Preparing for 2012 Hurricane Season

Hurricane season begins June 1 and extends through November 30. As a reminder, Item 8 of the Rules and Regulations of the Fort Sumter House Association states:

8. Each Apartment owner who plans to be absent from his Apartment during the hurricane season must prepare the Apartment prior to departure, by:

a. Removing all furniture, potted plants, and other movable objects from any terrace and balcony; and securing all exterior windows and doors; and

b. Designating a responsible firm or individual satisfactory to the Association to care for his Apartment should the unit suffer hurricane damage. Such firm or individual shall contact the Association for permission to install or remove hurricane shutters or any other devices.

In the past, it has sometimes become necessary for FSH management to access apartments and clear objects left on terraces and balconies prior to a hurricane or bad weather. Please note that in the future, owners and residents who do not comply with removing items from terraces and balconies prior to bad weather will be charged a fee of $50.00 if FSH management has to hire someone or ask the staff to do this during normal hours. Furthermore, it must be noted that if an object flies off a balcony or terrace during high winds and injures someone or something, then the owner is liable, not the FSH Association.

In addition, we want to remind owners and residents that FSH Management must have 24/7 access (via master key) to all apartments. Paragraph 26 ( c ) in the Master Deed stipulates the requirement for easement into every apartment for purposes of “…maintenance, repair or replacement of any of the common elements therein or accessible therefrom and at any time for making emergency repairs…”. This is especially important during hurricane season when an emergency might occur.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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