S.R. from Middlesex County writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
What are some good guidelines for protocol that constitutes an emergency, and a disaster management plan?
Mister Condo replies:
S.R., I hope you don’t mind but I broke up your query into two questions as they are related but different. Disaster management planning is a great idea for all condo communities. In fact, some of the companies involved in disaster management will actually work with your condo to develop a disaster management plan today. By planning before there is a problem, you are well on your way to minimizing the damage should a disaster strike.
One of the most impressive programs I have seen in our state is offered by JP Maguire. They call it Preferred Emergency Response Client, or PERC. You can read all about it at their website, http://www.percprotection.com/
In a nutshell, PERC gets your condo ready for the unfortunate event of a disaster. By establishing a plan well in advance of tragedy, the intensity of having to make decisions when your judgment may be clouded or impaired is avoided. The community can rest easy knowing that a plan is in place and the Board has one less decision to make should disaster strike.
I hope your community never needs disaster recovery but I hope you’ll take this advice to heart and make a plan. Your whole community will thank you!