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  • News You Can Use: Flash Flood Guidelines and Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

    In many parts of the country, flash flood watches and/or flash flood warnings are often issued during torrential downpours, especially in hurricane-prone and/or low-lying areas.
  • Power Outages and Blackouts - How Your Association Can Minimize Risk

    Losing power is never fun. But it’s bound to happen at some point, so preparation is the best defense. Obviously, different types of communities are affected by blackouts in different critical ways: high-rises lose their elevators and water; resort-style gated communities lose the ability to operate their gates. For residents, a blackout may be a short-term nuisance. For a community association, it can be a major headache in terms of risk management, safety and potential equipment damage that can provide an unwelcome shock to your budget.
  • Why Preparation for This Hurricane Season is Important for Your Community

    Is your community prepared to weather a storm? June 1st marks the beginning of the 2016 hurricane season running through November 30th. The National Weather Service reports that, of an average of 12 tropical storms that form over the Atlantic Ocean each year, six become hurricanes. In the Central Pacific, an average of three tropical storms form, with two escalating to full-blown hurricane status. Figures like these make hurricanes a very real threat for many communities and homeowners. In fact, 2016 promises to be anything but your average year. Let’s take a look at why you may want to approach this year in a way that’s as unique as the weather conditions themselves.
  • Simple Landscaping Tips To Help You Prepare for Storm Season

    For most of us, storm season means prepping our residences to mitigate potential damage caused by high winds and heavy rains. But there’s a part of our homes and neighborhoods we often overlook – sometimes with disastrous results. That often-forgotten place is right outside your front door: it’s your landscaping.
  • Ways to Keep Your Community Safe During Tornado Season

    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.
  • Updating Your Community Emergency Preparedness Plan for Pandemics

    In the past, when planning for emergencies, a global pandemic was likely not on your list. While most board members did not anticipate a pandemic as something that needed a plan before COVID-19, it's now clear that communities need to develop a plan to address this and any future pandemics. Read on to learn how to build a community emergency preparedness plan with a possible resurgence of coronavirus and other potential pandemics in mind.
  • What to Know in the Unlikely Event of a Mass Shooting in Your Building

    Public Mass shootings have unfortunately become common place in America and around the world. From schools and movie theaters, to businesses and homes, shootings have occurred in a mix of environments. But what should you do if you unexpectedly find yourself in the middle of this kind of emergency at your residential building?
  • What Do I Need To Know About Floods?

    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.
  • Why Your Community Must Plan for Emergency Communication and Training

    Whether you live in a high-rise condominium in Chicago, a homeowners association (HOA) in Houston or an active adult community in Las Vegas, emergencies can happen. Do you think your residents would know where to go or whom to contact in an emergency situation? Does your onsite staff know what to do to protect residents and the community’s property in the event of a major storm like a hurricane, tornado or severe blizzard? How well would they handle a flood, a fire or a violent outbreak?
  • What to Know About an HOA Emergency Board Meeting During Trying Times

    It's hurricane season again. As soon as June 1st rolls around, we are assaulted with hurricane preparedness pamphlets and emergency information at every turn.
  • Communication in an Emergency is Key to Hurricane Preparation and Rebuilding

    The strongest hurricane preparedness plan won’t be effective if you haven’t communicated it. Make sure that everyone knows what to do by following these important recommendations.
  • First Locally Transmitted Virus Case Confirmed for Zika in Florida

    In February, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency when cases of the Zika virus began to spread, impacting Florida.
  • Six New Things You Should Know About Flood Insurance in Florida

    As a Floridian, you're pretty familiar with flood insurance, but you may not be aware of the recent changes in the law. Learn more here!
  • Four Ways to Get Mosquitoes to Buzz Off

    Ah, summertime in Florida. Backyard barbecues. Long days at the beach. And endless mosquito bites.
  • Hurricane Season is Here: Have You Talked to Your Vendors?

    Your vendors are a critical part of your community’s emergency planning for any kind of hurricane or storm. Are you on the same page before, during and after a storm?
  • What Does Hurricane Insurance Cover in Florida?

    With hurricane season approaching, many community association boards are asking themselves: “Are we prepared to weather a storm?"
  • Be Prepared with These Landscaping Safety Tips for Hurricanes

    This hurricane season, start your preparations from the outside in with these 13 landscaping quick fixes.
  • Here's How Your Property Management Staff Can Prepare for a Hurricane

    Does your onsite property management staff know policies and procedures, and their individual roles when a storm is on the horizon?
  • Policies for Hurricane Season: What Your Community Needs to Know

    What hurricane policies should you have in place to make sure that all residents are on the same page and protected?
  • Rebuilding After a Major Storm: What Your Community Needs to Know

    As high-rises and community associations in Florida know, you can take all the precautions and make the right preparations before a hurricane and still suffer devastating effects.
  • Resolving Disputes with Mediation and Arbitration

    Ideally, all parties in a homeowners or condo association agree, but In the real world, disagreements are a fact of life. Parties can often settle differences through open and honest discussion or negotiation.
  • The Deadline for Fire Sprinkler Retrofitting is Fast Approaching. Is Your Condominium Ready?

    Confusion may grow as deadlines for Florida condominiums fire sprinkler retrofitting draw near. The statutes applicability to all condominiums as opposed to just high-rise also raises questions.
  • The Facts About Radon and What Exposure Can Mean for You and Your Family

    Radon can pose a threat to our health and well-being. Below is an overview of what radon is, where it's found, its risks and how you can protect your home and your family from it.
  • Fire Safety Tips for Condos and High-Rises

    High-rises come with challenges, and chief among them is fire safety. Here are four Fire Safety Tips from the experts at National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
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