Thursday, October 27, 2016

10 Reasons You Need to Go On Vacation

Does anyone really need a reason to go on vacation? Probably not, but if your RV is looking more like a lawn ornament than a recreational vehicle, you might want to read this list.


1. NO ALARM CLOCK
Is there anything worse than setting your alarm clock and having your phone remind you that it's only 6 hours until you need to be awake? When you're on vacation you can turn the phone off, unplug the alarms and sleep to your heart's content. 
2. GET A TAN
The winter is finally over (remember that one day it was 50 degrees? Rough winter.) and that means getting back out in the sun! When else can you smell like a coconut 24/7 and get away with it? Just remember to use caution, as the sun can be very dehydrating and sun burns are no fun! 

3. EAT LIKE A KING
Pound of shrimp? Go for it. Block of cheese? Sure, why not! When you're on vacation, leave that diet where it belongs, at home with your low-fat crackers. There's nothing more satisfying on a vacation than getting to eat the way you want. No cardboard for breakfast and bunny food for lunch. Have dessert for every meal!
4. GUILTY PLEASURES
We all have it, whether we admit it or not. There's that one show you watch just to escape from it all. Sometimes we just don't have the time to watch TV, but on a vacation, it's okay to kick back with a bowl of popcorn and lose yourself in fantasy. 
5. DO SOMETHING NEW
If you're on vacation somewhere you've never been, there's going to be an opportunity to try something new. Whether it's an adventure, or a new food or getting to know someone, the world is your oyster. Trying something new can make you feel free and full of life!
6. DO NOTHING AT ALL
We usually look forward to the weekend all week. We think of it as a time of relaxation, when we can recharge for the week ahead. What really happens is we run errands, clean, visit with family, go shopping, prepare dinners, run around, and when we finally sit down, it's Sunday night. A vacation is your excuse to do nothing.
7. UNPLUG
If you're like most Americans, you are constantly connected. Whether it's through your phone, computer, tablet or desktop. However you stay plugged in, it can sometimes be a stressful experience. You are always on call, always reachable, always available. Sometimes, it's nice to set the phone down and go have fun without worrying about emails. 
8. TAKE  A NAP
Is it bad that something sleeping related is on here twice? We'll go with no. Have you ever wanted to just take a nap in the middle of the day? Well, on a vacation you can sleep whenever you want. Day naps are probably some of the best naps in the world. If you don't know that, you need to take one. 
9. REMEMBER THE LITTLE THINGS
When we're always rushing around, it's hard to remember the little things. You forget to look at the sunset, a laughing baby or birds flying overhead. You forget to smile at others, to see the beauty in our world and to pause for a moment. On a vacation, you can take a second to appreciate just how valuable life really is. 
10. RECHARGE 
Once your vacation is over, you should feel refreshed and recharged. Don't worry about itineraries and having fun, just go with the flow. Let yourself be free of stress and worry. Have a good time, but don't like the time have you. 

Why do you go on vacation? What's the best vacation you've ever been on?



Thursday, October 20, 2016

5 Creepy Cool Ways RV Campers Can Celebrate Halloween

Just because you're RV camping doesn't mean you can't celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year! We have some fun tips to help you turn your campsite into the scariest place to park a big rig. Let's get started! 

1. The Creepy Cooler
You probably won't want to store any drinks in here, but this creepy cooler is sure to get someone's heart racing! Just put a fake skeleton in the cooler and let it's legs hang out. Frightful, fun and easy! Plus, you can be sure no one will steal your food anytime soon. 

2. The Decorated Dash
Keeping a lot of holiday decorations in your RV isn't always the best choice, so this tip keeps it simple. Use a few Halloween-themed items to really spice up your dashboard. You can change it out for different holidays and seasons with smaller items that are easy to store. 

3. The Perfect Pumpkin


Head to a local fall festival and pick up a nice pumpkin. Carve an RV or a cute road saying into it and place it outside your RV. We love this one because they are disposable and you can cook up the seeds for a delicious snack. 

4. The Great Gourd 
Fill an outdoor lantern with some seasonal items like small pumpkins, pinecones and squash for a simple and elegant Halloween decoration. This one will even work for Thanksgiving too with a few slight changes. The best part is that you can use what you already have and fill it with items that you won't need to save. 

5. The Sitting Skeleton 
PVC, permanent markers and some bleach bottles are all you need to create these fun characters. Place them in a lawn chair to creep out your camping neighbors. It will be a fun project and it's easy to store too! You can always make new heads next year.

How do you celebrate Halloween in your RV?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Best Fall Festivals in Florida for RV Campers

Are you looking for the best fall festivals across the state? We have a juicy list for you that spans across the sunshine state and across a variety of interests. These events are sure to be a good time. Plus, we've included some of our RV resorts nearby so you know where to bunk after the event.

SOUTH FLORIDA

Stay at a Newby Fun Resort: 
Orange Harbor RV Resort Fort Myers [If you're 55+ and on the road for south Florida festivals, head back up to Orange Harbor RV resort. This beautiful resort is located on the water and features plenty of amenities and monthly events to keep you entertained.]
Photo Credit: VisitFlorida
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW – Celebrating its 35th year, the show will feature amazing military and civilian aircraft, some doing death-defying stunts performed by some of the best pilots in the world. Also, enjoy an expanded aircraft exhibit, a kids area and great refreshments.
When: Oct. 21-23
Where: Punta Gorda Airport, Punta Gorda
Web:  floridaairshow.com

CARDBOARD BOAT RACE – Come watch this hilarious family-oriented event, or better yet, be a part of the action by creating a team name and theme for your vessel and see how far you can go. You’ll be amused and amazed as vessels – yes, made of cardboard – speed across the water in their quest for the ultimate prize – the coveted plastic trophy.
When: Oct. 15
Where: Hollywood Marina, Hollywood
Web: hollywoodfl.org


37th ANNUAL FANTASY FEST – Leave the young’uns at home and head for this non-stop, adult-themed mega-party, featuring lavish floats, parades, costume competitions (one for pets, too!), street fairs, island bands and great food. This year’s theme is “Political Voodoo & Ballot Box Barbarians.”  Book your table early for the extravagant and outrageous 34th ANNUAL HEADDRESS BALL, Fantasy Fest’s premier gay and lesbian event. The first-place prize for best costume has been doubled to $3,000 for this year’s bash.
When: Oct. 21-30 for the entire festival and Oct. 27 for the Headdress Ball
Where: Where else but Key West (various locations)
Web: fantasyfest.com and headdressballkeywest.com


MIA ANIMATION – If you’re into animation, you won’t want to miss this industry conference. It focuses on computer animation, gaming, visual effects and motion graphics, web design and visual arts. It features world-renowned speakers, technology influencers and the best talent in the industry.
When: Oct. 21-22
Where: Wolfson Campus at Miami Dade College, Miami
Web: miaanimation.com

Photo Credit: The News -Press

27th ANNUAL DING DARLING DAYS – Enjoy a week of fun eco-activities in this great national wildlife refuge. It features free tours (via tram, foot, kayak and paddle boards), birding, archery clinics, a butterfly house and kids crafting.
When: Oct. 16-22
Where: J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island
Web: dingdarlingsociety.org

MIAMI ATTRACTIONS MONTH – It’s the ultimate BOGO: Enjoy an amazing array of Miami’s best attractions on a buy-one, get-one-free basis or some other form of serious discount. Attractions include, among others: Zoo Miami, Monkey Jungle, Miami Seaquarium, the Biltmore Hotel, Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miccosukee Indian Village and Jungle Island.
When: The entire month of October
Where: Throughout Miami
Web: MiamiAttractionsMonth.com

Photo Credit: Visit Florida
SOUTH BEACH SEAFOOD WEEK & FESTIVAL – Help kick off the annual Stone Crab season and enjoy a myriad of other seafood yummies prepared by Miami’s top chefs and restaurants. Also: live bands, culinary and mixology demonstrations, a kids zone, health village and VIP hospitality benefits.
When: Oct. 20-22
Where: Between 7th and 9th Streets on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach
Web: sobeseafoodfest.com

GOOD EATS IN NAPLES – Back to back, there’s the Naples Foodie Camp and then the Naples Stone Crab Festival. Foodie Camp is an 11-day event that features chef-led 90-minute cooking classes at top area restaurants. Besides great stone crab claws, the Stone Crab Festival (at several connecting locations on the Old Naples Waterfront) also has live music, art and fun activities for the whole family.
When: Respectively, Oct. 17-27 and Oct. 28-30
Web: Respectively, FoodieCampNaples.com and stonecrabfestival.org

Photo Credit: Visit Florida
AHOY, MATEYS & LASSIES – There are two noteworthy pirate fests in SoFla in October, one on the west coast and one on the east coast: 11th Annual Pirate Festival on Fort Myers Beach, Oct. 7-9, and the Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest and Mermaid Splash, Oct. 21-23. Both will feature some of the usual fun pirate fare: ship battles, costume contests, magic shows, live music, treasure hunts and lots of activities for the youngsters.
Web: Respectively, fmbpiratefest.com and bbpiratefest.com


HUMPHREY BOGART FILM FESTIVAL – This year’s gathering celebrates the 75th anniversary of “The Maltese Falcon” and the 70th anniversary of “The Big Sleep.” Besides these and other great Bogie Flicks, other activities include cocktail receptions, dinners and dancing, round table discussions and tours on the original “African Queen.”
When: Oct. 12-16
Where: Various locations in Key Largo
Web: bogartfilmfestival.com

 
Photo Credit: Visit Florida

BRAZILIAN FESTIVAL OF POMPANO BEACH – Get your Brazilian boogie on at the fifth annual fest. Two stages will feature internationally known Brazilian bands and solo performers and also the best of the local bands.  Also: a kids zone, skate board competition, more than 100 vendors and exhibitors and mouth-watering Brazilian food.
When: Oct. 22
Where: Pompano Beach Community Park in Pompano Beach
Web: brazilianfestpompano.org


Photo Credit: Visit Florida
OKTOBERFEST II -- Beer! Bratwurst! Butt-kicking live music! Kids activities! Bavarian beauties! More beer! Two big weekends of fun! 31st annual edition!
When: Oct. 21-23 and 28-30
Where: German-American Social Club, Cape Coral
Web: capecoraloktoberfest.com


ARTS & CRAFTS BONANZA – The 2016-17 season kicks into high gear in October with five major fests and fairs in SoFla. You’ll get to see work by some of the finest artists, crafters and photographers in the country – all in beautiful downtown settings with superb shopping, eateries and watering holes. Here’s the lineup: The Falls Festival of the Arts in Miami, Oct.8-9; 19th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival, Oct. 8-9; 17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival, Oct. 15-16; 29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair in Fort Lauderdale, Oct. 22-23, and the 3rd Annual Delray Beach Marketplace Art & Craft Festival, Oct. 29-30
Web: miamieventsandfestivals.com for the first one and artfestival.com for the others

CENTRAL FLORIDA

Stay at a Newby Fun Resort:
Buttonwood Inlet RV Resort Cortez, FL [This all-age family community is on the water and a perfect place to crash after some of these amazing events! It's right off the interstate, so you can zoom up the coast fast. Plus, it's walking distance from local amenities too.

Clearwater Travel Resort Clearwater, FL [This all-age family community is just minutes from the beach, which you don't want to miss if you're visiting Florida. Stop by this awesome resort to relax in their large pool or attend a fun monthly event!]

Fiesta Grove RV Resort Palmetto, FL [If you're looking for fun, this 55+ community has it in spades. Stop here to meet great people and join in on the exciting monthly events. You'll love all the amenities and it's just off the interstate so you can get to any of these great events fast.]

Winterset RV Resort Palmetto, FL [This 55+ community is one-of-a-kind with lots of amenities and an atompshere that keeps people coming back year after year. Stop by here for a fun time and then head on up the nearby interstate to get to any of the amazing events below.]

Leisure Day RV Resort Zephryhills, FL [Leisure Days is a 55+ community where the residents make you feel like family. We enjoy country living but are still just minutes from everything you’ll need. Tampa and Orlando are less than an hour away, so you’re in the heartbeat of Florida. Make this your home base as you enjoy all Florida has to offer.]

Woodall's Village Lakeland, FL [Known as the friendliest park in town, this 55+ community is the perfect place to hang your hat as you visit Florida. Stop here to enjoy all the fun monthly events from line dancing to country concerts. You're sure to get a taste of southern charm when you stay here.]
                                                                                                                     
BIKETOBERFEST – See why 125,000 bikers come roaring into Daytona Beach every year for one of the country’s top bike fests. The three-day continuous party features multiple motorcycle shows and rallies, live music, scenic rides along A1A and other historic roadways, racing at Daytona International Speedway and vendors offering the latest motorcycle models, parts and accessories.
When:  Oct. 13-16
Where: Daytona Beach
Web: daytonabeach.com/biketoberfest


RATTLESNAKE FESTIVAL – Often confused with the Texas city bearing the same name, this small Florida town has been celebrating this Wild West-ish festival every October since 1967. The 50th promises two full days of country music, cowboy demonstrations, a snake show, gopher races, rides, games, races and food trucks.
When: Oct. 15-16
Where: San Antonio
Web: rattlesnakefestival.com


Photo Credit: All About the Sunshine State
FRUITVILLE GROVE’S ANNUAL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – This outdoor fall festival takes place on a real family owned farm and is a favorite among local families who take part in the free petting zoo and pumpkin photo opps and pay anywhere from $2-7 for various activities such as pony rides, a rock climbing wall and pumpkin painting.
When: Every weekend in October
Where: Fruitville Grove, Sarasota
Web: fruitvillegrove.com


Photo Credit: Visit Florida

SPACE COAST OKTOBERFEST & MUSIC FESTIVAL – Experience the combination of a traditional Oktoberfest celebration with a modern music festival, complete with steins of beer, bratwurst and other German foods, plus a dozen rock, country and pop bands. It’s also family-friendly with a huge kids’ zone play area and covered tent areas so you can relax in the shade.
When: Oct. 8-9
Where: Palm Bay Regional Park, Palm Bay
Web: spacecoastoktoberfest.com

SCARECROW FESTIVAL – Celebrate fall in Florida by stuffing your own scarecrow, participating in a pumpkin toss, riding a barrel train and petting farm animals. Kids can play carnival games and romp around in a bounce house, and at 1 p.m. a giant pumpkin will drop from a bucket truck, scattering candy and prizes.
When: Oct. 8
Where: Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, Dade City
Web: pioneerfloridamuseum.org




WINTER SPRINGS ARTOBERFEST – Set on beautiful Blumberg Boulevard in the upscale neighborhood of Winter Springs, ARToberFEST show not only showcases award-winning pieces from locally and nationally known artists, but also has German food and beer, live entertainment from Europa, a kids’ crafts area and exhibits of student and senior art.
When: Oct. 15-16
Where: Winter Springs Town Center, Winter Springs
Web: wsfota.org

LEGOLAND’S BRICK OR TREAT – Brick or Treat returns bigger and better, bringing back the friendly-not-frightening Halloween fun for kids. Take the little ones trick-or-treating along the Brick or Treat Trail, check out the larger-than-life LEGO models, take part in build activities and a scavenger hunt, see the world's largest LEGO jack-o-lantern, and end the day with a Halloween-themed fireworks show in Pirates' Cove.
When: Every weekend in October, plus Oct. 31 (no fireworks on Oct. 31)
Where: LEGOLAND, Winter Haven
Web: legoland.com/brick-or-treat-event


NORTH FLORIDA
Stay at a Newby Fun Resort:
Bayhead Tallahassee, FL [This family-friendly RV resort is in the heart of Tallahassee, right by major universities and tons to do! Check out a football game or just relax in this large, sprawling community. You'll enjoy a country feel while being just minutes from these amazing events!]

Sandhill Shores Fort Pierce, FL [Sandhill Shores is a 55+ active community with lots to do. Enjoy a beautiful pool, billiards, shuffleboard and more! You'll love the friendly neigbors and events happening daily! Stop here after one of these great events. You won't regret it!]


3RD ANNUAL JAZZ, ARTS AND BLUES FESTIVAL — Held in historic Live Oak, Florida, the Jazz, Arts and Blues Festival features an exclusive music lineup and artist exhibits as well as food and beverage vendors. Thousands of music lovers from North Florida and South Georgia gather to enjoy the friendly atmosphere and exquisite arts.
When: Oct. 21 - 22
Where: Live Oak
Web: liveoakjabfest.org

CORN MAZE — Sykes and Cooper call their fall spectacular agritainment — combining a nine-acres of “cornfusing” turns in this year’s maze. Other entertainment includes Friday night “Movies Under the Stars,”  a donkey named Jack, hay rides, a cow milking station, duck races and other fall-themed family fun.
When: Oct. 8-30
Where: Sykes and Cooper Farms, Elkton
Web: sycofarms.com

Photo Credit: Visit St. Augustine

OWL PROWL — Owls are definitely not the first creatures that come to mind in association with Florida. Gators, flamingos, dolphin, yes — owls not so much. But here’s a chance to learn more about these resident birds of the night during a guided walk with a St. Johns County Naturalist. Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight, bug spray and water for this evening walk.
When: Oct. 14
Where: Canopy Shores Park, St. Augustine
Web: st-johns.fl.us/CountyNaturalist


ALLIGATOR WARRIOR FESTIVAL — Fun fact: Lake City was known as Alligator, Fla., in the early 1800s and its most famous resident was the Seminole commander, Alligator Warrior. In addition to celebrating the Native American people who made Florida their original home, this annual fest includes a reenactment of the 1836 battle of San Felasco Hammock, plus music, dancing, living-history camps, traders, craftsmen and food vendors.
When: Oct. 14-16
Where: Lake City
Web: alligatorfest.org

Photo Credit: Design Week Tallhassee
DESIGN WEEK TALLAHASSEE — Visual artists, from students to veteran freelancers, don’t need to travel to a design hub like the Big Apple to get the creative juices flowing thanks to seven days of sessions at the inaugural Design Week Tallahassee. Sessions will either be free or low-cost for all attendees and will feature topics such as UX Design, Illustration, Digital Design, Sign Design and Cartography.
When: Oct. 16-22
Where: Tallahassee
Web: designweektallahassee.com


5TH ANNUAL COUNTRY FRENCH FLEA MARKET — If you love upcycled treasures, handmade jewelry, shabby chic chairs, vintage Euro-inspired accents and local art, then bring your shopping list to the Sweet South Cottage market. More than 150 vendors will be selling items perfect for your home. There will also be free painting demonstrations and fantastic eats at a restored Queen Anne Victorian home.
When: Oct. 21-22
Where: Sweet South Cottage, near Tallahassee
Web: frenchcountryfleamarket.com


1890s FESTIVAL — Turn back time under the live oak trees in Victorian McIntosh with more than 30,000 people who arrive in town for the annual event. More than 280 arts and crafts vendors will host demonstrations by a spoon chime crafter, glassblower and basket weaver; or get a glimpse into the past at the town’s museum in the restored downtown railroad depot. Also: antique vendors; live music featuring Cajun, bluegrass and gospel tunes; plus children’s activities and food.
When: Oct. 22
Where: McIntosh
Web: friendsofmcintosh.org


QUINCY PORCHFEST — It’s like trick-or-treating for adults, except at each house there’s a different musical act performing instead of candy being passed out and you’re encouraged to stick around. Now in its fifth year, Quincy (pop. almost 7,000) will have you rocking and grooving to sweet tunes in the front yards of various homes throughout town.
When: Oct. 22
Where: Quincy
Web: quincyporchfest.com


BELLAMY BRIDGE GHOST WALKS — The restless spirit of Elizabeth Jane Croom Bellamy, who died in 1837, which accounts for numerous eyewitness tales of strange manifestations near the site of the Bellamy Bridge and proximity to Halloween, make late October’s annual Ghost Walks a spooky slam dunk. There are also the legends about a murdered moonshine runner and a headless driver that keep the spiritual lore alive. Reservations for the walks should be available starting in late September.
When: Oct. 28-29
Where: Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail
Web: bellamybridge.org


THE FEST 15 — Only 15 years ago, The Fest was an indie, underground music festival with 60 bands playing four stages. Now, the event is so large that attendees can head south to Ybor City for a two-day Pre-Fest (Oct. 26-27) to reach even more music lovers. This year’s lineup also has added a comedy showcase can professional wrestling.
When: Oct. 28-30
Where: Gainesville, various venues
Web: thefestfl.com

Thursday, October 6, 2016

How a Florida Mobile Home Community Prepares for Hurricanes

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A Mock Drill at an RV & Mobile Home Community
Fort Pierce- It’s 10 AM and the residents of a Fort Pierce community are being evacuated. The community sits empty as a category 2 hurricane rips through, damaging roads and homes. Streets are flooded, trees are grounded and looters are beginning to enter the community

Luckily, this was only the scenario for a mock hurricane drill at Sandhill Shores, a 55+ manufactured home and RV community. For two years, community managers Jim and Gayle Blandford have held drills to prepare residents in the event of a hurricane.

The community is professionally managed by Newby Management, and uses the Newby Management
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The Newby Management Emergency Action Team
Emergency Action Team (NEAT) for hurricane preparedness. In August 2004, Hurricane Charley ripped through Southwest Florida and damaged a Newby Management community.  From that experience, NEAT was created to respond to disasters that may occur in Newby communities. These disasters include hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, flooding and terrorism.

Comprised of 36 Sandhill Shores residents, the team works to secure the community in the first 24-48 hours following a disaster. On June 26, they gathered as if a category 2 hurricane had hit the community.
As the day begins, radios at the information desk are buzzing with updates on the community. The information team is comprised of seven members, and handles everything from resident check-ins and calls from worried family members to disaster reports and work flow for other teams. It’s the central hub, and all information is managed and distributed by this team.

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Signs described real hurricane scenarios. 
Beth Williams, who has been a resident at Sandhill Shores for the past 28 years, is on the information team. She has been through 2 major hurricanes at the community and says that they haven’t always had a response plan for disasters. After Hurricane Charley in 2004, Williams said the community was severely damaged and it took weeks to repair damage.

“When you came into the park it looked like there had been a bomb,” Williams said. “There was devastation all over. What you see on TV, that’s really how bad it was here.”

Remembering hurricanes past makes residents on the NEAT team understand the importance of their positions. The first team out in the community is the security team. They are responsible for securing the front gate, checking people in and patrolling the community. All NEAT team members have badges and special authorization to return.  All other residents are asked to wait until the community has been given an all clear.

The security team is also responsible for patrolling the community to look for looters, residents who have
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Helping an injured resident during the drill. 
returned or been left behind and other dangerous situations. All incidents are reported back to the information table. In the event that a resident has been injured, first aid stations are set up in the clubhouse.

Looking for injured, deceased or left behind residents is extremely important, because many communities are left without help immediately following a hurricane. First responders, firefighters and police officers are in high demand and have very specific conditions for the weather in which they travel.

“The first 24 hours after a disaster everyone has to take care of their own,” said Sgt. R. Ziarkowski, a deputy sheriff with St. Lucie County.

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Stick figures represented people the team might encounter.
Outside help may take anywhere from 24-48 hours to arrive, so the damage assessment team works to minimize the effects of the hurricane. They drive the community and assess damage to homes, creating a priority list for the repair team.

If a home can be easily fixed, those repairs are made. When there are more extensive repairs the NEAT team does what they can to create a safe environment.  A debris cleanup team is also deployed to help remove trees, debris and other issues that may make it difficult for help to enter the community.

During the mock drill, the NEAT team is confronted with different scenarios that they might encounter following a hurricane. A resident had returned early to discover her home destroyed and refuses to leave the spot where her home once stood. A fight broke out near the fire pit. A woman was caught trying to steal a large TV. Streets were flooded and homes were listed as damaged or destroyed.
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A resident made the stick figures to represent different scenarios.
Although these are all mock scenarios, they are very real possibilities. For residents who have been through multiple hurricanes, the situations were anything but drills. Some recall being without power, losing the roof of their home, having trees fall through their house, and waiting weeks for repairs.

Marsha Neumann, a resident of Sandhill Shores for 5 years, said she remembers going through hurricanes back to back one year. Although it was a tough situation, she said it helped prepare her.

“The good thing was that what you didn’t know the first time, you knew the second time,” Neumann said.

With several training sessions and the mock drill, the Blandford’s are hopeful their community will be ready if a hurricane hits. They are not only preparing with training, but also with supplies. Everything from garbage
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Gathering supplies ahead of time is highly important.
bags and ropes to bug spray and first aid kits.

During the mock drill, the kitchen team worked to create a delicious meal using only food they would have on hand during a hurricane. Using three cans of chicken, a large can of green beans, tomato paste, chicken broth, rice, and basic spices, created a meal that fed over 55 people.  The team will continue to collect nonperishable food in preparation.

NEAT consists of 8 teams: Security, Sanitation, Damage Assessment, Damage Repair, Kitchen, Tire Repair, Debris Cleanup and the Information Table. Sandhill Shores is working to reserve a block of rooms at a nearby hotel so the NEAT team can respond quickly after a hurricane and begin securing the community.

Despite all their preparation, the community managers and residents are looking forward to a calm and quiet hurricane season. If something does happen, they’ll know what to do, but for now they are enjoying the
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Looters are a real possibility after a hurricane. 
sunny skies of summer.

“We just have to pray we don’t have a hurricane,” Williams said. “I’ve been through two of them, so I know how they are.”

As the NEAT team wrapped up the day, they reflected on how much they’d learned. Whenever disaster strikes, Sandhill Shores will know they have a team of waiting and ready residents to help get the community back on its feet.

“Everyone learned great things. We still need to learn more, but it’s a process and that’s why it’s so important,” said W T Shoultz, a 10 year resident of Sandhill Shores and head of the security team. “All in all, everyone did a good job and we’re proud.”

Learn more about Sandhill Shores at www.SandShores.com.
Learn more about NEAT & Newby Management at www.NewbyManagement.com.