Wednesday, May 19, 2010

2010 Hurricane Preparedness Guide for Community Associations is Now Available!!


I am pleased to announce that the CAN 2010 Community Association Hurricane Guide is available for immediate download online at the website of the Community Advocacy Network (www.canfl.com). Click on the guide in the rotating news on the home page of the CAN website at www.canfl.com.

Representatives of community associations and other organizations interested in obtaining free printed copies of the 2010 Hurricane Guide for distribution can also contact CAN by email at dschick@canfl.com or by phone at 954-315-0372.

Florida City and County governments interested in obtaining bulk copies of the 2010 Hurricane Preparedness Guide for free distribution as a public service to condominium, co-ops, mobile home communities and homeowner associations in their areas are encouraged to contact CAN directly for more information.

When it comes to hurricane preparedness and disaster recovery, Florida community associations stand apart from other single-family and multi-family properties and must operate in keeping with specific parameters laid out in Florida statutes and their own governing documents. That is why a guide designed for their specific needs is so critical for their effective preparation for a storm and swift recovery afterwards.

In advance of the June 1st start of the 2010 storm season, the Community Advocacy Network is making this useful guide with tips and recommendations available as a public service to all condominium, cooperative, HOA and other community association Boards, community association managers and City and County officials who want to better prepare themselves and their communities for storm-related disaster contingencies this year.

Leading hurricane forecasters are currently predicting above-average activity for the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, with above-average probability of United States and Caribbean major hurricane landfall this year. Forecasters at Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project anticipate a total of 15 named tropical storms, including eight hurricanes – four of which will be classified as “major,” with winds in excess of 110 miles per hour.

The most active tropical storm season in recorded history occurred in 2005, with a total 28 named storms, including 15 hurricanes – seven classified as “major” hurricanes. A record five of those 2005 hurricanes made landfall on the U.S. mainland, including the disastrous hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, which caused major property destruction and devastation to livelihoods of millions of Floridians.

The CAN 2010 Hurricane Preparedness Guide contains useful information to prepare communities in advance of the storm season and alerts them to what they should expect in the wake of a storm. Areas covered in detail in our Hurricane Preparedness Guide include:
Contract Review: explaining why it is important to review the association’s contracts with all service providers before the storm season and what to expect in terms of service delivery in a storm’s aftermath;

Document & Record Security: detailing why and how association documents should be preserved and stored for availability in the immediate aftermath of a hurricane disaster;

Facilities Preparation: including the need to determine if the property is ready to confront the impact of a tropical storm and why documentation of the pre-storm state of the property is crucial to post-storm disaster recovery;

Member Communications: setting out why and how Boards should avail themselves of all possible means of communication with residents, owners and employees — before, during and after a storm;

Emergency Board Powers: with details on the “special powers” conferred by the State Legislature on condominium Boards to enable them to maneuver their association through the difficult post-disaster period;

Immediate Post-Storm Action: including locating residents and employees, attending to the injured, securing the community and documenting storm damage; and,

Reconstruction & Restoration: dealings with association attorneys, insurance companies and contractors regarding disaster recovery and putting a community back together again.

I look forward to your feedback after you have had a chance to review the guide and please feel free to share it with neighboring associations and your local public policy makers near and far. Again, you can view and print the guide at www.canfl.com. You can also receive a pre-printed guide by contacting dschick@kgblawfirm.com or by calling 954-315-0372. You can never be too prepared when a disaster strikes!

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