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3 Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Property Managers

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

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3 Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Property Managers

Even the most conscientious of property managers can not completely avoid the chance of hurricane damage. However, these three tips can help get your property ready to withstand hurricane season with as little damage as possible.

1. Gather Information
Circumstances can quickly become chaotic in the wake of a major hurricane, so it is a wise hurricane preparedness step to gather together all of the information you will need before a hurricane happens. Make sure you have the latest contact information for all of your renters. Update service providers, such as roofers, general contractors, and storm restoration services in Monticello, LA, in your system. Attempt to negotiate priority clauses with any service providers that you don't already have an agreement with.

2. Draft Your Hurricane Plan
Your plan should include detailed information on which employees have which responsibilities in the event of hurricane damage. There should be contingencies for employees who are unable to perform their jobs due to the after-effects of the storm. Critical responsibilities should not be placed with employees who live in high-risk areas. The plan should also address preparedness steps, such as boarding up the property, placing sandbags and storm shutters. Share your plan with your employees and your renters so that they know what to expect.

3. Help Tenants Prepare
Whether this is your tenants' first hurricane or they are old-hands, panic can set in if tenants are not properly prepared by the property management. Explain your county's evacuation plan. Encourage renters to have their own hurricane plan ready. Remind them what your policies on storm preparation and repairs are. Make sure they know which preparation and repair steps they are responsible for and which they should let your team handle.
Preparing for hurricane damage is an important task for property managers in areas at high-risk for hurricanes. The better prepared you are, the better you will be able to protect your property, employees, and tenants.

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