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Community associations need to be hurricane-proof, too

As Mike Tyson said, “Everybody’s got a plan until they get hit.” This hurricane season is confirming the need for community associations to develop the right plans, learn from their experiences and continually refine their plans.  Many volunteer community association

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This is the Right Way to Respond to Disaster in Community Association Management

Today is the first day we have been back in the office since our area was hit by Hurricane Irma. I am thankful that all of us made it through the storm in one piece, and I am especially grateful

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Community Association Questions Post Hurricane Irma

As with many Florida communities, my HOA Board had questions in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Would FEMA pay to pick up all our debris, when should the security guards be asked to return to duty and could we tap

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Hurricane Irma Take-Aways for Condo & Community Associations

Hurricane Irma Take-Aways for Community Associations 1 – Review and Update Insurance Policies. All insurance policies should be reviewed and updated as necessary, at least annually. Review dates should be calendared well in advance and incorporated into other annual must-do

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Helpful Tips to Consider When Filing an Insurance Claim (FL)

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe after the storm with little to no damage to your property. Our thoughts remain with those whose homes and loved ones were impacted by Hurricane Irma. As local, state and

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Hurricane Irma Hit – Now What? (FL)

We were just hit by the biggest storm in Florida’s history. Although there is damage, you are grateful everyone is safe and comforted by knowing that you have insurance. But, did you know that you are responsible to prevent additional

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In Heavily Flooded West Houston, a Neighborhood Comes Together to Save Itself (TX)

One of the first rescues was 120 pounds of wet, terrified Rhodesian ridgeback, wide-eyed and shaking on top of a kitchen counter. It was Sunday, August 27. A neighbor kid had been pet-sitting for the dog’s out-of-town owners, when he

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High-rises meet residents’ needs during disasters (TX)

When a natural disaster strikes, whether it be a flood or hail storm, high-rise living is an option that can take the stress out of picking up the pieces after everything settles down.  High-rises, which all have extensive management operations,

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Guidance for Working With FEMA for Debris Removal Following Hurricanes Harvey & Irma

As storm victims struggle to survive after the devastation and loss caused by Hurricane Harvey, the first thing individuals and community associations should do is register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Community association residents are most

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Your Florida Board of Directors Now Has Emergency Powers as a Result of Hurricane Irma; What Will You Do With Them?

Governor Scott has declared a Florida-wide state of emergency which now deploys the emergency powers for volunteer boards found in Sections 718.1265, 719.128 and 720.316 of the Florida Statutes. Hurricane Irma may prove to be the testing ground for these

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Preparing for Hurricane Irma (FL)

Forecasters and South Florida residents are keeping an eye on Hurricane Irma, a system that has recently been upgraded to a Category 5 and is forecasted to possibly impact the Florida Keys through portions of the Florida Peninsula. Although the

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Five Mistakes Your Board of Directors Can Avoid if Hurricane Irma Hits

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction and with Irma fast approaching the eastern US coastline, I could blog about the steps your community needs to take to prepare. I’ve written that blog post many times before and I often

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Insurance Reminders for Community Associations Preparing for Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is now a category five storm that is predicted to impact the state of Florida by late this week. As all community associations prepare their properties for the storm, they should also take specific measures to prepare for

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Carter Lake residents counting blessings following storms – Dam working as designed in College Station neighborhood (TX)

The Carter Lake Homeowners Association activated its emergency plan over the weekend as Harvey pushed into the Brazos Valley and southeast Texas, but the spillway at the dam has kept the record rainfall from flowing into houses.     Read the

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Overflowing Lake Conroe floods North Montgomery County homes (TX)

Tropical Storm Harvey dumped so much water into Lake Conroe over the weekend that the lake water rose so high so quickly, flooding homes in communities along the waterfront, according to residents.  While no injuries or deaths were reported, officials

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Crumbling bridge leaves dozens in Bastrop County stranded after Harvey (TX)

Residents in the Sand Hills development in Bastrop County, just outside the city of Red Rock, tell KXAN the rains that followed Harvey destroyed their bridge. That bridge is the only way to get in and out of their neighborhood.

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Should you ride out a hurricane in a high-rise? (FL)

“Should I stay or should I go?” asked The Clash in their classic 1981 rock song.  That’s the same question Miami high-rise dwellers could be asking themselves as hurricane season enters its busiest stretch.  Thousands of people who weren’t around

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Lightning and Your HOA Community

When most of us think of summer, we think of hot sunny days by the water, but the summer months in Texas are also known for their wild storms. It can be hot one minute, and the next second the

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Creating Your HOA Emergency Plan for When Disaster Strikes

You’ve started the process of pre-preparing a disaster plan for your HOA. Now, you want to take a step forward and create an HOA emergency plan that will allow you to provide assistance for your members when an emergency occurs.

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Flood insurance: Condos and the rising tide (VA)

Perhaps you’ve noticed homes in Norfolk’s Larchmont neighborhood jacked up several feet to escape flooding, or you’ve seen chilling news photos of single-family houses or townhouses surrounded by floodwater.  Sights like these may give the impression that single-family homes, whether

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Why Your Community Must Plan for Emergency Communication and Training

Whether you live in a high-rise condominium in Chicago, a homeowners association (HOA) in Houston or an active adult community in Las Vegas, emergencies can happen. Do you think your residents would know where to go or whom to contact

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Pre-Planning for an HOA Disaster Response: Roles and Responsibilities

Disaster planning is critical for anyone–but it’s doubly significant for HOAs and others in positions of authority. If a natural disaster strikes in your area, are you prepared to respond? Knowing the roles and responsibilities your HOA has in times

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WeHo City Council Gives Condo Owners a Pass on Earthquake Safety (CA

Faced with dozens of letters in opposition and a crowd carrying signs saying “voluntary,” the West Hollywood City Council last night quickly yielded to owners of condominiums who demanded it not require them to protect their buildings against earthquakes.  The

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Monsoon Season Madness – Be Prepared!

“We can’t do anything to prevent the monsoon, but we can prepare.” Weldon B. Johnson, The Republic | azcentral.com With summertime comes monsoon season, you never know when a big dust storm or heavy torrential downpour may hit! Is your

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Insurance Reminders for Condo Associations at Start of Hurricane Season (FL)

With hurricane season now underway, Florida condominium associations should take the time to ensure that they and their owners are prepared for a storm. In addition to ensuring that hurricane shutters are operational and all of the necessary supplies are

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Why a HOA Strategic Plan is Key to Your Homeowners Association

Your HOA’s strategic plan is a high-level planning tool and document designed to capture your organization’s values and goals while providing direction and motivation to your members. Ideally, the HOA board drafts the strategic plan through a progressive series of

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Be Prepared for Florida’s 2017 Hurricane Season

Florida hurricane season is underway and residents of the Sunshine State may be in for more storms than usual. State officials are warning Floridians to be prepared, noting that Tropical Storm Arlene’s April appearance may be a harbinger.  According to

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Prepare Your Landscape For The Upcoming Summer and Hurricane Season

With summer ahead, it’s time to prepare for the heat, storms and humidity that occur in south Florida. It is time to prepare for the hurricane season. It is important that along with your personal and home safety, you also

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Condo owners ready for flood, thanks to plan

In the middle of a large evacuation alert area, in which residents are busy sandbagging and draining basements of rising groundwater, one building’s name seems particularly apt given current events.  The Water’s Edge.  “It’s a perfect name,” George Mapson, president

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Strategy – Your condo can do better

Annual revenue approaching $1 million, market valuation of $50 – $60 million, 4-6 full or part-time staff members, a management team and a board of directors. It’s a typical 100 unit condo in a Canadian urban area, but you can

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When a Natural Disaster Strikes, Is Your Association Covered?

Hurricanes. Floods. Tornadoes. Hail. Wildfires. Lightning strikes. Earthquakes. Blizzards. Mother Nature has quite the arsenal to throw at us! Unfortunately, every part of North America is subject to one or more of these events. Some, like hurricanes, come with enough

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Power Outages and Blackouts – How Your Association Can Minimize Risk

Losing power is never fun. But it’s bound to happen at some point, so preparation is the best defense. Obviously, different types of communities are affected by blackouts in different critical ways: high-rises lose their elevators and water; resort-style gated

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Hurricane Plans and Policies: Reduce Your Association’s Risk

The Atlantic hurricane season begins each year on June 1 and runs through November 30. This is the time when the eastern coastal United States may witness Mother Nature’s wrath through furious ocean-born storms that for some reason are given

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Disaster Planning: Before, During, and After

If you’ve read the headlines, you know the risks are real. From wildfires to raging floods, and corporate fraud to cyber attacks, there any number of ways disasters can take an organization offline. Recognizing these risks is important, but for

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Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities: What to Do When Emergency Weather Strikes

We all like to believe that when a major hurricane is headed our way or a tornado warning is issued, we’ll know exactly what to do. But inclement weather is unpredictable, and it can be frightening and chaotic to handle

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Reaching Others When Disasters Strike

The first thing many of us do during or immediately following a natural disaster is to call family and friends. Unfortunately, in the minutes and hours after a disaster, overloaded cell phone networks can make it difficult—if not impossible—to reach

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Onion Creek residents search for flood risk solutions as Austin continues feasibility study (TX)

As the city conducts a feasibility study determining how to best mitigate flood risk in the Onion Creek area of South Austin, grassroots efforts continue to curb the loss of life and property.  Ken Jacob, vice president of the Onion

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Tips to Stay Safe When Lightning Strikes Your Homeowners Association

Winter and Spring weather usually means staying in and snuggling by the fire, but it can also bring severe weather. Threatening thunderstorms often loom large in Northern California so it’s important to be prepared for downpours and accompanying lightning, which

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When your homeowner association needs intensive care

Q. Long story short, the members have all been reluctant to get involved on our board for many years. They are all fine with someone else doing it. Our vice president resigned and then appointed herself “manager.” She paid herself

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Disaster Preparedness

With more than 68 million Americans living homes governed by community associations, emergency planning has become an essential skill of HOA managers. Community managers play a key role in any emergency response effort. HOA managers must understand what types of

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Long-Term Planning for Associations

Long-term planning is one of the most valuable tools for managing community associations. A good plan will establish goals that need to be set for the association and methods of monitoring those goals through the timeframe of the project. For

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South Florida Contents Restoration

Every single day, a natural disaster or other catastrophic event occurs somewhere in America, crippling businesses and homeowners alike. Floods and broken water pipes can wreak havoc to floors, walls, ceilings, carpeting, and to all items within affected rooms. Fires

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HOAs and Storm Prep

In many parts of the country, the temperatures have already settled into the 30s and 40s, and residents of those areas know that snow, ice, and wind are right around the corner. Even during mild winters, storms can wreak havoc

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Emergency Preparation: Planning for Worst-Case Scenarios

Some days it rains, some days it pours—and some days, there’s a Category 4 hurricane. And while the latter is relatively rare, it can be a true disaster, and any condominium, co-op or homeowner’s association worth its salt should be

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A first-hand account of the possible tornado that ripped through Charlotte (NC)

About 6:30 p.m., my family and I left our home in Ayrsley to go out to dinner. We were about a quarter mile south of Westinghouse on South Tryon Street when traffic came to a halt. As we slowed, both

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Intracoastal West community keeps power, avoids severe damage (FL)

Indian Springs was a small island that never lost power — while outages occurred all around it — largely due to having underground utility lines

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How to Prepare and Respond to a Flood in Your High-Rise Building

let’s take a look at how you can minimize risks of a flood in your high-rise building – and meet the challenges of flooding, should it occur.

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EMERGENCY POWERS: What Condominium and Homeowners Association Board Members Need to Know (FL)

But, if you do experience tropical storm or hurricane conditions are you prepared for the storm and the aftermath?

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HOA Management: Creating a Strategic Plan for Your Community

A strategic plan is a valuable resource, especially for large or aging communities. In this article, we will outline exactly what defines a strategic plan and how it can help guide your homeowners association property management decisions.   Read the article………….

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