The past few weeks have brought multiple natural disasters to several parts of the U.S. Last week, tropical storm Hilary’s unprecedented landfall brought powerful winds and heavy rains, reminding community association leaders to evaluate their disaster preparations.
The Maui wildfires that tore through the historic town of Lahaina last week have become the deadliest in modern U.S. history, killing more than 100 people, reports The Washington Post. Homes, condominiums, schools, and businesses were reduced to rubble by the fast-moving inferno.
Hurricane Ian pummeled Florida’s southwestern coast last week, causing dozens of deaths, generating widespread property damage, and knocking out access to basic utilities in communities across the state. Considered one of the worst natural disasters in the state’s history, cleanup, restoration, and rebuilding efforts are ongoing and will take some time.
Community associations are at an increased risk of hurricanes and wildfires this year. Reviewing emergency plans is crucial to help your community prepare, recover, and rebuild in the event of a natural disaster.
Community leaders can take several actions to ensure their association is prepared for severe weather events—while also addressing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.