The order of priority when preparing Home Port Marina for a hurricane is:

  1. Protect human life.
  2. Seek to prevent or minimize personal injury.
  3. Reduce the exposure of property to damage.
  4. Minimize damage to property that cannot be relocated.
  5. Seek to restore normal operations as quickly as possible.

This document is the hurricane/storm preparation procedures that Home Port Marina will follow
during hurricane season. This document is not all-inclusive, but provides information that can be
useful during planning, preparation, and evacuation. It is important that the slip owners, renters,
and guests in the marina are aware of the basic elements of hurricanes and steps to be taken to
ensure their safety and the safety of their vessel. The purpose of this notice is to aid slip owner
of approaching storms, so they may take appropriate action.
This hurricane plan is premised on the full cooperation of the slip renters and guests of the slip
renters in the event of voluntary evacuation of the marina and the docks. Vessel owners and
operators are advised that they may need to seek safer harbors due to the wide-open waters.
The owner of any vessel left in the marina during a hurricane will be responsible for any damage to
docks, piers, dock systems, other vessels, and/or marina property. Owners are solely responsible
for removal and clean-up of their vessel if damaged or sunk during a hurricane.
Marinas are not safe locations for vessels during a hurricane or tropical storm. Their proximity to
the water and coastal regions generally place these facilities either close to or directly in the
path of these storms. While not required, it is highly recommended that vessels be relocated well
in advance to safer locations in order to protect both the vessel and the Marina. If you choose to
remove your boat, we will help you load your trailer, as long as it is done before evacuation
orders and can be done safely.

The following procedures will enhance Home Port Marina’s ability to protect the lives and property
of our marina customers and safeguard our facilities.


Hurricanes cause extremely dangerous weather conditions and require you to have a plan of readiness
in their event. To qualify as a hurricane, winds must read a sustained speed of 74 mph. Hurricane winds
have been known to reach in excess of 200 mph. Winds are not the only danger that accompanies
hurricanes. They can also include storm surge, flooding, accompanying tornadoes, damage from debris,
lightning, and erosion. Hurricanes can last for days and create additional circumstances that can keep
you under emergency conditions for sustained periods of time. To be fully prepared for a hurricane
requires that you have resources ready not only for the term of the hurricane, but also for the period
following, where you may be dealing with dangerous or damaged structures, loss of power, and
comprised movement and residency.

Hurricane Categorical Strength (based on the Saffir-Simpson scale)


Storm Surge – water that is pushed towards the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the
storm. This advancing surge combines with the normal tides to create hurricane storm tide, which can
increase the mean water level up to more than 18 feet.
Tropical Disturbance – a rotary circulation with little to no development on the ocean surface but better
development in the upper atmosphere and no strong winds, a common phenomenon in the Tropics.
Tropical Depression – a low pressure area with some rotary circulation on the ocean surface and a
sustained wind speed of less than 29 MPH.
Tropical Storm – a low pressure area with a distinct rotary circulation and sustained wind speeds from
39 – 73 MPH.
Hurricane – a low pressure area with strong and pronounced rotary circulation and sustained wind
speeds of at least 74 MPH.


The following is a checklist that Home Port Marina staff will implement upon hurricane season to ensure
the safety of your vessel. Additionally, Home Port Marina staff is responsible for securing and locking up
all dock carts, doors, and loose items. Home Port Marina’s Dockmaster may turn off all utilities upon

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Check supplies (tie-downs, plywood, lines, etc.)
Cut extra dock lines for emergency preparedness
Test run generators and pumps
Restock spill kits
Restock first aid kits
3 DAYS OUTAll hands-on meeting
Check storm track and notify boaters
Test run pumps
Back up computer records
Top off ice machine
Confirm contacts for all staff
2 DAYS OUTAll hands-on meeting
Clear grounds for loose items
Secure all trash cans
Dock check all vessels for proper tie-ups, loose gear, sails, etc.
Tie open all gates
1 DAY OUTAll hands-on meeting
Turn off all power and water to all docks
Secure all doors and windows
Ground recheck for loose items
Recheck all docks and vessels
Secure all computer equipment and business records
Shut off fuel supply and fuel power
RECOVERYMaintain communications with staff
Conduct initial survey of damage
Generate priority list
Check all boats and docks for damage
Arrange debris clean-up
Maintain detailed records of events, damage, losses, and expenditures
Contact all necessary contractors
Assist and contact tenants as needed
Inspect all electrical feeds and restore power
Inspect all water feeds and restore


  • Vessels under 35’ will have no less than a quantity of 6, excellent condition, ½” lines or more if cleats
  • Vessels over 36’ will have no less than a quantity of 8, excellent condition, ¾” lines or more if cleats
  • Vessels over 50’ will have no less than a quantity of 8, excellent condition, 7/8” lines or more if cleats
  • All vessels must be kept 100% operational at all times (mechanically) including batteries, bilge pumps,
    and connections.
  • All lines must be covered with chafe protections within 3 feet of any contact to vessel or dock.
  • Any vessel owned by someone other than a local owner (within a 25 mile radius) must have a local
    agent who has the authority and responsibility for securing, re-securing, and salvaging a vessel.
  • If significant surge is expected, utility service to docks will be shut down.
  • Secure your boat. If you need assistance, contact the marina prior to event weather.
  • It is strongly recommended that all owners have a haul plan for hurricane season.
  • All loose items and all dinghy’s, canvas, sails, cushions, outboard motors, ladders, grills, hoses, parts,
    chairs, plants, bikes, and other items not secured to the boat or dock must be properly removed and
  • Keep battery-operated radios or alternatives in case of power outages or shut-off.
  • Keep fuel and water tanks full.
  • Remove all valuable electronics.
  • Double/back-up lines with slack are highly recommended on all size vessels.
  • Install additional buffering to your vessel.
  • Board or tape up all windows. Taping will not prevent breakage but may reduce risk of flying glass.
  • Make sure you have documented all of your possessions either in writing, photography, or video.
  • Make sure insurance documents are stored in a safe area.
  • Survey around your boat slip, report any loose dock boards, missing or broken dock box clasps, etc. to
    the Dockmaster’s Office immediately.


Replenish for freshness

  • Medicines: Keep an updated list of family medicines and dosages along with doctor and pharmacy phone
    numbers. If possible, try to keep a 2 week supply of prescription medicines.
  • Food: Keep enough to feed the whole family for three or seven days. Choose things that don’t need
    refrigeration or cooking (canned foods, protein bars, peanut butter, etc.). Don’t forget any special dietary
    foods or baby food and formula, if needed. Replenish every 6 months.
  • Drinking water/containers: 1 gallon per person per day for a minimum of 7 days. Stock up on a few cases
    of bottles water at home and office in the event that there is a boil water notice.
  • Extra batteries for camera, headlights, radio, portable TVs and lamps, etc.
  • Infant necessities (medicine, sterile water, diapers, ready formula, bottles) if needed.

    Stow until needed
  • First aid book and kit including bandages, antiseptic, tape, compresses, aspirin, aspirin-free pain reliever,
    anti-diarrhea medication, antacid, and important phone numbers.
  • Flashlights and batteries for each member of the family
  • Portable radio and batteries
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Fire extinguisher (small canister, ABC type)
  • Instant tire sealer
  • Whistle and/or distress flag
  • Mosquito repellant & citronella candles
  • Plastic tarp, screening, tools, nails, etc.
  • Water purification kit (tablets, chlorine (plain) and iodine)
  • Clean-up supplies (mop, buckets, towels, disinfectant)
  • Camera
  • Garbage can or bucket with tight-fitting lid and kitty litter (for emergency toilet)
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, pre-moistened towelettes or baby wipes

    If you evacuate, you should take:
  • Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, or air mattresses
  • Extra clothing, shoes, eyeglasses, hearing aids (and batteries)
  • Folding chairs, lawn chairs, cots
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Quiet games, books, playing cards
  • Important paper and irreplaceable keepsakes (driver’s license, insurance policies, property inventories,

    Precious commodities before and after a storm:
  • Emergency charger for cell phones
  • Cash
  • Charcoal, matches, and grill
  • Ice