Coats recommends that managers walk the property with vendors and contractors on a quarterly basis. Make sure they know any changes to the layout, any factors that may require a change in their standard operating procedure when an emergency hits.
Coats also recommends consulting vendors and contractors as you make your emergency plans. Check that your contracts are not going to expire and renew them if necessary. “Make sure they know what your expectations are and that they know how to access the property if power is out, for example."
Because Coats’ communities are garden-style, she also focuses on where emergency services can access the property, park and stage from. “When you talk about having fire trucks and ambulances inside the property, as opposed to the streets around it, you have to think about those things,” she recommends. “Look at your community plans and identify the best places for large equipment to go if needed. Communicate that to your local emergency services if possible.”
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