The 2020 hurricane season has just begun, and NOAA predicts a 60 percent chance that it will be busier than normal. In addition to all the standard hurricane preparations and measures that community associations should take in advance of a storm threat, the COVID-19 pandemic will bring an added dimension of protocols and precautions.
Associations for communities located in areas under evacuation orders will need to implement their plans in accordance with the CDC guidelines for social distancing and face coverings. Residents will need to be reminded to adhere to the federal agency’s recommendations, and those who refuse to comply with evacuation orders out of fear of exposure to the virus will need to be referred to the association’s legal counsel and possibly also to law enforcement.
Below is a link to our firm’s Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery Guide, which includes helpful guidance and recommendations for community associations to prepare for storms and contend with their aftermath. We encourage association directors and property managers to print and review the guide at the start of the season, and our attorneys are available to answer any questions regarding the information in the guide that may arise.