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TAA has resources available to help in case of disasters

Synopsis

As spring storms crop up around the state, the Texas Apartment Association’s Disaster Preparedness Guide gives you tools and resources to help your apartment community be prepared for the quickest possible response when a disaster or emergency occurs.


It may not be possible to always know when a disaster may strike, but you can be prepared. As spring storms crop up around the state, the Texas Apartment Association’s Disaster Preparedness Guide gives you tools and resources to help your apartment community be prepared for the quickest possible response when a disaster or emergency occurs.

The guide includes checklists and tools for responding to some of the most common natural disasters and emergencies, including fire, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and winter storms. The guide also covers “man-made” disasters or accidents like explosions, meth labs, violence in the workplace, terrorism and chemical releases. It also includes tips for handling a death on a property.

The guide also provides: best practice suggestions on communication with employees, residents and the media; an emergency contact information template; general procedures that apply to all emergencies; and things to consider after a disaster strikes.

TAA also has resources members can use following a disaster on their properties. These materials, available in the TAA REDBOOK Online, include:

  • an article spelling out property owner rights and responsibilities after a disaster;
  • sample notices and letters to residents;
  • a notice to terminate residency because of the disaster;
  • a sample lease addendum for residents receiving assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency; and
  • a sample lease addendum allowing temporary increased occupancy as a result of the disaster.

 

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