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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.

How Can My Association Fund Capital Improvements?

Posted on Thursday November 09, 2017

Nothing lasts forever…and when it comes time to replace your high-rise roof, community pool or to add new amenities, your association will need to determine how to pay for it. All of these things – significant repairs and replacements, as well as new construction – are considered capital improvements.

Active Shooter Training: What Should Your Community Do?

Posted on Wednesday November 08, 2017

More than 1.4 million Americans have been killed by gunfire since 1968. Many of those shootings were accidental; some were suicides; some were at the hands of law enforcement officers in the line of duty. But many were not. Mass shootings, meaning that at least three people were killed by gunfire, have become an almost daily occurrence in the United States, with instances increasing each year since 2000, and many instances becoming more deadly. Thankfully, incidents of violence in community associations are rare, but unfortunately, they do occur.

 

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