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Disaster Planning & Management for Condominium & Homeowner Associations

  • Be Prepared for Disasters: If you think hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and floods won’t happen to you or that you don’t need to insure against these disasters, you’re among the nearly half of U.S. homeowners and renters who lack the insurance coverage to deal with potential losses, according to the Nationa... read more (August 23, 2013)
  • Breaking Through These Times of Trouble: Of course, as a community association attorney, I also see this destruction as a crucial lesson for my clients. It's important that association boards understand and recognize the impact that natural disasters can have on their communities, and prepare accordingly.read more (May 31, 2013)
  • Where Boards Can Finds Funds for Rebuilding After a Catastrophe: You've seen the headlines, and they're grossly, irresponsibly inaccurate: "Condos and Co-ops Not Covered Under FEMA." Co-op shareholders and condo unit-owners are covered under the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Only co-op and condo boards and common areas aren't. Why? Because FEMA's primarily... read more (February 26, 2013)
  • Understanding Flood Insurance: What Are Its Limits? And Can I Get It?: After the storm, after the surge, after the wind has died, after floodwaters recede, the finger-pointing inevitably begins. "We did not have flood insurance," says Dr. Janie Simmons, an anthropologist and AIDS researcher who serves as board president of Shore View Condominiums at Rockaway Beach in Q... read more (February 19, 2013)
  • Superstorm Sandy: Federal Help Exists for Co-op and Condo Associations: In the terrible aftermath of superstorm Sandy, co-op and condo boards and residents found themselves struggling with both dire immediate needs and longer-term woes. With lobbies, basements and other common areas flooded and in need of repair and reconstruction, with electrical panels destroyed and w... read more (December 14, 2012)
  • Is Your Association Prepared for Natural Disasters?: Natural disasters come in many shapes and sizes. It could be a tornado, a flood, Superstorm Sandy, or a wildfire. Regardless of the type of disaster, the devastation and loss is often overwhelming. Nothing can fully prepare someone to handle the emotional impact of a natural disaster. However, w... read more (December 4, 2012)
  • Survival Steps: How The Albert Co-op Weathered Hurricane Sandy (video): Fred Rudd, manager of The Albert, discusses how the cooperative's advance emergency planning helped the residents cope with an eight-day blackout in the wake of the devastating hurricane that hit New York last month. More storm reports from New York-area co-ops and condos at www.habitatmag.com.read more (November 21, 2012)
  • Hurricane Sandy - Special Issue of Coastal Condo News: Coastal Condo News offers a special issue with information of value to condo boards and associations as they face repairs and rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Sandyread more (November 11, 2012)
  • Disaster!: What does a community association board of directors do if a natural disaster wipes out all or a portion of its association? When and where is it likely to happen? Is there a plan for dealing with it? Is this a problem to worry about? Yes, worry about it. A natural disaster can strike a development ... read more (October 29, 2012)
  • Wildfire App catches Fire: The 2012 wildfire season was one of the worst on record, leaving the people at the American Red Cross busy devising new and innovative ways to get information to people faster. As a response to the growing use of technology, they have created the “Wildfire App.”read more (October 26, 2012)
  • What to do in Case of an Earthquake: Federal, State, and local emergency management experts, and other official preparedness organizations, all agree that “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. Great ShakeOut earthquake drills (www.shakeout.org) are opportunities ... read more (October 15, 2012)
  • Disasters: Are You Ready?: I have been in and around this industry for better than 20 years, and I am constantly amazed at how unprepared homeowners, including myself, can be when it comes to disasters. Regardless if on the East Coast, the Gulf or the West Coast, disaster can strike at any time and in any community.read more (September 4, 2012)
  • HOA Hurricane Checklist: Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, so we’ve put together a checklist for condominium associations and homeowner associations for hurricane season readiness. The first thing an association has to do is adopt a policy on how the association will function during the three phases of... read more (August 27, 2012)
  • How to Prepare Your Home if a Wildfire is Approaching: With the abundance of wildfires happening in western states, many of which are in The Management Trust region, there is no time like the present to take precautions. Just like it is important to be prepared for an emergency inside your home, it is also important that homeowners prepare the outside o... read more (August 25, 2012)
  • Helping Our Neighbors Recover and Rebuild: If you were not directly affected by a disaster, chances are you want to do something to help people whose homes, communities and businesses have been damaged or destroyed. Many organizations provide money, supplies and services to the victims of the natural disasters.read more (August 7, 2012)
  • Resources and Assistance for Disaster Victims: If you or your community, management company or business has been affected by a natural disaster, know that the thoughts of CAI members and staff are with you. The resources below are only the first step in recovery, but we hope you find them helpful.read more (August 7, 2012)
  • Advice for Homeowners: Every year, thousands of Americans contend with natural disasters—hurricanes, fires, tornados, floods, earthquakes and even ice storms. Homeowners can be overwhelmed by the many decisions which must be made in the aftermath of these tragedies. While loss of life and property cannot be reversed... read more (August 7, 2012)
  • Prepare for Emergencies: National Preparedness Month is a nationwide coordinated effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, communities and schools.read more (August 7, 2012)
  • Disaster/Hurricane Planning for Condos & HOAs: Some examples of ways that managers, board members, etc., can prepare their offices in advance of a natural disaster:read more (June 27, 2012)
  • Evacuate!: Regardless of whether you are located in a high-rise building or one that is less than 75 feet in height, the sound of someone yelling the word "evacuate" or the sounding of an alarm should immediately yield action. What type of action depends upon the preparedness of the occupants and the severity... read more (June 19, 2012)
  • Natural Disasters Underscore Need for HOA Disaster Plan: These days, when tornado sirens blare, condo owners in Judy Rosen’s 70-unit St. Louis high-rise go straight to the building’s underground, windowless garage and huddle in the center.read more (June 12, 2012)
  • Fixing a Condo Catastrophe Without Litigation: The Tale of 325 Fifth Avenue: What happens when glass from a skyscraper crashes down onto crowded Fifth Avenue? It shatters your expectations of how a condo board, a developer and an insurance company can work together to come up with a compromise solution without litigation. Turns out it's not impossible. Hey, who knew?read more (January 17, 2012)
  • Disaster! No reserves. No Insurance. What's Left if a Natural Disaster Destroys: We have recently seen horrific earthquake disasters in New Zealand and Japan. There has been widespread loss of life and destruction of infrastructure and buildings. California has a history of devastating earthquakes as well—the San Francisco, San Fernando, Northridge, and Loma Prieta earthqu... read more (January 9, 2012)
  • 7 Tips to Preparing Your Florida Coastal Condominium for the 2011 Hurricane Seas: “7 Tips to Preparing Your Florida Coastal Condominium for the 2011 Hurricane Season“, a free report, has just been released by Florida condominium construction expert Robert Fitzpatrick, P.E.read more (August 12, 2011)
  • HOAs have special disaster preparedness needs and plans: If you live in a condo, townhome or other community governed by a homeowners association (HOA), take a lesson from Judy Rosen, who lives in a 70-unit HOA in St. Louis, Mo.read more (July 15, 2011)
  • Ready or Not: Disaster Recovery Basics for HOA Communities scroll to pg 6: Any type of property damage is devastating. When a sizable incident occurs at an HOA-managed multifamily property, the insurance implications and involvement of multiple owners will greatly increase the complexity of restoring life and property back to normal.read more (June 9, 2011)
  • Natural Disasters Underscore Need for HOA Disaster Plan: These days, when tornado sirens blare, condo owners in Judy Rosen's 70-unit St. Louis high-rise go straight to the building's underground, windowless garage and huddle in the center.read more (June 3, 2011)
  • Preparing for the Worst: Get Emergency Plan in Place Before Disaster Strikes: "When there is a river in your parking lot where the cars and the dumpsters are floating away, it really puts the property manager to the test to see how well he or she has planned," says David J. Levy, PCAM, veteran property manager and president of Sterling Services in Holliston, Massachusetts.read more (May 18, 2011)
  • Being Prepared for an Emergency Requires a Regularly Updated Emergency Plan: Emergency incidents that could impact a facility run the gamut from fires to tornadoes to bomb threats - or worse. All facilities will eventually come under some type of threat, and it's a facility manager's job to protect the facility and occupants and ensure that business gets back up and running ... read more (May 18, 2011)
  • Homeowner and Condo Associations Must be Prepared for Disasters!: A California community association never expected to be found responsible when a contractor’s employee was electrocuted while installing new rain guttersread more (May 17, 2011)