No one really wants to think about emergency situations and their consequences. Unfortunately, bad things, including natural disasters like tornadoes or severe thunderstorms, happen when we least expect them. So your board should always have an emergency plan in place in case disaster strikes.
Here are some of the tip ways to make sure your community and its families and neighbors are prepared in any future emergencies:
Make sure everyone understands the risks
Encourage residents to speak with their neighbors and their families about the different types of emergency situations that are possible. These could include earthquakes, tornadoes, unexpected fires, or even terrorism acts.
Designate an emergency contact.
When a member joins your association, make sure their file contains an emergency contact who lives out of town. In the even of a disaster, calling someone who is farther away might be easier than across town. This person might more easily be able to locate and speak with family members if they get separated. And make sure each home in your association knows it’s smart to ensure every family member memorizes this out-of-town person’s phone number.
Decide on a meeting area.
If something happens and your residents can return to their HOA, they’ll need a space where they can meet each other away from the association. Designate this place and make sure everyone knows about it. If your HOA allows pets, make sure they will be welcome at the meeting place.
Account for children
Homeowners with kids should find out about any emergency plans at schools and daycares. They will likely have their own plan for communication with parents and designated safe areas. Parents should also consider supportive HOA neighbors they trust as points of contact for any kids who are old enough to be home alone.
Since disasters can happen at any moment, the time to plan for them is now. Having an emergency plan in place with ensure better peace of mind—and could even potentially save lives—if something bad and unexpected happens. Communicate with your HOA community about this at regular times during the year.
For assistance with emergency planning preparation, an HOA management company like Cedar Management Group can help. Find out more about Cedar’s services here.