As of Monday, October 3rd, 2016, it appears that Hurricane Matthew is not a direct threat to our area, but just in case it wobbles a bit to the west and impacts us, the following are some general tips regarding hurricane preparation, and the Boca Isles South regulation regarding hurricane shutters.
Hurricane Watch
A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified area. A hurricane watch is issued by local officials (48) hours in advance of the anticipated onset of hurricane-storm-force winds in an area.
Hurricane Warning
Hurricane warnings indicate that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph), the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds to allow for important preparation.
Hurricane General Preparations
The following are some general guidelines to follow when a Hurricane Warning is issued by local government officials:

• Turn on TV or radio and listen for continuing updates
• Place important documents and photos in waterproof plastic bags
• Fill up drinking water containers or purchase bottled water
• Scrub bathtub and fill with water; keep bucket handy for flushing toilet
• Fuel up vehicles and propane tanks; obtain fuel for generators if you have one
• Prep and test generator if you have one (Do not operate during storm)
• Put up shutters if you have them
• Bring in outdoor furniture, wind chimes, flags, trash cans, etc;
• Be prepared to secure or store loose items
• Make sure you have flashlight(s) and batteries
• Secure all doors and windows
• Reinforce garage door

Regarding putting up hurricane shutters, the following excerpt is from page 10 of the Community Rules and Regulations:

“Any hurricane or other protective devices visible from outside a Home
shall be of a type as set forth in the Declaration. Temporary hurricane
protective devices, e.g. shutter panels, shall not be installed until a
tropical storm “watch” has been issued for the area and must be
removed within 10 days of storm passage. Exceptions shall be at the
discretion of the Association and requests must be in writing to the
Association. “

Regards and stay safe
Boca Isles South Board of Directors