As I was driving home on Friday night, Friday night of Labor Day weekend, it struck me how quickly weather changes. When I left for work that morning, the skies were gray but otherwise warm weather. During the day the deluge of rain I heard on the roof of the building I work in was disruptive. The sun was shining when I left for home and before I got out of Dover, the rain was falling so hard that everyone was driving with their four-way flashers on and driving 15 mph. That said, by the time I got home, the sun was shining, and a nice breeze was blowing off the bay. Three seasons in one day.
I mention this because once again, we are facing the start of the hurricane season. We are fortunate to live in a beautiful beachside community. Although we hope we will not be hit with any major storms, it is important for all of us to be aware and take precautions now, whether we are fulltime or part-time residents. Some important things to consider for fulltime residents include:
§ Having 3 – 5 days of food & water stocked and ready for use in case you get stranded without resources.
§ Consider having a fuel powered generator standing by in case if electrical power is unavailable for extended periods of time.
§ Make an itemized list of personal property, such as furnishings, clothing and valuables. Take photos and/or videos inside and outside to assist in settling any potential insurance claims after the storm.
§ Keep your insurance policies in a safe place, such as a safe deposit box. If forced to evacuate, take copies of important papers with you.
§ Have an evacuation plan ahead of time
§ Because electricity will likely be knocked out, keep a portable radio, emergency cooking equipment, working flashlights with extra batteries and possibly a generator.
§ Keep a copy of the Slaughter Beach brochure handy (found at https://slaughterbeach.delaware.gov/files/2018/04/SB-brochure-2018-FINAL.pdf) for important numbers and websites.
If you are a part-time resident, make sure you have provided emergency contact information with a neighbor, so they can contact you in the event your property sustains damage needing immediate attention. In the alternative, send an email to the Council email@example.com and have your information added to our database being compiled for this very reason. After last year’s Christmas fire, we became acutely aware of how important it is to be able to connect with homeowners in cases of emergency.
There are a couple of important events coming up this fall including the annual beach cleanup on Saturday, September 15th. Join us at the Pavillion at 9:30 am to pick up supplies and help us keep this little slice of heaven beautiful. (Rain date the following Saturday)
On Thursday October 18th, the environmental boardwalk/scenic overlook at Marvel Drive will break ground. A ceremony will be held at the Boardwalk at 10:30 am. The town has received a great deal of support from local, state and federal resources. We look forward to providing one more opportunity to members of the community to enjoy this beautiful place.
If there is anything that we, as members of the Town Council, can do to assist drop us a quick email. We promise to keep you up to date through the town website and email.
Secretary, Town Council