Multifamily Florida - Spring 2013 - (Page 21)
Plan Ahead …
Weather, or Not
by Scott McCurdy
Natural disasters and household
emergencies happen every day and cause
billions of dollars in property damage
annually. When destructive elements like
rain, wind, lightning and hail strike, the result
can be roof and structural damage, water
intrusion, mold, electrical failures, plumbing
problems … the list goes on.
When a natural disaster occurs, repairing
even one home is demanding, but coordinating
restoration for an entire community is a much
more daunting task. And more often than not,
multi-family developments face two separate
losses when severe weather strikes – both
to individual homes and exterior damage to
common areas. Thus, it is critical to plan
ahead before reconstruction is needed.
ORGANIZE AND COMMUNICATE
Most people are anything but calm
when faced with severe weather, and once
a threat is identified, those in harm’s way
work themselves into a panic – buying supplies and securing
buildings. But, they often overlook one major precaution: forming
a plan for remediation in the event damage occurs. While not
all natural disasters come with advanced warning, creating a
preparedness plan now will help to facilitate repairs – and get
the community back to normal as efficiently as possible. Create
an emergency plan to suit each type of disaster:
• Hurricanes: Though they can be deadly, hurricanes are one
of the few weather threats that provide advance notice. Make
sure your residents are well-informed – send out a list of
supplies or organize community informational meetings. Also,
find out if there are any elderly or disabled residents who
need extra help to prepare.
• Tornados, Thunderstorms and Flooding: Wind and
water damage from these storms can result in a litany of
problems: fallen trees, broken windows, roof damage and
mold. Since there is little time to plan ahead, make sure
you have established an emergency communication plan for
residents to follow.
• Fire: A fire in one condominium unit can displace residents
in an entire building. Unfortunately, the only remedy is to
begin remediation immediately. Enlist a reputable general
contractor to have on-call for emergencies.
CREATE THE PLAN
When dealing with hundreds of homes, repairs must be
completed promptly to both decrease resident displacement and
to remediate general hazards associated with damage from water
and wind. For that reason, disaster preparedness must begin well
before the threat is imminent.
While you can’t necessarily control the actions of each
individual, you can provide easy-to-follow instructions for the
quickest possible recovery. Ask the following questions to begin
your community’s plan:
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Multifamily Florida - Spring 2013
Legislative Update: And So It Begins
Renovations and Maintenance: Managing the Many Moving Parts
Hey Mold ... Dry Up!
Five Crucial Conversations for Flawless Execution
Open for Business!
Plan Ahead ... Weather, or Not
To Tow ... or Not to Tow?
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