Destin Pointe Hurricane Plan
Due to our location, Destin Pointe must make preparations even for the smallest storms. The following is a guide for the property preparation; this must remain flexible since storms can change very rapidly.
Hurricane Watches and Warnings
Hurricane Watch – Issued when hurricane conditions (winds of 74 mph or dangerously high water and rough seas) are expected within 24-36 hours.
Hurricane Warning – Issued when hurricane conditions are expected within 24 hours or less.
Category 1 Winds 74-95 mph
Storm surge generally 4-5 ft above normal. No real damage to building structures. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees. Some damage to poorly constructed signs. Also, some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.
Category 2 Winds 96-110 mph
Storm surge generally 6-8 feet above normal. Some roofing material, door, and window damage of buildings. Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some trees blown down. Considerable damage to mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers. Coastal and low-lying escape routes flood 2-4 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Small craft in unprotected anchorages break moorings.
Category 3 Winds 111-130 mph
Storm surge generally 9-12 ft above normal. Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings with a minor amount of curtain wall failures. Damage to shrubbery and trees with foliage blown off trees and large trees blown down. Mobile homes and poorly constructed signs are destroyed. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by battering from floating debris. Terrain continuously lower than 5 ft above mean sea level may be flooded inland 8 miles or more. Evacuation of low-lying residences with several blocks of the shoreline may be required.
Category 4 Winds 131-155 mph
Storm surge generally 13-18 ft above normal. More extensive curtain wall failures with some complete roof structure failures on small residences. Shrubs, trees, and all signs are blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Extensive damage to doors and windows. Low-lying escape routes may be cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Major damage to lower floors of structures near the shore. Terrain lower than 10 ft above sea level may be flooded requiring massive evacuation of residential areas as far inland as 6 miles.
Category 5 Winds greater than 155 mph
Storm surge generally greater than 18 ft above normal. Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. All shrubs, trees, and signs blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Severe and extensive window and door damage. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Major damage to lower floors of all structures located less than 15 ft above sea level and within 500 yards of the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas on low ground within 5-10 miles of the shoreline may be required.
Hurricane Preparations for Destin Pointe
Areas of our property must be prepared regardless of the category of storm.
Category 1 – 5
- Be aware of storm status to answer any questions from guests and/or owners.
- All outdoor furniture moved into units, cottages, and sales center. This includes non-rental and rental units. Garbage cans at cottages secured; start with cottages at Lands End Drive.
- Be sure all Golf Carts, Radios, Mobile Phones, and additional Batteries are charged.
- Have ample Gas for Chainsaws.
- Take down Beach Club and Village Green Flags.
- Take down Tennis Court Screens and Awnings.
- Prepare to move all Linens to at least the first floor of Magnolia House.
- Have ample Cash on Property.
- Turn off all Computers; Unplug all Servers, Printers, and Monitors as weather deteriorates.
- Have a current Employee and Guest list.
- Distribute Hurricane Kits as necessary for occupied units.
- Stack and Secure Pool Furniture, Umbrellas, and Tables.
- Turn off Pool Pumps prior to storm making landfall.
Category 3 – 5
In addition to the above, the following must be completed:
- Place Pool Furniture in Pools.
- Secure Pool Umbrellas inside Bathrooms.
- Turn Off Pool Pumps.
- Turn Off Power at Magnolia House, Guest Center, and Cottages; GM and Property Manager to determine timing.
- Lock Down Elevators on the top floor.
- Store all Golf Carts and Tram on the first floor of Magnolia House.
- Move all Linens to first floor of Magnolia House.
- Move all Maintenance Tools and Housekeeping Carts to higher floor at Magnolia House.
- Remove Back-Up Tapes and necessary Files from Office.
- Cover Computer Equipment and remaining files with plastic.
Employees will need ample time to secure their personal property. Holiday Isle is generally evacuated a day before other locations, which in most cases should allow for this. All managers and supervisors are expected to report to work to secure the property and to report back to work as soon as safely allowed.
Hurricane Contact Info
In preparation for the upcoming hurricane season, we will use the dpowners.com website to keep all owners informed before, during, and after a storm. The voicemail for the security phone and the cell number on the website will be updated as needed.
Destin Pointe Security
Destin Pointe Security Cell
Okaloosa County Emergency Operations Center
-Manned phone lines before, during, and after the storm to give information regarding shelters, road/bridge closures and conditions, evacuation routes etc. for Okaloosa County.
City of Destin
Destin Water Users
American Red Cross
The City of Destin will allow three representatives from Destin Pointe to gain access to Holiday Isle soon after emergency crews have inspected the area. Either Chad Smith, JJ Chambers, or Jeff Van Husan will have an advance entry pass. These passes will only allow entry after it is declared safe by Destin Fire District, Okaloosa Gas, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department and Destin Water Users. The City of Destin will still be in charge of red and green tagging properties and we will only being doing visual exterior inspections to report back to property owners. Digital pictures can be taken.