It had been many years since Shadow Wood had experienced any kind of hurricane when Irma struck in September of 2017. The community experienced significant damage to landscaping, roofs and pool enclosures. Additional, some section of the community were without power for six day which meant no air conditioning and the loss of food in refrigerators and freezers. This was a wake-up call for many residents. The same was true for the Shadow Wood Community Association as both gatehouses and the administration building were also without power.
Because of this experience, SWCA undertook an effort to put together a package for a standby whole-home generator which would automatically activate when power was lost from the utility grid. A bulk pricing agreement was made with FP&L Readi-Power and more than 50 homeowners took advantage of this opportunity. The SWCA also installed generators at both gatehouses as well as the administration building so that operations could be continued uninterrupted during any extended power outage.
Hopefully the community will never experience a significant hurricane event in the future. But if it does, the addition of these standby generators will pay a huge dividend to keep power supplied to the Association facilities as well as the individual homes that had a generator system installed.