The East Coast has been fortunate so far that no major hurricanes have hit land. However, hurricane season runs from June through the end of November, so there is still plenty of time left for storms to form. Kuester Management Group has released a statement to the press regarding how HOA communities can be better prepared should a storm strike.
“Advanced planning is essential,” says Bryan Kuester, President of Kuester Management Group. “You don’t want to realize at the last minute that residents are unaware of evacuation plans or no one knows whose responsibility it is to prepare common areas for the storm. It is better to have a plan in place and never need it than to be caught unprepared.”
Kuester encourages communities to be proactive and engage in regular maintenance and landscaping to prevent more serious problems. Make sure that roofs are in good conditions, there are no questionable trees that may fall on buildings, drainage grates are free from debris, and emergency generators are in good working condition. Have a plan in place for boarding up windows, shutting down pool pumps, storing outside furniture, and ensuring that everything is secured.
“It’s also a good idea to review your insurance coverage,” says Kuester. “Find out what is included should there be a major storm. Make sure that all policies are up to date, you have the right type of coverage, and you take photos of the property and assets. Someone should be responsible for maintaining copies of these documents as well so they are safe in the event of a disaster and easily accessible for filing claims.”
Prepare residents as well. It can be helpful to distribute checklists or informational materials to help them ready their homes and property. Include recommendations for putting together an emergency supply kit, where to go should the community be evacuated, and safety precautions for staying in place during a storm. Don’t forget to provide information for after the storm as well, such as who to contact about damage or downed power lines or where to go for emergency assistance.
It is important for everyone to work together in the face of a potential disaster, says Kuester. Hurricanes can pass by with little destruction, or they can be major events to recover from. Homeowners and HOAs should be prepared for anything and feel confident that the proper plans are in place to keep everyone safe and begin recovery as soon as possible.
Kuester Management Group supports HOAs in preparing for natural disasters and planning for other challenges as well. Visit www.kuester.com to learn more about available services and how partnering with a property manager can assist HOA communities in thriving.
Kuester Management Group, a division of Kuester Companies, works to protect property values and enhance the quality of life in each of its managed communities. Providing a full range of association management services, Kuester Management Group has worked to foster strong, resilient, and unified communities across North and South Carolina. The company is proud to offer on-site property managers, all zealous for building strong communities meant to stand the test of time. More information is available at www.kuester.com or @KuesterCompany.