The Board's Role in Emergency Preparation Life After the Storm

 The sad reality is that when a hurricane, flood or fire strikes, often the  greatest damage is not caused by the crisis itself, but rather by poor decision  making by boards in the aftermath of the event.  

 In the aftermath of a disaster or other crisis, communities are often inundated  by individuals offering 'quick fixes' to the damages caused by the event. Some  will offer to clean up the premises and restore the buildings for little more  than a signature on a single-page 'agreement' signing over “all insurance proceeds” to the restoration company.  

 Some states have voided similar agreements finding them to be without merit. For  a contract to be enforceable, it must be specific as to the compensation to be  received and obligations to be performed—it must also state the scope of work to be performed for the proceeds received.  

 While cleaning up the premises is among the first actions which need to be  addressed by the board after a damage event, waiving the building or  association's legal rights is not. In the immediate aftermath of a storm or  fire, the first order of business is accounting for the whereabouts of all  residents. After that, concern shifts to cleanup, mitigation of water damage by  drying out any wet areas that could lead to mold, and shoring up any openings  in the structure such as blown-out windows or holes in the roof.  

 Avoiding Common Pitfalls

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