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What Your Community Association Needs to Know About Emergency Preparedness

Posted on Friday March 02, 2018

No community association ever wants to find itself in the midst of an emergency, but it can happen anytime and anywhere. Whether you face an earthquake, a hurricane, a fire, a shooting or a flood, the impact of any devastating event can be minimized if your community has prepared for it. No doubt, your board meetings are already chock full of agenda items, but it’s important to make emergency preparedness a priority.

Why Community Associations Get Sued and What To Do If It Happens To You

Posted on Wednesday February 28, 2018

Your 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.

Ways to Keep Your Community Safe During Tornado Season

Posted on Wednesday February 21, 2018

Tornadoes 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.

The Six Secrets to Building Your HOA’s Volunteer Pool

Posted on Thursday February 15, 2018

Whether 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

Posted on Tuesday February 06, 2018

As 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?

Posted on Friday January 26, 2018

2016 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?

Posted on Thursday January 25, 2018

Floods 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?

Posted on Tuesday January 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?

Posted on Thursday November 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?

Posted on Friday November 10, 2017

No 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.

 

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