About a year ago, I faced my first natural disaster preparations as a “live-in landlord” with Hurricane Irene. I got off easy as I was spared any electrical outages and water in my basement. Some folks weren’t so fortunate and were left in the dark for days if not weeks.
A reason why I think I was so lucky is because I live in fairly modern neighborhood with power lines running underground with redundant feeds from the grid. Despite all these advantages, I’m still preparing for this storm by the way of:
- Buying non-perishable food items
- Stocking up on batteries and flashlights
- Having Ice on-hand
- Having a full tank of gas in my car
- Stocking up on bottled water
My roommates may not have the same planning mind set that I have so one of the things I make them aware of is the possibility of extended electrical outages. With that in mind, I tell my roommates to take care of all their needs before they loose power. This may include but not limited to doing laundry and paying bills.
One of my roommates is new since the last hurricane hit, but this person is away for the weekend so I’ll communicate my worries to this roommate via phone.
I hoping for the same outcome, but time will only tell. The crux of the storm is forecasted to hit Monday during the day tapering off to Monday night to Tuesday.
What other responsibilities do I have as a “live-in landlord” to ensure that the storm doesn’t affect my paying roommates?