What To Do If Your Condo Vacation is Near a Hurricane

As Hurricane Matthew strengthens and whips its way up the East Coast, safety should be everyone’s main priority. And if you’re either visiting or planning to visit an area in its path, you need to make new plans and stay as far away as possible.

Matthew is scheduled to make direct contact with Florida by Friday morning, bringing high winds, power outages, gas shortages and all sorts of devastation as it crawls up through Georgia and the Carolinas. Yesterday, winds reached 120 mph and forecasters are saying that the hurricane will reach Category 4 by the time it hits the US. Conditions should improve by Sunday.

If you are unsure of the procedure when traveling, here are couple tips for weather emergencies of this severity.

Don’t Wait, Evacuate

We’ve reached out to all of our members in condos along the coast, from Florida to Myrtle Beach to parts of Virginia, and told them to evacuate. South Carolina is not accepting check-ins this weekend.

Many cities have already told their citizens to evacuate. South Carolina’s governor declared a State of Emergency Tuesday, with all government offices closing and car lanes being reversed to expedite the evacuation process.

The longer you wait, the more dangerous the situation becomes. An estimated one million people are going to be evacuating in the next 24 hours and you don’t want to be caught in bumper-to-bumper traffic as the storm approaches.

Pack up, fill your gas tank and head out ASAP.

Prepare for Delays

These storms have a domino effect on the entire travel industry, so if you are planning to travel this weekend, expect delays. Monitor your airline on their website or through social media.

Travel Protection

If you have Travel Protection, call the number on your policy for details of your coverage.

Watch the Local News

For the most up-to-date and relevant information on storms such as this, pay attention to local news sources for the area in which you are headed. For example, if you’re going to Myrtle Beach, the Myrtle Beach Sun News has more specific information based on the location.

As storms can be unpredictable and information is constantly changing, it’s good to check the news periodically.

When in Doubt, Call

If you don’t know the status of the resort to which you’re headed, give them a call before you show up at the door. We understand many people are losing out on a vacation this weekend, but it seems insignificant when dealing with a storm of this ferocity.

Please give us a call at 800-879-7779 if you have any questions about your reservation. Storms like Hurricane Matthew don’t come along too often, but when they do, it’s important to act fast and smart.

Please stay informed and be safe!

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.

2 thoughts on “What To Do If Your Condo Vacation is Near a Hurricane

  1. Now that hurricane Matthew has passed, I want to take a minute to thank you for outstanding customer service in the face of a dire emergency.

    Here in St. Augustine, Florida We were in the direct path of the approaching storm, and due to a mixup in hotel reservations, we had nowhere to go. In desperation, I called you to see if there might possibly be a condo available on the west coast. Unfortunately because I was totally stressed, I can’t remember the name of the sweet young lady who took my call. (Deidre, maybe?) although she was unable to help me, she wished me well.

    About ten minutes later, she called me back to give me the number of one of your properties near Clearwater that might be able to help us, and she again wished us well. Before I could contact the property, she called yet again to say she had heard our governor say on TV that Air B&B was providing free rooms. She said “I am just so worried about you people!”

    Everything turned out better than we could have hoped for. We did find a hotel room inland. The storm jogged just slightly east at the last minute, and our home, which we fully expected to lose, suffered no damage. But I want you to know that I will never forget this young lady’s concern and her kindness which surpassed all expectations. I hope you know who she is and can pass our heartfelt thanks on to her.

    • We’re so glad to hear that you all made it through OK and that you’re home survived the storm! We’ll be happy to forward your message along to our staff so we can find out who helped you.

      – Happy Travels

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