“We’re Off to See the Wizard…..” How to deal with the Wicked Witch of the West!

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Here in North Alabama and the Huntsville / Madison area we are known for our high risk of extremely damaging tornadoes.  For those who are new to the area or have only lived here the last year, you may be wondering “what’s the big deal”? If you have lived in the Tennessee Valley your whole life or even the last 3 years, you are aware the threat of tornados is very real in this area

Here at Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove we have been asked by many of our Residents what to do if we have a tornado warning or where the closest tornado shelter is, so below are some safety tips from NOAA National Weather Service and other helpful information specific to the Huntsville / Madison Alabama area.

From NOAA NWS:

The most important things to remember are:

  • GET IN – If you are outside, get inside. If you’re already inside, get as far into the middle of the building as possible.
  • GET DOWN – Get underground if possible. If you cannot, go to the lowest floor possible.
  • COVER UP – Flying and falling debris are a storm’s number one killer. Use pillows, blankets, coats, helmets, etc. to cover up and protect your head and body from flying debris.

Possible shelter areas within your apartment:

  • Bathrooms

Bathrooms MAY be a good shelter, provided they are not along an outside wall and have no windows. Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing magically safe about getting in a bathtub with a mattress. In some cases, this might be a great shelter. However, it depends on where your bathroom is. If your bathroom has windows and is along an outside wall, it’s probably not the best shelter.

Bathrooms have proven to be adequate tornado shelters in many cases for a couple of reasons. First, bathrooms are typically small rooms with no windows in the middle of a building. Secondly, it is thought that the plumbing within the walls of a bathroom helps to add some structural strength to the room.

  • Closets

A small interior closet might be a shelter. Again, the closet should be as deep inside the building as possible, with no outside walls, doors or windows.  Be sure to close the door and cover up.

If you have a severe weather safety kit and/or NOAA All-Hazards Radio, you should make sure that everything has fresh batteries that work. You should check your radio, flashlight, etc. because they may become necessary later in the day. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged in case you lose power.

Our local network stations will interrupt broadcast if we have a tornado warning anywhere in the local area.  They will also stream live online and will broadcast on the local FM radio stations 104.3 and 93.3.  You can find weather apps to download to your smart phone on waff.com, whnt.com and waaytv.com or from our local weather services company Baron Services The weather sirens will sound if there is a tornado warning in the county.

If you are interested in purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio, you can usually find those at the following locations:

Kroger locations:                                             PUBLIX locations:

Huntsville -300 Hughes Road                             Madison – 8000 Madison Blvd Ste A

Huntsville – 7090 University Drive                   Madison – 12070 County Line Rd Ste C

                                                                                  Madison – 7830 Highway 72 West

Sometimes the local news stations have set days when they will program the radio but you would need to call them directly for more information.  However, you can use the below link for instructions on programing.

http://www.waff.com/story/5218974/how-to-program-your-midland-all-hazards-weather-radio

Unfortunately neither the City of Madison nor Madison County offer public tornado shelters.  There is one church in the county that will be open up as a shelter and they are about 15 min north of Abby Glenn.

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
1418 Old Railroad Bed Road
Madison, AL 35757-6613
(256) 232-3331

The US Space and Rocket Center also opens its doors as a shelter during threat of tornados.

For a better idea of your surrounding counties, be sure to check out the Alabama counties map. This will come in handy as severe weather watches and warning will be announced based on county, not city.  Alabama Counties Map

We at Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove want all our Residents to Stay Safe and Secure!!!

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5 Reasons Renters Insurance is a Good Idea

Renter’s insurance is important coverage and Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove wants to equip our Residents with useful and valuable information.  A comprehensive policy is easy to obtain and can provide benefits to help fill in the financial gaps should disaster strike.  Here are 5 reasons you should consider purchasing a renter’s insurance policy.

  1. Your Landlord’s policy does not cover your personal possessions.

The Landlord’s policy covers the building structure only.  You are responsible for protecting your personal belongings like furniture, clothes, and electronics. Renters insurance helps you replace your items in the event of damage or loss.

  1. Your belongings are worth much more than you think.

The average renter owns $20,000-$30,000 in personal possessions.  Sure, your electronics have a higher price tag, but think about furniture, clothing, housewares, and even books or your smartphone.  Those things you’ve accumulated over the years add up to a hefty price tag.  Take an inventory of all the items in your apartment and add up how much it would cost if you had to replace everything ALL AT ONCE.  You’ll be surprised at the total value of your assets.

  1. Renters Insurance protects your property even away from home. 

Renters insurance can extend beyond on-premise theft or hazards.   Did you know that personal property stolen from your car is not covered under your auto insurance policy?  But it can be covered under your renter’s insurance policy.  If you’re on vacation and your suitcase is lost or stolen, your renter’s policy can help with those costs as well.

  1. Protect yourself from personal liability.

Renters insurance gives you medical expense and liability coverage.  What if you’re entertaining and someone is injured while at your apartment?  None of us expect to need medical coverage for our guests, but by definition, accidents are unfortunate incidents that happen unexpectedly and unintentionally.  So protect yourself AND your friends and acquaintances.

  1. It’s Affordable!

Renters insurance can cost between $15-$30/month depending on total amount covered and your location.  Brick structures, like we have here at Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove, will have a lower rate than buildings with siding.  Also, most insurance companies will give a discount if you have other policies with them, such as auto insurance.

For more information and rates you can contact:

Diana Fisher, State Farm – (256) 325-7283

Tina Mays, with Becky Gordon Allstate Agent – (256) 430-0477

 

 

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What would you do with your Referral Fee??

Well, for one of our Abby Glenn Residents, she knew exactly where she wanted to spend her $250 referral fee….she made a donation to Special Olympics!  

Mery Gotterup is a long time resident of Abby Glenn and was glad to tell her co-worker how much she enjoyed living in our Community.  Abby Glenn was happy to say Thank You with a whopping $250 Referral Fee!!!  Wow!!  That’s great money just for telling someone you like where you live!

We were very touched when we found out that Mery chose to donate her $250 to help support sending a basketball team to the 2014 Special Olympics games.  BUT, not only did she donate her referral fee, she is continuing to help raise their total cost of $7,850 to get the team to the New Jersey games this Summer.  I asked Mery to send me more information about the team and their Quest For The Gold!  Please take time to read their story below and donate if you are able.  

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will be hosted by New Jersey June 14-21, 2014. Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and an estimated 70,000 spectators. The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and showcase athletes from throughout the U.S. and the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. The Marion County Special Olympics Basketball Team, Tennessee Tigers, has been chosen to attend these games.  Ten athletes are on the team and need assistance to travel to the games. The cost that each participant is responsible for is $785.  The Special Olympics pays the rest of the costs. The total cost is $7,850. 

The team has a rich history of 21 years.  The team was started by Mary Bowling with two of the original players Holly Nunley and Kim Hill who are still active players on the team pictured above.  Holly’s mother Phyllis has coached the team for the last 15 years.  When this journey began, these four ladies had a goal to eventually play hard enough to play in the USA games for the Special Olympics.  This dream has now become reality.  The community of Whitwell, Tennessee has supported this team to go to Chattanooga and Nashville for regional games.  Taking the team to New Jersey is not possible with local fundraising so we are asking for your help and support. 

A letter of thanks will be sent to each donor, individual or business, from Special Olympics Tennessee office that can be used for tax purposes.  An ad will be taken out in the Chattanooga Times Free Press to thank each donor.  Checks or money orders should be made payable to Area 4 Special Olympics and can be mailed to Judy Rogers, Director of Area 4 Special Olympics, 250 Layne Rd., Soddy-Daisy, TN  37379.  PLEASE MAKE SURE THE MEMO ON THE CHECK OR MONEY ORDER HAS FOR MARION COUNTY SPECIAL OLYMPICS BASKETBALL TEAM.  This will ensure the money goes to their specific team to help make their dream come true.  Contact Mery Gotterup, Fundraising Chairman with any questions at meryg52@outlook.com. 

The player’s ages range from early 20s to 40s and all play with such caring for each other and amazing dedication.  With the life struggles that these fine young adult athletes have had to face, this is an incredible opportunity. This is a dream of a lifetime!  Thank you for any help that you can provide to allow this team go from regional champions to Special Olympics.  Deadline for fundraiser is April 30th.

Sincerely,

Family and Friends of the Marion County Special Olympics Basketball Team for 2014

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http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/24853111/local-special-olympians-go-national

 

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Office Remodel is Complete

Hi, Residents and Guests!

Stop by to see our cozy, newly remodeled office!  We hope you enjoy the ambiance–we feel its more welcoming, friendly, and finely appointed.  Try a hot-steamed cup of Newman’s Own coffee with our new Keurig coffee maker.

Hope to see you soon!

Your Friends at Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove Apartments and Suites

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Check out our remodeling job!

Hi, Abby Glenn Residents: How are you today? Thanks for checking-out our new BLOG! For those of you who, like me, are new to this social media thing, a BLOG is simply a conversation or dialogue. We will write on topics we hope you find of interest! You can comment back if you like!

Today we’re starting-out by letting you know of our cool office remodeling project! Many residents have walked into the work in progress and have enjoyed sharing their thoughts and suggestions of where to set-up the furniture, how to place things and so on! If you’d like to offer your opinion, come on in and see us. “Set a spell” and visit in our new, cozy environment. See the attached photo.

It isn’t done yet though. We still have a bookshelf, mirror and sofa table to put up. We plan on putting the bookshelf along the wall to the left of the loveseat, and the mirror where the TV is now. The sofa table will go underneath the mirror. What do you think? Chime in and let us know. Thanks for reading. Have a great day!

Regards,
Your Friends at Abby Glenn
Your Choice for Apartments in Huntsville, AL

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