According to an article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, when this hurricane literally “blew” into town it was the:
- 22nd named storm of that hurricane season
- 13th hurricane
- 6th major hurricane (winds of 111 mph or greater)
- 4th Category 5 hurricane
- 2nd most destructive hurricane, cutting power to 6 million Florida residents, punching a sinkhole into I-95, severely damaging notable Broward structures including the County Courthouse, School Board and Templeton buildings
- Cause of $9.2 billion in damages on more than one million insurance claims filed throughout the state.
Her name? Wilma. The date she hit Pompano Beach was Oct. 24, 2005.
While the above-mentioned numbers are quite staggering, perhaps most significant is that year—2005. Yes, we are going into our 10th season without a hurricane at John Knox Village.
“That timeframe just does not compute,” said Dan Jilek, our Safety and Risk Manager. “It does not make sense from an actuarial, scientific and numeric sense in any fashion for our area to go a whole decade without a hurricane. Before this present streak of good luck, the longest stretch has been five years. Historically, we average one hurricane visiting Florida every three years.”
Along with the decidedly enjoyable lag time since Wilma, residents can also take comfort in knowing that John Knox Village has a tried and tested Hurricane Response Plan as we head into the season, which runs from June 1-November 30.
As part of our plan, which has been officially approved by the Broward County Emergency Management Division, Dan works with our Hurricane Coordinators and Building Supervisors, a set of employees who are assigned to designated areas within John Knox Village. These employees work closely with residents to maintain communications and provide supplies prior to and after a possible storm.
Also, Dan sends questionnaires to each resident asking whether they plan to stay in their home with family or friends, relocate to the campus shelter (Village Centre Auditorium) or go off campus.
Our villa residents are required to evacuate if we expect at Category 2 or higher storm. Please return these questionnaires to your Cluster Senator shortly after you complete them.
Additionally, all residents are strongly encouraged to attend one of two informational meetings which will illustrate our efforts, as well as update residents to the intricacies of our Hurricane Response Plan. The meetings were held on Tuesday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. for residents living in apartments and 2 p.m. for villa residents.
Yet another unique and effective way in which John Knox Village prepares for the season is taking part in “Hurricane Gerry!” Named after Chief Executive Officer Gerry Stryker, key employees participate in an intensive three-day mock hurricane—going through various possible scenarios and troubleshooting problems ahead of time to assure a secure community and the safety of all our residents
“While (the lack of storms) defies logic and we hope it continues for years to come, the calm before the storm season is the time for us to run through all of our preparations,” Dan said. “Now is the time for each resident to have his or her own personal plan; so please take the time to complete the questionnaires and return them to your Senators.”
For more information about the John Knox Village Hurricane Response Plan please feel free to contact our Human Resources Department at (954) 783-4016.
Suggested Items for Your Hurricane Kit:
- One gallon of water per person per day for five days
- Two flashlights with batteries and spares (Use of candles, oil lamps or sterno is prohibited)
- A five-day supply of non-perishable food that can be eaten without heating/cooking
- A manually operated can opener
- A 14-day supply of medications
- Battery operated radio with extra batteries
Items Should You Need to Evacuate:
- A three-day supply of food ready to take with you
- Pillow, blanket, towels and wash cloths
- Change of clothing
- Three-day supply of personal medication
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Three gallons of drinking water per person
- Manual can opener
- Keys to your apartment or villa and automobile