What Happens in Vegas…

July 31, 2015 2:45 pm

Shouldn’t always stay in Vegas, especially when it’s educational!

The 2015 National Apartment Association (NAA) Education Conference & Exposition was held June 24-27 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center in Las Vegas. According to their website, The NAA is America’s leading advocate for quality rental housing. NAA’s mission is to serve the interests of multifamily housing owners, managers, developers and suppliers and maintain a high level of professionalism in the multifamily housing industry to better serve the rental housing needs of the public. As a federation of nearly 170 state and local affiliates, NAA is comprised of over 67,000 members representing more than 7.6 million apartment homes throughout the United States and Canada.

RestoreCore was at this year’s exposition, working under Restoration Affiliates (RA), of which we are a founding member. RestoreCore’s President Andrew Goldberg worked alongside Steve Sorkin of ARS Restoration Specialists, another company in RA. Together, they offered a presentation on Disaster Planning.

Over 9,200 attended the conference and RA was represented by well placed banners and prominent advertising. Below, you will see the giant RA 4 foot tall by 20 foot long banner that every attendee walked under on their way to and from the trade show and general sessions.

The NAA Exposition is an annual event and this year, every aspect of the industry was represented by over 448 companies and 1,039 booths. On their website, NAA President & CEO Doug Culkin, CAE describes the conference as showcasing “the best and brightest that our industry has to offer, bringing together apartment developers, builders, owners, property fee managers, onsite personnel and supplier partners from around the world who are working together to provide quality rental housing”.

Next year’s NAA Education Conference & Exposition will be held June 15-18 in San Francisco and Andy and Steve are already planning on returning.

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Knowing is Half the Battle: Part Three

July 24, 2015 10:01 am

We’ve already discussed how to turn off water and gas in cases of emergencies. How about electricity?
Make sure your employees and tenants are informed. Use the information below, supplied by The Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s website. Keep in mind that some things both parties need to know, some only one or the other. For example, your tenants don’t need to know where the main electrical switch is, but at least some of your staff should know.

Know where your main electrical panel is, so you can turn off the electric supply to your entire facility quickly in case of an emergency.

Know where your fuse box or circuit-breaker box is located.

Know the correct sizes of any fuses needed and keep spares on hand. Blown fuses must be replaced, not repaired. Do not replace a fuse with one of higher amperage.

If a fuse blows, disconnect or turn off the equipment that may have caused the problem.

Shut off the main electric switch before replacing a fuse.

Know how to reset a circuit breaker. After turning off or unplugging equipment on the circuit, push the switch firmly to the off position, then back on. If the overload is cleared, the electricity will come back on.

If your circuit breakers trip off repeatedly, there could be a problem with the equipment on that circuit. If the equipment is unplugged but the circuit breaker trips off again, call an electrician.

Arm yourself first with the knowledge of how to turn off power, water and electricity to your units. Know where the valves are, know in what situation the valves should be turned off. Know what tools might be needed and make sure they are available. Pass this knowledge on to those who need to know it – your staff, your tenants. The more people are informed, the more they will be able to act quickly and smartly if an emergency arises. As GI Joe said in the old cartoons – “knowing is half the battle”.

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Knowing is Half the Battle: Part Two

July 22, 2015 10:01 am

Last post we talked about the importance of knowing where a water supply begins for a house or apartment complex and how to turn it off. Equally, if not more importantly, you, your tenants, and your employees should be aware of gas safety.

Leaking water can add up fast and leave quite a mess. But a gas leak can be downright dangerous. Make sure your employees know the location of the main gas service shut off valve. In the case of an emergency, this knowledge could save lives. When instructing the location of a gas valve, make sure it’s understood that it should only be turned off in an emergency and should only be turned back on by the gas company.

If the problem is with an appliance, you might be able to just shut off the gas to that specific appliance. If your property doesn’t already have individual gas shut off valves for each gas appliance, think about installing them. To turn off the gas at the gas appliance, rotate the valve a quarter turn.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company tells us that the location of the gas shut off valve varies from building to building, but offers some ideas:

The gas meter and gas service shutoff valve is usually located on the side or in front of the building. If the building has a breezeway, it could be located there.

In some cases, the gas meter can be located in a cabinet enclosure built into the building or located inside the building. In these cases, the gas service shutoff valve can be located outside on a section of gas service pipe next to the building, or near the gas meter.

If there are multiple meters serving gas to multiple units within a building, there are individual gas service shutoff valves for each unit near each of the gas meters, including a master valve for the entire building where the gas pipe comes out of the ground.

You will need an adjustable pipe or crescent-type wrench to turn the valve, so keep on close by.

Stay tuned for our next post where we’ll delve into electricity.

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