Nobody hopes for disaster.
But having an effective disaster plan in place is the best way to mitigate unexpected issues at your multifamily community. Creating an effective disaster plan helps protect your community, your tenants, and their important belongings should disaster strike. A disaster plan can also help speed recovery efforts.
RestoreCore has immense experience helping our clients develop and implement useful disaster plans. Here are some tips for creating an effective disaster plan for your multifamily community.
Elements of an Effective Disaster Plan
The best disaster plans share a few common elements:
- They gather critical information in a single, secure plan that's easy to access.
- They're updated at least once every year.
- They include both a comprehensive "disaster plan" and a more concise "disaster implementation plan," identifying the most important and essential actions.
- They've been rehearsed in advance by your team.
Benefits of Having a Disaster Plan
An effective disaster plan scripts almost every decision in advance, giving your team guidelines for working when disaster strikes. A plan can improve decisionmaking and decrease recovery time following a disaster.
Without a disaster plan, you might spend most of your valuable time figuring out what to do, rather than doing what needs to be done. This can cause delays and subject life and property to further unnecessary risks.
A good disaster plan can also reduce stress, since management, employees, and residents will have an idea of the order in which the recovery will progress.
In our experience, there's a night and day difference between working with clients who have a disaster plan and those who don't. When the RestoreCore team arrives at a multifamily community with an effective disaster plan, we frequently find the property managers calmly following instructions for implementing the plan. Everyone from the management to the residents have a clear understanding of how to proceed.
Want help developing a disaster plan for your multifamily community? Contact RestoreCore today.