What is important when developing an emergency plan for your HOA community?

This is the question that many board members struggle with when contemplating emergency and disaster plans for their communities. As volunteer community leaders, no one can expect the board, or individual board members, to function as fully trained emergency managers! They don’t have the experience, time or training for this. That is why I profess that the best strategy for any HOA board is to develop a simple, yet effective, written emergency plan. If it is simple and in writing any board member can effectively implement the plan to best serve the community during an emergency or disaster. The two most important components of any community’s emergency plan are effective communications and a well-developed evacuation plan. If the board communicates timely information to the community and is able to rapidly and safely initiate effective evacuation processes, then the community is much safer and better served as a result.

Remember, keeping the plan simple is the best way to effectively safeguard the community and yourself as a volunteer board member. Please let me know if I might be able to help you or your Association through the emergency planning process.

Disaster and Emergency Planning for HOA’s

Planning for a disaster or emergency in your community is an important consideration for the Board of Directors.  Knowing what to do during and after a disaster is critical in enhancing the safety of the community.  This article from the March 2014 issue of the ECHO Journal explains the process of planning for disasters at the board and management levels in any HOA.

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES for Common Interest Developments


HOA Board Liability and Emergency Planning

A common concern for homeowners’ associations and HOA boards is liability. After all, being a board member is a volunteer position. As with any position of responsibility, wherein decisions that are made could affect many, the potential for scrutiny and litigation is ever present. Although it is relatively slight, the potential for individual liability relative to HOA board actions is present. This is true when a board develops and adopts an emergency plan for their community. The question that every board should answer when developing their plan is…How can we limit any potential for liability?

By following a few simple guidelines and knowing what protections are provided in existing statutes and laws a board can easily protect itself from potential litigation, liability and scrutiny. Read the attached article for a discussion of strategies a board should consider and employ when developing an emergency plan for their community.


Unintended Consequences of multiple technologies in police cars

This article, from the February 2012 issue of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, explores some of the unintended consequences attributable to multiple technologies in police cars.  Distracted driving is a real problem that needs to be addressed.  Solutions and actions to reduce the distractions caused by technology in police vehicles are discussed.  http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin/february-2012/emergency-vehicle-safety