Apartament building with outside view of 2 units on fire
Discover Important High-Rise Fire Safety TipsApr 17, 2018Living in a high-rise, condominium or co-op certainly has its perks. You get the convenient location, the dramatic views, attentive concierge services and a range of amenities. However, vertical living also means added challenges when it comes to fire safety. Fortunately, there are measures that both your association board and residents can take to improve safety.
Mother and children standing watching a blazing fire
Promoting Fire Safety in Your Community AssociationApr 03, 2018Part of your job as a board member is ensuring the safety of residents in your community association. To that end, it’s important to educate homeowners about possible fire risks and the steps they can take to prevent fire hazards in their homes. Chances are that fire safety isn’t top of mind for residents. However, home fires are more common than most people realize.
How Your Property Management Company Should Help Your Community after a Major Storm
How Your Property Management Company Should Help Your Community after a Major StormMar 06, 2018As communities in Texas and Florida discovered in 2017, hurricanes can be devastating, even if your community takes all the proper precautions to reduce your association’s risk. Read how a property management company should assist your community after a storm passes.
Why Community Associations Get Sued and What To Do If It Happens To You
Why Community Associations Get Sued and What To Do If It Happens To YouFeb 28, 2018Your community or condominium association is there to protect the interests of all of its members. However, there may be situations when one or more residents don’t believe that the association is on their side. Hopefully, everyone involved can come to a reasonable solution, but if you can’t, it’s possible that your association – and even your board members – could become the target of a lawsuit.
Tornado Preparation Tips to Help Keep Your Family Safe
Ways to Keep Your Community Safe During Tornado SeasonFeb 21, 2018Tornadoes are fearsome because of their unpredictable nature. Although there are certain weather conditions that make tornadoes more likely, such as severe summer thunderstorms, tornadoes can also be created by snowstorms and blizzards. They can strike at any time of year and almost any place, even forming on the water and moving onto land.
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The Six Secrets to Building Your HOA’s Volunteer PoolFeb 15, 2018Whether you’re on the board of a single-family homeowners association (HOA) or a high-rise condo association, your community depends on volunteers to operate successfully. However, finding residents who are willing to be on your board of directors, join a committee or help at an event can be challenging.
Earthquake Preparedness Tips for Your Community Association
Earthquake Preparedness Tips for Your Community AssociationFeb 06, 2018As unpredictable as earthquakes can be, your community association should be prepared in case you ever feel the unmistakable rumble of a tremor. Here’s what you need to know.
What Do I Need To Know About Floods?
What Do I Need To Know About Floods?Jan 26, 20182016 saw the United States swamped in a record year of flooding, the most since record keeping began in 1980. Devastating flooding swept Louisiana, West Virginia, Texas and Maryland, costing billions in damage. In Canada, about half of all natural disaster costs are incurred from flooding, reaching into the billions of dollars in recent years.
How Should We Prepare for and Respond to a Flood in Our High-Rise Building?
Here's How to Prepare for Floods in Your High-Rise BuildingJan 25, 2018Floods are one of the most common types of natural disasters. They can also be the most detrimental for high-rise buildings. The nature of these buildings makes them particularly vulnerable to flooding caused by severe storms. It may be instinct to think “but I’m several stories above the ground – I’m not at risk for flooding!” However, many of the critical systems in high-rise buildings, including boilers, elevators, generators and water pumps, are located underground, sometimes several levels underground, and the risk to those systems in a flood is high.
How Can I Protect My Home from a Wildfire?
How Can I Protect My Home from a Wildfire?Jan 23, 2018
Wildfires continue to be a constant and deadly threat across North America, and the risk intensifies with soaring annual temperatures, strong winds and severe drought conditions. More than 78,000 wildfires scorch over 12.4 million acres across the United States and Canada each year. Fanned by high winds and feeding on parched grass, trees and shrubs for tinder, these fires put thousands of homes at risk each year, or destroy them outright.
What’s Missing From Your Community Association’s Budget?
What’s Missing From Your Community Association’s Budget?Nov 30, 2017
Every year about the same time, your community association board is most likely creating its budget for the following year. Learn about seven commonly neglected items in community association budgets that you may be missing.
Mold: How Should Your Association and Homeowners Handle It?
Mold: How Should Your Association and Homeowners Handle It?Nov 10, 2017No one wants to find mold in their home or any association building. Unfortunately, mold is ubiquitous – it’s in the air and in the water, and when given the chance, it spreads like crazy. Learn steps to prevent mold or to have it assessed and properly treated, preserving your buildings and the health of your residents.