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When Tragedy Affects Your Building – Picking Up the Pieces at Your Co-op or Condo

According to a story in the New York Daily News on August 18, a construction worker died after apparently hanging himself from a fifth-floor window at a Queens condominium complex. By any estimation, this event was tragic, and surely devastating

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What to Do After a Natural Disaster in Your Homeowners Association

If your homeowners association property has been damaged in a natural disaster—hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake or fire there are some important steps you can take in the immediate aftermath to ensure your safety and minimize financial loss. Consider the following

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How to Set Up Emergency Plans in Your HOA Community

No one really wants to think about emergency situations and their consequences. Unfortunately, bad things, including natural disasters like tornadoes or severe thunderstorms, happen when we least expect them. So your board should always have an emergency plan in place

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Tips to Prepare a Family Emergency Plan in Your Homeowners Association

Natural disasters affect thousands of people every year, and with the increased risk of severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and tornadoes these days, it’s a good idea to think about having an emergency plan in place. Consider preparing an emergency plan

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Here’s How to Prepare Your Community for Hurricane Season

The goal of hurricane preparedness is to minimize the impact on any association or property during the storm. It’s an ongoing, year-round process to mitigate the potential effects of dangerous debris, impassable roadways, loss of electricity or running water, and

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How to Prevent an “Act of God” from Derailing Your Community.

Ask a contractor or vendor about what will happen to their services and your community in the event of a disaster or emergency and they will likely point you towards a clause in their contract entitled, Force Majeure.    

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It’s Hurricane Season: Is Your Community Association Prepared?

Despite 2016 not being projected as a big year for hurricanes in Florida, we all know that the season is not over yet. This leads to a very important question for community associations: if a hurricane or tropical storm were

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Storms and Your HOA

You were just hit by a big storm, you know there is damage and are grateful everyone is safe; and that you have insurance. But, did you know that you as a homeowner are responsible to prevent additional damage and

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Community Associations: Are You Prepared for this Hurricane Season?

Southwest Florida has been fortunate in the first month of this 2016 hurricane season, but if a hurricane crops up next week, is your association prepared?  Here are a few suggestions for protecting yourselves and your association members this hurricane

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Property Owner Association Strategies For Post-Hurricane And Disaster Events (Part 3)

In my previous two articles, I discussed preparation for catastrophic events and post-event site assessment. There are a few final steps to disaster recovery for associations, though, and those are settling the insurance claim and finalizing the cleanup and repair

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When a Storm Strikes Your HOA: How you respond is critical

You were just hit by a big storm, you know there is damage and are grateful everyone is safe; and that you have insurance. But, did you know that you as a homeowner are responsible to prevent additional damage and

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Hurricane Shutters and Florida Condominiums

Question: I am preparing to return to my northern home for the summer and intend to deploy the hurricane shutters on my condominium unit. However, the association is advising me that I cannot deploy my hurricane shutters unless there is

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Property Owner Association Strategies For Post-Hurricane And Disaster Events (Part 2) (NC)

Does your association have a post-hurricane and disaster event plan in place? As I discussed in my last article, preparation is key for property owner associations when it comes to being ready for catastrophic events. But once the event happens,

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Effective policies for Managing Emergency Situations in a Condo Association

I recently wrote about how important it is to protect the powers of the Condo Board. To ensure you run a transparent and open Condo Association, you must protect your Board powers. But the reality is that life is messy.

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Property Owner Association Strategies For Hurricane And Disaster Preparation (Part 1)

Is your association ready for a disaster or catastrophic event? A plan is critical year-round, but for the Cape Fear region, it is particularly important to be prepared for hurricanes and floods.  Read the article…………

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Hurricane Preparedness for Your Community Association

The dreaded hurricane season is here. June 1 marks the beginning of the season, which goes until November 30.  Does your community have a plan? If not, now is the time to create one. Knowing the necessary steps to prepare

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Keep It Moving: How Community Associations Plan for a Successful Future One Year at a Time

Many association boards have no real vision for their community or any goals that they are working toward. Essentially, they operate in a month-to-month mentality, addressing issues as they arise and focusing on homeowners and property values. Although that’s understandable,

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Extreme Weather Patterns On The Rise

Safeguarding the structural integrity of buildings of all sizes and purposes will be a crucial endeavor for all industries and sectors in the coming years. As extreme weather conditions continue to increase, so too does the risk of damage to

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Does Your HOA Have a Strategic Plan?

The strategic plan for a homeowners association should act as an outline for the immediate future of projects and priorities, as well as an overview of the year’s budget and what future budgets might include. Regularly reviewing and updating your

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Why a Strategic Plan is Crucial for Your Homeowners Association

A strategic plan outlines priorities and projects for the immediate future and for years to come. It can accommodate revisions as changing circumstances dictate—without conflicting with the vision behind its creation. It also helps determine what the year’s budget will

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Utility Hazards: Recognizing the Signs of Danger

There are certain perils—fires, major weather events, and so forth—that announce themselves clearly; others are more subtle, if no less hazardous. Things like gas leaks, electrical shorts and surges, and water leaks may not be as dramatic as a hurricane

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Putting Your Board Goals Into Action

Once you’ve begun to view your association as a business and have implemented strategies like an annual business cycle and enlisting the services of a trusted group of advisors, it’s time to ensure that you put all your plans into

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Getting Your Association Ready for a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters can’t be stopped, but you can help get your association ready for the aftermath of these devastating occurrences. After all the damage and worry, your neighborhood must recover, and four tips can help the HOA and the community

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Homeowners prepare for devastating disaster

Should a powerful earthquake hit the South Whidbey Island Fault, which scientists say is among the most hazardous in Western Washington, one group of Bayview homeowners will be ready.  Read the article………….

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Great site for disaster planning information

The purpose of this on-line video library is to provide a single, easy to search source in which individuals, agencies and organizations can access Just In Time Disaster Training videos.  The videos found in this library cover disaster related mitigation,

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Neighbors prepare to rely on each other (WA)

Fran Olin sorts emergency equipment that residents of her Port Orchard condo community have collected to be prepared for a major earthquake. Residents of the building have familiarized themselves with preparedness procedures, understanding that first-responders are unlikely to come to

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(Disaster Preparedness for) Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs

How might a disaster affect me? What are my personal needs during a disaster? By evaluating your own individual needs and making an emergency plan that ?ts those needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared.  Here are

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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricanes are strong storms that can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes.  Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Know the difference between the

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Disaster Preparedness (for Pets)

Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe, so the best thing you can do for

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The Ultimate SoCal Disaster Safety Guide

In Time’s top 12 most dangerous counties in America, five were counties in Southern California: San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and Los Angeles. So it’s clearly no secret that the SoCal region sees its fair share of numerous kinds

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Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Lightning…

For Americans, preparedness must now account for man-made disasters as well as natural ones. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count   Read the article…………

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Building Safety for Everyone: Emergency Preparation Includes Residents with Special Needs

New England is home to more than three million seniors age 60 and older, and about one in four suffers some type of physical impairment. When you factor in a climate prone to blizzards and heavy snow storms, a disaster

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A Sandy headache that won’t go away (DE)

Superstorm Sandy flooding made Richard Heubeck’s Selbyville condominium unit legally uninhabitable, but nonetheless he’s been living there for years. This is no secret; Sussex County officials know he’s living there without a necessary certificate of occupancy. State officials are aware,

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HOA gets serious about emergency prep (CA)

Over the past year, residents of Racquet Club Villas, a 264-unit residential complex off Lynn Road in Thousand Oaks, have been voicing a need for an emergency preparedness program and an active Neighborhood Watch.  As a result, a committee of

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Does your property insurance cover water damage?

With all of the weather-related damage we’ve seen from heavy rains over the last several days, this is a good time to review what is and is not covered by insurance when it comes to water damage claims.    Read

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Is Your Vertical Community Ready for El Nino? (CA)

We have a high probability of a powerful El Nino returning this fall with extreme rain, wind and flooding conditions.  Whether this will be a destructive El Nino or not, is not the question.  What is important is that mid/high-rise

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Prepare Your Association for Hurricane Season

When hurricane season rolls around, it’s a frightening and busy time for many different areas of the country. Homeowners need to make sure that their properties are safe from any potential storm and hurricane damage. This is also important for

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Disaster Recovery Takes Careful Planning and Execution

Insurance coverage and claims are often among the most confusing and troublesome matters that developers and community associations must address, and large claims involving serious property damage from any type of disaster will typically require the guidance and expertise of

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5 Storm Preparation Tips for Community Associations

You may have already heard that Hurricane Erika is on her way. The weather reports change by the minute but we currently expect winds up to 75 mph and potential flooding.  Managing the impact of bad weather on 5 Storm

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Government (Japan) wants condo resident groups to play anti-disaster role

The government has asked municipalities across the country to involve associations of condominium residents in local disaster-prevention activities.  The request by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry reflects weakening relations within communities, especially in cities, as neighborhood associations do not

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Community Association Q&A: Hurricane Prep. Part III

Question: When there is a mandatory evacuation because of a hurricane, what is the Community Association’s responsibility?   Read the article…………

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Community & Homeowner Association Q&A: Hurricane Preparation Part II

Question: Many of our owners are away for the summer, but have furniture and plants on their balconies. Can the Association clear the balconies and patios as a part of the Community Associations’ hurricane preparation if there is a storm

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Community & Homeowners Association Q&A: Hurricane Preparedness

Question: What should the community do to prepare for a hurricane? We already know about the pool furniture and protecting the lobby windows.  Read the article………

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Cleaning Up After a Summer Storm

Just like any storm, a summer storm can cause severe damage to homes and surrounding areas. The downed trees, debris and damaged buildings can leave the neighborhood in disarray. Summer floods can even cause severe water damage. That’s why getting

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Tips for Storm-Proofing Your Community

Nothing can damage a home quite like a storm, and they’re unavoidable. No matter where you live, your home is at risk for some kind of storm. To protect your house and reduce damage, check out these tips for storm-proofing

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Disaster Recovery & Rebuilding

Powerful weather events such as hurricanes are dangerous reminders of the importance of proper planning, emergency preparedness, and the need to work with experienced professionals to properly recover losses and rebuild homes, businesses and communities.    Read the article………

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Tornadoes Slam Wise: Storm strikes lake community (TX)

David Shawn, who is on the condos’ homeowners association board, surveys the storm’s aftermath at the Harbor Shores condominiums in Runaway Bay. Shawn estimated that 16 units were damaged during a storm that produced winds stronger than 110 mph. Messenger

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Representatives Israel and Nadler (NY) make progress on disaster relief in community associations

In the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) took on key leadership roles in pressing Congress and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to treat homeowners living in community associations fairly when

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Tips for Preparing Your Condo Elevator for Hurricane Season

PRIOR TO HURRICANE SEASON – APRIL AND MAY • Check the operation of all vents and openings in the machine room and hoist way walls to insure proper operation. This is to make sure that driving rain will not blow

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Long Range Panning for Community Associations – Getting Down to Business!

In Part 2 of this series, I outlined the basic planning steps condominiums, HOAs, and cooperatives use to create a long range plan. You’ve assembled the team to take on the project (also covered in Part 2) and you are

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