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HOW EFFECTIVE IS YOUR HURRICANE PLAN?

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Many community associations in Florida have an emergency plan that they will activate as a hurricane approaches. But just how thorough is yours?.

With 119 units, the Esperia at Bonita Bay condominium in Bonita Springs isn't among the largest in the state, but it has a highly structured and detailed hurricane plan. A committee produced the plan, which was approved by the Esperia board in April and distributed to staff and residents.

it's written with military-style precision, featuring an Incident Command System complete with a flow chart of key steps to be taken before, during, and after a major storm. 

The document includes many standard features of a hurricane plan, such as:

  • Emergency contact information.
  • Responsibilities of the board, building management, and residents.
  • A list of services that might be unavailable during and after a hurricane. In addition, it includes some features that might be worth adding to formal storm plans by other associations, such as:
  • A checklist for managements incident commander
  • A checklist of things that residents should do before they evacuate
  • A prepared notice advising residents of an impending hurricane and the risks of staying 
  • A form to be filled out by residents who decide to stay
  • Checklist for pre-storm and post_storm communications
  • A checklist for the post-storm grounds survey and cleanup
  • A checklist for the post-storm inspection of residential units
  • What residents should know about the association's insurance coverage and reserve funds. S.B.

By: Common Ground CAI's Magazine for community Association Leaders

 www.caionline.org/cg

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