Hurricane Notices

IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING HURRICANE IRMA AFTERMATH:

We are finally returning to normalcy after the powerful impacts of Hurricane Irma.  Power has been restored to all buildings including laundry rooms and elevators. If there are any additional issues with your building, please report them to the Service Department.

If you are out of town or not currently residing in your unit, please have a friend or neighbor check on it for you to ensure that you have no damage inside.

Waste Management resumed it¹s regular pick up schedule last Wednesday so all storm related garbage should be cleared out.

Thanks again for your patience and diligence during this natural disaster. Please remain prepared for additional storm events, as hurricane season won’t end until November 30, 2017.

POST-HURRICANE UPDATE

Buildings 5, 6 & 7 continue to only have partial power. Duke Energy is aware of the problem and is working on restoring full power. Elevators 5, 6 & 7 currently remain out of service until full power is restored.

Residents should continue to be cautious as the community makes every effort to resume normal operations. Many hazards still exist as a result of Hurricane Irma. Residents should utilize the exterior hallways and stairwells. If they absolutely must utilize interior stairwells, use flashlights until full power is restored.

Resources and vendor services are stretched as well as OTOW manpower. We are working diligently towards “normal”.

POST-HURRICANE UPDATE

Duke Energy is planning to have all power in Pinellas County restored by midnight on Friday, September 15th. That is all subject to change based on the circumstances they encounter as they continue their restoration efforts. Please visit https://www.duke-energy.com/outages/current-outages for additional information regarding your specific address.  Power restoration is not something that OTOW management has control over, we are customers just as you are.

With the exception of buildings 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, and 45, all power, elevator, and laundry services have been restored.

When power to those six buildings has been restored, the OTOW Management Company will work to restore the laundry and elevator service. But first, all necessary checks must be made and passed to ensure the safety of our residents.

The power outage has encouraged many to clean out their refrigerators and freezers, this is a great idea, however, Waste Management has not been able to empty our trash daily as they normally do. As of yesterday they began service again and all of the trash rooms are gradually being cleared. Having been without pick up for five days, we understand that it is quite smelly and messy but it is being addressed as quickly as possible. To help decrease the odor and mess, please double bag your garbage until the trash room has been emptied. Anything we can do to minimize the smell while we await clean up is much appreciated.

We’d like to thank you all for your patience and understanding during this time. For those who are still without power, the air conditioner is operational in the West Activity Center. Residents can come there to cool off if needed.

HURRICANE UPDATE

Your Board has been making regular postings onto the general website offering updates and tips on how to stay safe during and after this very serious storm. The Board and Parkway Maintenance and Management Company take the safety of the residents and of the community very seriously.  Please review prior postings for tips and suggestions on how to prepare, what to do during the event, and what to do after the storm passes.

From everything your Board has learned to date, there will be significant damage from Hurricane Irma.  Damage may result from wind born debris, possible local flooding or high water, wind-driven rain, downed high voltage lines, to name a few hazards to consider.  No part of Florida will be without significant wind and rains.  Power is expected to be out for many hours, if not days.  Your individual preparation is very critical to your personal safety.

Structures within your community are well built, sound, and designed to withstand high wind events.  Sheltering in place may be your best option.  That is a determination each resident must make for themselves. If you or a loved one has special health needs or you do not wish to ride this storm out alone, consider checking www.floridadisaster.org/shelters for shelter locations. Make the determination to shelter off-site as soon as possible and before the storm reaches us. In some cases, transportation may be available.

Management Company personnel are on standby during the storm.  That said, depending on the storm intensity at any given time, their engagement will be limited until wind and rain subsides.  Safety is the concern here.

Post storm event, your Board anticipates a very high volume of service requests.  In all probability, not everyone will be accommodated as quickly as they may like.  Your Board and Parkway Maintenance and Management Company will make every attempt to accommodate your concerns.  This is where your patience will be so important.  The first order of business will be to make the community safe to access the roads and safe for the recovery crews to begin service restoration efforts including clearing debris and restoring essential services.  After that, damage can be ranked by severity, the risk to human safety it may pose, and to the safety of the structure.  Recovery work will proceed as expeditiously as can be safely done and within the scope of your Association’s responsibility.

Finally, in disasters of this presumed magnitude, be ready to help your neighbors.  Share when you can. Be patient with each other.  Above all be kind to one another and to those who have left their own families to assist in the community’s recovery.

For disaster updates go to:  www.floridadisaster.org

Insurance questions about policies: Florida CFO’s free Insurance Consumer Helpline is (877) 693-5236.

For post storm recovery assistance, go to:  American Red Cross: (800) HELP-NOW or www.redcross.org; Salvation Army: (800) SAL-ARMY or www.salvationarmy.org

Hurricane Irma

***UPDATE***
Important Notice – 9/8/2017

Based on new information and the projected path of the storm we will be closing all Activity Centers and pool ahead of our originally posted schedule.

The East and West Activity Centers and West pool will close at 9:00 a.m. Friday, September 8, 2017.

Community wide operations will be suspended Friday, September 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm

We anticipate a return to normal operations on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

We urge residents to listen carefully to the Pinellas County Emergency Bulletins. Your emergency preparation plans should be in place at this time.

Due to the high potential of power surges and power outages during high winds and storm events, the elevator and laundry service will be suspended when a storm affects this area.

The elevator service will be suspended up to 24 hours prior to the predicted arrival of the storm, as early as Saturday afternoon. We ask that all residents make the necessary arrangements for this interruption.

The power will not be restored until after the storm has passed and power is restored to the community.

Residents with special needs (oxygen, wheelchairs) should be registered for space in a Special Needs Shelter by calling 727-464-3800.

The Activity Centers are not designated as storm shelters by Pinellas County officials or FEMA. For this reason these facilities are closed when a tropical storm/hurricane watch is issued.

The emergency gate located on Netherlands Drive will be opened for those residents residing in the northeast section of the community. The OTOW emergency phone number is 727-799-1115. Management company personnel are on call for common area emergencies; however, they will not be dispatched when winds exceed 35 mph. Reminder: Do NOT drive through standing water, past barricades or road closed signs. Stay inside during a storm watch/warning. Please do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of emergency responders.

Hurricane Irma ***UPDATE***

Important Notice – 9/7/2017

The OTOW Association and Parkway Maintenance and Management, Co. have initiated the OTOW community emergency preparedness plan to address community wide safety concerns over the next few days.

The West side pool will close at 12:00 pm on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Community wide operations will be suspended effective Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm

We anticipate a return to normal operations on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

 We urge residents to listen carefully to the Pinellas County Emergency Bulletins. Your emergency preparation plans should be in place at this time.

Due to the high potential of power surges and power outages during high winds and storm events, the elevator and laundry service will be suspended when a storm affects this area.

The elevator service will be suspended up to 24 hours prior to the predicted arrival of the storm, as early as Saturday afternoon. We ask that all residents make the necessary arrangements for this interruption.

The power will not be restored until after the storm has passed and power is restored to the community.

Residents with special needs (oxygen, wheelchairs) should be registered for space in a Special Needs Shelter by calling 727-464-3800.

The Activity Centers are not designated as storm shelters by Pinellas County officials or FEMA. For this reason these facilities are closed when a tropical storm/hurricane watch is issued.

The emergency gate located on Netherlands Drive will be opened for those residents residing in the northeast section of the community. The OTOW emergency phone number is 727-799-1115. Management company personnel are on call for common area emergencies; however, they will not be dispatched when winds exceed 35 mph. Reminder: Do NOT drive through standing water, past barricades or road closed signs. Stay inside during a storm watch/warning. Please do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of emergency responders.

Hurricane Irma

Important Notice – 9/5/2017

The OTOW Association and Parkway Maintenance and Management, Co. have initiated the OTOW community emergency preparedness plan to address community wide safety concerns over the next few days.

We urge residents to listen carefully to the Pinellas County Emergency Bulletins and initiate your emergency preparation plans at this time.

Due to the high potential of power surges and power outages during high winds and storm events the elevator and laundry service will be suspended if a storm directly affects this area. The elevator service could be suspended up to 24 hours prior to the predicted arrival of the storm. The power would not be restored until after the storm has passed and power is restored to the community. We ask that all residents make the necessary arrangements for this possible interruption.

Residents with special needs (oxygen, wheelchairs) should register now for space in a Special Needs Shelter by calling 727-464-3800.

As a reminder, the Activity Centers are not designated storm shelters by Pinellas County officials or FEMA.

For this reason these facilities are closed when a tropical storm/hurricane watch is issued. 

Do NOT drive through standing water, past barricades or road closed signs. Stay inside during a storm watch/warning. Please do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of emergency responders.

 The emergency gate located on Netherlands Drive will be opened for those residents residing in the northeast section of the community.

Management company personnel are on call for common areas emergencies however they will not be dispatched when winds exceed 35 mph. The OTOW emergency phone number is 727-799-1115.

Hurricane Irma

SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTERS

If you require minimal medical assistance and the use of oxygen we recommend your evacuation to a special needs shelter as power outages are common during a hurricane . Not only would your power source for oxygen be impacted, the elevators are also unavailable during a power outage.

Pinellas County residents with special needs should register now if you are planning to use one of three county shelters set aside for them during a storm related evacuation.
Please call (727) 464-3800 to register.

Dunedin Highland Middle School
70 Patricia Ave, Dunedin

Oak Grove Middle School
1370 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater

John Hopkins Middle School
701 16th St S, St Petersburg

Special-Need shelters are staffed by nurses and other medical personnel from the Pinellas County Health Department and the Pinellas County School Board.

Caregivers & family members may join you in these shelters. Register early and have the peace of mind that you will receive the necessary care & comfort available to you.

The On Top of the World Activity Centers are not designated Hurricane Shelters by Pinellas County officials or FEMA. These facilities are closed when this area is under a hurricane watch.