By Evan Bradley, CFO / Published June 2023
South Florida is known for its beautiful beaches, sunny weather, and, unfortunately, its frequent hurricanes. Condominiums and homeowners’ associations (HOAs) must take proactive steps to prepare for these natural disasters to ensure the safety of their residents and properties. Here are some tips and strategies for hurricane preparedness in South Florida.
The first step to hurricane preparedness is to create a comprehensive plan that outlines procedures and protocols for all aspects of hurricane readiness. This plan should include the following:
Condominiums and HOAs should conduct regular inspections and maintenance to ensure that their buildings and common areas are hurricane ready. This includes the following:
In the event of a hurricane, residents may be stranded in their units for several days without access to electricity or running water. Condominiums and HOAs should encourage their residents to stock up on emergency supplies, including the following:
Communication is critical during a hurricane. Condominiums and HOAs should keep their residents informed of the latest updates and procedures through a variety of channels, including the following:
Residents should also be encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts from local authorities to receive the latest news and instructions.
Power outages are a common occurrence during hurricanes and can last for days or even weeks. Condominiums and HOAs should have backup generators in place to power critical systems, such as elevators and emergency lighting. Residents should also be encouraged to prepare for power outages by preparing the following:
Condominiums and HOAs should review their insurance policies to ensure they have adequate coverage for hurricane damage. This includes both property insurance to cover damage to the building and common areas as well as liability insurance to protect against claims from residents and visitors.
After a hurricane, there is often significant debris that must be removed from the property. Condominiums and HOAs should have a plan in place for debris removal, including the following:
Flooding is a common hazard during hurricanes, and condominiums and HOAs should take steps to prepare for it, including the following:
In the event of a mandatory evacuation, condominiums and HOAs should be prepared to assist their residents with the following:
Finally, it is essential to conduct regular training to ensure that all staff are familiar with the hurricane preparedness plan and know what to do in the event of a storm. This can include the following:
Hurricane preparedness is critical for condominiums and HOAs in South Florida, where the risk of storms is high. By creating a comprehensive plan, conducting regular inspections and maintenance, stockpiling emergency supplies, communicating effectively with residents, and preparing for power outages, flooding, and debris removal, these communities can minimize damage and ensure the safety of their residents during a storm. Regular training will ensure that everyone is prepared and ready to act when a hurricane strikes.
CFO, Campbell Property Management
Evan joined Campbell in 2007 and has been responsible for the financial and information technology aspects of Campbell Property Management. As a licensed CAM and a graduate from Georgia Tech with a degree in business management, Evan has implemented an online accounts payable portal for associations, GPS-enabled violations software, online tenant and purchaser screening, and online architectural request submissions, and he is continually improving the corporate systems to increase efficiencies for association clients and employees.
In addition to his financial responsibilities, Evan works personally with some of Campbell’s largest clients to help improve efficiency and help the boards accomplish their goals by bringing expertise and education in budgeting, long-term fiscal planning, the document amendment process, rules and regulations, traffic enforcement, and other high-value areas.
For more information on Campbell Property Management, call 954-427-8770 or visit www.CampbellMGT.com.