Emergencies are demanding no matter how ready you are, but how do you prepare for an event like a fire? Despite the homeowners association website being full of valuable information, you will want to be prepared for all possibilities regarding emergencies in your HOA. In case of an emergency, the homeowners association has a plan to handle unforeseen circumstances.
Emergency Contact & Meeting Places
Verify everyone in the neighborhood has each other’s contact information so everyone can stay in touch in an emergency. If there’s a disaster, internet service may be down so text messaging and calling neighbors may be the only way to communicate important information.
One topic that is mentioned on the homeowners association website is to have an agreed upon meeting place if you become separated from one another. You can decide on this during an HOA meeting or by speaking with your property manager.
An Emergency Response Plan
Although it rarely gets talked about, everyone in your HOA must know who to call and how to contact them even if cell phone service would be unavailable. Make sure you save emergency response numbers and contact names of police and fire departments. The property manager usually gives this information to residents and you could even find it on the homeowners association website.
Knowing how to perform CPR can save lives in certain emergencies, especially if a person is injured due to an accident. Depending on your HOA, there may be classes nearby for children or adults who would benefit greatly from learning these skills. If the HOA has no classes for residents, look into taking a class at a local hospital or college to learn these valuable life-saving skills.
As a homeowner in a homeowners association, you must be prepared for all emergencies. That can mean anything from power outages to natural disasters. If you’re living in an area that isn’t prone to hurricanes or tornadoes, then your emergency plan will probably differ from someone who does. In most cases, the best way to be prepared is to have the proper supplies and work with your neighbors beforehand.