Hurricane Preparedness

In the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, hurricane season starts in June. For the U.S., peak hurricane threats exist from mid-August to late October, although the official hurricane season extends through November.



Category 3: Hurricanes range from 111 to 130 mph

Category 4: Hurricanes range from 131 to 155 mph

Category 5: Hurricanes exceed 155 mph



In the event of a possible hurricane, two types of alerts may be issued.

A hurricane watch indicates hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the watch, usually within 36 hours.

A hurricane warning indicates hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the warning, usually within 24 hours.



Here are some safety tips from the National Hurricane Center on preparing for a hurricane: Keep some cash accessible and carry your credit cards.  Locate copies of your homeowners’ and business insurance policies.; Identify multiple evacuation routes and know the proper government evacuation routes.  The State Department of Transportation web pages provide evacuation routes.; Have a place to go.  Choose several places: a friend’s home in another town, a motel, a shelter.


Assemble a disaster supplies kit: First Aid Kit and any essential medications;Canned food and manual can opener; At least 3 gallons of water per person; Protective clothing, raingear, bedding, sleeping bags; Battery powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries; Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members; Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, natural gas and water, if authorities advise you to do so (Remember, you will need a professional to turn them back on); If evacuating, unplug all electrical devices; Secure your home by boarding over windows or putting up hurricane shutters; If you use boards, purchase precut one-half inch outdoor plywood and drill holes in the plywood ahead of time; If you live in a wooded area, make trees more wind resistant by taking out diseased and damaged limbs. Then, strategically remove branches so that wind can blow through; Move to safe shelters.  Low-lying areas and mobile homes should be evacuated; Stay informed by monitoring weather advisories on radio and television. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately; If a hurricane watch is issued, prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.



In the event of a hurricane strike, certain potential problems may arise at the shopping center.  RPAI has begun planning for the hurricane season at the center. However, we are only responsible for the exterior common elements of the center. 


Here are some things to keep in mind during this hurricane season: Remember that the windows and doors are the tenant’s responsibility.  If you decide to use plywood to secure your space you will be responsible for all damage to the exterior from the use of nails, screws, etc.; If you intend to board up the windows, the plywood may be cut no less than one inch longer than the total length of height from the sidewalk to the soffit, or appropriate surface area, and wedged into place by force. This will be followed with an appropriate amount of sequential sheeting installed in the same manner until said storefront is protected. Once installed, the seems of said sheeting should be adhered together with “duct tape”, specifically. A liberal amount of “duct tape” shall be applied to all seams in an effort to make the sheets as one.; The plywood may also be “cut to fit” in between the framework so that the cut sections of sheets may be laid into place over the glass, while touching it, and adhered with “duct tape”.  A liberal amount of “duct tape” shall be installed; said tape shall be adhered to the plywood and the frame in a 90 degree method.; If you intend to tape your windows, the tape should be on the inside of the space. Understand that tape will do little to prevent windows from breaking. This will only minimize damage and injury cause by flying glass and debris that must be cleaned up later.


Please be advised that the shopping center does not carry insurance for tenants’ personal contents.  Please keep your insurance policy handy.


Outside your store

If you have pallets or any items that are loosely stored behind or in front of your store, please remove them or secure them. Please try to have all dumpsters emptied prior to the storm. If you are unable to do so, please ensure that they are securely closed.


 Inside your store

Remove all items from windowsills or within close proximity. Close all interior doors. Turn off all lights and disconnect all electrical equipment/appliances.  Move your merchandise to the middle of the store and elevate it as much as possible off the floor.


 Post storm

Please do not re-enter the premises unless management authorizes you to do so.  Upon receiving authorization to return to your space, please report all damage to RPAI via the contacts below:




RPAI US Management



RPAI Southwest Management



In the event phones are down at one office and you are unable to get through the main lines, please contact Retail Properties of America, Inc. by e-mail or the toll-free number below.

Toll Free: 855.247.RPAI (7724)


Please keep in mind that in an area wide emergency situation we will have to prioritize reports in order of severity. While we will attempt to respond as quickly as possible, certain conditions may cause delays.


Please know this is being provided to you as a source of general information and use.  The user assumes the entire risk as to its use of this information.