The state of Florida is no stranger to hurricanes and other natural disasters. Living in paradise doesn’t come without some risks associated with Mother Nature. The question is never just if our communities, homes and families will be impacted by a windstorm event, but when they will, and how we will prepare for and recover from that event.
For the significant number of Floridians living in shared ownership communities such as condominiums, cooperatives, HOAs and mobile home parks, the critical issues involved with preparing and recovering from a storm event or disaster are complicated by the typical constraints of governing and being governed.
Hurricane Andrew, which struck South Miami-Dade on August 24, 1992 with damage estimated at $25 billion, provided graphic evidence of the devastating impact of a major storm. Hurricane Opal in 1995 was a wetter storm with 20-foot storm surges that hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm. From the year 2000 to present, there have been several significant hurricanes that affected the state of Florida, leaving destruction in their paths including Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Wilma, and Irma.
Our Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery Guide is designed to assist community association boards and managers to prepare themselves, their members, and their property for the approach as well as the aftermath of a serious storm or other disaster. Our attorneys, many of whom have been representing community associations in Florida for over 20 years and are board certified by the Florida Bar, have assisted in all phases of planning and preparing, as well as recovering and rebuilding.