Securing Condominium Communities: Preparing for Hurricane Season

Securing Condominium Communities

Preparing for Hurricane Season

By Alon Alexander / Published June 2024

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As hurricane season approaches, condominium communities face unique challenges in ensuring the security and safety of their residents and properties. From fortifying infrastructure to implementing emergency protocols, condominium associations must take proactive steps to protect their communities from the impacts of hurricanes. Here’s a tailored guide outlining essential measures for securing condominium communities before the onset of hurricane season. 

1. Conduct Security Assessments 

   Begin by conducting comprehensive security assessments of the condominium complex to identify vulnerabilities and potential risks during hurricanes. Assess the structural integrity of buildings, evaluate access points, and identify critical infrastructure that may be susceptible to damage or disruption. 

2. Upgrade Physical Security Measures

   Enhance physical security measures within the condominium complex to mitigate the risk of intrusion, vandalism, and property damage during hurricanes. Install hurricane-resistant windows and doors, reinforce garage doors, and secure outdoor amenities such as pool furniture and landscaping features to prevent them from becoming hazards in high winds.  

3. Implement Access Control Systems

   Implement robust access control systems to regulate entry and exit points within the condominium community. Install electronic access control systems for pedestrian and vehicle gates, and ensure that they are equipped with backup power sources to maintain functionality during power outages. Consider integrating surveillance cameras and intercom systems to enhance security monitoring and communication. 

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4. Establish Neighborhood Watch Programs 

   Engage residents in forming neighborhood watch programs to promote security awareness and surveillance within the condominium community. Encourage residents to report suspicious activities, monitor common areas, and collaborate with security personnel to maintain vigilance during hurricane season. 

5. Coordinate with Security Personnel 

   Collaborate with security personnel and private security firms to develop customized security plans tailored to the needs of the condominium community. Ensure that security personnel are trained in emergency response procedures and equipped to address security concerns before, during, and after hurricanes. Ensure that the private security firm that you are contracting with has generator backups and satellite phones. 

6. Print Community ID Cards 

   In anticipation of potential power outages during hurricanes, consider printing community ID cards for residents to ensure seamless access to buildings and amenities. Distribute these ID cards to residents in advance and communicate their importance in facilitating access in the event of prolonged power loss, when electronic access control systems may be unavailable. 

7. Establish Communication Protocols

   Establish clear communication protocols to disseminate timely updates, alerts, and instructions to residents before, during, and after hurricanes. Utilize multiple communication channels, including email, text messaging, and social media, to keep residents informed of evacuation orders, shelter locations, and emergency contacts. 

8. Secure Common Areas and Amenities 

   Secure common areas and amenities within the condominium community to prevent damage and ensure the safety of residents during hurricanes. Implement protocols for securing outdoor furniture, pool equipment, and recreational facilities, and communicate these measures to residents to encourage cooperation and compliance.  

9. Provide Emergency Preparedness Resources 

     Provide residents with resources and guidance on emergency preparedness, including evacuation plans, supply kits, and evacuation routes. Distribute informational materials, host workshops, and engage residents in preparedness activities to empower them to take proactive measures to protect themselves and their homes. 

10. Facilitate Community Resilience 

Foster a sense of community resilience by encouraging residents to support each other and work together to weather the challenges of hurricane season. Organize community events, social gatherings, and volunteer initiatives to strengthen bonds among residents and promote collective action in times of crisis.  

     In conclusion, securing condominium communities ahead of hurricane season requires a proactive and collaborative approach to address security concerns and protect residents and properties. By upgrading physical security measures, implementing access control systems, coordinating with security personnel, and fostering community resilience, condominium associations can enhance the safety and well-being of their residents during hurricanes and other emergencies. Together, through preparedness and cooperation, condominium communities can weather the storm and emerge stronger in its aftermath. 

Alon Alexander

President, Kent Services 

     Alon Alexander is the current president of Kent Services. With over two decades of experience in the industry, Alon has established himself as a respected leader in the field of security and risk management. Throughout his career Alon has demonstrated a strong commitment to his clients, striving to provide them with the highest level of service and expertise. He has a proven track record of developing and implementing effective security strategies that have helped businesses of all sizes to protect their assets, employees, and customers. Alon is also actively involved in his community, serving as a mentor to young professionals and volunteering his time and resources to various charitable organizations. Alon’s dedication to his work and his community has earned him a reputation as a leader in both fields. For more information, call 1-800-273-KENT (5368) or