MAKE SURE EVERYTHING WORKS!
Published September 13, 2019
Itís great to get
prepared for hurricane, but you should as well make sure that
all the expensive equipment you bought to protect you, your
family and your home from a hurricane and the problems caused by
it, is still working when you really need it.
Everybody tells you
to buy water, batteries and lots of non-perishable food, but how
about the equipment you bought years ago?
Letís say you have
hurricane shutters and the company you bought it from promised
easy installation, but you didnít have to use them for quite a
while. As a preparation for hurricane season test them by
installing them, even if there is no hurricane in sight. Because
itís often too late to find somebody to repair possible problems
once the 48-hour warning is issued. How good are the most
expensive hurricane shutters if they donít work when you need
The same goes for
your generator: Make sure it works! Most generators are set for
a weekly test run, but did you hear your generator running last
week at the designated time? Donít call the company servicing
your generator when a hurricane is closing in. They are more
than busy, because you will not be the only one who made a
last-minute test and figured out that there is something wrong.
And without a generator your food in your fridge and freezer
will be toast, because the first thing that goes here in Florida
when a hurricane is approaching is the electricity. Itís sad,
but itís the truth as we all know.
Spending money on
protecting your home and your family is definitely a good
investment, but the best investment is useless when it doesnít
Just for future
references: My wife and my niece went to church on Sunday when
Dorian was approaching, threatening to score a direct hit on
Florida. The pastor prayed and asked the whole congregation to
blow east in order to turn the hurricane away from us. Obviously
||Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice,
's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group.
CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in
associations. He moved to
in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the
developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues
for his own purposes. End of retirement!
CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in
- finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a
member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.
The organization has two websites to inform interested
homeowners and condo owners:
News Website: http://www.ccfj.net/.
Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.
We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all
service providers surely have a different interest! We are
trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are
useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking