In Florida, particularly in the Tampa Bay Area, the one thing that wedding planners cannot control is the occurrence of a natural disaster. The best that they can do is to apply their risk management know-how and device contingency plans as part of the planning processes.
A wedding involves not only the bridal couple, but also their families and friends as well as guests coming from afar. There are also the providers, suppliers or vendors of wedding equipment and accessories, whose safety are also at risk in case a hurricane makes landfall on the scheduled wedding day. While setting a wedding date during hurricane season is avoided, Tampa Bay’s tropical cyclones and storms can be just as damaging, since they could occur immediately after a warning.
It denotes that in Tampa, if weather is going to be the main consideration, there is no perfect season in which to set a wedding date. When making plans for a wedding event, it’s important not to forget the region’s proclivity to attract hurricanes, tropical storms and tornadoes.
Getting a Wedding Insurance Coverage
Obtaining a wedding insurance would take away a great deal amount of pressure if a weather calamity does occur. A wedding insurance policy typically covers financial losses suffered as a result of cancellations of vendor or supplier contracts from which recovery of deposit is not possible.However, a policy must be purchased 14 days before the wedding date.
Choosing a Hurricane-Safe Wedding Venue
Conducting site inspections of potential wedding venues is more than just rating a list of features that make a venue a perfect fit for the wedding. An assessment of the site’s ability to withstand natural disasters is an important aspect. In the event that a hurricane or tropical storm is on the horizon, marrying couples have to have peace of mind that the venues for their wedding ceremony and wedding reception are hurricane safe.
Florida’s Building Codes include standards for hurricane protection that focus, not only on the impact of wind velocity and flying debris on doors and windows but also on roofs. In addition to the usual site inspection questionnaires about the venue’s lobby, availability and cleanliness of public restrooms, handicap accessibility, security and fire safety, the hurricane safety of the site should also be assessed.
Structural Integrity is Now a Thing about Older Florida Buildings
If wedding guests will be needing a lodging place, especially if they plan to arrive early or to stay longer, ensure their safety by finding out if a potential venue has passed inspection for being structurally safe. The recent Champlain Tower South collapse in Surfside, created a ripple that prompted city and county officials in Tampa Bay to order the inspection of older buildings, 40 years and above, regarding structural safety.
Apparently, most high-rise building inspections cease once the place is open, as there are no provisions in the state building code requiring periodic building inspection to determine structural integrity. Recently. Tampa Bay city and county mayors have agreed to make periodic building inspections a requirement to ensure the safety of the occupants in high-rise buildings, particularly those located in beachfronts.
The Roofing Company of Tampa Bay gives advice that even the
smallest of leaks have the potential to cause damage to the integrity of a building’s structure. Roof leaks are indicative of storm damages that have been developing for some time but not immediately visible. Unless thoroughly inspected by a professional roofing expert, the extent of the damage caused by roof defects are not immediately discernible.
In knowing this, a wedding venue site inspection therefore should also consider finding out from venue workers or from guest reviews if the building administrator immediately addresses roof damages.