Disaster Recovery Guide for Multifamily Communities [Infographic]
How prepared is your apartment community if disaster strikes?
According to the American Red Cross, forty-five states and territories of the United States are at moderate to very high risk for earthquakes. This includes every region of the country.
The National Apartment Association reported that when the EF5 tornado (receiving the highest strength rating on the damage scale) rampaged through Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011, it destroyed 8,400 residences, 18,000 cars and 450 businesses. Disaster recovery was estimated to range from $2.2 billion to $3 billion. For a 138-unit apartment community that survived the event, rehabilitation costs rose to $74,000 per unit. Total natural disaster costs in the U.S. that year were assessed at $365.6 billion.
Regardless of your region’s propensity for disaster—be it tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires or severe storms—the steps for preparedness and recovery largely remain the same. “The most important part of disaster and emergency preparedness is that it be made a continuous process,” said Craig Guillot in Multihousing News.
To facilitate this continuous process, we’ve created the infographic Ready to Respond: A Disaster Recovery Guide for Multifamily Communities, from guidelines established by the American Red Cross and FEMA. This can serve as a handy reminder of steps you can take to help your apartment community before, during and after a disaster.
Click here for a high resolution PDF of the Disaster Recovery Guide for Multifamily Communities Infographic.
What steps are you taking to inform and involve your community about disaster recovery? Share with us in the comments.