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The state of Florida is no stranger to hurricanes and other natural disasters. Living in paradise doesn’t come without some risks associated with Mother Nature. The question is never just if our communities, homes and families will be impacted by a windstorm event, but when they will, and how we will prepare for and recover from that event.

Our Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery Guide is designed to assist community association boards and managers to prepare themselves, their members, and their property for the approach as well as the aftermath of a serious storm or other disaster. Our attorneys, many of whom have been representing community associations in Florida for over 20 years and are board certified by the Florida Bar, have assisted in all phases of planning and preparing, as well as recovering and rebuilding.

The Plan – Identifying the Potential Consequences of a Disaster

The first step toward developing and implementing a disaster plan is identifying the potential consequences of a disaster. The second step is to develop and implement a plan to mitigate the impact of a disaster to the fullest extent possible.

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What Will the Damage Cost?

A well-designed disaster plan will include safeguards against future risk which are designed to minimize economic and property loss, as well as the loss of human life.

It is dangerous to ever become complacent about hurricanes when you live or own property in Florida. Knowing that disasters can occur and being prepared to deal with them will certainly minimize damages and promote a speedy recovery.

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Useful Contacts Before, During & After a Storm or Disaster

DISASTER CHECKLIST: Quick Reference Sheet

Statewide Suspension of Community Association Classes

Becker has been closely monitoring the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) developments. In the continued interest of the health and safety of our clients and colleagues, we have made a decision to continue the suspension of all Community Association classes until further notice.

As always, we will keep you informed of any changes and updates.

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Important Safety Tips for Generator Use

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • Never use a generator indoors, including in homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces, and other enclosed or partially enclosed area, even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO buildup in the home.
  • Follow the instructions that come with your generator. Locate the unit outdoors and away from doors, windows, and vents that could allow CO to come indoors.
  • Protect yourselves and your neighbors by positioning your generator in front of your garage with the muffler facing street side. Positioning the generator in back of the house is not recommended because of the increased potential of CO leakage into your house and those of others.
  • Install battery-operated CO alarms or plug-in CO alarms with battery back-up in your home, according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions. The CO alarms should be certified to the requirements of the latest standards for CO alarms {UL2034, IAS6-96, or CSA 6.19.01}.

Eliminate Electrical Hazards

  • Keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. To protect from moisture, operate it on a dry surface under an open, canopy-like structure. Dry your hands before touching the generator.
  • Plug appliances directly into the generator. Or use a heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cord that is rated (in watts or amps) at least equal to the sum of the connected appliance loads. Check that the entire cord is free of cuts or tear and that the plug has all three prongs, especially a grounding pin.
  • NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet, a practice known as “backfeeding.” This extremely dangerous practice presents an electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbors served by the same utility transformer. It will, also, bypass some of the built-in household circuit protection devices.
  • If you must connect the generator to the house wiring to power appliances, have a qualified electrician install the appropriate equipment in accordance with local electrical codes. Or check with your utility company to see if it can install an appropriate power transfer switch.
  • For power outages, permanently installed stationary generators are better suited for providing backup power to the home. An overloaded portable generator can result in overheating or stressing the generator components, possibly leading to a generator failure.

Prevent Fires

  • Never store fuel for your generator inside your home or garage. Storage of gasoline should always be outside. The fumes from the gas tanks are flammable and could ignite. Do not store gasoline near a gas grill.
  • Before refueling the generator, turn it off and let it cool down. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.

Reprinted courtesy of Barbara Zee and H.E.R.E. (Hurricane Emergency Resident Effort)


Provider #0000811 | Course #9630113 | 1 OPP or 1 ELE Credit

Is your community prepared in the event that a hurricane strikes through your city? In this special course we will go over practical tips for developing and implementing a disaster recovery plan for your community.

Managers and board members will learn:

  • Steps to take to protect life and property
  • Recover and post event steps
  • The ins and outs of contracting before and after the hurricane
  • How to document a claim and updates.

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Becker Hurricane Recovery Team

Joseph E. Adams
jadams@beckerlawyers.com
239.433.7707
Office Managing Shareholder
Board Certified Community Association Lawyer
Donna DiMaggio Berger
dberger@beckerlawyers.com
954.364.6031
Shareholder
Board Certified Community Association Lawyer
James Robert Caves
rcaves@beckerlawyers.com
239.433.7707
Shareholder
Board Certified Community Association Lawyer
Douglas G. Christy
dchristy@beckerlawyers.com
941.366.8826 or 813.527.3900
Shareholder
Board Certified Community Association Lawyer
Jane L. Cornett
jcornett@beckerlawyers.com
772.286.2990
Shareholder
Board Certified Community Association Lawyer
Rosa M. de la Camara
rdelacamara@beckerlawyers.com
305.262.4433 or 305.260.1011
Shareholder
Board Certified Community Association Lawyer
Kenneth S. Direktor
kdirektor@beckerlawyers.com
561.655.5444 or 954.965.5050
Shareholder
Board Certified Community Association Lawyer
Kevin L. Edwards
kedwards@beckerlawyers.com
941.366.8826
Shareholder
Board Certified Community Association Lawyer
Jennifer Horan
jhoran@beckerlawyers.com
239.552.3200
Shareholder
Board Certified Community Association Lawyer
Sanjay Kurian
skurian@beckerlawyers.com
239.433.7707
Shareholder
Board Certified Community Association Lawyer
Steven H. Mezer
smezer@beckerlawyers.com
813.527.3900
Shareholder
Board Certified Community Association Lawyer
Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer
David G. Muller
dmuller@beckerlawyers.com
239.552.3200
Shareholder
Board Certified Community Association Lawyer
Aaron Pruss
apruss@beckerlawyers.com
239.433.7707
Shareholder
Board Certified Construction Lawyer
Jay Roberts
jroberts@beckerlawyers.com
850.664.2229
Shareholder
Board Certified Community Association Lawyer
David H. Rogel
drogel@beckerlawyers.com
305.262.4433 or 305.260.1015
Shareholder
Board Certified Community Association Lawyer

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