoons, if possible.

•    Please remember, most stormwater drainage infrastructure is privately owned and maintenance of them are the responsibility of the POA.

•    Trim dead, loose or overgrown trees and shrubs; these limbs can be potential flying debris.

•    Communicate with neighborhood residents to trim dead, loose or overgrown limbs on their property. 


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1. Who has the authority to issue an evacuation order?
2. What local agency leads during hurricane season?
3. What if I need a shelter during a storm?
4. What if I need transportation to a shelter?
5. My neighborhood floods during major storms. What are ways to prevent flooding?
6. What are the best sources of information during a storm?
7. What if Beaufort County is being evacuated but the Savannah area is not?
8. What if I work in Georgia but live in Bluffton?
9. Can I evacuate before an evacuation order?
10. What happens if I stay in town during a mandatory evacuation order?
11. What can I do to prepare for a storm?
12. What can my neighborhood or POA do to prepare for a hurricane?
13. How does the Town of Bluffton prepare for a hurricane?
14. How do local contractors prepare for a hurricane?
15. What is the difference between a hurricane/tropical storm watch vs. warning?
16. What are the categories of storms and what exactly do they mean?
17. What do I do if my house loses power?
18. What are the evacuation routes?
19. What is the CARE program and how do I get added to it?
20. What is the Smart911 Program?
21. How do people who only speak Spanish access information regarding hurricanes?
22. ¿Cómo acceden las personas que solo hablan español a la información sobre huracanes?
23. What is an OPCON level and what do they mean?
24. What are all the social media and digital venues to access information for the Town of Bluffton and Bluffton Police Department?