Our Hurricane Plan
Our Hurricane Plan is as follows:
- The senior officer present shall be in command. Chain-of-command shall be as follows:
- Vice Commodore
- Rear Commodore
- House Committee Chairman
- Fleet Captain
- When hurricane WARNING is announced, NO BOATS shall be at the dock or float.
- Club launch and skiffs will be taken to safe harbor. Skiffs lack sufficient power and adequate fendering to offer assistance. Launch will remain on duty for as long as possible.The senior Club officer present will determine when launch service is terminated, keeping in mind that the launch must be kept out of harms way. Launch will be taken to Crocker’s, Gales Ferry Marina or some other enclosed docking area.
- Dock boxes – gas cans will be taken to bath houses; floatable items to clubhouse; anchors and rode to remain.
- Tape sliding glass doors.
- Chairs and carts to inside of clubhouse. Optimists to inside of Clubhouse, clean and dry (if space permits, otherwise to front lawn).
- Ramp to launch float raised and securely tied.
- Blue Jays up on lawn and tied to fence. Picnic tables to front lawn.
- Members shall remove personal property from club premises: beach chairs, umbrellas, buckets and shovels, toys, etc., etc, etc.
- Dinghies, Lasers, etc. left on racks will be strictly at owner’s risk and liability.
- Boats stored on beach such as JY 15’s, Vanguard 15’s, etc., etc., shall be removed from the premises.
- Monitor VHF radio for ongoing reports of storm conditions.
- Evacuate the Club upon lawful orders for Emergency Management Coordinator or New London Police.
Club employees will not be available to tend to members’ boats.
It is each individual member’s/boat owner’s responsibility to take care of one’s own property. Nor, is it reasonable to expect other members to assume responsibility to protect a boat other than their own. The prudent step is for each owner to take his/her boat to a safe harbor. Failing that, sail covers, roller furling jibs/genoas, biminis, dodgers and the like should be removed. Proper length of rode should be added, extra pennents installed, chafing gear put in place, booms, whisker poles and loose equipment stowed.
No one pays more attention to weather reports than boat owners. It should be no less with an impending hurricane. Plan ahead, don’t wait until the last minute to take care of your floating property. And when you have fulfilled your responsibilities in protecting your own, jump in and help take care of our Club property.