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PJ Biondolillo, Campbell Property Management May 26, 2020 2 min read

Hurricane Season - Premature Start?

Hurricane Season in 2020 has gotten off to a premature
start. Although the official start to Hurricane Season is June 1, Tropical
Storm Arthur formed Saturday, May 16 off the coast of Florida. Arthur then
swung along the North Carolina coast before heading back to sea.

Arthur did not have any major impact to land, but is this
early storm a sign of a more active season for 2020? The Atlantic Basin has had
only 13 named storm formations in May since the satellite era (since 1966). Only
one of these has reached hurricane strength – Hurricane Alma in 1970.

The average Atlantic Basin hurricane season comprises of 12
named storms, with 3 being major hurricanes. NOAA has forecasted an above
average season for 2020 with 13 – 19 named storms, and 3-6 major hurricanes.

What does this mean for Community Associations? Be sure to
talk to your Property Management Company about your specific hurricane plan,
including preparation (now) and response after the storm. Below are 4 key
points that can apply to all Community Associations.

  • Communication– It is important to be able
    to have the ability to effectively communicate to all your residents in the
    event of an emergency. Seasonal residents or residents absent during hurricane
    season MUST secure their units before the season starts. In addition, they must
    have a plan to check their units after a storm hits.
  • Insurance Policy – The Board of Directors
    should have a good understanding of their insurance policy. Be sure to
    adequately document your community before and after the storm, in the event you
    need to use your insurance.
  • Secure Common Areas – This goes without
    saying! However, it is important to try to finish any common element projects before
    hurricane season (if possible).
  • Vendors – Have a vendor list ready for landscaping,
    debris removal, mold remediation. If possible, have hurricane contingencies
    written out in your contracts.

It is always best to prepare for the worst, but hope for the
best, especially in regard to hurricanes.

For additional information on preparing your association for
hurricane season, click
here
. And, to get tips on preparing your association’s landscaping for
hurricane season, click
here
.