Journal Notes—May 2020

Journal Notes—May 2020

by Michael Hamline, Editor / Published May 2020

     The May magazine details many ways to make your community association more safe and secure. Joanna Ribner with Southern Chute details the importance of your garbage chute being kept up to the fire code on page 8.

   On page 12, Brie Shouppe with Envera Systems highlights how technology systems and software can lead to greater security in a community.

     Brad Higdon of Bass United Fire & Security Systems addresses the vital nature of having good communication systems in place for first responders. His article is on page 28.

     Turn to page 32 to read the article by Gina Hough with GNM Hough. It talks about security issues that can be caused by power outages and how to minimize these potential security problems.

     Daniel Arce with National Firedoor talks on page 34 about the importance of a community establishing a fire plan and the requirement by law to have your community’s fire, smoke, and egress doors inspected and tested on an annual basis.

     Mark Westbrook with Kings III raises awareness on the limitations of utilizing voice over internet protocol (VoIP) for emergency calls made from your property. The article is located on page 38.

    Finally, be sure to look at the management company directory on page 66, which provides a number of management companies throughout the state as well as contact information to find out more about their services. You can turn to the article “A Few Good Management Companies” on page 54 to learn more about their history, business philosophy, and the services that each one provides.

    Don’t forget that this month we remember Memorial Day and those who have given their lives to provide us our freedoms and way of life. Remember them and thank their families for this greatest sacrifice. While we are expressing gratitude for sacrifice, don’t forget to thank personally those whom you know who are doctors, nurses, medical staff, and grocery workers—to name a few—who are taking care of our health needs and food needs at personal risk to themselves.

    We at Florida Community Association Journal are praying for our country, our leaders, and the CAMs and board members, who make up many wonderful community associations, during a particularly challenging time.