Emergency & Disaster Library

The documents contained in this library are intended to help NAA members plan for natural disasters and other emergencies. These include sample policies, best practices and business assessment and planning tools that have been shared with the NAA Community by other NAA members and public agencies such as FEMA, the American Red Cross and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The Emergency & Disaster Library resources have been split into sub-categories for easier browsing:

Health and biohazard preparedness

NAA Ebola Guidance
NAA Ebola Communication Guidance to Affiliates

The outbreak of the Ebola virus is an unprecedented health situation for the United States due to the severity of the disease, even though officials have said there is an extremely low likelihood of contracting Ebola unless there is direct and unprotected contact with the bodily fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola.

It is important to recognize that NAA, its affiliates and individual members are not health care professionals. This information is subject to change.

Ebola & Rental Housing in Texas: Frequently Asked Questions

This Q&A was compiled by our colleagues at the Texas Apartment Association. It addresses managing rental housing issues related to Ebola within the state of Texas as it relates to both management and residents' concerns. Bear in mind that these recommendations are specific to Texas and your own state and local laws may differ, therefore you need to research regulations in your own area. This is to serve as an example template that may aid other states and localities in developing their own specific materials. Please contact your local and/or state affiliates for further assistance.

What You Need to Know about Ebola

This document is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and details the symptoms and more specifics about Ebola.

 

Specific Weather-related Documents

Hurricane Tips from NAA Members

The attached documents contain hurricane preparation tips from NAA members, including the Bay Area Apartment Association and Regatta Apartment Homes. The Apartment Association of Greater New Orleans has also shared a document containing everything they learned after Hurricane Katrina, including information to give residents, insurance tips and generic forms. This guide is also attached here. 

Preparing Your Property for a Hurricane

These files contain FEMA advice to prepare your property against high winds and hurricane damage. 

Preparing for Winter Storms

The attached document was shared with the original NAA Community Site by Clio Barker with Associated Management Company in Dearborn, Mich. and includes tips for roof snow removal and ground snow removal. 

Thunderstorm Safety Checklist

This Thunderstorm Safety Checklist is from the American Red Cross, and contains information about thunderstorm warnings, a thunderstorm watch, and things to do before, during and after a thunderstorm. 

Tornado Safety and Preparedness

These documents, from American Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Commerce (in partnership with NOAA and the National Weather Service) include safety tips for tornadoes--before, during and after. 

Protect Landscaping

This article originally appeared in the July 2013 issue of UNITS Magazine, and discusses ways proper landscaping can precent resident injuries and property damage in the event of an emergency or extreme weather event. 

General Disaster Planning

Emergency Planning for Businesses

The attached files are from FEMA, and are tools to help you assess your business plan for an emergency or natural disaster, including a Business Emergency Response Plan, Business Impact Analysis, Business Plan Brochure and Business Risk Assessment. Additional information and tools to prepare your business for an emergency are available at FEMA's website

Preparedness Information for People With Disabilities

The attached tip sheets are from FEMA, and include a three-step emergency preparation plan for people with disabilities. These forms might be beneficial for property managers of adult housing, or residents who might have disabilities. The tip sheet is posted in both English and Spanish. 

Preparedness Information for Older Americans

The attached brochure contains a specialized outline for emergency planning for older adults, who might have different needs than the rest of the population. This brochure is from FEMA, and may be beneficial to owners and property managers of adult housing. 

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery

The attached files include a collection of previous units Magazine articles covering disaster recovery after the Joplin tornadoes and Superstorm Sandy. A long-term recovery manual is also posted, courtesy of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. 

 

Event Highlights

'One Industry. One Voice.' Join Us for the 2015 NAA Capitol Conference

2015 NAA Capitol Conference Video  

This one-minute video promotes the apartment industry’s national advocacy event on March 17-18. Under the theme “One Industry. One Voice,” the video encourages people to be informed, get involved and...