More than a year after “Superstorm Sandy” wreaked havoc along the East Coast, many communities throughout the region remain focused on recovery efforts. The storm was catastrophic and the ongoing media coverage highlights the fact that there is still a long road ahead to total recovery for many in our region. While Sandy was a storm unlike any we’ve seen in recent years the intensity of nature’s recent events is becoming a larger part of the dialogue for building’s Board of Directors and management companies throughout the region.
Keeping Everyone Safe
As seasoned residential property managers with a growing portfolio of buildings throughout New York, we attempt to predict all types of emergency situations and develop practiced plans to prepare our superintendents and residents for a variety of events. We want our boards and building residents to feel safe and prepared to deal with the increasingly frequent weather events that have faced the region in the past several years. As these conditions become more extreme we are committed to being proactive in our level of preparedness.
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, we were dedicated to more than just the recovery. It was also about improvement. We are emerging from the lessons learned from the storm with better, stronger, more efficient and effective emergency preparedness systems in place to deal with Mother Nature’s changing conditions. We are not just stronger than the storm; we are a stronger property management company because of the storm.
As we find ourselves in one of the colder and snowier winter seasons in recent years, we are recognizing that the work we did following Superstorm Sandy has been instrumental to providing services to our tenants during this tough winter. Following Sandy, our company’s Emergency Task Force studied the storm and our response to it. While we are very proud of our performance (we had 42 buildings without power and six flooded by the surge), we still brainstormed ways we could have done more, been better prepared, or established new protocols to take the best care of our residents and their homes. Emergencies by definition don’t provide time for planning, but we believed we could strengthen our preparedness for the future.