HOW EFFECTIVE IS YOUR HURRICANE PLAN?
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