Published July 2019
It is imperative that all properties have a comprehensive protocol for preparing the structure for a mandatory evacuation in case of a hurricane. Exact plans need to be put in place in regard to the mechanical systems and when they will be taken offline. After the storm, it is just as critical that all this equipment is checked and cleaned of debris before reactivation. Thought must go into pre-planning before the storm, precautions to be taken during the hurricane, and then steps to take once everyone returns to the property. Constant communication between residents and the on-site staff is just as critical as prior preparation. A few points to take into consideration throughout this process are as follows:
Founded 35 years ago, AKAM On-site Inc. delivers exceptional residential property management in South Florida to association clients in the areas of finance, administration, budget engineering, hospitality, preventative maintenance, staff supervision, and emergency response.
For more information, visit www.akam.com.
Hurricanes are usually considered first when preparing for disasters and emergencies. However, a survey of dozens of managers reveals they also consider many other emergencies and events.
For more information on Florida CAM Schools, visit www.FloridaCAMSchools.com, email Betsy@FloridaCAMSchools.com, or call (352) 326-8365.
Communication and preparation are key to getting through hurricanes with the least damage possible. Make sure that everyone on-site knows his or her individual role at each stage of a tropical event. It’s important to share the plan at board meetings and then with the resident community. It’s also important to work with your local emergency management teams. They will know if your community is in a mandatory evacuation zone, your risk for flooding, and other specific local information.
For more information on FirstService Residential, visit www.fsresidential.com.
In September of 2017, Lehigh Acres was one of the hardest hit areas in Florida, with direct impact from Hurricane Irma. Many in the area were fortunate enough to not suffer catastrophic loss, but out of the 16 associations in that area that Landex Resorts manages, damage repairs were in the tens of millions of dollars (out of a total of $750 million in Lee County). The last repairs were completed in May 2019. Property owners, management, and contractors endured a long 21 months of rebuilding and recovery in the time since Irma made landfall.
Reflecting on this time has been a huge learning lesson for our team and respective colleagues in the field. As Joel Osteen phrased it, “There are some things you only learn through a storm.” Such can be said in life, as well as taken literally from this experience. As storm season approaches, we recommend having all your important information combined at one location, such as a binder or portable waterproof safe. Reach out to your insurance agent to update a quick reference sheet with policy numbers, important contact information, etc., and put it all in one safe place.
Do the same for your preferred vendors, board or committee members lists, maintenance employees, and management staff.
For more information on Landex Resorts International, call (239) 369-5848 or visit www.landexresorts.com.