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2803 W. Vernon Avenue, Suite D... Offices of VFMR
2803 W. Vernon Ave., Suite D, Kinston NC 28504

VFMR says, BE PREPARED

Hurricane Florence appears to be an emminent threat!

Please take the time to review the following information! 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (& DO!)
The following information is designed to save you time, money and help keep you safe!
Tropical Weather Emergency. VFMR
Hurricanes & Tropical Storms
Do NOT delay. If your home is on fire, do you wait for someone to tell you to "Get Out!"? "NO!".
WHAT TO DO BEFORE-DURING-AFTER THE STORM

BEFORE the STORM
> Watch Weather forecasts (Kinston AccuWeather).
> Have a "Family Plan" including a "Rally Point".
> Prepare for the worst while expecting less...
> Where is a copy of your Renter's Insurance Policy? Keep it handy...know where it is. IF YOU NEED A COPY, call your Insurance Agent -or- Register with the Insurance Carrier to access your Account and Policy Online.
> Fuel Up all cars and trucks.
> If your rental house has gutters, you should be keeping them clean. If you see leaves, sticks, straw in the gutters, clean them out not before the storm.
> Go to ATM and withdraw CASH (power goes out and you can't access your bank account).
> Buy NON-PERISABLE FOODS (you can't keep bread for weeks, but you can saltine crackers). Jar peanut butter. DON'T BUY MILK! The power will likely fail!
> Own a generator? Change the spark plug, oil and filter. Flush the tank and fuel line with fuel conditioner such as SeaFoam. Fuel it up and crank it checking proper operation... You can buy gasoline which, if not needed for generator can simply go into your automobile gas tank when the need is ended.
> BE CAREFUL regarding carbon monoxide. Use common sense and avoid the "CO" DANGER. Any gasoline engine or fuel burning cooker does produce CO which, if concentrated, will KILL YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!
> BUY SEVERAL POLY-TARPS at LOWES, BIG BLUE or WALMART. Buy 3: BIG; MEDIUM; and, SMALL. Unwrap ONLY if you need to use them; examples, ROOF SHINGLE GONE OR A HOLE IN THE ROOF, BROKEN WINDOW, etc. Once the Storm is past, if you did not need to unwrap/use them, take them back to the store for a refund!
> REMEMBER, any direct or close "hit" by a Hurricane means NO POWER for days! Services and stores will likely be closed for days AND the supply of staples will be limited.
VFMR is a Rental Management Office. It is NOT "9-1-1". We will be in the same situation as you. So, DON'T DELAY. Get as ready as you can. If it happens, stay safe and take a deep breath. Rember the words, "This too shall pass!"

DURING the STORM
* You are responsible for: Your personal safety and that of your family's; your personal property; and, to safe guard the rented house from undue damage.
+ If the roof is leaking, cover the floor and/or use collection buckets until repair help can arrive.
+ Close ALL storm window and storm door glass sliders to keep excessive rain water out of the window and door casing.
+ TURN DOWN the refrigerator/freezer thermostat to coldest possible setting. If you are fortunate and your power does not fail, don't forget to restore the temperature settings to the original position (milk and eggs will freeze!).
+ If your power goes "OFF", do not OPEN THE REFRIGERATOR DOOR OR FREEZER DOOR. WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE STORM... with luck, the power may be restored. If you do NOT open the doors, refrigerator will keep foods for up to 4-hours with no power and freezer is 48-hours full of food or 24-hours half-full. More information below.
+ No power means No lights. BE CAREFUL with candles... Do NOT allow young children to be responsible for burning candles or other forms of fire.
+ Do NOT cook indoors with propane grills or cooktops when power is off... Flames create carbon monoxide -and- The risk of accidental fire becomes true.
+ YOU are responsible for your personal property... Appliances, Flat Screens, Computers, clothing, furniture, etc... This all adds up to a LOT OF MONEY... YOUR MONEY! Neither the Landlord, nor this Agent/Manager have any insurance coverage protecting you against the loss of your personal property. UNDER THE LEASE TERMS; which you signed, YOU are to have RENTER'S INSURANCE protecting your Property as well as your liability, if you make a costly mistake damaging the rented home. CALL YOUR INSURANCE AGENT EVERY SIX (6) MONTHS and be sure your coverage is up-to-date and enforce.
IMPORTANT... As stated above, take care of your family and yourself.. take care of your personal property.. You are required to own insurance, but you do not want to go through the hassle of a Claim, Right? ALSO REMEMBER... YOU are responsible for Consequential Damages to the rental home/apartment IF you do not take appropriate actions when something goes wrong. You CANNOT THINK, "It's not mine, so why should I do anything?" That would be a very costly attitude. Remember, BE PREPARED!

AFTER THE STORM PASSES
ELECTRICAL FEED. Check to see if the power lines (the one coming from the power pole to the side of your house) is undamaged. If a limb struck this line, it may be damaged or even "down". If damaged or down, DO NOT GO NEAR IT! IT MAY STILL BE ENERGIZED AND IT CAN KILL YOU!
 ROOF DAMAGE. GO INTO EACH ROOM of your home and check for any roof leakage (water stains or even damaged ceiling). Move your personal property from beneath the leaking area. Use buckets or (if you purchased one or more) poly tarp to cover/protect the floor as well as any personals you could not move (such as a bed). IF the roof has a hole and you have the ability, use one or more of the poly-tarps you purchased to cover the hole... nail the tarp to the roof... it's already damaged, so some nails are okay... Go on the roof ONLY if you can do so without risk to yourself or your family. Your safety and that of your family is the first consideration!
HOW TO TARP A ROOF WITHOUT NAILS.  Make all reasonable efforts to secure the house and document the damage... Use your cell phone to take pictures of the room and then the damage or the house and then closer pic of the damage. You will send VFMR via SMS text, your cellphone images [(252) 468-0660]. BE SURE to include the numerical number of your house address (a picture works!) and one or two word description, I.E. - Roof damaged or Ceiling collapsed. Alternately, you can email the damage information to vfmr@_____.com(you should know the email address).
 Refrigerated or Frozen FoodsIf you lost power for more than a few hours, GO TO THE USDA LINK FOR INFORMATION ON FOOD SAFETY!  FOOD SAFETY
 REMEMBER, any direct or close "hit" by a Hurricane means NO POWER for days! Services and stores will likely be closed for days AND the supply of staples will be limited.
Take pictures of damage to your personal property. Your Insurance Company will need proof of the damages/loss. You cannot repair or discard personal property for which will will file a loss claim with your insurance company... Their Adjuster may need to "see" the damage. You may protect your personal property as well as the rental home from additional or continuing damages so long as you do not put yourself or others in danger by doing so. Stay Safe!

VFMR is a Rental Management Office. It is NOT "9-1-1". We will be in the same situation as you. So, DON'T DELAY. Get as ready as you can. If it happens, stay safe and take a deep breath. Rember the words, "This too shall pass!" It will take time and all of us will need patience.
911 Emergency Situations. VFMR
MANAGEMENT OFFICE SERVICES
9-1-1 "Emergency"
During a major weather event... Storm, Ice, Wind, whatever... You should know:
1. Management Office is in the same "fix" you are... It may be many hours or many days before anyone can come to your assistance. So, BE PREPARED!
2. Local, State and Federal Emergency Assistance will be strained. The same thing applies... It may be many hours or many days before anyone can come to your assistance. So, BE PREPARED!
Winter Down East! VFMR
LINKS TO HELP YOU "BE PREPARED"
National Weather Service Website NWS
Go here for the very latest Storm and Weather information.

Personal Property Inventory Tool (Courtesy The Travelers Insurance Company). How to create an Inventory/List with documentation IF you lose your personal property because of a fire, flood, storm or other major disaster.
Taking pictures, videos and other types of Documentation proving you own "this or that".
How to prove you own it and prove reasonable value to an Adjuster. [NOTE: If you do NOT own Renter's Insurance, you will not need to take any pictures or document any damage to your personal property as there will be NO coverage for your loss.] Check with your Insurance Agent who carries your car insurance... Coverage for personal or real property is USUALLY NOT BOUND UNTIL THE 30TH DAY AFTER YOU HAVE PURCHASED THE COVERAGE. The latter is a general rule, so just be sure to check with your Insurance Agent or shop Insurance locally or online.
SAMPLE BE PREPARED LIST, THINGS TO DO, WHERE TO FIND TOOLS & Other Information.
What, when, where, how... What to do to prepare for when the "crap hits the fan"! (Courtesy Department of Homeland Security.)

VERNON FOSTER MANAGEMENT & RENTALS L.L.C. does business in accordance with
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Fair Housing Act... VFMR is a complaince office.FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT... VFMR is a compliance office.
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Suite D
Kinston NC 28504

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